The internet is full of advice for Millennial job seekers, how to answer interview questions correctly, how to make your resume stands out from the crowd, why a LinkedIn profile is so important (hey I’ve written most of those articles) but we very rarely take a step back and ask ourselves does the company I am interviewing with fulfil what I am looking for?
We finish school, attend UNI or go straight into the work force and we are somehow conditioned to think that we need to accept the first job that gets offered to us. I mean, I did. I was a telemarketer, I dreaded each day, my ears constantly had a ringing sound from the headset and asking people for money for charity over the phone was soul destroying. Let me tell you why I did it though, I knew I wanted to be in Real Estate but no matter how many resumes I handed out or Real Estate doors I knocked on I just couldn’t get a job so I thought what can I go and do as a job right now that I can out on my résumé that will put me ahead of all the other applicants who just like me had obtained their Real Estate licence at TAFE and I thought BINGO cold calling. As an entry level property manager or sales assistant you will be required and expected to cold call houses around competitors for sale signs because realtor math says that the properties neighbouring and across the road from that address are likely to also be thinking of selling. So that’s what I did, I sat in an office with cubicles and cubicles of phones, where no one knew each other’s names and I cold called. I knew not to be forceful and to ask genuine questions about the person who I was callings day, I knew that by building repour they were more likely to hand out their credit card details to me and in turn I would get the “sale” and the commission and I would eat that week. (Please note: These were legitimate charities I wasn’t swiping peoples cards and spending it at Louis Vuitton, Promise)
To put it simply, make your career work for you. According to the Wall Street journal a job life span for millennials between the ages of 20 – 24 is 16 months and 25 – 34 is 3 years. So this means we are a society of job hoppers, which isn’t great for your mindset or your resume so before you take a job you’re not absolutely blown away by you should ask yourself these simple questions:
1. Is there room to grow and learn within the role?
Entry level roles rock, you can learn all about the company you are working for without much pressure or expectation. Sure you may have to do a few coffee runs and an office work order or two but you can mostly chillax through the first 3 months. Fast forward a year and a half and you are mind-numbingly bored and working out ways to fake your own disappearance so you don’t have to get the boss his 3pm almond latte. When you interview ask for examples where employees have internally been promoted and if the person who used to do your role is still with the company and which area they have been promoted too. It may give you a better understanding on your chances of internal growth within that company.
2. Will you be able to use your strengths frequently?
There is no point getting a job in a bakery if you really like tinkering with car engines. Think about your strengths and apply for roles that will give you the chance to use them. Not only will you be more confident in your role but you will be able to sharper the skills you already naturally possess.
3. Is there a supportive environment in place within the organisation?
How does the internal structure work? This is super important to know when accepting a job, you need to know the chain of command, who you will be reporting to and an in depth overview of your job role.
4. Does the role excite you?
I have a friend who called in sick 3 times in her second week of working in a new office, needless to say she hated her job. Life is too short to work in an environment that doesn’t make you happy, motivated or feel good. If the role doesn’t excite you then keep looking until you find something that does!
5. Is there a community feel within the office?
This may be hard to gauge as you haven’t started with the company yet but it’s worth asking if there are ever days where the team gets out of the office together and bonds or if the company has any extra benefits included like gym memberships or Friday am Yoga. It isn’t a silly question as most corporations now offer these sort of benefits as an added extra to your salary package.