When talk turns to careers, you often hear people say things like, “Do what you love!” While that’s not always realistic or even desirable — maybe you don’t want to ruin your hobbies by making them part of your work life — it’s important to have a job you actually enjoy. If you can wake up and head to the office every day with a smile on your face, it’s going to translate into other areas of you’re life. In a great post for the Personal Branding blog, career expert Heather Huhman highlights “4 Ways to Know You Chose the Right Job,” and her observations are right on the mark. Read on to see whether you’ve landed in the right place.
1. You Like Going to Work — This one’s obvious, but think about it: In every office, there’s someone who’s alway showing up in a good mood, happily taking assignments, and sharing ideas in meetings. “If this sounds like you, chances are you’re doing it right,” Huhman writes. “Your mindset is the biggest influencer in whether or not you enjoy what you do. A negative attitude will get you nowhere in your career, so if you find yourself consistently in that mindset, maybe it’s time for a change.”
2. You Like Your Coworkers — It’s only natural that you’ll get along with people whose passions are similar to yours, so if you’re super tight with your colleagues, it’s a good sign you’re in the right place. And companies love to foster these kinds of environments, as drama-free workplaces where everyone feels comfortable to share ideas tend to be way more productive than those beset by petty squabbling.
3. You Like Getting Ahead — If you’re content to simply collect a paycheck and go through the motions, you’re not fully engaged in your career. When you truly find the right job, you’ll want to get ahead and prove your worth through hard work. “If you have the passion and desire, while at the same time keeping your ego in check, you’ll reach a whole new level of appreciation and happiness in your job — and life!” Huhman writes.
4. You Like Money — But Only to a Point — Salary is important, but if that’s all you care about, you’re bound to lose interest in the work and become unhappy. Success isn’t just measured in dollars and cents; it’s about satisfaction and sense of accomplishment, and if you’re getting neither from your gig, it might be time to move on.