A Job Just Isn’t A Job, It’s Our Life

Defining a list of personal criteria is crucial in ensuring that you select the “right” job. I’m sure, at some point in your life, you’ve had a job where you were unhappy. If you haven’t, think back on the jobs you’ve had and what made you choose them. For many of us, a job isn’t just a job, it’s our career. It’s where we spend the majority of our time and, if we’re lucky, it’s our passion. This is why it is important to objectively evaluate any job offer, no matter how enticing it is. At the same time, remember to be realistic about your criterion. Offers may not always be perfect, and you may have to compromise on some elements of your list, but your ultimate goal is to progress and improve on your current position. Defining a set of personal criteria for your job selection will help you better understand the positions you are looking for, as well as ensure you get the job that you deserve.


Location, Environment, Salary

Location is a very important element to me in deciding which jobs to pursue, as well as which ones to apply to. Ideally, I would like to have a job in my hometown, as I’m familiar with the area and would be close to my family. I deeply value the time I have with my family, often visiting them on the weekend. Thus, a job within driving distance to them would be ideal. Additionally, I love the outdoors and spend the majority of my free-time at the beach, which is also located in my hometown. That being said, I really like the feeling of being in a bigger city, with more industry, which is something my hometown doesn’t offer. Honestly, I’m really interested in moving to Florida, as I do want to venture to new places. Florida has a lot to offer with beautiful beaches and terrains, as well as industries. Success is more important to me than anything in life and I’m enticed by the opportunities of larger areas, like Florida.

Environment should be the basis of any job search. In the workplace, the environment is not only your physical surroundings, but also your psychological surroundings, such as your well being at work and how your work is organized. Environment is crucial for employee motivation and happiness. If you’re not happy in your work environment, you won’t be as productive or efficient in your work. I, personally, am not too particular about the environment in which I work, as long as my coworkers do their job as they are supposed to. I go to work to work, simple as that. I’m not concerned about making friends at work, but some interaction is nice. However, I do like a relaxed environment, as I feel that if too much pressure is put on individuals then they won’t be as efficient. Dress code isn’t really a big factor for me, as I would honestly love to work in a formal, suit and tie culture.

Salary is obviously of great importance as it is needed to survive. As the famous saying goes, money doesn’t make you happy, but it is a necessity for things like food and living. However, my goal is to become very successful, to the point where I can retire my parents and not have to worry about money. Ideally, I would like to have a salary somewhere in the range of 70k to 100k, as I plan on pursuing my masters, however I don’t put too much emphasis on the physical salary. I truly believe that income is driven by work. You might not become rich off of the salary you make at your day-to-day job, but that doesn’t mean you can’t become rich off the many other business ventures you could be pursuing on top of that.

Structure and Responsibilities

When thinking about the superiors I will be working under, I think about the qualities I would like them to possess. When searching for jobs, I look for organization’s that put a strong emphasis on communication. I prefer managers who are supportive of their employees and will help them in need, but don’t overstep their boundaries. For me, it is very important that managers don’t give excessive supervision. In my own experience, I’ve noticed that these, so-called, “micro managers”  will watch an employee’s actions closely and then provide frequent criticism of the employee’s work and processes. I feel like I should be trusted to do my job at work. All micromanaging does it lead to employee unhappiness and reduced productivity.

When working, I like to have a lot of structure in my processes. I like to come in and know what needs to be accomplished for the day. However, I do not run when things don’t go according to plan. I’ve worked in positions where the boss would constantly switch me between tasks, not be able to finish one directly. Thus, I feel a nice balance between structure and spontaneity is beneficial in business, as it makes you more well-rounded.

It is very important to me, when searching for a job, that the organization’s corporate values align with my own, personal values. I want to work for a company that I believe in. I’m more inspired and pleased to do my work when the company’s core values align with my own. Even though you may only be one-small piece in the puzzle, your efforts within the organization still have an effect on the world around you. Thus, the closer your standards are to that of your employer, the more successful you will be, as well as the entire organization.

Interests and Goals

When working, I really enjoy tasks that are hands-on. My father owns his own construction company and when the time came where I was able to work, he put me to work. The thing that I like most about construction is that it’s fun. I’ve always had a strong passion for building. I’m never waiting for the day to be over, but rather excited for what’s next to come. I’ve also come to realize that I appreciate work that is physically demanding and involves the outdoors. There comes a point in my day where I have to get moving and go out or I start to lose my mind. Nonetheless, the tasks that I enjoy the most are the ones I know nothing about. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve noticed that I love to learn. When I started my clothing company, I knew I would need an outlet to sell my clothes on. I decided to sell my online through my own website. I quickly learned that it was extremely expensive to hire a professional website builder, so I took it upon myself to create my own. I spent hours upon hours reading and working on my website. Never in my life did I think I would be able to code, and now I have built four websites since my first, effortlessly. When there’s something that fascinates me that I don’t know how to do, I not only learn how to do it, but I learn how to do it better. Selecting jobs that align with your interests will keep you happier and more productive.

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The ability to grow within an organization is very important to me when selecting a job. My goal is to work with the same company for the majority of my career, working my way up. However, I’m not opposed to working for multiple companies in possibly different industries. If you are unhappy in your position or the job doesn’t meet your expectations, then quit. That being said, I believe that for greater success and experience in other positions, it is crucial that employees aim for the long run.

As I’m concentrating in supply chain management, I see myself in Florida in the next five years heading a manufacturing facility, managing their production lines, as well as their distribution channels. Furthermore, I see myself owning my own warehouse where I can produce and distribute my personal clothing brand at a much larger scale. My clothing business will help supplement my income, making me even more financially sound. Additionally, it will allow me to express my creativity in my work, which is a value I cherish very deeply.

All in all, defining a set of personal criteria to look for in jobs is essential to making sure you find the line of work that best suits you. Additionally, it prevents you from getting short-changed by employers. It’s near impossible to find a job that matches all of your criteria, however, you should alway seek to improve and advance your current position. Remember, a job just isn’t a job, it’s our livelihood.

5 Replies to “A Job Just Isn’t A Job, It’s Our Life”

  1. John! You had me hooked right from the title. We spend almost 40% of our waking time at our jobs, and so I deeply resonate with finding a career that you like and something that you’ll invest a significant portion of your life to. The ability to grow was the big one you shared for me – finding a place where you don’t feel stagnant and you’re encouraged to keep getting better is such an awesome feeling. Have a great weekend!

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  2. Hey John! I really enjoyed reading about your personal criteria for a job. I agree that our job isn’t just a job, it is the framework for how we’ll spend the rest of our lives. I really enjoyed getting to hear about your goals about potentially moving to Florida and having two jobs. I hope that you have an amazing career in not only manufacturing but also selling your clothes! I wonder if there are any jobs in your field that could potentially overlap your two interests. Thank you so much for sharing!! – Lauren

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  3. John!
    I totally agree with you on what you expect from a work environment and coworkers. It is important to be well surrounded, and I like that you pointed out the psychological effect that is crucial for employee fulfillment. Personally, I would not be able to stay in a company where I am not happy even if they pay me well, because wellness is important to me. My true color is gold, so I need structure as well when I work, it helps me to be more organized and productive.
    The ability to grow within one company requires great performance, and I believe you can do it as it is important to you. Your major will be very useful and helpful for your clothing business, and I wish you the best of luck. I started a cosmetics business a couple months ago. It is challenging during this pandemic, but I am enjoying the experience.

    Good luck for everything!

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  4. Great work!

    I really can relate a lot to your struggles with location. I would like to be near my family but I thing right now change is something for the better. Being in Raleigh for all my life, I really want to get out and explore a new city. Florida sounds really nice. Personally, I’m thinking east Texas. There’s many large cities to explore plus the beach would only be a few hours away no matter where I am.

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  5. Hello John, I really enjoyed reading your post and I really liked how you explained that a job isn’t just a job and I agree with you since most of us are so much invested in what we do and want to make a career out of it. For us, like you said it is important to carefully evaluate what is there in the specific offer, and start asking questions like, does it align with my personal criteria? I think in the end, it all comes down to our self satisfaction rather than monetary success alone. It is also good to know that you have a passion for learning new things, building and also your clothing business. To start your own business demands courage and creativity, and once can only be successful by putting their heart and soul on it. Kudos to you!

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