What some people may not
realize is that I’m currently employed at my [perfect
job.](http://www.datecheckpro.com/). Sometimes I wonder how exactly I managed
to get to this place in life and I think I’ve come up with some strategies that
I’d like to share with you.
Money is important, but it’s not the most important
I’d extend this to benefits as well. Unless you have a health condition that
would make acquiring your own health insurance prohibitively expensive it’s
totally optional to find a company that offers benefits. Just factor the cost
of insurance and retirement investments into your salary.
What IS important is variable to each person and it can change over time. For me
these are the important attributes of an ideal job.
This is my number one attribute for a number of reasons. First it really sucks
when you work at a job doing stuff you can’t stand doing. I’ll get into this
more later on, but if you have influence at a company you can go a long way into
making sure you’re working on the projects and tasks that you want to be working
I can’t be micromanaged. I’ve come to realize that I’m the most productive if I
can come and go and work when is best for me. I’ve found that the best way to
achieve this is to work from home. With fast internet I can video Skype, call,
text or e-mail my coworkers depending on how important the reason is. Some
people might not be able to handle this, but since I’m a bit of a workaholic my
boss is never worried about me slacking off. If I’m feeling like crap I can
take a nap and when I get up I get way more done then if I had pushed through
the fog and kept working. This is why people in offices spend so much time on
Facebook and Twitter. They feel like crap for any number of reasons (florescent
lighting, sugar crashing, general tiredness, etc) but they can’t go take a nap
so instead they dick around on Facebook.
This is a bit of a loaded attribute. The company I work for builds a tool for
grocery stores to manage their expiring inventory. Is that what I’m passionate
about? It probably wouldn’t be on the top of my list. However what I am
passionate about is building amazing software. I’m passionate about learning
how to improve my code and make things work better for everybody involved
(users, administrators, developers, etc). At some of my prior jobs these ideals
were a low priority. It was more important to get more features out as quickly
as possible, accumulating a bunch of technical debt in the process. I would get
scolded for taking my time to do things the right way because we “didn’t have
time for that”. Now because of my autonomy and influence I can manage
expectations and make sure that I’m passionate about the projects I’m working
You have to enjoy working with the people you interact with the most. If you
have to spend every day talking and working with people you can’t stand the job
is a dead end. I can honestly say I’m friends with every single person I work
with. Most importantly my boss is amazing. When I had to go have heart surgery
he’s was great about accommodating my time off and my gradual return to full
time. He even came over and dropped off a brand new MacBook Pro! This may not
have been the case if I hadn’t consistently over delivered prior to this, but
that’s irrelevant because when it came down to it, my family and I didn’t have
to worry about my job on top of all of our health worries. That really makes a
This ties in with chemistry a little, but if you feel like people are lying to
you, you can’t do a good job. For me it’s really important to know what’s going
on in the business. Some people falsely think that working at a startup is more
risky then working at a big company. I’ve worked at a number of startups and I
have to say the only difference is at a startup you typically know what the
risks are and can help mitigate them, at a big company you’re surprised when you
show up one day to find out that a third of the company has been laid off. Can
you handle the truth?
I said it was important and it is. If I’m not able to pay my bills or do the
sorts of things I want to do in my free time nothing else really matters. But
once you reach that threshold the importance of money really drops.
How do you get your perfect job?
I’ve written more about this in a follow post Getting the perfect job
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