I’ve been thinking a lot about Jennifer’s comment on last Friday’s post about The Perfect Job: “the perfect job” doesn’t exist for 90% of the population.” According to CareerBuilder, 1 in 5 people love their jobs and about half are satisfied. So it seems that most people aren’t miserable, but it still begs the question of how to find a job that you’ll love.
A little more than a decade ago, I was living in Spain, slogging through my third year of working 80+ hour weeks as a management consultant. Late one night, my face bathed in the cool glow of a spreadsheet on my laptop’s screen, I noticed that I was spending much more time with my work colleagues than I did with my someday-to-be-spouse (let alone non-work friends). Looking forward to the many decades of my career still to come, I realized that if I was going to spend so much time and energy at work, I should do everything within my power to find not just a good job but a great one.
But deciding to do this and getting it done are two very different thing. Landing the right job takes a combination of determination (to find what you’re looking for), skill, luck and a whole lot of good timing.
But occasionally, when everything lines up, you get that chance. And then it’s worth asking: how do you know if this job is the one?
Here’s a thought: in each interview, ask the interviewer, when it’s time for Q&A, “Do you love working here?” Not “like.” Not “enjoy.” Not “value.” Ask if they love their job.
Because the question you really want to answer for yourself is: “Will I love working here?” And no one really knows that for sure. But if no one loves working there, what are the chances you will? And if a place has so much mojo that most people DO love working there, don’t you think the odds are pretty high that you will too?