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Job Frame – Decision Tool For Aspiring Candidate

When you have several job offers on your table it’s important to pick the one that will help you grow. Growth means different things to different people.

How to decide?

I have created a simple job frame – a list of attributes that help characterizing a job.

Using the frame I was able to make more data driven decision vs. following an intuition or common sense. Or just perception.

1. Job Title

In most cases I cannot care less about job title. What’s important to me is actual work and impact. Nevertheless, it’s good to understand what the title brings on the table. Titles create perceptions and perceptions are stubborn thing. Titles can help opening doors and make them shut.

2. Learn From

It’s important to research who the thought leaders are with the team you are considering to join. You want people with great insights and execution capabilities. You want to learn to be insightful, you want to learn how to flawlessly execute.  It’s not taught in schools.

3. Daily To-Do

What are you supposed to do daily? Is it something that starts fire in your belly? If not you will be brining home your frustrations. Your family will be suffering together with you making things even worse.

4. Next Gig

What’s your next gig [read job]? Is this one helping to build yourself toward your next gig? Does it help to build the right skills? Does it help to build the right network?

5. Deliverables

What’s considered for result? Is it tangible? What impact it has? Can you measure it somehow? Is it of the priority with the whole company? Can the results be outsourced? Ask these questions and find out the answers. Otherwise you will be investing yourself in something insignificant that will hurt your morale, and you will quit very soon. Also it should give you a hint for how long your job is going to be funded before it is eliminated, or the budget repurposed.

6. Lifestyle

With this new role – can you manage the lifestyle you want? What’s your perfect lifestyle like? Is it nine to five or you are midnight owl? Do you like to follow your inspiration and invest your time during inspirational spikes or you need a rigid time regime?

“There are no dead-end jobs. There are only dead-end people. If you build a network, you will have a bridge to wherever you want to go” – Harvey Mackay, from the book Dig Your Well Before You’re Thirsty

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  1. J.D. Meier says:

    Good rundown. I find that how you spend your time each day, matters a lot. The key is to spend it in strengths — your natural thinking, feeling, and doing patterns.

  2. Avi says:

    Great post, I think anyone should plan their career according to those attributes.

  3. alik levin says:

    JD,
    Agreed. Forcing yourself to imporve your strengths is one thing. Forcing yourself to do thing you do not like or those that are not natural is a different story.

    Avi,
    Thank you. Happy you liked these.

  4. Excellent list—pithy & comprehensive. Each item is cogent, but the Daily To-Do & Deliverables were especially cogent for me. Nicely done.

  5. alik levin says:

    Jimmy May @aspiringgeek,
    Thank you, partner. Even after I accepted the job I get doubts and this quick checklist helps me gain more confidence in my decision.

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