Auren Hoffman has an intriguing post, It is too risky not to take a risk, suggesting that people take what appears to be the “risky” job rather than the safe job.I see it differently. I don’t see jobs as risks, but as opportunities. I tried to select my jobs based on where I would learn the most. The two times I took a job where I wasn’t going to learn, I got fired. (I was moving too fast for the rest of the organization.)
I see the risk a little differently. I don’t see the risk in what appear to be safe or risky jobs in terms of money or advancement or whatever. I see the risk in not matching the culture to the candidate. When I see unhappy employees or frustrated managers, I typically see a mismatch of culture–both in what the hiring manager hired for, and what the candidate was looking for.
The key for hiring managers and candidates is to match the opportunity (and culture) with the candidate. Otherwise, the match is too risky.