I was recently looking at job posting for my company when I came across a job that almost could have been written just for me. I had the qualification nailed, I knew the people involved and it would likely involve a nice raise. With a well crafted application I thought my odds of getting the job were very good.
Then I slept on the idea and woke up the next day to realize I would not even apply for the job. I decided to take a pass on even trying. Pardon?!? Why?
‘Old me’ would have applied for the job in a heartbeat because it would be more cash and I could do the work, but ‘new me’ is way more picky about who I will work for and what job conditions I’ll accept. In this case I knew without a doubt that the new job would get repetitive which for me work wise is like Kryptonite for Superman – it doesn’t work out in the end.
Also I’m now in a position where I’ve got a great boss that is hugely supportive of my duel job situation where I frequently take off an hour and a half in the middle of the day to attend School Board related meeting. I’m got flexibility bleeding from my ears as long as the work gets done. Also I relationship wise I actually like my boss as a person and we work very well together. The odds of getting that elsewhere frankly aren’t that good, so I’m being picky about where I would even consider spending my time.
So for now I’m staying put. It’s odd to realize that after all these years what I really want from a job is fairly damn simple:
- Interesting, meaningful work that is not repetitive
- A boss that honestly wants my opinion when asked
- Co-workers that I like to spend some time with
- Independence on how I get a task done and better yet when I’m there to do it
- The ability to learn some new skills
- A decent pay cheque
So what do you need in a good job? Or what do you look for when evaluating an opportunity?