I’ve been in the career field for many years, so much of my clientele comes from referrals. Sometimes a job seeker needs a new position for a certain reason, but lament because their coworkers, set up, hours, customers, and supervisors were awesome. I next meet with one of these coworkers also needing something new. Unlike the first person, they are thrilled to leave and discuss the exact opposite—bad boss, coworkers, and all around set up. Both people have high work ethics and are warm and kind.
But personalities, interests, experiences and needs differ, so groups gel differently. What is fantastic for one person may be blah for another. It often has zilch to do with the people individually.
When job searching, remember: people are unique. If you failed to perform or fit in well at a former position or with previous coworkers often has no bearing on how far you can fly at a different job in circumstances better geared for your strengths—unless you let it. Be brave; look ahead. Don’t hold others’ personalities and strengths against them, and don’t focus on past failures. Think of them as learning experiences, leading you on a better path. Listen to “God Bless the Broken Road” by Rascall Flatts on YouTube or watch the movie of the same name. They aren’t about new jobs but pertain perfectly.
Good luck job seeking,
Beth Husom, GCDF