How to Choose Your Next Job (2022)

In 1997 I put a list of Bible texts together to help folks think through what job to pursue. Below I have taken that list and added comments to flesh out more specifically what I had in mind.

My prayer is that these thoughts will help saturate your mind with the centrality of Christ in all of life. He made you to work. And he cares about what you do with the half of your waking life called “vocation.” He wants you to rejoice in it. And he wants to be glorified in it.

May the Lord position you strategically in the workplace, as only he can when his people care deeply about these kinds of questions.

12 Questions to Consider

1. Can you earnestly do all the parts of this job “to the glory of God,” that is, in a way that highlights his superior value over all other things?

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31)

“A job that requires you to sin will not be done to the glory of God.”

It almost goes without saying that a job that requires you to sin will not be done to the glory of God. Sin is any feeling, word, or action that implies the glory of God is not supremely valuable. So you can’t sin to the glory of God.

But things are often not that clear. A job may involve me in questionable practices that are not clearly sin. Then the question becomes: Is my conscience clear? And the crucial text becomes Romans 14:23, “But whoever has doubts is condemned if he eats, because the eating is not from faith. For whatever does not proceed from faith is sin.”

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2. Is taking this job part of a strategy to grow in personal holiness?

For this is the will of God, your sanctification. (1 Thessalonians 4:3)

When Paul says, “Pursue righteousness” (1 Timothy 6:11; 2 Timothy 2:22), he does not mean: at church and home, but not work. Our work is about half our waking life. If personal holiness in all of life is our calling, then how this happens at work matters. God will be pleased if you ask the question: How does this job fit into the overall strategy of my pursuit of Christ-like character?

3. Will this job help or hinder your progress in esteeming the value of knowing Christ Jesus your Lord?

I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. (Philippians 3:8)

Think through the demands of this job and how it may affect your pursuit of knowing and treasuring Jesus. For example, will it require you to choose between excellence in work and faithfulness in corporate worship? Will it present you with sinful images or offers, to which you are most vulnerable — that is, which lure you to treasuring this world more than Christ?

4. Will this job result in inappropriate pressures on you to think or feel or act against your King, Jesus?

You were bought with a price; do not become bondservants of men. (1 Corinthians 7:23)

The point here is bondage. All jobs constrain behavior. We must show up. We must produce these outcomes. We must follow these procedures. Constraints are not bondage if we joyfully affirm their wisdom. Will this job pressure you in ways that are in fact unduly oppressive and enslaving?

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5. Will this job help establish an overall life-pattern that will yield a significant involvement in fulfilling God’s great purpose of exalting Christ among all the unreached peoples of the world?

Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18–20)

“Everyone is a goer, sender, or disobedient when it comes to the Great Commission.”

I assume everyone is a goer, sender, or disobedient when it comes to the Great Commission. There’s no neutral zone. We don’t all go. But we all care that there be goers. We are all world-Christians. We are all burdened by how many unreached peoples there are. And we are all thrilled with news of gospel spreading.

Some jobs may advance this life-goal significantly by involving travel or multi-ethnic interactions. Other jobs may seem unrelated. But are they? Workplaces are the source of income for giving to the cause of Christ. Workplaces are places of conversion and recruitment for the global mission. Workplaces are places of training for the kinds of things one could do for a living in another country with few Christians. Workplaces are places for speaking intelligently and wisely about the peoples of the world.

6. Will this job be worthy of your best energies?

Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might. (Ecclesiastes 9:10)

Nothing is to be done half-heartedly. This means that things that are not worth doing whole-heartedly should drop away from your life. Tasks don’t have to be high-impact to be worthy of high-effort. Most of the things we do in any given day are relatively low-impact. Working on an assembly line means doing hundreds of times a task that in itself seems low-impact.

But if the product or the service is valuable, the cumulative effect of thousands of low-impact tasks is huge. These tasks can be transposed by an act of faith into worship. That is what it means to do them with your might and for the glory of God.

7. Will the activities and environment of this job tend to shape you, or will you be able to shape it for the Christ-magnifying purposes of God?

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Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind. (Romans 12:2)

Know yourself. We are all more or less vulnerable to different temptations. Christians are to be shapers of the world rather than being shaped by the world. Yes, it is true that we are all shaped by our culture (language, dress, etc). But God means for this reality to be reciprocal. We share the culture of this world in order to communicate that we live for a treasure beyond this world. Does this job hold out hope for that? Or, realistically, is it too resistant?

8. Will this job provide an occasion for you to be radically Christian so as to let your light shine for your Father’s sake, or will your participation in the vision of the business tend by definition to snuff your wick?

“Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)

There are companies — increasingly so — whose policies and procedures would muzzle your voice so seriously, you would not be able to speak with truth and love without being fired. Is the acceptance of this job the acceptance of that muzzle? Is that God’s will for you?

9. Does the aim of this job cohere with a growing intensity in your life to be radically, publicly, fruitfully devoted to Christ at any cost?

“If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” (Mark 8:34)

If you are in a season of serious spiritual growth, ask how a new job will affect that. There are kinds of tasks, kinds of people, kinds of pressures, kinds of schedules, that may bring that growth to a screeching halt. Is this new level of love to Christ precious enough that you will prioritize it, if necessary, above the new job?

10. Will the job feel like a good investment of your life when these “two seconds” of preparation for eternity are over?

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You are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. (James 4:14)

God says that there is a wisdom that comes when we consider the number of our days (Psalm 90:12). Therefore, it will serve your wise choice of a new job to ask how it relates to the brevity of life. When the Lord calls for us or comes for us, we want to be found doing what pleases him. And we want to feel good that we made a wise choice in view of how short and vulnerable life is.

11. Does this job fit with why you believe you were created and purchased by Christ?

“Everyone who is called by my name . . . I created for my glory” (Isaiah 43:7). You were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. (1 Corinthians 6:20)

You are unique. That is amazing and true. I often marvel, in a crowded airport, that the thousands of people all look human, and they all look different. How can there be so many differences in this one kind of being? But there are. And none of them is an accident. God designed them all like unique prisms that refract his glory as only this prism can. The question is: Will this job conceal the uniquenesses of your prism? Or will it give you space to shine?

12. Does this job fit together with the ultimate truth that all things exist for Christ?

For by him all things . . . were created through [Christ] and for him. (Colossians 1:16)

“God cares about what you do with the half of your waking life called ‘vocation.’”

If all things exist for Christ, can there be any wrong jobs? Yes. Because humans try to use things for purposes other than the glory of Christ. Everything God made is good. It exists to communicate something of his greatness and beauty. Will this job free you to take what he has made and turn it for uses that honor him?

I hope you can tell from this that there are few easy answers when asking about what job to pursue. The aim here is not to make it easy, but to make it Christ-centered, Christ-exalting, and Christ-empowered. If your heart is right on these kinds of questions, God will guide you. Seek him supremely in these ways, and let your heart be your guide.

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My parents suggested that I apply for a bank job during my final year at school - so even though I was accepted into my chosen course at university (radiography), I decided to defer for a year and started working at Australia's first bank, Westpac Banking Corporation .. I would also be working shift work and this didn't really fit in with my plans to spend quality time with my future children.. For the first part of my career at Westpac, I was classified as a Career Recruit and had to study, so I worked full time and studied part time.. A huge number of people secure work through people they know - so you need to build your network and keep these people in your 'circle' for the future.. Naturally, I recommend that you connect to these people via LinkedIn - your personal database that you can keep throughout your working life and take with you when you leave a job.. I haven't had everything I have wanted, but I have stuck to my core values and my future options are endless - which for me, is the best job, career and life security anyone can ask for.

We might have a lot of signals telling us it’s time for a change, but until we have clarity on that change, it is very unlikely we will do something about it.. There are other notions that are all included in my use of the word “career”: regular employment, starting a business, turning a passion into a job, making a dream job a reality, exploring new jobs that would make one happy, etc.. Your next career move doesn’t necessarily mean you have to change companies.. What don’t you like anymore about your current role?. Once you are set on the role and team you want to move to, talk to your manager about it and ask for their help.

Job seekers who are in high-demand fields and employees who have a strong track record of career success are often in the enviable position of being able to choose their next job from multiple opportunities.. You don’t have to take the first job offer you get unless you're sure it's the perfect position for the next stage of your career.. Take your time and make sure your next job is exactly what you’re looking for. Perhaps your current job offers insufficient opportunities for advancement, or your boss is too autocratic and you’d like more freedom to make decisions and plan your workflow.. Be careful that you don't issue an ultimatum to your current employer if you aren't ready to change jobs.. If the next job you’d love to have requires skills or knowledge that you don't fully possess, or you want to expand your current responsibilities into new areas, explore whether you can incorporate or build upon these skills in your position.. Consider utilizing a recruiter to help you find your ideal job, but make sure that you don't let them redefine your goals to meet the supply of jobs that they are promoting.. Don't be afraid to turn down a job offer that seems less than ideal.. Here’s how to turn down a job offer .. Don't accept a job offer right away.. It’s not all about the money; the benefits and perks you’re being offered are important, too, and some perks can be negotiated in a job offer.

He was being recruited away from his current role as a VP of a global organization to a CEO role of a private, more narrowly focused company.. David decided to decline the CEO role and proactively seek out projects and challenges aligned with his values within his current company.. Whether you’re making a complete career change or want to refocus your current role on what feels most meaningful to you, pivots can feel dizzying.. The happiest and most successful people I know are honest and aligned with what they feel called to do and at their ideal pace and scale.. If your current team doesn’t match your ideal, seek out mentors and collaborations within the larger organization, in your community, or in an online community.. Your desired pace is determined by your goals and current life circumstances, so your ideal role might change over time.. This allows you to align your work with your priorities and values and avoid being swayed by money, titles, or other factors that don’t bring satisfaction in and of themselves.. Whether you’re in a formal interview process for a role at a new company or simply doing a value-alignment assessment of your current role, here are some questions to help you measure alignment on values, motivations, and contributions when assessing future opportunities:. Those who don’t take the time to evaluate their own values and find alignment with teams and employers who are on the same path are those who become stagnant, prime to be disrupted by industry evolution, and end up burned out or passed over for promotion.. Finding an employer and role that are value-aligned can reveal opportunities that you might not have thought about or even noticed before.. You might consider taking a job with a different title than you’ve had before because of the contributions you would be making and the expertise you would gain, as well as the quality of teammates and opportunities for advancement toward where you truly want to be in life.. Whether you’re making a complete career change or want to refocus your current role on what feels most meaningful to you, pivots can feel dizzying.. Finding an employer and role that are value-aligned can reveal opportunities that you might not have thought about or even noticed before.. The author presents three areas of focus to help you assess your values and several questions to help you assess value alignment with potential employers — or your current one.

After all, the person who knows you the best is YOU.. My parents suggested that I apply for a bank job during my final year at school - so even though I was accepted into my chosen course at university (radiography), I decided to defer for a year and started working at Australia's first bank, Westpac Banking Corporation .. I am extremely grateful for all the people who do the jobs I do not want to do - and if they love those jobs, I am even happier about it!. Don't do something just because someone else said you would be good at it, especially if it is really their future interest and not yours!. You do not have to make a choice that will last the next 50 years right now.. Up to 90% of jobs or careers are never advertised.. When I was 29 and pregnant, I couldn't get a job.. Keep adding people to your network and if you meet people that are really aligned with your goals, diary to keep in touch on a regular basis to maintain your relationship.. If I think about my highest values of spending time with my children and doing enjoyable work, these have been achieved at the level of 100%.. 5) Ask me for more information about LinkedIn related to your Purpose

Can you earnestly do all the parts of this job “to the glory of God,” that is, in a way that highlights his superior value over all other things?. “A job that requires you to sin will not be done to the glory of God.” It almost goes without saying that a job that requires you to sin will not be done to the glory of God.. God will be pleased if you ask the question: How does this job fit into the overall strategy of my pursuit of Christ-like character?. Will this job help or hinder your progress in esteeming the value of knowing Christ Jesus your Lord?. Will this job help establish an overall life-pattern that will yield a significant involvement in fulfilling God’s great purpose of exalting Christ among all the unreached peoples of the world?. Will the activities and environment of this job tend to shape you, or will you be able to shape it for the Christ-magnifying purposes of God?. Does this job fit together with the ultimate truth that all things exist for Christ?. “God cares about what you do with the half of your waking life called ‘vocation.’” If all things exist for Christ, can there be any wrong jobs?

The interviewer wants to know whether your goals are a match for the company.. Your answer also allows an interviewer to see whether your skills and interests make you a good candidate for the job at hand.. To answer this question successfully, consider your goals as they relate to the position.. Expand Why It Works: This answer emphasizes your experience and skills and how they will benefit the company.. You’re also showing that you have the skills and experience necessary to do so.. I look forward to utilizing the experience I have in technology to help streamline a company’s products for even more successful implementation.. Expand Why It Works: This answer demonstrates that your experience will help the company become even more successful (while being careful not to imply that the company is unsuccessful now).. Expand Why It Works: By focusing on the mission, you show that you understand its importance to the organization.. Review the Job Listing.. Use this as an opportunity to show the interviewer why you're a good match for the job.. – Best Answers Why should we hire you?. – Best Answers More interview questions: Top 10 Interview Questions and Best Answers. DO YOUR RESEARCH: Learn as much as you can about the organization and its goals and needs.

Pro Tip: Will a career aptitude test answer what career should I have?. A career quiz or job quiz will ignore your passions.. You can call it, How to Choose a Career, What Career is Right for Me, What Job Should I Have, or just Career Finder.. Add the job outlook and growth in columns #6–#7 in your How to Choose a Career spreadsheet.. Listed your passions Defined your wealth goals Written your favorite job titles Added salary data from Glassdoor and BLS Included job outlook. “What’s it like to be a“ + [JOB TITLE] + “reddit” “Do you like being a” + [JOB TITLE] + “reddit”. Everybody loves career quizzes and career path tests.. Career aptitude test Career quiz Job quiz Career tests How to choose a career test. In the hands of a trained counselor or coach, professional career tests can help you narrow your career options as you undergo career exploration.. Do you have questions on “what career is right for me?” Still not sure how to choose a career that fits your skills and passions?

Having multiple job offers to choose from is a luxury, no matter what the job market looks like.. It will ground your next steps for learning how to choose between job offers and give you the information you need to make a decision.. You have had an opportunity to meet your future boss, possibly even a few co-workers.. Trust your instincts before accepting a job offer!. I once had a job interview where my interactions with a possible co-worker was a little off during the group interview.. Glassdoor , Indeed , and LinkedIn are great places to start.. Remember to add non-monetary things as well: fit with company culture, rapport with your future boss and co-workers, length of your commute, the possibility of flexible work arrangements.. Then give each company a score between one and 10 for each of your priorities, with 10 being the best.. If the math points you in the direction of a clear winner based on the numbers, and yet you dread making the phone call to accept the offer, pay attention to that feeling.. Some sites suggest you stall for time, while others recommend that you do complex analysis of the offers so you can make an informed decision.. A simple priorities list can help you focus on your values and consider details carefully.

No employer wants to hire someone who is just looking for the first job they can find, or any job they can get.. They’d prefer to find someone who has specific reasons for wanting their job – because from their perspective, that person is going to be more motivated and interested in the work… and more likely to stay long-term!. When you go to answer this question, the first thing you need to do is have a specific idea of what challenges you’re targeting or what type of learning opportunity you’d like to find next in your career.. Let’s look at a sample interview answer now, so you can see how this would sound in a real interview.. There’s one way to make your answer better, though… and that’s to mention something specific that excites you about their position (usually something you saw on the job description, or something you learned in a previous interview with someone else in the company).. So the position sounds exciting.”. That’s how to get the hiring manager excited about offering you the position.. The best answers, like the sample answer above, will show what you’re looking to do in the next position you take and what excites you as a professional… but will also show the employer that you took the time to understand their job and that you there are specific things that excite you about working for them.. “I enjoy working as part of a team, so one thing that I’m targeting in my next position is a collaborative, team-focused environment.. Based on what I saw from researching your company and reviewing the job description, it sounds like that’s the type of work culture you promote here, so I’m excited to learn more about the opportunity today.”. If you follow the tips above, you’ll have a great answer when employers ask questions about what type of challenge you’re looking in the job interview.. Other commonly-asked interview questions to be ready for:

How do I decide between a current job and a new job?. One of the biggest mistakes we make when we’re trying to decide between a current job and a new job is that we’re focusing our attention “out there.”. If you’ve been feeling stuck or going around in circles, I can tell you with 100% certainty is that it’s because you still need to do the homework to get clear on who you are & what you want today, and into the future.. When you’re finished, you’ll have a significantly sharper picture about who you are and what you want, which will help you choose between a current job and a new one every single time.. PATH A: I should look for a new job.. In my work with my private clients and students in my online programs, I am constantly finding that they’re assuming nothing can change with their current job or employer.. If you assume those are the only paths to changing something right where you are, you’ll end up missing out on creating something that may be perfect both for you and the organization today.. If you need to decide between a current job and a new job, make sure that you’ve done the work to find out all that may be possible in your own backyard.. It’s okay to pass up a new job that doesn’t seem quite right in order to explore what you might change right where you are.. If you’re clear about who you are and what you want, and you’ve completely explored what might be possible right where you are, and you’re STILL finding it hard to decide between your current job and a new job, then it’s time to shut up.. She also realized that the new job won’t be the last job she’ll ever find.

Someone asked me to share how I think about choosing jobs and roles particularly once you’re at a point in your career when you have choice (or maybe in a job market where there’s a lot of choice).. This is an area where I’m still learning and growing (always, I think) but after many years of making my own choices and helping friends make theirs, I’ve got a set of tools that may be helpful to you.. My experience has been that you discover your strengths — the intersection of what you love doing and what you’re great at — slowly over time by reflecting on specific experiences and using them understanding where you find energy and where you feel drained.. I really love figuring out how to align the incentives of two companies, and I really enjoy building strong personal relationships to support them but as someone who loves authenticity, I’m really not great at selling products that people don’t need, and I’m terrible at closing!. Doubly beware if the job is “fancy” — where your friends and family are going to think it’s cool — because then your ego gets in the mix and wants you to take it even though your gut says that you will hate most days on that job.. People: for me, this is people I love working with and look forward to mentoring or learning from every day.. Sometimes I’m inexplicably attracted to a job that looks nothing like what I’ve said I want to do next, but if I think about the stool legs, usually I can figure out why the job sounds like fun.. It also helps me realize why certain jobs that seem like they SHOULD be so fun just don’t sound good to me.. Relevant to my last post about how you know when it’s time to leave a job , I have realized that I can be happy at work if one of my legs is wobbly, but not two.. For anyone that’s friends with me, you know that I usually strongly advise leaving your current job and THEN doing a job search as one of the healthiest ways to create separation and give yourself time to think through your next choice (unsurprisingly the same advice I’d give you about relationships), but I know not everyone can afford to do that.. If you can’t afford the time off of work, then you need to figure out how to create separation while you’re still in your role OR consciously take the rebound job, but make sure you time-bound it (like a consulting agreement or a 1-year gig).. We don’t often think about work or jobs as relationships, but we should.

The good news is that while a lot has changed in the job market in the last few years (hello, Great Resignation) what makes a resume stand out really hasn’t.. Yes, they may raise alarm bells for some hiring managers, but as executive coach Patricia Carl writes, there’s no such thing as a perfect resume , especially considering the past few years of uncertainty and job losses.. Before you start writing, find out more about the company and the specific job you want.. If the online application doesn’t allow you to submit a cover letter, use the format you’re given to demonstrate your ability to do the job and your enthusiasm for the role — that’s the ultimate purpose of a cover letter anyway.. One of my favorite pieces of advice around job interviews comes from career advisor and author, John Lees, who says: don’t be yourself .. Instead, he suggests, think of an interview this way: “It’s a trained improvised performance where you’re trying to present the best version of you.” Here are several interview tips to keep in mind.. As you’re crafting these messages, keep in mind the three questions that professor Art Markman says are on the mind of all hiring managers and interviewers :. Many interviewers won’t ask these questions outright, but you’ll better convince them you’re right for the role if you convey the answers through your responses and body language, by establishing a rapport, talking about what you’ve learned through challenges and setbacks, and demonstrating your ability to ask good questions.. This comprehensive article covers everything from how to update your resume and write a cover letter to how to ace your interview and follow up.

One day, you might quit a job without another job lined up and need help to decide your next career move.. Below are three exercises to help you decide your next career move.. Starting sooner than later is always a good idea, since your next career move make take longer than you think.. You may be so burnt out by your current job that you don’t have a working compass to point to your next career move.. This exercise helps you to focus on enjoyment, and not of career activities specifically, but of any and all activities.. For this exercise, you look into previous activities and list out your favorites.. However, when you list something, remember as many specifics as possible.. This is about specific experiences, not general activities.. Once you have at least 12 peak experiences, pick your top half from that list.. Maybe you are working solo in all of your favorite activities, or you’re focusing on a complex project for a long period of time.. Peak Experiences is an exercise to help you discern patterns in work and projects you enjoy.. Similar to Peak Experiences, this exercise is also about finding patterns, but patterns in your interests.. You can go a step further and actually read the articles once you narrow down your areas of interest to see if you are truly interested, or maybe these are nice to know about but you don’t want to go that deep...much less work there!. Table of Contents is not a substitute for more exhaustive research, but it's a quick and easy way to get started.. Activity creates more momentum and more activity.

David Brooks does the subject a great deal of justice in an OpEd in which he explains, “Most successful young people don’t look inside and then plan a life.. Young people are often guilty of deciding on our passions in a vacuum and it’s no wonder with the cacophony of “follow your dreams” reinforcement we receive.. Many promising young people I interact with tell me they’re hell-bent on doing something that’s good for the environment, or that they want to revolutionize education, or work in health and wellness.. What most young people do is look at the outputs of an industry and say, “that one,” rather than look at what one’s day to day would actually look like.. There is a remarkable lack of transparency across all career paths as to what you actually do all day, and when it’s demystified, working to save education or the environment might not be as stimulating or high potential as one thinks.. Many people take this bottom-up path, viewing your career as a series of steps to climb.. Often, these young people promise themselves that they’ll be successful first, and do something they love later.. There’s nothing wrong with this second path; it’s definitely the most stable choice, and has generally good returns for the first four tiers of Maslow’s Hierarchy (the 3rd tier might be an independent variable, but that’s a blog post for someone else).. For many people, it’s a great choice, and the presence of a clear target (e.g. your boss’s job) makes it easier to achieve.. The common thread I’ve found among people who are happy in their early-career jobs are that they’re challenged and encouraged to grow.. If every time you evaluate an opportunity, you strip away the externalities, like perceived prestige, “mission,” industry, or even money (to an extent), what you’ll be left with is what you actually think of the opportunity.. Finding a team that you’ll be excited to work with every day, and a boss that will give you the headroom to grow and expand your capabilities.. That’s why people wind up trying to switch jobs all the time – maybe if they had more prestige, or $20k more, or worked in education instead of engineering.. A couple much more interesting years later, I took the same approach to getting the job I have now: strip away the externalities, look for headroom.

They probably have some professional experiences you haven’t had, that may help you take your decision.. Skills – like it is not enough time wasted in learning some information just to gain general knowledge and a degree, but now you have to possess some extra skills as well.. Professional experience – you need to have professional experience in order to get professional experience – it is not some conundrum, it’s today’s reality.. You gained the desirable knowledge, education, skills, experience and motivation.. By walking the path set so far and following the steps above you probably already found out what makes you special.. Precisely the quality or skill set that makes you special will lend you the desired job.. Sometimes it needs a bit more salt and you add it – in our analogy that would be taking more responsibilities, like a management position, for example.. Some of us just don’t feel the appeal of professional life at all.. Good luck in your future endeavors!

Do you need a new career or just a new job?. What do you want to keep doing, or do more of, in your next job?. Come up with any and all ideas for jobs or careers you want to learn more about: good ideas, bad ones, ideas that don’t quite make sense, parts of ideas.. Why do you like each job?. Career coaches highly recommend this research method for choosing a new career.. For example, consider the following questions for each job on your list:

Start by looking at yourself and understand if a given startup and role fit your current needs and future ambition.. The opportunity in front of you represents the next step in your career path.. When joining a startup, you might be able to negotiate an impressive title - after all, titles are free to give and the org is mostly open.. If you're doing the work of a generalist marketing manager but taking a CMO title because you got there first, this doesn't mean you've just reached the top of your marketing career.What it means is that you've maxed out on title progression, and you will likely be demoted to something like Director in the future, maybe even in the same company.. That said, a job title is still very important and serves to position yourself in the market.. You want each new title to be better than the last, to reflect your responsibilities and experience, and to stick - so consider it carefully and use it to your benefit.. That means it's aligned with the value you bring, with what the market is paying, and with your new team.Don't shy away from this discussion.. A lower fixed salary can be supplemented with a strong performance bonus.If the bonus is an important part of your compensation, understand exactly how it works:. To do that, you need to think like an investor and analyze the product and the team.. In the long-term, it's those people that will make decisions, build the product, engage with customers, recruit even more people, and ultimately drive the business to success or oblivion.They are the people you will be seeing every day and influencing how you feel about your job and your life .. The next step is trying to understand if the team lives by those values.. If you value feeling empowered at work as most people do, join a team where this is embedded in the culture.

What’s more, if you don’t find your work meaningful and rewarding, it’s hard to generate the effort and enthusiasm necessary to advance in your job or career.. By learning how to research options, realize your strengths, and acquire new skills, as well as muster up the courage to make a change, you can discover the career path that’s right for you.. If your job or career isn’t what you want, find meaning and satisfaction elsewhere: in your family, hobbies, or after work interests, for example.. Whether you’re embarking on your first career out of school or looking to make a career change, the first step is to think carefully about what really drives you.. It’s too much work to change careers.. If you have worked for a number of years, you may feel that you’ve put too much time and effort into your career to change midstream.. However, the more you’ve worked, the more likely you are to have skills that can transfer to a new career.. I don’t have enough skills to consider a new career.. You may also consider career counseling or a job coach, especially if you are considering a major career shift.. Once you have a general idea of your career path, take some time to figure out what skills you have and what skills you need.. While learning, you’ll also have an opportunity to find out whether or not you truly enjoy your chosen career and also make connections that could lead to your dream job.

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