Would you apply for the job you have today?

Think Shift -  David Baker
Think Shift –
David Baker

Do you remember where you were when you received the call for that job interview you were soooo excited about? Can you recall how thrilled you were just getting the interview? After all, this was not just any interview, but the interview for the job you had so hoped for.
It would be your perfect role; you were eager and nervous at the same time, but mostly you were filled with thoughts of how great things would be.
You could picture all of the new challenges, a management team who listens carefully, training opportunities, working with great people, and maybe even more money; everything would be ideal if you could just get past this initial stage. After the interview, you probably sat there critiquing your performance, waiting nervously by the phone and wondering if you had said the right things.
Then you get the call. Fist pumps, high fives, and excitement all around: you did it! Smiles and celebration – things are going to be so much better.
Your first day starts with a clear sense of purpose. You are on fire and ready to take on the world. In the beginning, everything is challenging but the obstacles are nothing compared with your passion and enthusiasm. You see things only as opportunities and are prepared to take on every task, focused on making progress and on winning!
And for quite a while, you do. Then slowly, something starts to change.
You notice your enthusiasm beginning to erode, and some of the people you work with start to frustrate you. The extra paperwork and the new processes management is putting in place, while intended to provide clarity, aren’t really helping – in fact, they’re creating more work, and it makes it seem like management doesn’t trust you.
Your boss is seldom around now, and while you like her, you don’t feel you get the direction you need. It seems obvious how much communication needs to improve and, while the money was fine when you started, you keep hearing there are people in similar roles being paid more than you, and now it feels a little like you are getting ripped off.
Then one of the co-workers you appreciate gets let go. Now you are sure things are just not what they should be. Challenges now seem overwhelming and your usual enthusiasm has waned. As you reflect, the belief sets in that things just won’t ever change.
Is your job past its best-before date?
Now you are telling stories of how people don’t ever listen, and you shake your head when that guy from accounting asks for another ridiculous report. This constant stream of problems has become the main conversation point over coffee most mornings; it seems like you’re not the only one feeling this way.
Then one day, you receive a phone call to interview for a job you would be thrilled to get. After all, this is not just any job, but the perfect job. You’re eager and nervous at the same time, but mostly filled with thoughts of how great things would be. You can picture all of the new challenges, a management team who listens carefully, training opportunities, and maybe even more money. Everything would be great if you could just get past this stage…
Which leads me to ask: Would you apply for the job you have today?
Why is this question thought-provoking? Because it can highlight a mental dissonance: if I would not apply for this job, why am I still here? Is it for fear of looking like a job hopper? Is it the uncertainty of finding a better job? Is it the inherent costs in changing over (sunken investments in my current company such as seniority, perhaps having to move my place of residence)?
For many, the dissonance is in the irrationality of staying, or in the irrationality of not wanting the job you have.
Because, if you would not reapply for the job you have, the truth is you do not want the job you have. And you need to want it.
That’s what provides so much energy and passion and, ultimately, the ability to overcome obstacles. Ironically, it’s also what will qualify you for the next perfect job.
Think Shift CEO David Baker has been helping individuals and organizations find and realize their potential for nearly two decades. David is an enthusiastic speaker, engaging storyteller and experienced communications strategist. Teaching constructive transparency and intentional leadership, he works with professionals and business owners to identify and achieve their goals.

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