Add These Two Things to Your Job Hunt for a Better Job Fit

Our new dog, Graham

This past fall, my husband and I started talking about getting another dog for our family. It had been a year since we lost our beloved Toby, and the timing felt right to embark on another journey with a furry, four-legged family member.

My husband began looking on a pet website when he came upon a dog with a story that just pulled at our hearts. We immediately were captivated and put in an application for him. Due to various circumstances, we ended up waiting nearly a month to meet him. By the time the organization called us to schedule a meeting, there was a lot of anticipation on both sides for this to work.

The meeting was a bit intense; the dog had been dropped off with my contact only an hour before we were supposed to meet him, and during the meeting itself, there was another dog out and about. Despite the confusion, we only had a half-hour to make a decision.

Even though we weren’t really sure, we said yes. We told ourselves that it would all work out once we got home and things would be more calm.

Oh, how wrong we were.

It was very apparent within a couple days that the dog was not a good fit for a family with young children and there were other issues greater than we could handle. But, we had made the commitment and intended to honor it. Things went downhill as the days progressed; a very short time into it all, we knew we had to make the difficult decision to relinquish him back to the pet rescue organization.

The whole experience left my husband and I feeling like we had failed. Both of us had dogs growing up, and neither one of us takes dog ownership cavalierly. So what had gone wrong?

  1. We picked the dog out based on an ad, thinking “We love dogs! It will be fine!”
  2. The circumstances leading up to our meeting him were far less than ideal.
  3. We made a decision based on incomplete information.
  4. We didn’t listen to our gut.

Does this sound like some job seekers who end up making bad employment choices?

  • They randomly apply to positions on a job board, believing that “A job’s a job.”
  • They feel pressure to accept the opening, particularly if they have been laid off and need a job.
  • They have little to no idea about the company, its corporate culture, the people who work there, or the problems the company is facing.
  • They don’t stop to do the “gut check” to see if they have any concerns.

Definitely a recipe for disaster.

With how things turned out with the dog, my husband and I sat down and talked. Did we still want to adopt a dog? Yes, most definitely. However, we didn’t want to be in another position like that. So what could we do differently? A couple things, as it turned out.


I had this “Duh!” moment when it occurred to me that my brother and his wife have fostered dogs in their home for years. Why not talk with them? My sister-in-law asked many questions about what we were looking for in a dog; we were flexible on most things, but a calm demeanor was a must.

They had just placed the black lab they were fostering and were scheduled to get another dog, Graham. After getting to know Graham, my sister-in-law told me that he reminded her a lot of Toby with his gentle disposition. Her personal recommendation about him mattered a lot.

Critically evaluate for a good fit.

We made arrangements with my brother’s family to visit so we could see how our kids and the dog got along.

Even with the chaos of little ones running around, Graham kept his cool. He was very tolerant of the little hands that wanted to pet him, gently took treats from our hands, and didn’t react negatively to the times when his tail was accidentally stepped on. Getting to see Graham for several hours assured us that he would be a good fit for our family.

And he has been.

How much better would your job search go if you implemented networking and critically evaluating each position?

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