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Does your boss matter more than your job title?

Posted by Rowan O'Grady, Hays Canada President, on Wednesday, Sep 7, 2016

Hays Canada Blog: Is a bad boss a career killer?As you’re job hunting or evaluating a job offer, look beyond the salary and job description and ask: will this help me achieve my career goals?

The person who will have the biggest impact on that is likely to be your prospective boss.

The Right Fit
We all have different ambitions and interests, and so what I expect and need from my boss probably won’t be the same for you. The Hays “Fit” Series shows the importance of considering social and work fit, because when a role doesn’t work out it’s usually down to fit, not skills or tasks.

You can assess your own fit requirements in the Fit report, so when you’re in interviews you know what to look for.

In general, look for a manager who is generous with their time, provides feedback, and who challenges you, and encourages you to step outside your boundaries. You want a manager who is invested in your success and believes in your potential.

Walking the talk
I recommend trying to meet your prospective boss in a less formal setting than an interview. If you are both relaxed you will be able to build rapport, and spot red flags.

On any interview setting, don’t let them monopolize the process. While interviews are often regarded as a one-way assessment of the candidate, it’s also an important time to ask questions and gauge whether the job will fulfill your career needs, as well.

Building from the ground up
Don’t underestimate the role that your boss will play in your career progression, including time spent in subsequent roles. A good manager can act as a tutor for the rest of your life, whereas a bad manager could act a ceiling on your career.

Looking for your next career move? Search for jobs in your area.

Request the Hays Fit Guide part one to learn how to incorporate fit into your job search.


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