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The Most Important Workplace Criteria Cannot Be “Fit”


Robby

When jobseekers here in Indianapolis come up to me after speaking events or reach out to me through mutual connections, they often say they are looking for a “good fit.” The problem with that request is while it’s natural and desirable, it’s also nearly impossible to assist them.

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The reason for this is because there is no directory of “fitness.” If you want to work for a company that has an office in Greenwood, Indiana, you can search databases for that information. If you want to work in a particular industry, you can get a listing of companies that do that kind of work. If you are seeking a minority-owned business, you can reach out to the appropriate government offices.

And of course if you don’t know these things and you ask someone for advice, they may well be able to give you some suggestions. After all, most of us can at least list the companies we’ve worked for and our friends have worked for. We can tell if you they are big or small. We can tell you where they are located. These are easy questions to answer.

But there’s one question nobody can answer…

No One Can Help You Find A “Good Fit.”

Shopping for a job isn’t like shopping for clothes. You can’t open a catalog or walk through the mall. You can’t be assured that there are sizes which are basically consistent.

What that means is that if you go around saying “I’m looking for a job that will be a good fit” you are putting yourself and other people in an impossible situation. It doesn’t help. Don’t say it.

You can ask people what it’s like to work at a certain company. You can ask them if they know anyone at a place you’re considering. You can seek out informational interviews.

But talking about fit is pretty much just a way to get people to shrug and say “I wish I could help.”

So, don’t ask that. It doesn’t do much good.

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Robby Slaughter is a productivity speaker and expert. He is a principal with a AccelaWork, an Indianapolis consulting firm.

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