Cooperative Career Fair A job seeker, far right, speaks to Unitus Community CU employees at the 2019 Cooperative Career Fair in Portland, Ore. From left to right: Megan Snyder, assistant vice president of loan operations; Char Sears, assistant vice president and remote experience manager; Martha Kluver, senior employment specialist; Aaron Clark, North Williams branch manager; and Shaylynn Kealoha, lead member advocate at the Westmoreland branch.

What makes somebody the right fit for a job? In my opinion, a big factor is something that can’t be changed or developed – it comes down to personality and chemistry, and whether the individual meshes comfortably with their teammates and the organization’s culture. And it’s hard to say whether the fit is right until the new employee has settled into their role. In any type of new relationship, people are generally on their best behavior in the beginning, hiding their quirks and flaws until it becomes too much work to do so. As a friend of mine used to say about couples who just started dating, “At the three-month mark, the crazy comes out!”

For me personally, a job feels like the right fit when I have no strong desire to go somewhere else. Of course, career advancement is important and often requires switching companies, but if the thought of staying in my current job forever brings feelings of contentment, not dread, I’m probably doing something right.

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Natasha Chilingerian

Natasha Chilingerian has worked in the credit union space for over a decade. She joined CU Times as managing editor in 2015 and was promoted to executive editor in 2019. Before that, she served as a communications specialist for Xceed Financial Credit Union (now Kinecta Federal Credit Union) in Los Angeles from 2013-2015, and as a CU Times freelancer from 2011-2013. She has been a professional writer and editor for more than 17 years, specializing in news and lifestyle journalism as well as marketing copywriting for companies in the finance and technology space.

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