The perfect job?

All my adult life, I’ve been searching for the “perfect” job. I think most of us look for it, even if most settle for a job that deviates from that ideal, to varying degrees. I’ve had some jobs that I enjoyed more than others, but all in all, I don’t think I ever really found one that was “perfect” for me.

To me, that entails doing something I love, so that it doesn’t feel like work. I also need to feel appreciated for what I do; to be treated as if my contributions are valued. Last, it has to be about more than just money—I don’t need to get rich, but I also don’t want to waste my life making someone else rich.

Since I lost my “steady” job back in October of 2009, I have thought a lot more about what I really want to do with the rest of my working life, and I’ve made some discoveries.

  1. I’ve discovered that working with words is my love; my talent; my “calling,” if you like. Writing and editing were always my
    hobbies, and I’ve found that I enjoy them just as much if I’m getting paid.
  2. I want to do something that makes me proud. When I worked for TI in the Defense group, I had the small comfort of knowing that at least the projects I worked on weren’t bombs, but who’s to say whether they were used by people who dropped bombs? When I worked for Solomon, if I did a good job, either a consultant or an oil company made money—and I haven’t seen many of either who really need any more money.
  3. I want to do something that changes someone’s world, even if it’s only in some small way. The older I get, the more I question the difference I’ve made, and the more I find it important to me that I have a positive impact on those around me and the world at large.
  4. I want a job that gives back to me as much as I put in. I will give my absolute best to every job I do, because that’s the way I was raised, and it’s what I believe God expects from me. Whether that’s working for an employer or raising my son—even if I make mistakes along the way—I don’t want anyone to be able to say that I didn’t do my best. I would appreciate a  company that believes it’s important to support me as an employee and as a person.

Too good to be true? Maybe not—if you believe.

I interviewed this week with a company that seems to fit all those expectations. And as a bonus, it’s close to home. It’s a company I’d be honored to work for, and they are making a difference in the lives of their employees as well as their clients. There would be opportunities every day to make a real and lasting difference in people’s lives. I believe it’s a place I need to be.

Who could ask for more?

One thought on “The perfect job?

  1. Great post
    Both my parents worked in factories and often told me the perfect job is the one you don’t mind going to & never causes you to take time away from your family. Very simple way to look at it but I tend to agree 🙂

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