How To Make Sure Your Next Job Move Is A Very Good One
“Oh man, this job is no better than my last one!” Want to avoid this thought? Then here are two fundamental concepts you need to understand if you want to make good job moves throughout your career. Embrace them and you'll make better job choices and join better employment situations. They are:
1) It's all about fit
2) Your platform's limitations will also be your limitations too
If you take away anything from this article about making good job moves, it should be these two concepts. In my recent Zhihu Live webinar (on 3/8), they're what I based the five main things I shared on this topic on. Here's a brief recap.
Internal factors before external factors– I'll say it again. Good job decisions are all about fit. As I always tell the candidates I coach, job and career decisions are not about right or wrong, or good or bad. They're relative to what's most important to you. Want to know why many people end up in bad job situations? Because they chase external factors, like titles, salary, and big company names. They pursue trends, what looks or sounds good, or what others think is good.
But people who make better job choices have a better understanding of key internal factors, and then pursue new opportunities based on these. These include what you may have a passion for. What you enjoy doing or are genuinely interested in. What you care about most, or what's most important to you.
For instance, faster career development is your top priority. You want to become an international-caliber professional, or want to work with high-caliber people. You like a more fast-paced, dynamic environment, or want to get more exposure to certain things. You want to do things that build your value or has meaning to you. For instance, early in my career, I was most interested in learning about business, building my soft skills, and handling bigger responsibilities. So these are what I sought in the new opportunities I pursued and based my job decisions on.
Think platform, not just job– Listen, you could have the most awesome job description. Promises from your boss to do many things. But if your platform has big limitations, then these will also be your limitations for you to achieve the success and career objectives you seek. People who are more successful, whether intentionally or not, join strong platforms or employment situations that can feed you. They feed you . . .
• good opportunities
• chances to build your capabilities and achievements
• access to high-caliber resources and outstanding people
• chances to work w/leading products and services
• chances to learn best practices, solid processes, systematic approaches, etc.
No matter if a company is big or small, international or Chinese, famous or not, join platforms that can offer you these things and you're going to develop faster and achieve greater success.
Key things to know about any platform you're considering– Tell you something interesting. Many successful people I meet also make bad job decisions. It's interesting because a big reason they're successful is because they use SWOT analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) when making important business decisions. But when making big job decisions, they don't. Instead, they're more subjective and emotional. They listen to a friend who told them that it's a good opportunity. Their ex-boss asked them to join him. Often, it doesn't turn out well.
不过，对于你正在考虑的任何就业情况，做SWOT分析也是一件很好的事情。比如，问你自己 . . .
But doing a SWOT analysis is also a great thing to do for any employment situation you're considering. For instance, ask yourself . . .
• What are the platform's key competitive advantages?
• Who are the people you will learn from?
• What are the key success factors for performing well on this platform?
• What's the ability of the platform to help you build your capabilities and achievements?
• Does the platform provide the top 3 things that you care about most in a job situation you seek?
• What will I look like a year from now if I join this platform?
• How does the platform help you achieve your career objectives and the success you seek?
Based on your answers to these questions, do you still think the platform and opportunity you're considering is a good one?
Key indicators of strong/good platforms – So far so good. But how to be sure that what you hear is true or not? You look for key indicators, that's how. Here are some that are very positive signs, and are very hard to fake.
• The quality of the company's clients
• The quality of the company's products and services
• The company's processes and practices
• The backgrounds and track record of success of the management team
• How energetic and positive the people you meet and see are
You find out these things by doing your research, talking to others, and asking questions about them. And by paying attention to what you notice about the office environment and people you talk to. Like I said, it's hard to pretend that you're engaged in your work, like where you are, or are optimistic about your situation. So if you notice these things, that's good! Don't notice them, that's not good.
Weighing Career Advice From Others– I don't know about you, but I always feel fortunate whenever someone takes enough of an interest in my success to give me career advice. At the same time, I always recognize that while their intentions are good, their advice may not be right for me. So I tell candidates that when listening to the advice of others, always consider the source. The best people to listen to are ones who have been successful at what they're telling you? For those who haven't, then it's mainly their opinion or point of view that they're sharing with you, not their experience.
Finally, keep in mind, they're not you! Their perspective is theirs, not yours. What they value most may not be what you value most. It's also easy to give advice about something you don't have to actually do. Ultimately, it's never about others trying to give you bad advice. It's about you being 100% responsible for the job choices you make.
One last thought about making good job decisions Your career lasts a long time. Meaning, the job situations you choose and join today will determine the situations and opportunities you can capture tomorrow. So while today feels most important to you, good job decisions are ones that will help you achieve a brighter future. I hope these five things will help make your next job move a very good one!
Do you have any tips or things that you look for to help you determine if a new job opportunity or platform is a good one to join?
To listen to my Zhihu Live webinar on How To Make Sure Your Next Job Move Is A Very Good One, just click this link!