Searching for a first job or even a new job can be difficult and nerve wracking. After all, a job is where you’ll spend most of your time during the week so it’s important that you accept a job offer somewhere where you will enjoy working. As the old adage goes, if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life. Unfortunately, many employees don’t ever find this “dream job” leaving them feel as if a better opportunity is out there waiting for them. So, what questions should you carefully consider when searching for your ideal job placement?
- Do You Work Better In A Structured Or Dynamic Environment?
- Do You Prefer To Be Sedentary Or On The Move?
- Can You Contact Someone Who Already Holds This Position?
Do You Work Better In A Structured Or Dynamic Environment?
Different jobs have differing levels of structure. Some have a very defined list of tasks that must be completed every day while others are much more open ended and require you to be a bit more creative in the way you complete a task. Some people require a certain level of structure in their day in order to be productive. Others feel as if they need to be left to their own devices in order to be most effective in a career. Carefully consider what type of work environment you would prefer before beginning to send out job applications. Additionally, consider how important variety may be in your career. Some careers require you to do very similar tasks every day. For some, if they happen to love this particular task, are more than content to do it. Others would like a career that allows them to do many different tasks over time so that they never feel as if their job has become monotonous.
Do You Prefer To Be Sedentary Or On The Move?
One of the most defining factors of any job is how mobile you are. Are you sitting down at a desk in an office for most of the day or are you on your feet at a construction site? It is important to determine what job style best suits you. Some people are physically unable to perform a job that requires you to be on your feet all day. This means that you may find the most enjoyment out of a more sedentary job. If however you are someone who feels trapped in an office setting, a career that takes you outdoors may be more suitable. For many, a combination of indoor and outdoor work is usually the most ideal. Truck driving jobs are an example of this in that they get to travel across the state or country while also being off their feet for much of the day.
Can You Contact Someone Who Already Holds This Position?
A great way to determine if you would truly love a job or not is to shadow someone who currently holds a position that you think you would enjoy. This way, you get to experience what a day in the life of this profession is like without all of the commitment of accepting the job full time. Additionally, you will be able to ask questions about the job from a primary source. They will be able to tell you the things they do and don’t like about their job so that you can make a more informed decision before submitting your application. This is even more helpful if you have a personal friend with that career. This way, they are much more likely to be truthful with you when being asked about the negative aspects of the job.
Every employee is different. While some are completely content sitting at a desk and updating spreadsheets on a computer, others crave to be outdoors for the majority of their working hours. Regardless of what category you fall into, it is important to carefully consider all of the aspects of a job before making a career change.