Finding a Dream Job: Dating for the Perfect Match
|Finding a Dream Job: Dating for the Perfect Match|
by Linchi Kwok, MultiBriefs
This past May was the month of graduations. Since then, many new graduates have been excited about their future, but at the same time somewhat nervous about new jobs and a new life.
Occasionally, I will meet with some recent graduates who need career advice, either for a good reason (too many job offers to choose from) or a bad reason (no offers yet).
My suggestion is: Forget about the stereotypes others put on you and trust your gut. You know what you are good at and what you like. Find an employer that is the best match — if not the perfect match — for yourself. Act as if the employer is the perfect match for you in your personal life.
That being said, students must continue looking until they find the employer that matches their personality, regardless of whether they have too many or too little options. They should never settle for an employer that does not fit.
Theoretically, there are four types of personality “fits” in the workplace:
According to my research in recruitment and selection (e.g., Study I, Study II and Study III), companies are striving to hire the candidates who fit into their organizational culture (PO fit) over PJ, PG or PS fit.
If a candidate fits into the organizational culture well but does not know the skills for the job, a company can always provide job training for the candidate. Employers also believe it will not be that difficult to find the “right” group or the “right” supervisor to work with the candidate — because all employees being hired are matched with the same organizational culture.
While an employer is seeking the best-fit candidates, job seekers are also looking for the best-fit employer, right? That’s why I said earlier, finding a dream job is just like dating for the perfect match. Now, the question comes: How many “dates” does a candidate go through before finding the perfect match?
I wish I could provide a definite answer here, but the results really depend on the “chemistry” between the candidate and the employer (and whoever works for the employer). In general, a candidate may try the following steps to find the perfect-match:
After you try all of my above suggestions, if you are still feeling happy and positive about the company, and you hold no reservations or concerns of choosing this employer, congratulations! You have found the dream job. You will probably do well in this position and stay with this employer for a long time.
What if it does not work out after you work there for a few years? Then, I will recommend you to start “dating” another employer and find a better match. Nobody can guarantee one will find the perfect match in the first date, right? Likewise, nobody can guarantee a successful or long-term marriage either even if such marriage is built on a perfect-match relationship.
Are you happy with your current employer? What are your secrets? If you are not happy, what stops you from “dating” another employer?