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Six Tips For Choosing a Job That's Right For You

Six Tips For Choosing a Job That's Right For You

The ideal job hunting situation is when you're currently employed and looking for a new gig, not only for the obvious financial reasons, but because sudden job loss can render us panicked and decision-impaired. Frantically searching for a new job could sabotage what you've set out to achieve, and you could be back on the market for another position in no time.

Career coach Deborah Brown-Volkman explains why it's important to have a plan when you're job searching and says, "You don't want to walk into someone else's nightmare. You want to make a good choice - not just any choice, but the right one." She offers these tips to help job hunters make the best choice for them.

  • If you don't get along with a potential boss during an interview, you never will. "Use the interview to explore whether your prospective boss is interested in what you have to say and understands what's important to you in your career before you accept the offer."
  • If you don't have a good rapport with prospective co-workers, you never will. "If you sense there's a problem with someone you'll be working with, listen to what your intuition is telling you."

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  • Stop worrying about being selected. "Wanting to be chosen by an employer sometimes makes us talk ourselves into a situation we may not have taken if we were thinking more clearly."
  • Decide what you want first. "Knowing what you want ahead of time gives you the chance to ask the right questions and find out whether the job is really for you."
  • Don't sell out. If you take a job because you need the paycheck and know it's not the right position, make a timetable for moving on, and then stick to it."
  • Be yourself. "Letting interviewers see 'the real you' is the only way to figure out whether you'll be accepted for who you are, or not."


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CoralAmber CoralAmber 8 years
Is it just me or did anyone else get interviewed by someone not her immediate boss? I have been interviewed by HR and by the heads of the department, but those aren't the people you deal with every day. Sometimes you don't meet those people until after you are hired. Also, people try influence you, usually by gossiping, about your coworkers early on. "Oh she's so lazy. Watch how long she takes on breaks." or "Oh you have to work with him? That's too bad, he's really grumpy." But if you try to stay out of it by not gossiping and just be open to who people are, you can get along much better. You can like a flawed coworker! Just like you have that one friend who always complains, but you love her anyway.
thelorax thelorax 8 years
These are really good tips. The vibe you get during the interview is often ignored, I think. Trust your instincts and pay attention, take in all the details you can!
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i think that these are some valid points. you don't want to be scared of your potential boss cause well that's not going to change. my last boss - he was very 'interesting' to people who weren't in our department, and i can really understand how he wouldn't interview ppl well - but we loved him. that was just luck. i also think that you have to be aware of your own value. don't sell yourself short - if you think that you deserve more $$ you can't be afraid to try to negotiate. remember that once you start a job, the chance of getting that BIG raise is slim to none - so you might as well negotiate as much as you can upfront. also, be honest about what you need/expect from the job. if you can't work until 7pm every night - tell them - if you have that vacation planned - tell them. what's the worst that will happen? they say no and then that shows that it's not the right place for you.
lawchick lawchick 8 years
thanks for the advice, ladies! I hope someone else reading this will learn from my mistake and trust their intuition.
runningesq runningesq 8 years
law -- I'm so sorry to hear about your job situation. I have a couple friends who took jobs in big private firms because they needed the money, and hate it. Hang in there -- can you talk to someone about how to leave gracefully? What about career services at your (alma matar) law school? IMO, I don't think it would really hurt you to be [carefully] honest with a new employer -- you want to help people, that's why you went to law school, private sector not a big fit, etc. (btw, I work for the government (I'm an ASA)). good luck!
lawchick lawchick 8 years
bella, thanks for the support! I have thought about trying various other things (like a firm that does a different kind of law) but I'm so worried about trying something else new and not liking it either! The big truth I have learned from this job is that if you have major reservations and people try to talk you out of taking it, take those things very seriously. Like those tips say above, your first impressions are probably true. Mine certainly were. I will eventually be able to get back to government work -- I'm just trying to tolerate this in the meantime, and figure out how quickly I can leave without it damaging my reputation. Sigh...
HeidiMD HeidiMD 8 years
I'm so glad I have a job I love. Work is something you spend most of your life doing, so it should be something you love doing, and that inspires you.
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
ohh law, I understand how you feel. I also commend you for wanting to help people instead of just getting rich and just living your life. Do you have time to maybe volunteer your services, I know it may be hard with the long hours at the office but maybe that can help offset some of the work woes you have until you come up with a plan to leave your present company. It’s funny, the job I have now, I did just that. I picked it b/c at the time I was laid off and needed a job and it was coming down to crunch time of the savings running out; so I understand sometimes you have to just choose the money. I work with a lot of lawyers who didn’t want to work in a law firm but wanted to use their law degree and past experience. Have you maybe looked into other avenues or do you just want to go back to public sector.
lawchick lawchick 8 years
Bella, I was in the public sector before this job and enjoyed it a lot -- I left because we (husband and I) got in a financial bind and needed the money the private sector offered. My heart just isn't in it, though -- I want to help people, not get rich off people! I can't think about how much it's costing a client every time I do something time consuming or I feel so bad! My boss actually said to me at bonus time "If you make me a lot of money, you'll get a big bonus next year." If the work was interesting or something I cared about at all, maybe I would work extra hours and make that extra money -- but the money alone isn't enough of a motivator. I want to go back to doing something I feel good about. I have only been out of school 3 years, though, and this is my second job, so I feel like I need to stick around for awhile.
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
Law, I also did: the selling out route. I still think it depends on the situation, if your looking for a job and out of work and you need to pay your bills, sometimes you do not have the luxury to wait and find that It job. But I do like the idea of having a plan once you take the position. Law - what don't you like about your current position?
lawchick lawchick 8 years
"Don't sell out. If you take a job because you need the paycheck and know it's not the right position, make a timetable for moving on, and then stick to it." Wish I had heeded this advice. I totally took this job for the paycheck, even though I had major reservations. Now I have been here a year and want to leave SO BAD but feel like I should stay so my resume doesn't look so bad (flitting around from job to job).
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