You never want be the person who replies, "It sucks," when asked about your job. It's the worst feeling: working a job that does little for you, makes you miserable and belittles your potential.
It's exacerbated because few seem to care. Many people don't believe in workplace happiness anymore and accept this as the norm. It's too bad because this simply isn't true.
Jobs come and go, but your thought process on how you obtain one is likely to stay the same. This is a huge problem; we do this because we're programmed to create habits, and some of our habits lead us in the wrong direction.
For instance, we may apply to a job just because it pays well and is the industry in which we already work; we may do this time and time again. This is dangerous for our futures, and as a result, millions of people have become trapped in workplace unhappiness.
The last thing you want to do is become one of them. However, it's easy to see there's no other way. Research concluded that 87 percent of workers worldwide are unhappy.
The problem is, people like to settle; it's hard to maintain ambition. When it comes to your job, however, being motivated and reaching for what you want is the most important characteristic of the search process. If you don't emit these traits, you may just waste years of your life.
It can be hard to find the job that fits you and has all the great qualities you're looking for, but it's worth it. This is why it's more important to say "no" to job opportunities than it is to say "yes."
There is no price you can pay to live a meaningful and happy life.
If you want to have an amazing career, here are five qualities to look for in a job, so you don't make the same mistake twice:
1. Room for growth
Are you in one of those corporate jobs where you have to wait a year to get promoted? If so, you're wasting your time.
Many companies will promote you on performance, not on how much time you spend with them. These are the ones to which you want to apply. If you're motivated, a quick learner and a great employee, you should expect promotions to align with how much value you're adding to the company.
Does the company look like it's going to double in size in the next couple years? The company's projectile may very well determine your own.
Be weary, however; many companies or startups won't hesitate to let go of their employees who can't grow as fast as them. If you want to hop on a rocketship, be prepared to work hard, learn faster than ever and take risks.
Having room to grow is vital to understanding your potential, keeping life interesting and becoming great a leader. With most companies that grow quickly, they tend to experience a lot of ups and downs.
If you like the thrills that come with roller coasters, joining a company poised for growth may be the best decision for you.
2. Learning useful skills
We should all strive to be lifelong learners, and when it comes to choosing a company, you should ask yourself whether you will be putting in hours that will lead to developing new skill sets.
Honing useful skills puts you in a great position if you're let go because it makes you more marketable. Companies don't want to hire people they have to spend a great deal of money to train, so they search for people who can fit perfectly.
Wearing multiple hats enables you to stretch your creativity and learn from different perspectives; it can turn you into a well-rounded human being. The last place you want to be is when you realize the job you left didn't teach you anything.
3. It's your passion
How many people do you know who chase their dreams? Very few. Not only is it hard to discover your passion, but when chasing it, you may have to overcome incredible obstacles.
If you work for a great company with every quality you want except that it doesn't align with your passion, you will never be completely happy. It may pay less, but waking up feeling like you have a purpose, you're fortunate and ready to take on the world every day, is priceless.
4. Great coworkers
If you're working 40-plus hours a week next to people you don't like, you will never appreciate your job. Coworkers matter a lot, unless, of course, you're super introverted.
Most of us are not, however, and we like having someone to talk to about our personal lives. Great coworkers can make up for negative job qualities; the most boring job can be fun if you're laughing the whole time.
The problem is, the only way to 100 percent find out whether your coworkers are great is to take a job. You don't get to test the waters. Many great relationships with your coworkers are developed over time, too.
Also, don't assume your friends will be great people to work with; professional life is much different from personal. If you can land a job with nice coworkers, it can be a great asset in pushing your career forward.
5. High expectations
The only way to find your potential is to push yourself beyond the mental and physical limits you set. Having a job that gives you a heavy load of responsibility may just be the best thing that's ever happened.
Coming out on top from high expectations is one of the greatest feelings in the world; it embeds confidence in you, and you don't look at obstacles the same way ever again.
Put yourself in a position with high expectations, beat them and feel what it's like to be on top of the world.
Remember, don't settle; find your dream company.