How to Tell if You're in the Perfect Job

Posted by Nicole Williams on 04 January 2017

A good job is hard to come by. A great job is even harder to find, but when you do, you really feel like you’ve landed on your feet. When you have a good job, you feel like your purpose is clear and you have responsibilities.

The average person will go through five or more career changes in their lifetime, and even more individual jobs. Some will be a bad match, some will be average, but if you’re one of the lucky ones you’ll find the perfect fit for you. Here are some signs you have the perfect job for you.

1) You feel challenged.

When you feel challenged, you stay interested and rarely become bored in your job. In theory, getting paid to do an easy job might seem like a nice idea but in practice, challenging jobs keep you sharp, help you reach your full potential and can help you to actually enjoy going to work.

2) You feel empowered.

When you feel empowered, you become a more creative problem solver and the quality of your work will improve . You feel like you are part of a team, and work well in unison with others.

3) You are rewarded for your efforts.

Hard work should always be noticed and although it is wonderful to feel, like you’re part of a team, a pat on the back or an expression of gratitude. That doesn’t mean you should be expecting a bonus every time you work overtime or chip in to do an extra project, but if you have a winning job, your employer will recognise your efforts.

4) Mistakes are recognised as a mark of growth.

Mistakes are bound to happen, but it is how you deal with them that really counts. When you have a great job, you are not punished for a mistake, but encouraged to solve the problem and develop a new solution.

5) Communication works both ways.

A job should not be about your boss yelling orders and you completing them, but about conversation instead. Job satisfaction increases when you know you are being heard and your views are being taken onboard.

6) You can leave whenever you want, but you don’t want to.

A winning job will have systems in place that train you so well that you can leave whenever you want to, but you feel treated so well that you would not want to leave.