How to choose a job?

If you are not ambitious, and, don’t have any goals in life – just want to get married, have kids & settle down, then this post might not be for you.

Smart people don’t seek “a job”. Jobs “seek” them, and they, “choose” where to work.

Here are some pointers to consider while getting into a full time job (from my own experiences and advise taken from multiple seasoned professionals):

  • Look for exposure.
  • Talk to the people driving the org – ask them their motivations, mission & vision for the company.
  • The team is extremely important. The better the team, the more you get to learn and grow (your synergy with the team also matters).
  • A good leader will have your career aspirations in mind too.
  • Observe the relationship between key stakeholders at the org – it should be bulletproof.
  • See if the manager is willing to give you enough space to experiment, learn & grow into the organisation.
  • Go through the company policy and see if the value and culture is aligned with what you believe in.
  • Prefer challenging roles/tasks which push you beyond your comfort zone.
  • If you’re not sure if you could do/handle it, say yes and then learn how to do it later.
  • A good org would behave like a family, demonstrate team spirit and help each other out in whatever way possible.
  • Good companies care for their employees and treat them well.
  • Good leaders don’t micro-manage, they trust that you’re doing your best.
  • Try cutting down on travel time, it will wear you down. 
  • Make sure you are not working for anything below your market value.
  • Your market value should be “true” value and not “inflated”.
  • As far as salary is concerned, the customer’s perception is the only reality.             

And always remember, what doesn’t kill us, make us stronger. Choose a job that you can tolerate for most of the days, enjoy some of the days and make sure you are able to retain your self-esteem in all of the days.

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