As part of our series on accepting a job offer, we thought it would be a good idea to talk with someone who has previously accepted a job to later find it was not a good fit. The following is an interview with Chris Lee.
- How soon after accepting the position did you know that it wasn’t the job for you?
I knew very quickly, within three months after I started the job, that it was a wrong fit.
2. What about the position made you realize it wasn’t a good fit?
First of all, the office environment was lacking competitive spirit. People were simply “doing time” and “waiting to retire”– even employees who were only in their thirties. Secondly, the organization was built strictly on seniority. Good performance didn’t have any bearing on advancement. There was no incentive for employees to work harder or do things differently.
3. What did you learn from the experience?
I learned that job security is somewhat of an illusion. Sometimes the job is too costly to your pride or your freedom to reach your true potential. Sometimes that ideal job doesn’t exist.
4. How are you now wiser about the process of accepting job offers?
I’ve learned that some jobs are not as great as they sound and some aren’t as bad as they look. Job selection is all relative.
5. Is there any advice you can offer on the job selection process so this same thing doesn’t happen to others?
Job selection is a balancing act between geographic preference, your family, the economy, and the job market. When there are choices, pick the one that best matches your temperament, education, and goals. If the choice isn’t available and you don’t have the option of not working, take the job for the sake of survival and keep looking.
Chris Lee holds a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Chemistry and an MBA. He has been a systems engineer for EDS in Dallas, Texas and the IT Manager for AMP. He also has served as an IT consultant for many other companies.