5 Jun 2008 henrique   » (Observer)

Currently it is being hard to find a good job. About one month ago I went to a new company to work with smart people and interesting projects, but life is strange and no much time was required to make me think about the future and if I really had make the right choice...

There are some things that I consider essential to classify a good job. First, the most important, is how interesting is the project to develop... that is very important, even if the needed tools are not the ones you use every day and "want to use forever". Currently, there are tools for everything (or almost everything) you need to do, so you can just "join the points" and start appreciating the system to work, i.e, your own design.

Second, and this may sounds strange, is the language (or tool) used to develop. If the project is not very good, there is a chance that you enjoy the development, since you are improving your knowledge on the language that you like to write (or being in contact with new tools you didn't known before)...

If neither the project nor the tool are good, well.. you can talk to colleagues and see what they think about the projects and if there is some possibility to change the way things are done; if it doesn't work, something is wrong and it can be you!

...or it can be the company, in both cases it is worth to try finding a new job. That is exactly what I'm going to do now and I think this time things will be better; the project is good and the language is "perfect", but the people are not that good... (should I write about this combination later?)

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