Knowing the job you don’t want

Knowing the job you don’t want

Job Search – knowing what you don’t want!

Advice from Wendy Smith.  Wendy is a Career and Life Coach helping you find fresh perspectives on life and your career. if you need help finding work, with problems at work, at home or with relationships you can book a FREE coaching session with Wendy by emailing

Knowing the job you don’t want is really important when looking for work. People who have been unemployed for some time are often just desperate to to get back into work again. It is all too easy to reach a point where you will take more or less anything. Particularly, if it is vaguely in the field you left and it pays enough for you to meet the bills. It is all too easy to lose sight of what really matters to you and to ignore any underlying doubts and that vague feeling that this job is not really the one for you.

Let’s be honest here, a good job can be hard to find. And jobs are very rarely the perfect fit. Common-sense says you apply the 80/20 principle in reverse. If 80 percent of the job fits, and the 20 percent doesn’t, that is usually OK. But what if that 20% includes something you very strongly dislike? Then taking the job can be risky.

Most people have a list of things they do want in a job. But few produce a list of things that they don’t want. This includes the kinds of work that you know you will find uncomfortable or may not be good at. For example, a job that requires you to handle lots of very fine detail when that is not your strength and you like to see the broader picture.

Spending time on the list of things you don’t want is always time well invested. Make your list carefully and be very honest. For example, if regular travelling really isn’t practical then put that on the list.

Being clear about what you don’t want pays dividends

Of course, life and job search is all about compromise. Sometimes, you may think it is worth taking a job that hits lots buttons on your wanted list even though they only just balance out the buttons on your not wanted list. But, please have a care, particularly with those items you marked as strong dislikes. There really is a risk for you with those items.

Only you can decide whether it is worth the risk of taking a job that includes things on your avoidance list. But thinking carefully and being very realistic will limit the chance of a demoralizing failure.

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Wendy Smith is a career consultant, life coach and business coach with depth of experience in helping people lead happier lives and feel more fulfilled.  if you need help finding work, with problems at work, at home or with relationships you can book a FREE coaching session with Wendy by emailing


5 thoughts on “Knowing the job you don’t want”

  1. Yeah thats right, Generally people have idea of what they want but they can’t list what they do not want but sometimes their wants are also so unrealistic and wishful.

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