Finding the right Hospo Job

  • Assisting Job Hunters
  • Published on July 12

Is this the right place for me?

That is a big question, and it's just as important for the employer! Are you the right person for this job, and is this job the right position for you at this current stage of your life?

Serious questions, pwoah!

Let's discuss how to assess this question. First up, let's talk about 'right'.

At the top of Maslow's Heirarchy of Needs is 'self actualisation' or personal growth, and at the bottom is the most basic need for food, water, warmth, rest, which we can only get with money. In the middle of this pyramid of needs is belongingness and relationships.

The 'right job for you' is dependant on where you decide to draw the line of acceptance on this pyramid. Do you choose to accept a job that provides you with money for food, accomodation and security, and does not provide you with any meaningful relationships? Or do you choose to only accept a position that gives you everything on this list? The line you draw determines what 'right' is.

It is important to mention that this hierarchy is from the bottom up alone. No work place should not cover the most basic needs, and if they expect you to work for less than minimum wage (as determined by the countries government) or the living wage then it cannot be 'the right job' as the strain of not having the basic needs covered is too great to allow other needs to be sound.

On the other side of the table is your potential employer who also has needs and desires for this position. They may want someone that ultimately desires a lot of responsibility and loves autonomy and working outside of a team, or maybe the opposite! The hiring process is usually too short, too vague and not honest enough to really get to the beautiful truth of both sides, which is sad, as in the end the truth always comes out.

For every job that is 'just the right job for you' there is a thousand that are not, and will never be, so the ability to say no is really important. Get all of the honest and raw information you can possibly get from a workplace before you make a decision, ask current staff, ask in the interview, visit the space and get a feel for it, and expect the hiring person do largely do the same with you, as fiding the right person for the job is what every employer wishes they could do each time.

Lastly, what you put in should have a return on investment, but what you put in should also be what your employer wants you to put in. Meaning, you are a complex and amazing individual with a lot to offer both the world and the workplace but if you are pushing in the wrong direction or against the wrong doors then there is never going to be a great return on investment. Learn what your employer wants, and if its also what you love doing and you can see yourself contributing to this mission then expect, no demand, your return on investment for you have probably found the right job for you and it has found the right employee for it.