Career Questions and Answers
Keys that could help you have a more fulfilling career

Questions to ask yourself before sending a résumé

by Todd Nordstrom / © 2019, Mansueto Ventures LLC. Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.


It seems like simple advice: Find a job you love and you’ll never work another day of your life. For many of you, that statement makes perfect sense because you truly are happy at work. But for other people, your optimism about finding that perfect gig has been shattered. Every job began with, “This might be the one,” and ended with either “It’s okay” or [something] worse.

  If you’re in this second category, you’re not alone. A lot of people hate their jobs. There’s no joy, no purpose and no excitement.

  Are all workplaces really that bad, or could it be that you’re choosing jobs for the wrong reasons?


Ask yourself these questions:


  1. 1. Are you simply escaping your current situation?

  While there’s nothing worse than being unhappy in any relationship, don’t rush into another bad relationship. Consider all the things you don’t like about your current situation and make sure you’re not applying to a situation that is the same or even worse.


  1. 2. Do you actually like what you do?

  Ask yourself how you’d really like to spend your days. If the answer is something opposite of what you’re doing, seek a new career.


  1. 3. Does your future path lead in the right direction?

  Prestige and position might feel important, but if you’re no longer doing what you love to do, you might be making a wrong move.


  1. 4. What impact does the salary have on your life?

  A new company may offer you more dollars. But, you need to consider how much that increase in pay will truly change your life, especially if your time and energy are consumed by something less desirable than what you do today.


  1. 5. Do you connect with the company’s values?

  Don’t be willing to sell certain aspects of yourself for a short-term gain. Find out if the organization shares your values.


  1. 6. Where can you offer the most value?

  Find the place where your skills, talents, personality and knowledge create the most value for the organization, and all of the rest will follow.


Right perspective

  It’s easy to assume the grass is greener on the other side of the fence. But, the grass is always the greenest when you go into any job with your own water, seed and sunshine.



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