Abilities versus expectations

What are your strengths and weaknesses? What is your personality type? Where does your aptitude lie? What are your skill sets? If you don’t have an answer to these, find it before you try to find a new job.

While this is acceptable the fact remains that most professionals who indulge in job hopping do so for no concrete reason whatsoever the situation gets even worse when one decides to switch jobs without understanding one’s true potential and the demands of the new job.

A lot has been said about the importance of researching your employer and understanding your job profile before you sign on the dotted line. Here is a quick lowdown on the probable consequences of not doing so!

Brain drain

We take up a new job because we believe that our current job is not giving us what we want: it could be anything from monetary gains to job satisfaction of career growth. Therefore, you new job should ideally be able to revive the vigor in you, and not drain you further. And to meet this need it is important to ensure that your job is at par with your aptitude and potential for it is not, the purpose is lost! It’s perhaps time to rethink your decision and consider alternatives.


Needless to say a job that doesn’t suit your personality and does not fall within your area of interest is bound to lead to stress. Stress as it is has become an inevitable part of every professional’s life; it’s only the degree that varies. The level of stress one can sustain is very subjective. By suitability of a job, we do not mean only the job content or the profile. Stress can result from a complex set of reasons varying from pressure to perform, to work culture colleagues’ seniors etc. For example, consider this: the job profile you are offered may be extremely interesting and attractive but what if it comes with awfully taxing deadlines that are beyond your abilities? Or for that matter if you are expected to interact with a client who is rude, abusive and demanding? Will you be able to cope? Well, not everyone will. All these are an important part of your professional’s life and cannot be neglected.

Twin Trouble

HR professionals take the discussion a step further when he says if there is a mismatch it’s a two way loss. It is a two way deal. As much as a candidate is looking out for a good job, employers are also seeking efficient professionals who can deliver quality as well as quantity. Thus, while it’s the job of an HR to find a suitable candidate to fill a vacancy it’s as much the responsibility of the candidate to assess if
s/he is indeed suitable for the position. Unfortunately, not many candidates realize that if you accept an offer and are unable to deliver it is a loss for the company as well.

Market Value

It is a given that job hopping has become the new age trend irrespective of the position one holds or the department one might be associated with. Therefore, it’s best to maintain a clear image of yourself in the market as the possibility of bumping into he same professional/s elsewhere is indeed high. If you do not believe in a particular opening or the offer does not suit your expectations it’s best to excuse yourself gracefully rather than accept the job and give up after a couple of months. Remember every job switch reflects on your CV and it is not easy to explain too many short ventures; it can raise a question on your credibility as a professional. So be warned!

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