Love What You Do
Around this time in February lots of people have love on their minds. As recruiters, we often talk to our candidates about making sure that they love the work that they are doing or pursuing. In the industry, we hear a lot of clichés thrown around. One of those typical expressions is that you should, “do what you love and the money will follow.” That is a nice notion, but it may not always be applicable to everyone. For example, I really love baseball (watching and playing!), but I’m not about to try to make a professional career out of it in the major leagues. That is not attainable for me. Instead, I always advise my candidates to find a job where they love what they do.
The trick is to be realistic in what you are seeking based on what you can bring to the table. By setting realistic expectations about the work that you want to do, you set yourself up for success. Employers are more flexible now than ever before because studies have indicated over time that employees work harder, and towards higher quality outcomes, when they are passionate about the work that they are doing. That is a key component to keep in mind when you are looking to make a career move.
There is no such thing as the perfect job. There are too many factors that come into play including many that are out of our control. It is critical to research the role and company before you receive an offer so that you are better prepared to make a decision. If money is the only appealing thing about a position, then you will eventually grow dissatisfied with it. If you genuinely enjoy many of the elements of the job that you accept, and the salary is sufficient, it will provide a much more rewarding experience as a whole.
Are you loving what you do? Answer these three questions to find out:
- Do you wake up excited to do your job more often than not?
- Are you motivated to do your best on every task that you are assigned?
- When you leave work, do you feel good about the impact that you have made?
If you answered yes to all three, you are definitely loving what you do! If not, it may be time to take another look at what is out there (and we can help!).