A lot of job openings are literally everywhere these days. You go into a mall and you will probably see a job fair. You go online and then there are job postings, forums and even virtual job fairs. You just walk around the street and someone will approach you asking if you would like to apply as a customer service representative for a BPO company. Hence, having a job is not really the problem. The main concern is whether you want to work with that specific company.
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Societal and your own pressure of earning an income are very much felt that sometimes you feel that any job offer is a do-or- die, all-or- nothing, now-or- never opportunity. With such mindset, you think that you have to accept any offer right now and just leave your fate to the heavens. But remember, any rash decision is a dangerous decision—it might cause you to have burnouts and regrets for not thoroughly thinking over what you have gotten yourself into.
What you want is a job that fulfills not only your needs but makes you want to work with, not for, them for a long time. So here are three tips to help you counter your impulses to accept just any job offer. This is not to make you a snob but to remind you to consult your mind AND heart on this life-changing decision.
- Ask yourself, “What do I want?”. List down your negotiables and non-negotiables. Non-negos might include the minimum net income you should get (but please base it on your qualifications and skills not on an I-ought- to-have- this-much-pay mindset), the location of the work, working hours, culture, values and track record of the company in terms of taking care of its employees.
- Probe and expand your options. Ask around, read legitimate job forums and websites that may have information about the kind of workload and culture a specific company has. Also connect with people who can mentor you on your next career move such as your school’s placement officer or career specialist officer.
- Perfect your resume. Aside from no misspelled words, grammatrical errors and spacing inconsistencies, be sure to have an updated outline of your professional achievements, accomplished projects and your unique contribution to the success of them. If you can quantify the results such as in percentage or comparative performance, do so. Your resume should be enough to make that first and lasting impression of what you can do. This will help you get the pay you want. Moreover, refer to your resume once you get an offer and see if you are still aligned with your professional goals and capacities.