Sep '11 - Jan '13
While there are a lot of parallels to draw between Indiana Jones' search for the Holy Grail and your job search, I thought I'd focus on the actual selection of the job / holy grail. This of course assumes that you've accurately deciphered all the clues and codes, made it past the Nazis who are trying to use your knowledge for their gain and / or kill you (unpaid internships anyone?), and you've made it to the final test. Here the metaphor breaks down a little; it would be better if you had a plethora of offers to choose from, and in reality this is probably not going to happen at this point, but bear with me.
Indiana finds himself in front of a really old guy who dresses funny (yet he comments on how funny Indy is dressed as well, sounds a lot like the interviews I've had). The last of the holy knights explains that he has been vanquished and that Indiana (and Donovan too since he came in and submitted his resume for the job) must choose. In reality, this usually comes up around the topic of Revit; the vanquished old guy realizes that his firm has fallen behind the technological curve and only a young upstart (who dresses funny) can save his practice. So, do you want a job?
"... But choose wisely. For as the True Grail will bring you life – the False Grail will take it from you."
There is probably more than just one Holy Grail when it comes to your first job, and in the current market you may not come face-to-face with it. Even so, I think it is very worthwhile to decide what you are looking for in your first employer. With so many False Grails out there waiting to take your life you really need to be aware of what you are getting yourself into before accepting an offer. The following are just a few of the things I've done to try to identify and keep clear of the False Grails out there:
Keep in mind that it is an employers market right now. There are plenty more people looking for work if you don't like certain things about a firm. They may not be as coveted as the Cup of Christ but they may not exactly be a False Grail either, the world isn't just black and white. If you are too picky you'll probably never find the perfect job.
These are just a few of many things to consider when looking for work. What are you looking for, or did you look for, in a firm when searching for work? Please leave a comment and let us know.
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