You start the search for your Right First Job (RFJ) when you discover that you are in the wrong job.
How do you know that you are in the wrong job?
1. The simplest and easiest way to find out if you are in the wrong job is that you don’t feel like going to work when you wake up in the morning.
2. The next sign that you are in the wrong job is that there is negativity around you. In other words, no one in that office talks positively about the future of employees as well as the company.
3. The third sign is the salary is too low and you are forced to borrow money from your parents, despite living a simple life.
There may be many reasons for all the above. It may be because the boss is very demanding and difficult. Travelling to and fro to work may be very challenging. You are struggling to cope with the targets, etc. Remember that leaving your first job and first employer is a very serious matter because your entire career will depend on how you succeed in your RFJ. So, let’s start by analysing why you want to leave this job.
According to experts, there are three major factors responsible for your disliking the job-
a. Company factors
b. Job factors
c. Your own factors
Company factors include boss, colleagues, work culture, compensation, etc. Job-related factors include role mismatch with your personality, too much travel time to and from work, excessive outstation travelling, etc., while self-related factors include your competency, your attitude, your effort etc.
The first step is to decide which factor among the above three is responsible. If the company is the problem or you are the problem, don’t quit the job; stay and improve. If the job role is the problem, analyse why. Is it because your job and personality fitment? If the answer is yes, you should look for a change of job role within the current employer before looking outside.
Please note that the company will do anything- including changing your job location, boss or even job role-only if you succeed in your current job. So, to succeed in the current job is the best way to get an internal transfer to another role. Only if this isn’t possible, it is advisable to look for a job change.
How do you make up for the lost time?
First, realise that your career will be for thirty to thirty-five years, form the age of 20-25 till 60 hence, if you lose one or two years in the wrong job, it does not matter. You can easily make up using the following six steps.
1. Figure out what went wrong, so that you can recover the lost time.
2. Analyse your behaviour and identify corrective action that you will take.
3. Identify the right job that fits your personality.
4. Identify the right employer who can offer you the right job.
5. Research this employer and get the job.
6. Research this employer and get the job.
7. Start performing on the new job and thereby recover lost time.
The only way to recover the lost time is to succeed in the right first job (RFJ). You need to do the following to succeed.
Hard work: Double up your effort on the job. Work weekends if required.
Smart work: Be up to date on computer skills. Find out how you can use your smart phone better to save time.
Become the boss’s favourite: Bosses like people who are both smart and hardworking.
Become an ideal team member: Contribute to the team by doing your part and staying positive.
Enrol in course and acquire additional relevant qualifications.
Mohammed Ali (original name, Cassius Clay) is the only three-time World Heavyweight Champion. He won in 1964, 1974 and 1978. In 1967, three years after he won the first title, he was jailed since he refused to enrol in the US Army during the Vietnam War. He could not compete for four years and lost valuable time. But, he bounced back due to sheer determination and won the world Heavyweight title- not once but twice, in 1974 and 1978. So, this should inspire anyone who loses two to three years on the wrong job.