How Picking the Right Job is like Picking the Right Pair of Shoes
By Cory Eustice, Division Manager of Workbridge OC
You you may be laughing right now or scoffing at this topic, but I kid you not, you will agree with me (if you don't already) by the end of this entry.
I have been doing IT recruiting for years now, but I am not going to pretend that there is a "silver bullet" for recruiting, finding the perfect job, or even how to get the perfect job once you find it. But, what I do know is that every candidate I have ever interacted with, got an interview for, or placed, shares the same thought process..."does this feel right?" and "how do I know for sure?" Well by the end of this entry, I hope that the path to getting those answers is a lot clearer.
I don't know about you, but when I am shopping for shoes, I already have a look and feel in mind for what type of shoe I'm looking for. I go from store to store searching for the designer that shares my vision, and I'll admit that it is beyond frustrating when I sometimes leave for the day, no shoes in hand. From my experience of working with countless job-seekers, I find that they go through the exact same process.
They start off their job search with the perfect job in mind; great salary, great benefits, an awesome team, and a 5 minute commute. I don't have to tell you that nothing is ever perfect, and as the job search drags on mindsets begin to change because they feel that their perfect job may not actually exist, when in reality it just might. When I help job seekers with their search, a lot of times they don't ask themselves the tough questions simply because they know what the answer is and they don't like it. Sure, I would love to rock some Italian leather shoes that cost half my house payment and I am sure my wife would love to wear 7 inch stilettos to work, but that just isn't practical. When I start asking myself, "can I wear these with multiple suits?" or "can I wear these at night and during the day?" or "can I even pull these off?", I know what the answer most likely is...no. I tell candidates the same thing. Is it more important to have a 5 minute commute, or is it more important to get up in the morning, wanting to go to work? Is it more important to have a huge salary, or is it more important to have a great work-life balance? We all would love to have everything, and a lot of times that is what candidates expect from recruiters like me. But, when people start to really ask themselves what is most important to their life, and honestly answer themselves, they start to see what is really important and they jump at the job when they see it. Just like when you find a pair of shoes that is both practical and affordable, you buy them.
When I speak with candidates about making a decision about a job, they always go through the process of determining if this is the right role for them and what my thoughts are. Honestly, I always tell them the same thing, "if this is the right job for you, then everything else will work itself out. If it's not, then we move on and find something else, it is your search and your life." When you shop for shoes, you try on the pairs that you like and walk around in them to get a feel for them. When you are searching for a job, you do the same thing in the interview process. I tell all of my candidates that when they are in their interviews, to imagine that they are in a meeting with the other people and try to get a grasp of how they might interact with them if they worked together. At the end of the day, if you don't like who you work with, you won't be happy at work, so that is key (the shoes have to be comfortable).
The second thing I tell them, you don't have to jump at the first job, but it's OK if you do. Sure, we would all love to interview with multiple companies and make sure that we had all our options on the table before we make a decision, but it doesn't always work that way. Sometimes, the first job you see is the right one, and it is important to jump on that. Unlike shoes, you can't put the job on hold. The company is going to continue to interview other candidates, because they need to find the right person for them too, so they can't always afford to wait. My advice would be that if you find the right job, and you ask yourself the tough questions, and they all point towards that job, take it. The company will see how excited you are about the opportunity and they will be more likely to offer you a better package. If the answers don't point towards that job, then move on, it's not right for you anyways. The right one is out there, just be patient.
The most difficult question every candidate goes through is, "how do I know for sure." My answer unfortunately is that you don't. All you can do is make sure you have your priorities straight, understand what you are willing and not willing to bend on, and be honest with yourself. Just like when you are shopping for shoes, they may feel right, look right, and be the right price, but you really don't know if they are right until you wear them. A new job is the same way, you won't really know for sure until you take the job and start working there. And yes, sometimes you buy the wrong shoes, or take the wrong job. But I bet that when you made that decision you weren't being honest with yourself about some aspect of it. Be honest with yourself and what is best for you, and you will end up with the right pair of shoes every time.
In Orange County & want to talk tech jobs or shoes? Feel free to reach out to Cory: