The 3P’s to finding your perfect job23 Jun 2017 Finding the perfect job
Three critical factors to finding your ideal role
In a recent survey of around 4,000 Australians conducted by Seek Learning, less than half were happy in their jobs. What’s more alarming is this same survey found that only a small percentage of people were actively looking to change their situation.
In an ideal world, your work should ignite you. It should give back to you in ways that far surpass salary. There’s no denying people who are the happiest, most productive, engaged and satisfied with their lives do work that fulfils them.
The perfect job can mean many things to many different people; there is no one size fits all approach. Although there are countless articles about finding your passion, personality tests to discover what makes you tick, how to go about finding your perfect career; I’m going to keep this really simple.
There are three critical factors to find your perfect job.
People. Pay. Purpose.
Nail these three, and you have the trifecta. Let’s delve a little deeper:
The people in this equation are the ones who show up to work for 40+ hours per week. These include all your peers, co-workers, management, customers, clients and anyone you have regular, personal and professional interactions with. We all build relationships within our work network, whether that be with internal or external stakeholders. And if the people you work with or for aren’t your cup of chai, you’re not going to feel fulfilled in your role in the long-term. If the leadership team within your workplace are fueled by integrity, success, creativity, transparency; you’ll be able to learn more, become better at what you do, look up to those leaders and will be more open to having a mentor. If you respect, admire and acknowledge not just management but your co-workers, these traits tend to have you stick around for the long haul. If you don’t trust, or feel like you’re in an unhealthy opposition with those around you, you won’t feel inspired to give your best each day.
The purpose of your perfect job is inherently linked to your personal purpose, whether you realise it or not. There needs to be alignment here to meet the ‘perfect’ job criteria. The purpose of your job is the why. Why does this work create a feeling of fulfilment in your life, why do you get excited about coming into work each day? If you don’t believe in the vision, or mission, of the business, you haven’t found your perfect job. Your purpose in work is part of the bigger picture; it’s something you invest your personal time and effort into researching, reading; a feeling of wanting more and knowing what contribution you are making. Without purpose, you’ll feel bored, restless and uninspired in the long term.
We need to talk openly about pay. Your salary is a reflection of the value you bring to a business. It’s more than dollars in your account; it’s validation and acknowledgement of your effort, experience and expertise. What we earn affects our whole lifestyle; where we live, what we eat, where our kids go to school, what we drive, whether we take holidays, and ultimately how we live. For some, the ambition to increase their income is what motivates them. For others, they are content with the amount they earn. Neither are right or wrong; it’s a personal choice. But your pay is imperative to finding your perfect job. You need to decide what you’re worth, rather than being told, and you need to evaluate whether you feel adequately rewarded for the job you’re doing. Know your worth. If you believe your salary does not reflect the value you bring, you haven’t found the perfect job.
There you have it.
Your Perfect Job = People + Purpose + Pay.
Get those three all in a row, and you’re onto something great.