You have to know who you are willing to get in bed with in order to make your career dreams a reality.
…Does not mean that you have to sleep your way to the top. It does mean however that you have to choose between your work ethics and moral integrity when it comes to working for someone you may love to hate. Finding opportunities in your career whether you are starting out or are transitioning to the next level is always a challenge no matter how great your resume reads. You need to not only have a sense of your job worth and your professional assets but you have to know who you are willing to get in bed with in order to make your career dreams a reality.
When you interview for a job don’t think it’s just a one-way street and that you are the only one on the witness stand. You are interviewing your next boss and evaluating fit just as they are evaluating you. To think it’s all in someone else’s hands when it comes to deciding on your next job is like giving all of your power and control away to someone else. You have all the right in the world to interrogate and probe your new boss in a way that demands professional respect and signals that you have high integrity. Your work ethic is nothing to sell short. You have worked hard to maintain your reputation and your professional network and you don’t want to be in a position where your association with a company or individual in anyway compromises your standing in your professional community.
You may feel you have no other choice but to go along with whatever seems like a sure thing even if it does not make you feel 100% excited. That’s a big mistake. If you are not jazzed about a new opportunity or the prospects of working for someone then you need to do yourself a favor and pass on any offer that comes your way. You’ll save yourself a lot of aggravation and heartache in the future. Even though you think something or someone looks and plays the part, it does not always mean you should ignore your instincts when it comes to trusting your own gut. Letting someone else decide how you should handle or engage with a job or future boss is not a task you should feel comfortable delegating. You have to make sure you are in charge of your decisions when it comes to making a career choice even if you seek help from your colleagues. At the end of the day, it’s you who has to go home and live with yourself and the decisions that you make.
Finding yourself in a bad situation does not mean you have limited options available for moving up or moving out of a job. You need to really dig deep in terms of what are the Pros and Cons of your situation and make a decision that feels right for you and not what’s right for someone else. Whether that means you quit a job because the boss has no integrity or you pass on a job offer because in your gut you know this person sitting across from you is not really what he/she appears to be. It’s okay to say “No” when something or someone does not make you feel right. So the next time you are asked to get in bed with someone and go the career distance, make sure you’ve done your homework and remember it’s okay to say no.
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