Saturday, July 28, 2018

Will you never find it ?

Came across this warning article when reading my mail: https://www.glassdoor.com/blog/application-red-flags. The problem is, not one thing written there I noticed about the last job except that I was offered the job almost too fast.

I guess the advice to never take a job when you are at a needy place still holds true. When you are at a needy place, you tend to allow the not so desirable traits and warnings to get through because you are just so interested to go. Issues and problems that will eventually become the reason you leave the new place will never seem big enough to deter you from the new place when you are needy. I have lived through where I am a lot but the one thing that still bugs me where I am is the answer I gave my daughter when she asked me "Daddy, what exactly are you looking for ?" which was a surprisingly introspective question and took me aback, taking me quite a few minutes to give her a convincing answer. At last it came to me and the answer is, I just want a company that respects me. A company that respects our time offs and leave and does not judge you through the glass of project achievements. At the end of the day, one that respects you as a human being.

I can find you at least 10 companies that pay lip service to seeing you as human but for that really does this walk I don't know. I have not found it yet. A company or a boss that has a heart.

These kind of companies is not easy to find and it makes me want to laugh when interviewers ask me incredulously why I have been changing companies so often the past few companies. It makes me almost want to scream out to them "Wouldn't you if you were looking for a good fit ?" No matter how many howtos or articles on gaining insights into your new place of work during interviews that you read, I have found that there are still so important clues that you will not like this new place you are going to that you will not be able or is extremely difficult to read during an interview.

How would you want to convince your boss that the culture of working hard which he or she holds on to is not one that you share ?

How would you want to convince your hiring manager that what he or she is currently doing is perhaps not the best management style they adopt ?

These are highly personal traits or visions that people have developed and can't be changed easily or risk you brushing the whole upper echelons of the company the wrong way if you tried and believe me I have tried and failed at this very exercise. 

So, I don't know, I am still looking out for the reasons stated above. There are no conclusions to the thoughts here as I really have no answers or solutions yet. I don't know. I am tired of looking yet when I compare it, it tires me even more to stay where I am, so I continue the search.
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