One of the challenges in a freelancer’s career is to know how to discern if a job posting or offer is the right one for him. It is true that human existence in this world (and anything in between) is filled with uncertainties. Today, you feel that this job is “an answered prayer”; tomorrow, you realized you made the wrong decision applying for the position in the first place.
Many freelancers can attest that a big factor in accepting a job is the amount of money they will be earning. Others rely on their hunch and intuition. Many would take the risk, plunge in and hope that indeed, this is the job they have been waiting for.
Kudos to you if you have found the right one for you!
However, what happens when you realized this job isn’t for you, and you made the wrong decision accepting it? Before you find yourself in this predicament, here are 4 ways to know if the job is the right one for you.
Ask yourself why do you want this job.
Every person has his own career goals in life. Do you want to be a successful web developer, English tutor or copywriter? Whatever it is, ask yourself if taking on this job will bring you closer to the success you are aiming for. Before saying “I do” to a job offer, make sure that this job matches your goals. Don’t just accept a job because of its pay or because “you need it”, focus on finding a job that will allow you to make a difference in the work place.
Is it a job that requires your expertise?
Most importantly, is it a job that will allow you to grow and hone your skills? Ask yourself if you are confident taking on the job, and with your knowledge – will you be able to perform well? It can be a tough call accepting a job as a technical writer when your expertise is being a creative writer.
Know your would-be colleagues.
For sure before getting on board in a new company, you will be meeting your would-be colleagues or boss. It is important to know (and feel) that they are people whom you can get along with. Although it is true that you cannot simply base your judgment by the cover of the book, experience has taught that intuition is half the time spot on. So if you feel you don’t like your boss or colleague from day one – it is better to heed the vibes.
Give importance to small details.
If you are unsure of the job description, expectations, or the company during the initial job interview, you can save yourself and the potential client the hassle by taking the time to really think about whether you want the job or not before accepting it. These may seem small details, but they usually turn out to be important factors.
Finding the job where you will excel and grow may be a trial and error on your part, but if you follow these tips, you will surely know how to discern if this job is indeed, the ONE.