O*NET rates the “stress tolerance” for each job on a scale from zero to 100, where a lower rating signals less stress.
I did not even know there was such a measurement. The article I read listed 25 jobs that pay over $70K per year and were ranked with a stress level below 70. While they are clear that no job is stress-free, these are in the lower range.
It made me think about how my clients rank their job prospects. Many people, before we start working together, rank their prospects by the chances of getting a callback.
They spend upwards of 60 seconds looking at an online job posting, decide to apply and upload their resume. Then they cross their fingers while looking for another listing and they repeat the process. At the end of the week, they have “sprayed and prayed” over 20 times and are still waiting for a call.
I propose that a better way to look for work is to take the time to rate your skills against the job posting. Does your skill set match 80% of the job posting bullet points? If yes, then its time to look further.
What type of position is it? Is it your dream job or a stepping stone towards your ultimate position? Would you be happy working there? Have you investigated the salary range of the position for your geographic area? What does the company website say about itself? Are your goals and skills aligned with their mission statement (or would you be comfortable adopting these?)
The list of ways to rate an employer is endless. Stress tolerance is one. But your ultimate ability to get hired requires much more than one measurement. Once you have rated a potential employer, then your job is to make all your marketing materials, your resume, your cover letter, mirror their mission, their goals, their story.
So, rate your potential employers and you will be sitting in your new hire orientation sooner.