Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Do You REALLY Want to be Happy at Your Next Job?

We have all read the statistics that claim a large portion of our workforce in the US is unhappy on the job. That is very sad; when you consider the percentage of our lives that we spend doing “work.”

Having been a professional recruiter since 1981, you can imagine how many unhappy people that I have met – some of them other recruiters.

Why do you suppose there are so many unhappy workers? In my previous post titled “The Best Qualified Candidate Rarely Gets Hired”, I made the point that very few managers have been trained how to effectively interview and select the best qualified candidates.

Obviously the same is true for the candidates. Few people truly understand that the job search process is a sales process, with the selling being done on both sides. Therefore, sometimes candidates will accept statements from hiring managers at face value without questioning them.

Prior to an interview, imagine yourself in the position where you were happiest. It doesn’t matter what you were doing; who you were working with; where you were; when it was. Now, think about all of the elements that made you happy. Think of all of those elements in chemistry terms. Sometimes elements can combine to create new elements.

Now simmer those elements down to the base elements. My feeling is that there are two base elements. The first element is “Am I making positive, measurable impacts?” The second element is “Am I having fun?” Please note that neither element mentions money. If you are making positive, measurable impacts and having fun, money will take care of itself because you will do the things necessary to be successful (in your terms).

If both elements are there, I guarantee that you will be happy. If either element is missing, I guarantee you that it is just a matter of time before you are unhappy.

The next time you interview, include these filters. You will make a better choice.