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How to know if you’re in the right job

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Md Altaf Hussain :
Have you ever wondered if you picked the right career? Is your job right for you? Does it make you happy?  You've applied for a job, nailed the interview and gotten the right job offer. But the prospect of starting a new job can come with a mix of feelings: excitement for new faces and projects, and-for some-fear that you might be signing up for the wrong gig.
Here are a few subtle signs that you're definitely in the right job:
You challenge yourself and take risks
You’re able to push yourself out of your comfort zone on a daily basis. You’re at an organisation that doesn’t punish every little mistake; in fact, it encourages its workers to experiment and test the limits. Sure, this can be a bit scary sometimes, but it’s also a sign that you’re in an ideal work environment.
You're given more visibility
The best bosses find opportunities for their people to learn by doing. But they also know when they need their best foot (read: employee) forward. Who are they going to ask to run the account for a high-profile client or represent the company at a conference?
Someone who they have complete faith in, and who they think represents the company in the very best light.
Without a doubt, when you’re asked to speak on behalf of your team, it’s because your boss thinks you’re doing a great job.
Money’s not an issue
Even a dream job can turn into a nightmare if you're not being paid well.
People who’re in the right job don’t have this problem. Forget fair (you should never settle for a ‘fair’ salary) - your pay is awesome. You feel like your compensation is an accurate reflection of the value you bring to the organisation.
You exude happiness
Some people walk into the office and have a happy air about them, an emotion that tends to rub off on the people around them. These happy people are extremely important to keep in a business, as they have the ability to change the entire environment of an office space in seconds. Are you one of them?
You are optimistic
If a deadline is coming fast and your team seems to be lagging, you're the person cheering everyone on and motivating them to get things done. When other people get overwhelmed you are the one that is making the light at the end of the tunnel seem a lot closer than it appears.
You’re given more autonomy
You know that a key reason why leader’s micromanage is because they feel the employee isn’t meeting expectations. And if you follow that logic-that bosses hover over those whose abilities they question-you can see where the opposite would be true, too.
To put in plain: If you’re right on target (or better yet, exceeding expectations) every time your manager checks in, then they won't feel the need to do so as often.
So, if your supervisor tells you that you can run with whatever plan you think is best, or that you don’t need to touch base unless you have questions, that means they trust your judgement and skills.
You see the company’s goals as your own personal goals
You dream about it. You envision it on your drive home. You know that if you hit that goal at work you will feel good, and in doing so you’ll be well on the way to achieving your personal goals. People who internalize their work goals go far in life, and especially far in their line of work.
You’re fine with necessary, mundane tasks
OK, busywork is never going to be anyone’s favourite part of work. However, if you're in a great job, you don’t mind the occasional boring chore. You’re not excited about it, but repetitive or mundane tasks just don’t drive you crazy. You know that once you’re done, you'll be able to get back to doing what you love.
You are helpful and genuine to your co-workers
While most may regard their coworkers in a competitive light, you truly want to help everyone you can. Co-workers know that they can come to you for help or questions and that you will always make an honest attempt to assist. You are kind and your genuine nature shines through, which makes people want to work with you.

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