The Way You Love Your Job

Every once in a while, I run across someone who is exceedingly happy doing his or her job. The test for that is whether the thought of winning the Big Lotto makes you tingle with anticipation over what you might say to your boss the next day. If that dialogue includes a happy rendition of “So Long, Farewell,” perhaps you are not loving your job as much as you had thought.

You might think that winning the lottery would be a stroke of luck. Okay, it would be. But let’s be real… the odds are not good that mother luck will smile on you with a winning lotto pick. Yet, you can be one of the lucky ones. You can be the right person, doing the right thing in the right place. You can enjoy your work. (I owe the right person, right thing, right place turn of phrase to Shoya Zichy, who used it in her helpful book, Career Match: Connecting Who You Are with What You’ll Love to Do.)

What is the secret? Focus on the way you like to do things, not on what you think you might like to do.

Here are some examples of the kinds of preferences you might have.

  • Are you more productive working alone, or as a member of a team?
  • Do you seek to know the feelings of others before deciding something or do you prefer a “just the facts” approach to decision-making?
  • Do you have to gather every conceivable point of data to make a choice or are you someone who trusts your gut?
  • Are you okay standing alone against the prevailing opinion on an issue or do you need to find allies before you make a stand?
  • Do you think, then do, or is your preference to do, then think?
  • Do you know yourself because you have kept a journal for twenty years, or because your friends define you to yourself?

Each question serves to illustrate that you exercise functional preferences all day, everyday. Your preferences are innate. They are also outside your consciousness until you begin to explore them.

So what does this mean for you in your job selection process? Simply this: When you are interviewing for a position, be sure to explore the latitude you will be given to align the job duties with your own style––your way of getting things done.

Adding this dimension to your job selection process just might help you find a job you wouldn’t quit if you won the lottery. And one that you will love if you never win the lottery.

One last thing. Does your resumé convey your style preferences? If it does, you’re giving the hiring manager another reason to call you for an interview.

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