Let us start with an example of an Engineering student S who is in a dilemma. He has job offers from two equally well known companies to begin his career with. Both are offering opportunities that others in his batch are vying for. His is a problem of plenty.
After a decade of experience in the field of information technology, B too has offers from a first class or leading IT Company and a comparatively smaller one. The smaller company is offering him the opportunity to set up a sales office abroad. The big company is offering great perks. He has asked them for extra time to think it over.
Both S and B are experiencing the impact of the current job market. Human resources professionals say thereâ€™s more than one good offer floating around for those with skills that are in demand. In times like these, even the most practical and experienced feel like a child in a toy shop, unable to decide what goodies she really wants for herself. How to zero in on a job thatâ€™s good for a skilled professional is what this article is all about.
Age and experience remain the most crucial factors before taking up any job. The importances of different parameters vary according to age and the total work experience has gained till date. With age on ones side and little or no experience, there can be little doubt about the job suitable for him/her. For a fresher gaining varied experience is more important than the designation, working hours, or even the remuneration that the job offers. The view, however changes when one is few years away from retirement, since priorities at that age in life would be very different.
Whether a talented candidate is applying for first job or last, the job profile is important. Donâ€™t accept a job based on just the designation, since it can sometimes be misleading. For instance, customer care could refer to front office or back office jobs. One needs to be clear about what would be expected from him. Therefore ask the prospective employer to define the role of the job. Focus carefully on the job profile of each offer that is before you, because the work you actually do will be crucial in clinching the next best job offered to you in future.
Ideally, ones career graph should grow in tandem with every job experience gained. Newer responsibilities should help to move up. While deciding on a job, check out the possibilities of growth offered by the prospective employer. Make the best of every growth opportunity if one is short on experience. Even if one has considerable experience, he must not go by the size of the company; decision should be guided by growth opportunities. Opt for the job in which there may not be stagnation doing the same tasks for years.
The value of having the right designation in ones present job will become apparent when one is ready to look for a change. But thereâ€™s a catch here: although smaller here, smaller companies may offer more fancy titles, it may not count for much when one wants to join in a bigger company later on. So make sure the designation a company offering is worth the experience gained there.
Project yourself at work after a number of years. Make a mental guess of the kind of work, designation or even money one would want at that age. Then pick the job that offers opportunities that will get you there the soonest.
Long term objective is crucial when you are applying for higher posts, and will have a number of persons reporting to you. If not given the freedom to experiment and try out new strategies the job may not be challenging. At these levels, recognition and self actualization are the benchmarks that one needs to meet through the job.
Knowing self requirement is one half of the decision. One may also need to know if prospective employerâ€™s corporate culture is something one wants to work in. What is the companyâ€™s reputation and standing in the corporate world? A little bit of research will help the professional to make the right choice.
The definition of a good job is different for each of us, depending on what we expect out of it. Itâ€™s important to find a balance between our expectations and the reality of the offers one is considering.