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The Fit Factor: Deciding If A Job Is Good For Your "Now"

Yesterday I was taking my daughter shoe-shopping for her cross country sneakers and race spikes. Back in my day, you found a pair of sneakers that were your size and you took them and that was it.

Now, there are a plethora of factors to consider - almost too many. Between cushioning, support, lifestyle, mileage, sport and style, finding the perfect fit can be challenging at times. But, you always find what you’re looking for in the end - IF - you are willing to take the time to listen, learn, and discern your options before making the best decision you can given your budget and the choices available.

So, of course, it got me thinking that this is very similar to the discussions I have with my career clients. In fact, looking for a job is exactly like shoe shopping- OK- well not completely.

BUT - the focus is ALWAYS on "The Fit Factor" - does this job fit in YOUR life, RIGHT NOW, for your career and what you plan to pursue next.

Remember The Fit Factors

If you're looking for a new job, you may feel as though there are too many options. Because it’s often overwhelming, we default to what we've always known, done, or is comfortable.

However, comfort is just one of many 'fit factors' in your career journey.

You want to make sure you have the most suitable fit in your current job, or the job to come. So, think about the factors that make a job a perfect fit:

  • The people you serve

  • Your team

  • Your values

  • Your needs

  • Your interests

  • Your strengths

Focus on the parts you can control in finding the "right fit."

If you've been feeling consistently stressed, unmotivated, overwhelmed, or something in between, look back at the "fit test" above and ask yourself: "Have I found the right fit?"

Then, make a plan from there.

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