Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Five questions to ask before saying yes to a job
Some questions to ask first:
How much income is enough? Look at your needs--and the TOTAL package, including flex time, ability to work off-site, an open v hierarchical setup, health benefits, education benefits, and so on.
How will you feel about yourself if you work there? What if it's a tobacco company and you loathe smoking? You don't want a job where you have to hold your nose. Either can be OK--just see what you think.
How will you use your special talents? You should know your five top talents--will the position build on these or make you leanr new ones?
How does the work fit with your passions and interests? At first, your duties may not be exciting--but do they stand to gain in excitement?
Can you make a meaningful difference? This need not be a nonprofit--it can be a place where even the most mundane tasks contribute to the whole.
Brooks reminds us: There is something to learn in every career step.
I would say think about what at least a year in the job would be like--can you see yourself there a year or more?