Recently a client told me that his next job had to give him complete job satisfaction. I challenged him, what does that mean to you I asked. His response was interesting.
“I’m in a the best of jobs, in an excellent company and I have great people to work with.”
So is that true for everyone? Working for a great organisation, getting along with your colleagues and doing what you want to do, will it guarantee job satisfaction?
I would suggest that there are a few other pointers to consider:
- You really have to understand yourself, your skills and what is and isn’t important to you. Make copious notes on what you really need and want from a job
- Identify actual jobs that meet your requirements and match your interests
- Consult a career professional – vitally important if you want to brainstorm ideas and get a reality check
- Make sure you are satisfied at work. If you are not, depression and other emotions can set in which affect not only your performance but your wellbeing. Resolve issues as soon as possible
- Understand how important work and your career is to you. What is it about your job that makes it satisfying. Check out your career values
- Can you progress and do you want promotion? Is it possible to achieve this in your current role or do you need to look at other options
- Are your expectations realistic? Today’s job market is tight, employers may not have your best interests at heart when it comes to career development, so you have to look after yourself. If you are changing roles or direction you need to be proactive