2-Way Investment Be more intent on how you invest your time


If you are in the job market and looking for a new opportunity, you are probably having some anxiety trying to find the right fit for your skills, personality, and financial goals. Job seekers put unnecessary stress during the interview process because they do not value themselves as much as the company that is providing the opportunity. The job is merely a way for two investors, the company and yourself to meet each other and decide on mutual terms. The terms of agreement become a baseline to profit off each other’s time and investment. Take into consideration that the company wants a percentage of return for their investment in you and you should leverage the company for education and experience to increase your value for future opportunities.


Explore what the Company will provide to YOU


I like looking at the reviews and testimonials about the organization on websites like Glassdoor and Indeed just to see what employees think of the company. I do not let those reviews influence me totally, but it becomes a part of my overall company image. Some reviews give a good insight on the company’s culture.


1. An opportunity to increase your knowledge/skills

More companies are competing for talent by offering reimbursement for job related education and certifications. Take full advantage of this because it is key in increasing your skill level and performing your job more efficient. Education and training is a great way to separate yourself from other employees at your company and make you competitive within your career field.


2. Leadership support –allows a voice on how to improve your work center

Does the company allow you to have a voice, this compliments the need for a company to allow your professional growth. Each employee should be empowered through the ability to recommend change and introduce ideas to enhance the mission of the company.


3. Career advancement

Inquire about the tenure at the company, how long do individuals continue to work for the company. I also look at the company’s job announcements to see what jobs are currently available and how long they have been open. This will give you an opportunity to compare your educations, skills, and experience for supervisory and managerial roles. Ask the company how often they hire for managerial positions from within the company.


Explore what YOU can provide the Company


1. Can I make others better, teamwork?

Making others better and teamwork is synonymous. We can make others better one on one, but the greater effect would be to affect a team, a work center, and the organization. But let us not get ahead of ourselves, execute your role and use it to make the team more efficient and subsequently, you will make each person on the team better. This influence that you can provide an organization is priceless and changes the culture.


2. The ability to hire from within

Every day is your day to market yourself. Ingratiate yourself in the organization by showing humility while exerting subtle leadership if you are not already in a leadership role. This can be done in a non-leadership position by exercising your expertise. The idea is to grab the attention of upper-level management, look for a position opening after you are established within the company, and let leadership know that you are interested. If you are a good fit and are qualified, you can save the company expenditures for a job search and allows someone that is already familiar with the company to fill the position.


3. A holistic view that may be different

You should understand the impact of your position on the overall success of the company. Employees need to understand how their opinions can influence the organization by offering a better way of doing things, increasing efficiency, and saving money. One of your major attributes to an organization is the ability to effectively understand the “big picture”. If you are in the job market and looking for a new opportunity, you are probably having some anxiety trying to find the right fit for your skills, personality, and financial goals. Job seekers put unnecessary stress during the interview process because they do not value themselves as much as the company that is providing the opportunity. The job is merely a way for two investors, the company and yourself to meet each other and decide on mutual terms. The terms of agreement become a baseline to profit off each other’s time and investment. Take into consideration that the company wants a percentage of return for their investment in you and you should leverage the company for education and experience to increase your value for future opportunities.


What is your mindset when looking for opportunities? Do you see it as a mutual relationship?


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