Everyone has his or her vision of a dream job and having aspirations of a dream job is what drives and motivates us all, but many people make the mistake of settling when it comes to their dream job because they don’t want to let go of what they consider the opportunity of a lifetime.
Rushing into accepting a job just because it may be in your dream company can end up doing more harm than good. Make sure to ask yourself these questions before jumping into a position that may not be the right fit, and in turn, winding up disappointed because it doesn’t end up to be everything you expected it to be.
Is there room for growth?
If you land an opportunity at a company that you idolize, you want to make sure that there is a chance for you to stay there for the long term, and be able to continue to grow professionally. Chances are you aren’t going to want to be stuck in the same position for years to come, so find out if there is a chance for you to grow and move up into different jobs and opportunities within the organization before you accept the offer.
To find out if there is a chance for development and advancement, be translucent about wanting this throughout your interview process. Showing that you are eager to grow and learn, and also that you are aspiring to stay with the company for an extended period of time, will help you stand out to the employer.
Will I be able to make ends meet?
Don’t rush into any job opportunity just because it is at your dream company, make sure that this opportunity isn’t going to be like taking a step backwards in your career. Even if you decide that taking a pay cut, or accepting less money than you would get other places may be worth it, be sure to make sure that you’ll still be able to make ends meet.
Remember, if the employer likes you enough to offer you a job, and they aren’t willing to negotiate the salary, they will be interested in keeping you in mind for future opportunities that may be a better fit. Stay in contact with the interviewers and follow up with them every few months to see if any other new opportunities have come up. This will show that you are actually passionate about working for the company, and will keep you in the back of the employer’s mind.
Does the location work?
Take into consideration the location of your dream company. Will you have to relocate for this position? Is it easy for you to get to by transit, or will you need to buy or use a car everyday? Take a look at the logistics of your commute, and how much it is going to cost you. This is an important factor in determining the above point on if you’ll be able to make ends meet, it will also help you see if this position will fit in with the rest of your life. If you’re not going to be happy living somewhere else, or spending a lot of time commuting, maybe you should reconsider accepting a position until this fits into your long-term goals.
Is this the right time in my career?
Sometimes we get so caught up on landing that dream job that we forget to enjoy the jobs and stages in our life that it is going to take us to get there. Do you need to land your dream job right after graduating, and if you did would you be ready to start working at that place before you get experience through other careers? Will you appreciate your dream job as much when it doesn’t involve you having to work your butt off to get there?
The thing to keep in mind is that it’s okay to not land your dream job fresh out of school, and just because an opportunity comes up, it doesn’t mean another one won’t. Sometimes the position may turn out to not be the right one for your stage in your career now, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be an opportunity that comes around that’s better.