Whether it’s your first job or you’re making a career switch or just switching roles because you want something different, how do you know you’ll like your new job?
You may think you’re going to like your new job, and end up hating it. You might dread a forced change into a new role, but end up loving it. Bottom line: there is no guarantee as to whether you’ll like your new job until you try it, but knowing (and liking) the answers to these three questions can increase the likelihood of you liking your new job.
A job description gives some of this information about what the job entails and shares the skills that are being sought, but how much does it really tell you about the role? Ask questions. Ask about the type of day-to-day responsibilities you’ll have as well as long-term work you’ll be doing. Getting a clear expectation on what you’ll be doing will prepare you for what’s to come.
Will you spend most of your time in meetings or will you mostly be working on your own? Will you be traveling often or will you stay in one place? Will you be working on tactical items or will you have strategic projects? Depending on what tickles your fancy, these answers can either prepare you for a job that’ll knock your socks off or one where you’ll have to find other aspects to look forward to.
What’s the culture like?
Whether you like your job role or not, another important question to ask is about the culture and work environment. You spend more time at work than anywhere else–if the environment is one that drags you down, just think about what being there on a regular basis will do to you. Are there amenities that would be helpful for you to know about? For example, is there a gym on site that you can use instead of signing up for a membership?
Past the physical environment, ask about the culture. If you wear a suit and tie everyday and are at your desk exactly at 8am, will that make you fit right in or will you stick out like a sore thumb? How about values? Does the company have values for the sake of having values, or are they truly part of the culture and how the business operates? Culture is one of those aspects that aren’t necessarily at the top of everyone’s list but can make a world of a difference, especially if it’s not one that works for you.
Who will you be working with?
“I want to work with someone who sucks,” said no one, ever. When you ask people what they like about their job, their college experience, or a specific event or trip, you’ll often hear them respond, “the people.” People are the reason why someone will stay with a job they dislike, they’re the reason why someone will go the extra mile and they’re where you turn to celebrate or sulk.
Try to meet the people you’ll be working with and get a feel for their personalities, their work style and your future interactions–this is ultimately what will determine just how much you like your job. On the days when you’re not quite sure why you’re doing what you’re doing, they’ll give you that reason. But the real question is, will the reason make you want to stay or make you want to go?
So when you’re starting a new job, think about and weigh these questions because they’ll help predict how much you’ll like your job. Ultimately, you never know until you give it a try–and that is up to you.
Sejal is a Recruitment Marketing Project Manager at Intel. She is part of the team that is responsible for Intel’s global employment brand. This team helps connect candidates with Intel and Intel with candidates using channels such as the Jobs at Intel web site, the Life at Intel microsite and other Web 2.0 channels. Sejal specifically manages theJobs at Intel Blog and Intel’s recruitment Facebook strategy. Originally from Toronto, Ontario (yes—a real, breathing Canadian!), Sejal graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with her Bachelor’s in Communications before starting at Intel in 2008. When she’s not working, you’ll find Sejal working at crossing things off of her Bucket List (which includes skydiving, reading 1000 books and traveling the world), eating cupcakes or spending time with family and friends. To learn more about opportunities with Intel, visit intel.com/jobs, follow Intel on Twitter @JobsatIntel or check out the Jobs@Intel blog!