I am a lucky person. I’ve had the perfect job. Until I was part of a collective layoff, but it was the ideal job. After termination, I found myself in search of a new job. I didn’t want to apply for any job, just for the sake of having interviews for jobs I knew I would never like to work. Therefore, I made a simple algorithm for job searching, based on three pillars:
A step forward – I’ve been an HR analyst, I had a project management role in HR tools & systems implementation, and the last job was as an HCM Implementation Consultant. I knew that I would not want to go back to a transactional job – where the activities are just repeating on a day to day (week/month) basis. After I tasted the project-based jobs, I knew that this is where I wanted to be. A step forward for my career at that point was developing skills in a new technology stack (Workday, SuccessFactors) or helping HR teams streamline processes through technology and analytics.
Money – at the end of the day, we have to eat. For this, I made a simple rule: there is a minimum threshold, an optimal and a motivating amount. I would take the minimum for a challenging job with many new things I could learn. The motivating amount was for where I wasn’t very eager about how the job sound.
Learning – this is easy: the more I can learn, the more I was attracted to the job. Unfortunately, this disqualified me for some jobs where I lacked some skill sets, but at least I got useful info about what I should learn in the future to have chances for a role like that.
This article is about job fulfillment, where the above three pillars are important variables, but the next two needs to join the equation:
Team – or people you interact. It is essential to feel good around those people, to think that you can trust them, and to be easy to make yourself trustable. I had jobs that sometimes sucked, but the team helped to pass those moments. Feeling surrounded by people who feel like friends make you sometimes more productive, but it enables you to get more relaxed out of bed and go to work.
Meaningful work – or being able to see the outcome of your work. When I was an analyst, performing almost daily the same activities, it was pretty challenging to see how my role fits in the big picture. I was a small wheel in a vast mechanism. On the other hand, when implementing an HCM for a 5k+ employees company, a piece of software that will be used every day by a 20+ HR department, you get to feel the impact you are bringing to people’s life. This comes together with the possibility of being a top performer while doing your work.
The job fulfillment algorithm, in my opinion, it sounds like this: incredible learning curve, well remunerated, a great team, and a fantastic manager that encourages to do excellent work.
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