JOB PRIORITIES

Determining five to seven priorities can be complicated.
Saurab was a successful executive who found himself out of a job at the age of 43. In contemplating his priorities, he said, “My wife wants me to be the company president.” This statement tells a lot. It doesn’t say, “I want to be president,” nor does it say, “My wife wants me to be successful” or “happy” or “challenged”—or even “to
earn big bucks.” Whether he shared his wife’s wish for him to be the president or not, he had to contend with it. Some job hunters make key decisions based more on emotions than on logic—sometimes with dire results. This chapter helps you make choices logically.
Many job holders didn’t persevere long enough or use good judgment on their last job search. Job counselors work with many individuals in that predicament. Many years ago, I had 11 clients whose degrees were from prestigious graduate schools and who had apparently successful careers. They came to me for help because each of them had taken a job in the last year that had not worked out. All of them felt they had done a careful job search and had made a good choice at the time. Two of them had moved their families to distant locations. All the jobs failed within a year. Three of these job hunters realized on the first day of their new job that they never should have accepted it. How can a successful and intelligent person make such an error? It happens more often than you might think.
In my experience, I have found that at least a quarter of new jobs end in less than a year. Sometimes the break is the company’s choice, sometimes it is the employee’s, and often it is by mutual consent.

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