Transition Tips & Tales
Use these five criteria to make sure you are searching for the right job.
You have probably heard that your military experience has positioned you for a civilian job when you get out. Most of you can assume that to be true, as long as you set your expectations correctly and put in the work to get that job. But will it be the right job for you? Although you will never be certain until after that new job begins, you can maximize your odds of making a good choice by comparing each opportunity with a set of five standards. Find a position that measures up in each of these areas and your search is over!
1. Happiness. Will the job make you happy? Will you enjoy yourself during most of those long working hours? You cannot wait to get to work and it is hard to believe that the working day is over and it is time to go home! Although you never know until you actually get involved in the day-to-day aspects of the job, it is important to look for strong indicators of job satisfaction and enjoyment. Consider also the people who work there – will you enjoy their company? Do they share your values and your work ethic? Your co-workers will have a major impact on the enjoyment you obtain from your profession.
3. Adding value. Unlike the military where compensation is based on attendance (time-in-service, time-in-grade), the business world determines compensation based on value added. The wage or salary you have negotiated reflects the company’s prediction of the value you will add during the coming year. Exceed their expectations and get a raise! Fail to measure up and start working on your résumé! Make sure the job allows you to add value relatively quickly. In addition, this value needs to be visible. You could be the most valuable person on the team, but if the value you are adding is invisible, it will be difficult to receive any credit. Ideally, this visible value added will also be measurable – an important issue at your performance and salary review.
To summarize, what is the right job for you? It is one in which you will enjoy the work, where the learning curve is neither too steep nor too flat, where you can add visible, measurable value, in a growing organization, and in circumstances which will afford a high quality of life for you and your family. When you find one that meets these five standards, take it – your search is over!
(© 2011, Tom Wolfe; all rights reserved; used with the author’s permission)
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