After about six months of job hunting I’m starting to think Tim Berry is right: entrepreneurs are unemployable. In many respects I’d much rather work for myself. Flexible schedule, I call the shots. More risk but more possible reward.
Wait… those are all great benefits. But what is my greatest desire? I want to do work that is meaningful.
Finding meaningful work could be on my own, with a corporation or nonprofit. It doesn’t matter the entity. That is why as I’ve looked at job openings I’ve not limited myself to any one particular type of organization or industry.
But what does meaningful work mean to me? It’s something that is…
- Intellectually stimulating: I love thinking and talking about ideas, trying new things, work is like a puzzle to me
- Goal oriented: I love a challenge!
- A company/industry that operates with ethics and integrity: toward its customers, employees, the environment
- Makes the world a better place: this can take many forms
It also has to be a good fit. Often there’s this indefinable quality that can make a position either a great fit or one to scratch off the list. I applied for a job several months ago that hit all of the above qualities on paper. But when I interviewed, I just didn’t click with the people I’d be working with. I was left with a very different impression than I expected. My instincts were right; I didn’t even get the courtesy of a return to my follow up calls or form letter rejection from them.
So what is meaningful work for you?