It seems that the job challenges are not finishing with finding the job. This occurs mainly because the work doesn’t cover the initial expectations, some disappointment from the place/position appeared, or, said in non-diplomatic language, one discover that the job, the place and the people are not nice. In another article I plan to outline how this occurred in my case and why, as I am sure there will be some curiosity about the never-ending post-communistic transition Bulgarian business perspectives are in.
Now, as I am looking for a new opportunities, I start to be more clear what I want, what I need and where to look for it. It is not efficient to apply for everything, these are not the Olympic games. It is my time, efforts and future I invest in, hence there is nothing bad of being a bit picky and prioritize. This is what I encountered in the process of applying.
1. If the company has double standards for the nationality of its employees, it is not for me.
I was very enthusiastic to go to two interviews with a big international company. The position was somewhat routine and administrative but I was ready to compromise because of the young and nice team and the nice salary I was expecting. The company is really big, operating worldwide and I cannot say my expectations were unrealistic. However, at the end they offer me a salary twice lower than the salaries of other foreign people in the company. I do take into account that we speak for different departments here but a little farther research showed that this is obviously company politics. They offer in general lower remuneration to Bulgarian employees. Why is that? Because anyway at the end they will find a Bulgarian who will agree to do the work out of desperation? No, thanks, this is not fair on many levels and I don’t want to be part of it.
2. If the company/organization absolutely refuse to read my CV in English, it is not for me.
My logic is very simple. If they do not want to see my CV in English in any case, these rather means that my touch as employee with internationality and possibly, multiculturalism, is rather not existing. There is nothing bad in this, it is just not my cup of tea. I feel so out of the local box, I like to be in touch with different people, use different languages, that I just cannot go back in that box and lock myself.
3. If the management doesn’t show any appreciation for me as a human being, it is not for me.
A job interview is both sided process. Anybody who behaves like it isn’t, is not showing understanding that the future employee is also human being. As applicant I also have my needs and as a human being I prefer to see another human being in front of me. We are here to do work, of course, but this doesn’t mean we cannot have good positive communication and show some understanding. I work for your company/organization, not for you only. One friend is saying something which sums up pretty well: “I work for living, I don’t live for working”.
4. If I cannot develop my self and learn new things, it is not for me.
Of course I like to know what I am doing and to do it well. It is just that staying for too long on one stage, not updating any knowledge or developing new skills still is not option for me. I got discouraged, highly demotivated and bored.
5. If I cannot be useful with my skills, it is not for me.
Routine, monotonous work is something I really don’t mind from time to time. It can be very relaxing and not stressful. However, if one doesn’t have the conditions for reaching his full potential from time to time, this again leads to frustration. There is nothing worse than the feeling that you can do more, you can do better, you have ideas, but… nobody want it from you! This is really basic refusal of personal satisfaction that each person should be able to experience in his everyday life. A position which will match my own competences is bringing the good feeling of something well done at the end of the day.
I am a believer and I know the dream job exists. This is the job that will bring me enough challenges and satisfaction, where I can contribute and which makes some social impact.