The perfect job? It doesn't exist

The notion that there's a perfect job out there for everyone is, in a word, absurd.

Sure, there are jobs that would suit us far better than others, but that in no way means they're perfect in every way.

There's always at least one thing about every job that we wish we could change. Many employees can't stand their boss or at least one fellow coworker. Others are paid poorly, work ridiculous hours, have a nightmare of a commute to contend with each day, or just don't feel inspired or challenged anymore.

If work were perfect, we really wouldn't be able to call it work, would we? It'd be more like a hobby.

Like everything else in life, work is a definite trade-off: we give an employer our time in exchange for money with which we support ourselves and our families.

As part of the deal, we consent to adhering to the employer's policies and working with other employees to advance the company's mission and meet or exceed its goals.

However, at some point or another, most of us have to deal with difficult bosses or co-workers, not to mention corporate rules we may feel tempted to flout. It is then that people usually speak to management or jump ship when least expected.

When you start a new job, you don't know what to expect -- at least not fully. You still can't tell the hard workers from the slackers, the gossipers from the quiet cubicle dwellers. You don't know whether your boss in the long run will be as nice and and attentive as he seemed during the interview. You don't know whether the job description given to you will turn out entirely accurate.

Indeed, starting a new job is like taking a shot in the dark.

While we may hope for the perfect job -- or one that borders on perfection -- we need to keep in mind that there will always be unpleasant aspects to every position. We need to do our homework beforehand -- looking up employer reviews online, asking around -- so we don't end up in a job ill-suited for us.

Do you believe there's a perfect job for every person? Why or why not?

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