What You Should Know Before You Find a New Job

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<ul><li><p>What You Should Know Before You Find a New Job </p><p>Are you dreaming of finding a new job? </p><p>Data indicate that job ads are read more thoroughly during vacation breaks. Many people start </p><p>thinking about finding a new job when they have some time off from their current one. </p><p>I think that it is positive that you find some time during your vacation to ponder where you are in </p><p>life and whether you have found your vocation. However, before you decide on finding a new </p><p>job, you should think about this: </p><p>Are you currently feeling that you are in a situation where you go to work solely because you </p><p>have to and not because you really want to? That doesnt make sense in the long run. We will simply burn out if we keep on doing something that we dont really want to for a long period of time. It may be necessary for a short while to hold down a job just to be able to pay the rent, but </p><p>if you look at things in a greater perspective, you should aspire to find something to do that will </p><p>at least give you the satisfaction of having more good than bad days. </p><p>I would like to share what I take into consideration when I receive job offers before I decide on </p><p>saying yes or no. </p><p>You have the power to influence whether you feel happy in your current job! </p><p>Before you decide on saying yes to a new job, you should carefully consider if you just need a </p><p>long vacation, if you are just feeling bored, or if you really do need a new job. </p><p>Question 1: Am I satisfied in my current job? </p><p>Answer: </p><p> Yes, absolutely. </p><p> Yes, I think so. </p><p> I am not sure. </p><p> No, not really. </p><p> No, absolutely not. </p><p>Question 2: Have I achieved everything that I can in my current job? </p><p>Answer: </p><p> Yes, absolutely. </p><p> Yes, I think so. </p><p> I am not sure. </p><p> No, not really. </p></li><li><p> No, absolutely not. </p><p>How did you answer? </p><p>Should you change jobs? </p><p>In order to figure out whether you should change jobs, you can ask yourself the following </p><p>questions: </p><p> On a scale of 1 to 10 (with 10 being the highest), how happy am I about my job in </p><p>general? </p><p> On a scale of 1 to 10 (with 10 being the highest), how happy am I about the professional </p><p>aspects of my work? </p><p> On a scale of 1 to 10 (with 10 being the highest), how happy am I about my working </p><p>conditions (e.g., company, schedule, responsibilities)? </p><p>If you are uncertain about whether to change jobs, then consider what you can do to make your </p><p>current job more exciting and challenging. It is often possible for you to create the desired </p><p>opportunities. It is all about having the courage to pursue these opportunities. </p><p>The claim that I am making is supported by various researchers and dissertations on happiness. </p><p>Studies indicate that 50% of your happiness is affected by your genes and 10% is controlled by </p><p>personal circumstances (marital status, financial status, health). You can influence the </p><p>remaining 40%. </p><p>As mentioned, happiness at the workplace can be achieved by you simply deciding to do </p><p>something completely different or to make some changes at your current workplace. For </p><p>example, you could ask the management to have a look at your job description and perhaps </p><p>adjust it to better match you and your competences. </p><p>You should feel that your job is meaningful and that it challenges you both personally and </p><p>professionally. Challenges can be big or small, but you must feel at least a little bit challenged. </p><p>If you answered that you are absolutely certain that a job switch is the right direction for you, </p><p>you have to consider very carefully where you want to go. You have to think about whether you </p><p>are just moving away from something or are actually going to a place where you really want to </p><p>be. </p><p>What is a meaningful job for you? </p><p>What should you really be doing, and where should you work? Do you remember any situation, </p><p>task, topic, hobby, individual, etc., that made you feel really motivated and that you enjoyed </p><p>working with? </p></li><li><p>If you are unsure about whether you are working within the right field, you should think about </p><p>what the right career is for you! </p><p>What career? </p><p>What would be the perfect working life for you? What does career mean to you? </p><p>Career is not the same as a lot of money and prestige. It can be to some people, but a real career </p><p>entails you working with something that you enjoy and are good at, if you ask me. </p><p>Your career can be many thingswe are talking about your working life, and there are many directions to take. No direction is more correct than others. </p><p>It is my experience that success doesnt always lead to happiness. I know people who are very successful, but they are bored and not feeling very happy with what they do. </p><p>Success isnt always success </p><p>I am of the opinion that a happy working life is created through interesting job content, talented </p><p>colleagues (actually, they should be much more talented than I am), varying work tasks, and </p><p>demanding partners. </p><p>The chicken and the egg </p><p>You should thoughtfully analyze what you can do, what you are good at, and what you feel </p><p>passionate about. </p><p>What is your passion? What makes you most happy in life? </p><p>My passion is . . . Im passionate about working with . . . </p><p>____________________________________________________ </p><p>What should you be working with? </p><p>Dont be too critical of yourselfbut be honest: what do you honestly do best? </p><p>What is your true career? Anything can be a careeras long as it is legal. ;-) Some people dont think that a hobby can become a career. A hobby can become your career if you are passionate about it. Think about all of the successful people who are living untraditional </p><p>yet good lives. They can be anythingtattoo artists, racing drivers, equestrians, painters, lecturers, managers, consultants, reviewers, musicians, IT nerds, and so on. </p></li><li><p>Can any of those hobbies become a career? If yes, how? </p><p>____________________________________________________ </p><p>When you have discovered what you are passionate about, you can start identifying your </p><p>strengths and opportunities. </p><p>List your strengths in the left column. </p><p>List your opportunities in the right column. </p><p>My strengths My opportunities </p><p>Question for you: </p><p>What does a good working day look like for you? List five characteristics of a good day: </p><p>1. </p><p>2. </p><p>3. </p><p>4. </p><p>5. </p><p>Casting of companies </p><p>Crisis or no crisisit is good for all of us to continuously consider our working situation. By doing so, we can become better prepared to make the right choice about where we can or should </p><p>be working to obtain the best conditions and to bring out the best in ourselves and our lives. </p><p>Casting of company, manager, colleagues, and employees </p><p>If you are considering starting a new job, promise me that you will analyze your new company </p><p>thoroughly. </p><p>It happens too often that you see a job ad or hear about a job, attend a couple of job interviews, </p><p>and then perhaps get the job. You start in the job and find out that the job has been oversold to </p><p>you. It happens that companies arent completely honest with you about what their challenges are. </p></li><li><p>Here are a couple of examples: </p><p>During the interview: We are a small close-knit company with a long history behind us. Our customers are very satisfied with our performance. We have unique products and few </p><p>competitors. We sell all over the world without any problems. Our products are certified, and </p><p>now the challenge is just to get them into more markets. We just spent several months developing </p><p>a five-year strategic plan, and we expect massive growth in the future, which will allow </p><p>everybody to be richly awarded for their efforts. We expect to grow 20% over the next five </p><p>years. </p><p>Reality: Only a few months later, it becomes clear that the products are certified in only a few </p><p>countries and that the strategy is based on theoretical work and not on real market data. </p><p>The sales manager, who has access to the most important data about what is actually happening </p><p>in the market, did not even participate in the strategy work, which is a fatal mistake. </p><p>Furthermore, subsequent interviews with some of the largest and most important customers show </p><p>that they are extremely unsatisfied with the company and are considering terminating the </p><p>collaboration. To make it even more dramatic, the members of the management team arent working very well together, and there is a lot of intrigue in the organization. People do not like </p><p>one another and are hardly on speaking terms. It turns out that the employees are poorly </p><p>managed, and last but not least, the company isnt really earning any money. </p><p>Would you say yes to work for this company? Unfortunately, for most people, the answer to that </p><p>question is yes, because they do not gather sufficient information before accepting a job position. </p><p>We dont demand to meet a couple of clients and colleagues in order to establish as good a picture of the company as possible before making our decision about whether to accept the job. </p><p>If you are to become successful, you have to keep in mind that you dont create success on your own. Success is created together with other people. Wouldnt you like to know more about the team that you will become a part of or are responsible for? </p><p>If you dareand you shouldyou should request to speak with one to three key employees before you accept the job. The knowledge you will gain from these talks constitutes a mini 360-</p><p>degree analysis that will offer you critical information about the company, as well as its </p><p>products, management, system, etc. You can explain your desire to have these talks by saying </p><p>that you would like to know what you are getting yourself into so that you will understand your </p><p>responsibilities better and can prepare optimally for the job. </p><p>Failures often boil down to lack of matching chemistry and culture, so make sure to take the soft </p><p>factors into consideration as well. </p><p>In the following, you can read a few really good recommendations on how to cast a company </p><p>and avoid the biggest mistakes: </p></li><li><p> Before you attend the job interview with your new partner (your new place of work), it is wise to </p><p>carry out its so-called due diligence. </p><p>It is normal to carry out the so-called due diligence in an acquisition or merger process between </p><p>two companies. An acquisition is kind of what a company does when a new employee is hiredthe company acquires the services of the new employee. As a job seeker, you are asked to </p><p>provide analysis material about yourself, such as a job application letter, a resume, certificates, </p><p>references, etc. This is to ensure that the company can establish a picture of you even before you </p><p>show up for the job interview. The company is preparing for the final analysis: the oral </p><p>examination where the chemistry between you and the company is tested. </p><p>I recommend that you turn the situation around and spend the necessary time studying the </p><p>companyin other words, you will carry out your due diligence of the employer! Besides honestly considering if the chemistry with the immediate superior is okay, you should do a more </p><p>thorough evaluation. </p><p>How do you do that? </p><p>You should always initiate your analysis by studying the companys financial key figures. This is done most efficiently by requesting the annual accounts from the company. Go as far back as </p><p>possible, preferably a minimum of five years. If the company is listed on the stock exchange, it is </p><p>relatively easy to acquire the annual accounts from the last five years. If the company isnt listed, you can request the annual accounts from your local Securities and Exchange Commission. What </p><p>should you look for in the annual accounts? There is a lot of information in annual accounts, but </p><p>let me give you a few suggestions on the most relevant sections and key figures. </p><p>A. The management report. This is the annual statement on the state of the company. </p><p>Unfortunately, a lot of companies are not taking advantage of this great opportunity for </p><p>communicating with shareholders and other interested parties. The best management reports are </p><p>almost like chapters in a book written each year with a red thread tying them together. </p><p>Personally, I have preference for those companies that focus on answering to the owners and </p><p>evaluating the objectives presented to the investors. Here, I am primarily thinking about financial </p><p>targets. It is optimal if the company has estimated that the success criteria for the year are met at </p><p>a given level of earnings and returns on the invested capital with a certain level of free cash flow </p><p>(cash flow represents the financial movements in and out of the company). It is equally important </p><p>that the management communicates the objectives for the coming years and that it is </p><p>subsequently held accountable. </p><p>B. Financial key figures. These are revenue growth and earnings growth. Here, it is important to </p><p>differentiate between growth in revenue and acquired growth. If the company is growing under </p><p>its own steam, there is a good chance that basic values and culture are kept intact, while it can be </p><p>difficult to retain culture and values if the company primarily has grown via the acquisition of </p><p>other companies. Did the earnings keep up with the revenue? Pay attention to the key figures for </p><p>return on the invested capital (ROCE) and return on equity (ROE). How do the companys key </p></li><li><p>figures for cash flow look? Companies with a large free cash flow are ones that produce a return </p><p>to their ownersthey create value. Companies can of course be capital intensive and produce a negative cash flow in the establishment phase. There are many key figures worth studying, and </p><p>some key figures vary in importance from company to company and industry to industry, but the </p><p>most important key figure for an owner will always be the profit: cash is king. </p><p>C. Staff turnover. When you study your future workplace, it is relevant to have a look at the </p><p>staff turnovera high turnover can indicate that there are some problems in the company. </p><p>D. Conversations. It is a good idea to talk with former employees and/or some of the companys competitors and customers as part of the due diligence. These parties can offer you the public </p><p>view on the company. What management philosophy characterizes the company? </p><p>E. Casting of the manager. It is often difficult to make a career in companies run by </p><p>charismatic and self-promoting managers. Often, there is no space for more ambitious people in the organization. Look for companies with broad-based values that you can identify with. </p><p>Look for companies that develop on the basis of broad competences and not on the basis of the </p><p>abilities of individual superegos. In my experience, a good manager hires competences that </p><p>complement the companys strengths. A good manager listens and gives space to other people. A good manager is honest, for good or bad. A good manager is dynamic, flexible, results-oriented, </p><p>and realistically optimistic by nature. Avoid managers who constantly focus on negative </p><p>challenges and take the responsibility for picking up after other peoplethe manager needs an assistant for that. A good manager must lead and be the best example for the companys employees. </p><p>Source: Peter Roerdam Bundgaard, general manager in Bundgaard, Lund &amp; Simoni Capital </p><p>Management Fondsmglerselskab A/S (BL&amp;S) </p><p>Good luck! </p></li></ul>