Which do you pick: a good company or good position?

What are the key considerations in taking a new position, and do you weigh more heavily, a good organization or a good position?

A good place to start is to close your eyes and picture your ideal situation, and then try to describe it in writing for yourself. then analyze the factors that make this ideal in your mind.

But then how do you assess if a "real" position is a good one for you? After all, you would surely be happy with a surprise that provided you with opportunities and benefits that you could not have imagined!

There is a good article by James Citrin of career firm Spencer Stuart that offers some good insights into this. The article looks at a few points along the wide spectrum of organization versus position...as there are a seemingly infinite number of possibilities to consider. Here are three (3) key takeaways:

  1. Consider what the position will do for you in terms of both learning, setting you up with a good foundation for the future.
  2. Consider how the brand association with the company will position you for the future - both in how you feel and in how others might perceive you.
  3. Consider what other opportunities within or outside the company might easily open up for you because of placing yourself there.

Here is another take on this: loyalty has long been out, and performance in. Therefore, since more future employers are after performance, go to a position where you can accomplish more, and make sure you will be able to demonstrate it. This will take you a long way to "guaranteed future employment", if there is such a thing.

On the other hand, don't throw out loyalty altogether. People are people, and that includes people within companies. While the world can often be cold and callous, you will more often find the better side of human beings in any organization, and you need to "be a good human being" yourself! So dedicate yourself to what you are doing at any given time, and do a great job - at least while you are there, realizing that you may not be there forever.

Click here to see the article on Linked In.