Tips to curb­ing ca­reer con­fu­sion

Lesotho Times - - Jobs & Tenders -

WHETHER you’re just start­ing out in your ca­reer or you’re look­ing to move on from your cur­rent po­si­tion, find­ing the right job isn’t al­ways easy.

If you’re for­tu­nate enough to have mul­ti­ple job of­fers to choose from, it can be chal­leng­ing and stress­ful to de­cide which one is the right fit, es­pe­cially with all the dif­fer­ent fac­tors that go into each job of­fer. From salary and ben­e­fits to com­pany cul­ture and ca­reer ad­vance­ment pos­si­bil­i­ties, there’s a lot to con­sider.

So, how do you choose the right job with­out wor­ry­ing if you’ve made the wrong de­ci­sion? Here are nine tips for choos­ing your next ca­reer move.

De­ter­mine your pri­or­i­ties. “The most im­por­tant things to look for in a job of­fer will de­pend on where you’re at in your life and ca­reer. Your top pri­or­ity could be com­pen­sa­tion, or it could be ac­quir­ing new skills and ex­pe­ri­ence.

Make sure you un­der­stand your cur­rent pri­or­i­ties as you eval­u­ate job of­fers.” – Kelly Dono­van, job search con­sul­tant and prin­ci­pal, Kelly Dono­van & As­so­ci­ates

Make a list of your cri­te­ria in ad­vance. “It’s best to start your job search with a list of what you want in the new job. Once you be­gin to re­ceive of­fers, you can com­pare the jobs to your list to see which one best fits your cri­te­ria, and then choose.” – Jason Dukes, busi­ness coach and founder, Cap­tain’s Chair Coach­ing

Think about more than money. “Don’t just judge the job on the salary. This is one of the most com­mon mis­takes job seek­ers make. You need to be able to pay your bills and sus­tain your lifestyle, but tak­ing a job purely based on a larger pay­check can set you up for fail­ure and dis­ap­point­ment.” – Thomas J. Ward, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, Cen­tre for Ca­reer De­vel­op­ment, Adel­phi Univer­sity

Con­sider how you con­nect with the boss. “The sin­gle most im­por­tant fac­tor in longterm job sat­is­fac­tion is the re­la­tion­ship be­tween you — the em­ployee — and your di­rect su­per­vi­sor.

What im­pres­sions did you have dur­ing the in­ter­view process? Is there mu­tual re­spect and a foun­da­tion to build on be­yond the ba­sic re­quire­ments of the job?” – Joanie Spain, ca­reer ser­vices di­rec­tor, Santa Fe Univer­sity of Art and De­sign

Look at the com­pany’s cul­ture. “Con­sider the en­vi­ron­ment and cul­ture of the or­gan­i­sa­tion as the most im­por­tant part of the de­ci­sion. Is it a place where you can ad­vance, and do you feel like you fit in well? If you are not happy at the or­gan­i­sa­tion, salary is not go­ing to mat­ter, and you most likely will not per­form to the best of your abil­ity.” – James Westhoff, di­rec­tor of ca­reer ser­vices, Hus­son Univer­sity

Fo­cus on your fu­ture. “Re­flect on the fol­low­ing ar­eas for each po­ten­tial em­ployer: What type of ca­reer path can you ex­pect from tak­ing a po­si­tion there? Does the com­pany con­sider the de­vel­op­ment of their peo­ple a pri­or­ity? Will you be given op­por­tu­ni­ties to build on your skills and take on stretch as­sign­ments? Con­sider whether you al­ready have con­nec­tions or ad­vo­cates at any of the com­pa­nies who would be help­ful to your ca­reer pro­gres­sion.” – Mish South­gate, ca­reer coach and founder, Vis­i­bil­ity Ca­reers

Look for long-term sat­is­fac­tion. “All things be­ing equal, go with the com­pany where you feel you have a long-term po­si­tion. Growth within an or­gan­i­sa­tion is some­thing not many peo­ple con­sider when they take a job; they as­sume it’s avail­able whether or not that is ac­tu­ally the case.

There­fore, sit back and think about the types of peo­ple you in­ter­viewed with, their roles and ten­ure, and see if you can see your­self fit­ting into the com­pany with them in the long term.” – An­drea Berk­man-don­lon, founder, The Con­stant Pro­fes­sional

Think about your next job. “If you’re look­ing to work only a cou­ple of years or so and will use this job to cat­a­pult to a higher-level job, you might con­sider these fac­tors: ti­tle, salary, num­ber of di­rect re­ports, and profit and loss re­spon­si­bil­ity. These fac­tors will help you main­tain and grow your ca­reer in the next or­gan­i­sa­tion, and are crit­i­cal to tak­ing ad­van­tage of a ca­reer-change op­por­tu­nity.” – Todd Rhoad, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, Bt Con­sult­ing

Buy your­self some time. “We of­ten hear from our mem­bers about the dilemma of be­ing of­fered a job while still wait­ing to hear back from another. In a case like this, we ad­vise clear com­mu­ni­ca­tion with the prospec­tive em­ployer that you’d like some time to think about their of­fer.

The stan­dard amount of time to ‘think things over’ can range from a cou­ple days to a week max­i­mum, which will buy you some time to vet your op­tions.” – John Krautzel, vice pres­i­dent of mar­ket­ing and mem­ber ex­pe­ri­ence, Be­yond.

— Busi­ness­news­daily.

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