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As a member of the modern work force, you are likely looking for something more than just a paycheck in your employment. You are looking for fulfillment, development and a sense of greater purpose. Fulfillment at work doesn’t often happen on accident; it will require some care and thought on your part to seek and find the employment that will give you that sense of fulfillment and greater meaning.

Often, job seekers will search for alignment in the area of interests, or talents, or sometimes both. While alignment in interest and talents is important, they are not the only areas of alignment important to achieving fulfillment at work. Job seekers should also seek alignment in their values and in their training. When all four of these elements are in alignment, job seekers are best postured to develop, contribute and feel fulfilled in their work.

Four Fundamentals of Employment Alignment

The Right Training: Training is a critical area of alignment. Employees who do not have the training and commensurate credentialing often find this deficiency an obstacle to moving in to the types of positions that really ‘light their fire.’ While the talented can sometimes overcome this obstacle, it is not the rule. Ensure you have the training and credentialing to land the job you want, don’t just settle!

An Interest in the Work: Having an interest in the tasks a position will need to accomplish is also a must. There can be no fulfillment at work if the job you do bores you. Take some time to discover what you find interesting or tiresome and seek out employment that best fits your interests. You will find yourself more self-motivated, exercising greater initiative, and enjoying work more if there is alignment between your job and your interests.

Matching Values: The values and strategic ends of an organization also matter in a job search. Every type of industry needs accountants, for instance, but the goals and values of each company or industry can vary greatly. Just because you enjoy accounting, it does not follow that your value system will mirror any given company. Take time to research perspective companies you may be interested in joining and ensure you will experience alignment in values before you apply.

Relevant Talents: Last but not least, you should find employment in which you have a capacity to excel. You want to thrive as employee, and this means matching your occupation with your talents. This does not mean eschewing challenges, but mismatches in talents and employments often result in the unhappy situation of challenges that are not satisfactorily overcome. Play to your strengths, leverage those talents!
  

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Happiness and fulfillment in the workplace is possible, but it takes deliberate alignment. Not every employment will match your interests or talents; nor will every company share your values. Having the right training and credentialing is essential to enable a career path that lands you in the employment that provides you with the fulfillment you are seeking. Ensure that you have your training, interests, values and talents all in alignment before accepting a job. Do your homework, don’t settle, and thrive!

Michael Farr, PMP, is a Chief Master Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force and founder of Fosteringexcellence.org. He is passionate about recognition and enabling professionals to motivate their organizations through recognizing their member’s excellence. When he is not slaying dragons with his kids, he can be found at @fosterxcellence on Twitter, @fosteringexcellence on Facebook, and @fosteringexcellen on Instagram.