While working with a resume client this morning who is considering transitioning from 20 years as an entrepreneur to an employee of a large corporation, we talked about how to find a good fit. We were reviewing his Career Planning DISC assessment which gives us an understanding of his ideal environment, personal strengths, basic needs, and more. One of the factors that came up was Participatory Management.
What kind of management style do you like?
As an entrepreneur going into a corporate environment, since he does need participatory management, he would not do well with a dictatorial type leader. I told him that he needs to pay attention to the people in his interviews since typically large companies tend to add the direct supervisor into at least one phase of the interview. While you don’t want to make snap judgments, if you know you are not getting along with an interviewer and you can specify the reason, you need to think about personality clashes from a long-term standpoint.
What is your decision-making level?
When you are leaving an entrepreneurial environment where you have been the decision-maker and transitioning to a new environment where decisions are made at many other levels, you may experience a loss of control. Weighing the benefits of this move is important as it is in any career move. Do you want the freedom to make most decisions or are you at a point where you are willing to let someone else drive the bus?
Where does quality fit in?
If your organization had a strong focus on quality, are you willing to accept that some companies put more emphasis on getting product out the door than getting it right? While many companies adhere to strict quality standards, all of them don’t follow that throughout the organization especially when faced with deadlines.
Where do you start?
Many people start at the wrong place. This is why resume writing and job search are so misunderstood. Instead of looking at the process as a discovery process to find the right experience and analyze what didn’t work in the past, many people rush into their search with a sub-par resume and no self-discovery.
All of these factors and many more play a role in a transition. When you are in transition, you tend to worry about being hired or accepted or chosen. You need to feel like you are in the driver’s seat too. If you accept a position that operationally doesn’t fit the way you like to work, you will be looking for a new role much sooner. It is far better to go slower and be more selective to find the right fit than dash off with the first offer – unless that first offer meets most of your goals.
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