Did you know that 80% of people who make a New Year resolution fail to keep it?
If your New Year’s resolution is to get a new job, I want you to keep it. We live in an era where Americans are taking their own destinies into their hands.
Millions of Americans have quit their jobs every month for seven months straight in 2021 in a phenomenon called the Great Resignation. Americans are looking for new jobs, hopes, and opportunities to live life on their own terms.
If you have lined up some job interviews for after New Year, ask these three questions to find out if the job is right for you.
What are the Most Prominent Challenges of This Job Position?
In many job interviews, the interviewer will usually ask you to describe a challenging work situation you encountered in your previous employment.
Potential employers ask this question to get a gauge of your troubleshooting abilities. They want to know what you did outside of your job description to solve a problem, act diplomatically, and get a problem solved.
Asking this question is an indirect way of finding out how a potential hire will deal with unpredictable or stressful situations.
Well, you should be able to ask the same. And it’s better to understand what you are getting into, and the potential unspoken challenges related to the job, now instead of later.
What are the Salary Parameters for This Job?
Money is not the root of all evil. It is the love of money that is the root of all evil. People misunderstand its place in life.
Or they steal it. Or they never truly learn to understand that money is a tool to help you achieve financial security and life options of your choosing.
Money is not everything, but it is hard to get by in life without it. And if you are applying for a new job after New Years’, you need to definitively know how much the job pays.
Some job ads display a “salary range” instead of a definitive salary number. You need to know how much you will be paid. Switching jobs could affect your standard of living if you end up making less money.
Don’t be shy to ask about salary. Asking lets a potential employer know that you understand the salary rates for the position and your value as an employee.
And misunderstandings make the world go around. It is better to know this information upfront, learn the truth afterward, and waste everyone’s time reversing an acceptance.
Can Arrangement be Made For…?
In a world ruled by the pandemic, where the business blueprint for operating a business changes every day, many businesses are making arrangements to satisfy employees.
Many businesses are offering tuition payment assistance, child-care services, and other perks on top of increased pay to stem the Great Resignation.
Many businesses need employers desperately. Don’t take advantage of the situation to ask for perks for its own sake. But if you have extenuating circumstances related to your work life, don’t be afraid to ask.
Ask if remote work positions are available. If you don’t have a driver’s license or don’t want o travel for the job, make that preference known.
Maybe you need to alter work hours on certain days so you can pick up your kids early from school. Don’t be afraid to ask.
If personal arrangements need to be finalized before you take the job, ask beforehand during the interview.
Incidentally, if you do have children, you might consider reading kidwealth.com. Its a good solid site with practical advice on parenting.
Allen Francis was an academic advisor, librarian, and college adjunct for many years with no money, no financial literacy, and no responsibility when he had money. To him, the phrase “personal finance,” contains the power that anyone has to grow their own wealth. Allen is an advocate of best personal financial practices including focusing on your needs instead of your wants, asking for help when you need it, saving and investing in your own small business.