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How to Know If Your Job Is a Good Fit For You

Updated on January 20, 2016

How Much Does Job Satisfaction Really Affect Quality of Life?

A recent study done by Harvard Business School and Stanford University shows that work stress can be just as damaging to people's health as second hand smoke exposure.

Does that statement frighten you a little bit when you start thinking about the stress you experience from your own job?

No matter who you are, where you live, or what job you have, you are going to experience stress in life.

Stress can even be a positive thing sometimes if it motivates you to grow and progress, but excessive distress can become harmful to your mental, emotional, and even physical health. That is when it becomes a major concern that needs to be taken seriously.

The point of this hub is not to tell you whether or not you need to change jobs. Every person is unique and handles the stresses of specific jobs and situations differently, so discovering what kind of job is the best for you is really a personal decision.

Rather the point of this hub, it is to give you some guiding questions that you can ask yourself in order to help you figure out whether or not you feel the job you are in is the best job for your health, your quality of life, and your personal growth right now.

Do you think that lack of job satisfaction is a good enough reason to seek new employment even if your current job meets your financial needs?

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Are You Excited About Your Job?

That might sound like a crazy question to some of you who wonder if it is possible that anybody enjoys starting work in the morning, but the truth is that there are a lot of people that are so passionate about their jobs that they can't wait to get to work.

When your job is something that you are passionate about rather than something that you dread, you will see your job satisfaction shoot through the roof.

This is one reason that I know that jobs involving writing are a great fit for me. Rather than dreading having to sit down in front of my computer, often times I have the opposite experience of having a hard time stopping to eat or do the other essentials of life.

I feel the same way about foot zoning. The first day that I attended a foot zoning class, I knew that it was something that I wanted to learn more about and share with others. The truth is that I am so excited about foot zoning that I often end up doing it for free.

Obviously that's not the wisest career move financially, but it is truly amazing to be so passionate about a job that you don't even care whether you are getting paid to do it or not.

The moment you find yourself in the position of being so passionate about your job that you can't wait to get to work, you know you have arrived in a happy and healthy place.

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Do You Feel Like You Are Making a Difference?

It would be awesome if every single person was able to find a job that truly stirred up passion and excitement inside, but as many of you are probably thinking, that's not always a realistic possibility.

Hopefully, we will all get there someday, but sometimes, you just need a job that is going to help put food on the table and pay the rent whether you are super excited about it or not.

Even if you are in this situation, I think it is important for you to feel like you are making a difference in the world when you go to work.

When people don't feel like they are making a valuable contribution to society, it is easy to fall into a state of depression where it feels like life is being wasted. That's not where you want to be.

Every job has a purpose. Nobody would pay you to do a job if there wasn't someone who needed the job done, but if you don't see any value in the job that you are accomplishing, it might not be a place that you should stay in for a long period of time.

You don't want to go through your whole life feeling like your life's work was a waste of time.

Will This Job Help You to Accomplish Your Future Goals?

Alright, so what if you not only lack passion about your job, but you honestly don't feel like doing your job makes any valuable contribution to the world? Does that mean it's one hundred percent, without a doubt, time to find somewhere else to go?

If there is another job option available that will fulfill your financial needs and provide you with valuable opportunities to make a difference and do the things you are passionate about, it could very well be time to switch jobs, but what if there's not?

That's when this third guiding question becomes extremely important to ask yourself.

Sometimes a job that is stressful and even feels meaningless could be worth hanging onto if you can see that it is a temporary fixture in your life that is going to help you accomplish your future goals.

Here are a few examples of when that might be the case:

  • You need a job to earn money for your education-You might spend a few years doing custodial work at the university until you can finish your degree and get the job you really want. It might not be your end goal, but you can see that it is helping you get the education you need in order to achieve that goal.
  • You need a job to sustain you until you end up with your dream job-You might be someone like me who dreams of being a writer, an artist, or whatever your unique dream may be, but you recognize that you need to do some other kind of work to supplement your income along the way as you work to make your dream into a career that can support you.
  • This job will give you the means to achieve your financial goals-Whether you have a goal of getting out of debt or becoming independently wealthy, sometimes the job you are in might be just what you need to get where you are trying to be financially. For some people, working in a job that they are less than passionate about is worth it as long as they know it is a means to an end.

Ultimately, you get to choose the road you want to follow.

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The Choice is Yours

Obviously, it is your choice whether you want to stick with your current job or find a new one, but answering the following questions that were discussed above, can give you guidance about whether or not your job is a good fit for you if you aren't sure whether you are going in the right direction or not.

  • Are you excited about your job?
  • Do you feel like you are making a difference?
  • Will this job help you to accomplish your future goals?

I'm not recommending that you go out and quit your job immediately with no means of replacing your income just because you feel less than satisfied at work, although whether you do that or not is a personal decision you will have to make for yourself.

What I am recommending is that if you feel like the job you have right now isn't a good fit for you, it might be worth it to step out of your comfort zone to find a job that provides you with a better quality of life rather than becoming comfortable in a job that is less than satisfying to you.

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      Aderis 22 months ago

      nice

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      Rebecca Young 22 months ago from Renton, WA

      Thanks!

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      Karine Gordineer 22 months ago from Upstate New York

      Good hub! I've always needed to do something that had meaning but most of my adult life I worked in jobs that were frustrating and counter to my beliefs. It's not a nice place to be in. Today I work for myself and although it has another whole set of challenges it is definitely better. Thanks for offering up some great pearls of wisdom.

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      Rebecca Young 22 months ago from Renton, WA

      I'm glad that you enjoyed my hub. I think it is so important to find meaning and value in your work. I'm glad you've been able to choose a path that gives you more satisfaction than your previous jobs did.

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