In a down economy, it's tempting to jump at any job opportunity without thinking twice about your personal and professional development. Tech blogger Shiyah Koh emphasises the importance of the people who you'll be working with and how they influence job satisfaction.
Koh suggests five questions you should ask before taking a new job, each of which focus on the people you'll be working with and for, including whether or not you can learn from them, they're invested in your growth, you can trust them, and how focused they are on creating valuable things. Her reasons for this focus are strong:
Jobs aren't about companies, or paychecks – they're about people that you see everyday, spend more of your waking moments with than your loved ones, so it's vitally important that you play for the right team. People who've got your back, who won't waste your time with petty politics or passive- aggressiveness, and who you feel comfortable being your fullest self with because that's how you can be successful at your job. And when you are with a team that allows you to be successful, you will find yourself learning, smiling, getting paid and generally kicking ass!
Hit up the full post for more, and let's hear what's most important to you when you're considering a new gig in the comments. Photo by Luna Jubilee.
5 questions to ask before taking a job [Shiyan Koh]