Five Reasons Why You Don’t Want to Find a Job.

If you’re a frequent reader of my posts and articles, you’re a physician wishing to transition from practice to a nonclinical career. You want a job, right? And it is my job to help you be successful. So why any I saying you don’t want to find a job?

Well, you may find this a bit nuanced, but finding a job usually means someone has a job they want filled and you are the one who gets hired. Great, right? Well, maybe. Here’s why. Most of the time being that chosen one means this:

  1. There was a predecessor who’s shoes you will either need to fill, or whose reputation and deeds you will need to overcome.
  2. A job description exists which may not just be things you want to do, but things you don’t want to do and maybe even things you don’t know how to do well.
  3. Your income, benefits, etc… have all already been decided.
  4. Your job title and organizational rank is predetermined.
  5. Your measures of success and failure already exist.

What that means is, it’s not really your job, but rather, you have become the caretaker of a corporate task. Is that your career objective?

Add to this the possibility this job may be at a level, such as an MSL, where many other people hold the same job function and title, and it can become even less attractive. Why... when more than one person holds the same job, you're not only a caretaker, but you're a dispensable caretaker.

So, if you don’t want a job, what do you want? Simple. You want a problem to solve. That’s right, you don’t want to interview for a job, you want a business meeting to learn about and discuss corporate problems, and current, planned or hoped-for resolutions.

You won’t be invited to these meetings if you’re applying for jobs online – again, those are jobs. Those problems, issues, duties and responsibilities are pre-defined. You need to establish a solid networking strategy that results in you being invited to “meet.” Once you’re in a meeting, listen, ask questions and think to yourself how you might solve these problems. Your first objective is to become informed. Once you understand their problems and you’ve decided you can help, then, and only then do you engage the conversation further, and offer your solutions.

If your ideas, concepts, processes and actions are well received, you are likely to be invited to implement them. If you are, you’ll most likely be the first person in that role…

  1. no shoes to fill,
  2. you’ll be focused first and foremost on the problems you discussed; although you may pick up other responsibilities in time.
  3. You’ll be free to negotiate your own level in the organization,
  4. That includes salary and benefits
  5. And your success will be measured strictly against what you want to do – the problem(s) you want to and agreed to solve.

So, stop looking for a job. Start creating and attending business meetings and focus on the problem(s) you want to be solving.