How to find your best job yet

Before you accept the first job you can find, make sure that it will be the best one for you.

Often people find that they are dissatisfied in their current jobs because their career decisions were based on the wrong reasons, says Carmen Williams, General Manager, Talent Acquisition, Entelect.

The fast-paced technology industry has many new jobs emerging all the time, and this can increase the pressure.

Thus, often we take the first offer, or move just for more money because we think if we’re earning more money then it’s a measure of how successful we are.

However, a salary is not going to determine how much you will be challenged in your job or whether you will feel fulfilled by the day-to-day work.

Before jumping to accept the next job, you also need to ask yourself why you wanted to leave in the first place, so that you can understand what will make you feel fulfilled.

“It is a process of self-evaluation,” explains Williams. “You need to evaluate why you are looking for a new job, and what type of culture or environment would best suit you.”

In the book “In Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us,” Daniel Pink, says that knowledge workers are motivated by three things: autonomy, mastery and purpose.

People work for recognition, not just money, and your search for fulfilment in your career should focus on growth (mastery), a sense of independence (autonomy) and fulfilment that your job makes a significant impact on the lives of others somehow (purpose).

Some of the things you should ask yourself when considering what makes you happy and satisfied in your job:

  • Consider how much will you be challenged in the new job and whether you will feel fulfilled by the day-to-day work.
  • Do you thrive in an environment that strives for excellence at the core of the process and output?
  • Do you want a truely agile working environment where you will feel in control of what you do, how you do it and when you do it?
  • Consider a job where there is a culture that drives performance, where you can learn and evolve and become a better professional and human being.
  • If you are driven by purpose, look for a job where you will feel that what you are doing is important and you will contribute to making things better, instead of just doing what you are told without understanding why.

Find out whether the company you have applied at can offer you everything you are looking for in a job by focusing your questions for the interviewer.

Change the questions you prepare for the interviewer to be focused on autonomy, mastery and purpose and appreciate the interesting conversation that unfolds. The money will follow.

If you are looking for a job as a developer or know a talented developer who is, apply or refer a friend on the Entelect refereadeveloper campaign website and stand a chance to win a trip for 2 to Thailand.

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