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Changing Jobs Effectively

Sep 26, 2015 3 minute read

There are many factors to consider while changing jobs. Jobs are where we spent the majority of our waking hours. They mostly rule our financial lives. Being our jobs so important, it doesn’t seem too crazy to look for the perfect job. Unfortunately, there is no perfect job. After gathering data on many job transitions of family and friends, we have developed a theory on how to change jobs effectively.

What makes you happy at work?

Dig down into your inner self and try to answer this question as honestly as possible. Think of the three most important factors.1 Don’t share them with anybody. Just make sure to understand what those are.

Why is this important?: Having your personal motivators clearly defined will help you make the right compromises when looking for a job. I have worked with at least a dozen individuals who have consciously taken uncommon directions with their careers: four hours daily commutes, unemployment to work on personal projects, major pay cuts to be closer to home, promotion rejection to dodge responsibility, remain significantly underpaid in spite of a thriving job market. When questioned about these career choices, they all strongly believe it is the best decision for them.

Work Preferences

The following questions can provide some guidance to ultimately answer “What makes you happy at work?”.

The elephant in the room

The majority of professionals work for money.[citation_needed] Money is usually the first thing to come up when looking for a job. However, it should not be the only factor considered during a job search. Always make sure you are making the best decision for yourself and the particular situation you’re into.

Summary

No job is perfect. The better we know what makes us happy at work, the better our job transitions will be.

  1. Why three? The idea behind selecting important factors is focusing. Human beings are very complex multidimensional entities. Having only one motivator is unrealistic. More than three does not seem like focusing at all. It can safely be assumed that money would be a motivator for the majority of the population so that leaves only two more. Thus the three.