When you're in the middle of a job hunt, every opportunity for employment can seem exciting and promising. Even if you are offered every position in the world, not every position will be right for you and your unique skill set. You must learn how to properly assess what is offered to you in order to make the right selection.

HackerOne CEO Mårten Mickos is no stranger to evaluating job opportunities. Before leading HackerOne, Mickos was CEO of MySQL--a company that sold for $1 billion--and later landed at HP. In search of a challenge, Mickos then left HP and later evaluated 46 different job opportunities in order to arrive at HackerOne.

Currently, Mickos also advises others on how to effectually search for work. Here are Mickos' four tips on finding and choosing the right job for you.

1. Mickos's first rule of thumb--be thorough.

Mickos emphasizes the importance of taking your time to find the right position. As he suggests, "Always look at many alternatives, even if you think you know what you want to do." This is because, "It is rare that you find the best opportunity quickly" and, "Without several opportunities to assess, you will not be able to figure out what's best for you."

2. Ask for advice.

Next, consider getting counsel from friends and mentors. What do they think about the opportunities you are evaluating? Mickos also recommends that you consult with your peers and let them weigh in on your assessment of those opportunities. They may know things about you that you are blind to."

3. Be flexible.

The counsel you receive from those you appreciate, and respect might not be what you want to hear. But you should be willing follow the insight you're given. "Be ready to change your preferences," says Mickos. "When I was contacted by Bill Gurley about HackerOne, I said, 'I don't want to work in cybersecurity because people seem cynical, negative, and nitpicky. They focus on problems and not opportunities.' I was a little right, but mostly wrong."

4. Once you find the right opportunity for you, pursue it at full force.

If you really want the job, recommends Mickos, "make sure to do a turnaround at some point and show them that there is nothing you want more than that job." Demonstrate commitment and soon the job will be yours.

Published on: Jan 26, 2020
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