Sometimes jobs just don’t work out. We often speak to people disillusioned with their new career. The reason for this is often mis-communication on the part of them and the employer; the recruitment process was badly managed, failing to properly establish exactly what they wanted from the selected candidate, while the person perhaps hadn’t asked the right questions of their employer.
As such the individual’s skills were misused or wasted as they were asked to perform tasks their skills weren’t suited nor motivated for.
Occasionally though, the job itself is as advertised, but it still doesn’t work out as the company and the individual are not a good fit.
I recently read a very interesting article by Dharmesh Shah, Founder and CTO at HubSpot, about the importance of thoroughly researching the culture of a company in order to find ourselves our ideal job.
The article drew the comparison with our personal relationships and questioned when we’re (rightly) so choosy about finding our ideal partner, why we weren’t so selective when it comes to finding our ideal workplace.
The Culture behind an organisation
It’s standard practice to research a company online and pre-prepare any of our own questions before a job interview.
But, if you’re looking to ‘settle down’ within an organisation, it’s important to look beyond the website and consider the culture behind the business and whether it suits your own ideologies and motivations.
Every company has a culture, whether intentional or not. Some are open and transparent; others are process and results focused.
No culture is right or wrong per se – but you have to decide what’s right or wrong for you.
Even in the largest organisations, the company’s culture is often a reflection of the people at the top. Think about Steve Jobs, who created a culture of innovation and creativity at Apple.
If you want to feel inspired, challenged, fulfilled, and happy with your work it’s worth researching the senior figures at the organisation where you might be working. Thanks to tools such as LinkedIn this has never been easier.
What do you think of them? Look at how many businesses they own, or have recently owned, or jobs they have had. Are they likely to stick with the organisation where you want to work for the long haul? If not, is it really the sort of business you want to commit your career to?
Remember that an interview should be a two-way selling process. First impressions count for a lot; if you’re not happy with the feel of the organisation at interview, consider whether it is somewhere that you’re likely to enjoy working.
And don’t be afraid to ask real questions; “What do you look for in your staff? What would be your immediate expectations of me?”
By undertaking all the research of the company – as well as the job itself – before deciding if it’s for you, you are at least giving yourself the best possible chance of avoiding looking for another job 3-6 months.
When it’s the place where you’ll spend the majority of your time, why would you not?
What if it changes?
Of course, just as we can fall in love with a company, it’s easy to fall out of love again! One or two changes in personnel, particularly in senior positions, can completely alter the dynamic of an organisation.
The message here is, if you are experiencing long-term issues in your job, then take charge of your career. No-one should work where they are unhappy.
Ensure that you are proactively managing your career, networking, seeking opportunities, gaining wider experience and / or training where possible.
Only you can help give you the career you deserve.
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