February 29, 2008

Compare. Contrast. Decide.

I'm pretty big on analysis. Folks usually don't really realize that because while I *DO* talk about my thought process, it's never ALL of it. I keep a lot inside. Work through it in my mind. But I look at opportunities and situations for every angle, weighing the pros and cons, looking at the big picture and trying to see where it will put me in the long run.

It's exhausting. Really.

And it cracks me up because folks think I just get an idea and WHAM! Make it happen.

So....we're gonna look at this recent situation together. Oh, I can't give you ALL the info, but the basics are available. The gest of the matter will be more than clear.

Let's get started, shall we.

You get an "opportunity". It's with a company that you know, good and bad. Working for people that know you well and more importantly admire you. Believe in you. Respect you.

The money is good, the job you know like the back of your hand. The industry not one that will be impacted by the economy very much. Good or bad.

The down side is you're forced to relocate. To once again start over. Oh, they'll pay for it, but still.....you'll be alone. Again. Starting over socially. Again.

Also the hours are amazingly long. You'd be "in charge" so you'd need to be available from 3:30am to around 6:00 in the evening. Not working weekends, well except reports and such. No, you're not in the office all that time, but you do need to be "available". It's a good mixture of physical labor and sales with management duties over riding all of that.

This is a large company with a strong corporate structure. But again, you know the ropes. You know the players. And more importantly, they know you. Raises, while never HUGE, are certain. Bonuses are paid as long as the criteria is met. And that criteria is laid out with your boss, not handed down.

Now.....you get another opportunity. The money is incredible. Really. And you'll be in a location YOU know and love. You'll be surrounded, socially any way, by people very close to you.

But you know very VERY little about this company. The industry is one you've never worked in, and the product you know very little about. One way to look at it is it's a blank slate.

Travel is nationwide, at a rate of 75%. IOW, you'd be on a plane most of every single week. While not the long hours of the other position you'd be away from home for a much larger percentage of your time. Away from those that you actually moved closer to.

This is a very corporate, formal organization. VERY formal. Raises - not certain. Promotions - long processes that are not quick to happen.

Well, that's the majority of the things *I* look at. At least in the first couple of levels in the decision making process. Again, because my goal is to actually have a life at some point, and one that I can enjoy, the impact a position will have on my quality of life is important.

I make lists. I arrange things by importance to ME. And I do this early in the process. Why early? Why put myself through all this before I have to? Well, that's rather hard to explain without sounding like an egomaniac. But I'll try. You see, I'm a rather forceful personality. And I can, when I put my mind to it, influence situations more than folks realize. Hell, I've been know to throw a sure thing because I didn't like one minor detail. And I've walked out with opportunities that no one EVER thought would be available to me. All just by talking.

I talk. And I do it rather well. I am, after all, in sales.

Anyway........this is what's going on in my head right now. Along with my job, that can be rather consuming all on it's own. I'm putting this out here because I actually would love some input. Maybe I'm missing something. It's been known to happen. ;-)

Posted by Tammi at February 29, 2008 07:09 AM | TrackBack

The thing that matters the most in any decision, especially a job:

Do what will make you happy.

If your job doesn't make you happy then it will show-up in other areas of your life.

Money, location, raises, promotions will not matter if you don't like the job.

Posted by: Quality Weenie at February 29, 2008 09:09 AM

QW is very wise. Also, a "plus" for the first opportunity, it's in a lovely location that will not put you "exceptionally" far from being where you love (i.e. sand in your toes and water). Correct? That goes on the list too.

The bottom line of any decision, which is never easy, is where do you think (a) you will be able to make a positive impact, (b) where you will find personal peace (of some kind) with what you are doing and where you are so that you can create a life for yourself. Professionally and personally.

Take friends and family out of the equation, because while they have an influence, it really doesn't matter. Both jobs will require a good deal of your time and especially in the beginning.

Remember, roads run both ways. Airports fly all over the world. Telephone lines still work and the mail ALWAYS gets through. So you will never be further away from family and friends than the reach of a phone, keyboard, mailbox or airport terminal. Those are constants.

You need to look at the hard facts of the positions. The requirements and which one do you feel, with your heart, mind and soul, will you have the greatest impact on. Where will you do the most good and find personal satisfaction with what you are doing.

That is where the answer will truly lie. Everything else is fluid and will conform and adapt. Truly.

Wow...that got deep, didn't it? Hope that helped...or did I just cloud the waters more?

Posted by: Lee Ann at February 29, 2008 09:21 AM

What they said. I got nothin' better than that! ;)

Go with your gut.

Posted by: pam at February 29, 2008 10:01 AM

You mean there's more to the story now? What's the long term beni's? Not just the typical where do you want to be 5/10 years from now, but that evil word retirement? None of us are in our 20's any more and it's something that should be in the front of our minds.

Posted by: Navy CPO at February 29, 2008 10:26 AM
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