Frequently, job dissatisfaction is caused by a mismatch between values and the job, but if you follow these steps you can become better at managing your career.
Begin with Self-Assessment
You must first identify your values, interests, skills, accomplishments, experience and goals. This is the only way you can work out what you want from a job and what you have to offer to your prospective employers. Self-assessment, though a time-consuming process, provides invaluable information to facilitate career decisions and prepares you to study the company's background effectively.
lValue: An awareness of what you value (qualities that are important and desire). Matching your values against your potential company's values is critically important. At large multinational company where a strong commitment to the community is embedded in the corporate culture, individuals with a strong and proven record of community involvement are highly valued. l Interests: Areas that arouse your attention or enthusiasm.
lSkills: Something you are good at, like handling problems or tasks efficiently. The key is recognising these skills and communicating their usefulness verbally and in writing to a prospective employer.
Research and Explore Career Options
You must also determine if a specific job and employer can offer you an opportunity that will be satisfying or unsatisfying. Considering the elements of job satisfaction*, which can help jumpstart your career.
1. Occupation: Decide what interests you and answer the following questions:
What job would allow you to best capitalise on your core strengths and unique selling points?
If you could do anything in the world, what would you choose?
2. Company: Ask yourself what type of company you want to join and what sort of management philosophies you value. For instance, you might want diversity, corporate responsibility or payment and recognition for performance.
3. Career path: Ask yourself what your ultimate destination is and be honest. Your career choice depends on this. For instance, if you would like a company that offers global career opportunities, you might need to consider a multinational company as your first choice.
4. Working hours: If you value a balance in your life, your might value a company that provides flexible hours that match your lifestyle and needs.
5. Compensation and Benefits: When looking at compensations and benefits, there are several areas you should consider:
Compensation structure: The key is to decide what structure or pay philosophy works best for you. For instance, you may prefer to be paid according to performance.
Stock options: Employees may be given the right to purchase the company's stock at a specific price over a particular period of time. Some companies use this option to reward top performers, reduce employee turnover and increase employee productivity.
Retirement plan: Some employers provide this benefit in compliance with labour laws, but some offer extra based on what they value, for instance, years of service at the firm.
Medical benefits: The type of health plan a company provides can make a significant difference into your overall well-being and that of your family. The more flexible the benefits, the healthier your lifestyle.
6. Training and development: One thing you need to consider to ensure your development and growth with the company is to ensure that it provides adequate training and development solutions for your personal development.
You need to find out your own satisfactory factor to ensure your satisfaction at work. By not doing so, you might not be able live a happy working life
Once you know what you want, you will be much more focused, efficient and successful in managing your career. But don't forget, only you can determine where your passion resides.
Career Development Section
Human Resources Department
*Adapted from 10 Insider Secrets to a Winning Job Search, by Todd Bermont, 2002/ Career Press.