What Should I Look for in a New Job?

The Top Things to Consider While Conducting a Job Search

A job search is as unique as each individual trying to find a meaningful career – no two are ever the same. Yet, there are some elements of the job search process that can be similar, such as the compensation offering of a potential employer, the corporate culture, and the upward mobility afforded by a new assignment. What many people are looking for in a career is not just a paycheck. Mostly, job seekers desire the ability to use the full range of their skills and knowledge in an environment that’s positive.

To get the most out of a job search, here are the top factors to consider as you make your way to a dream career:

Corporate Values – Obviously, you will want to work for a company that has a mission and values that are closely matched to yours. Working for a business that has similar ideals as you do helps you to connect and engage in your work, because you have a cause to stand behind.  The people you work with daily will also align with these values, which improves your overall experience. If an assignment goes against your morale fibers, then it’s not a good fit for you and you will end up being miserable.

Compensation and Benefits – Along with the values of the company you may be working for, how well do they treat their employees in terms of compensation and benefits? Do they encourage wellness in the workplace? Do they offer industry competitive wages for the type of work you will be performing? If you cannot answer “yes” to these questions, it may be best to move on. Look for a company that pays well, has a pay for performance policy, and offers above-average benefits.

Incentive Plans – Companies that offer more than just the normal salaries and benefits are those who understand that employees are looking for ways to achieve more in their careers. To find these employers, take a closer look at the incentive plans and motivating elements offered.  These can be things like on-site employee services (daycare, fitness, technology perks, etc.) and also employee wellness plans that can make a big difference as you turn out work each day.

Career Advancement – At this stage of your life, you are probably looking for career growth and development so you can climb your way to the top. To do this, you must seek out employers who offer support for career advancement. These can be factors such as corporate training and tuition reimbursement, onsite skill building clubs, and special team projects that can help you stand out as a leader.

Work-Life Balance – Hard working people often lose sight of the balance they need between career and personal life. It is never a good thing to find yourself in a job that drains you of your emotional energy, leaving nothing for your family. The best employers understand this and provide the means for experiencing more work-life balance. Consider jobs that offer flexible work schedules, the freedom to work off-site, and the use of virtual meeting technology to reduce job related travel.

Team Rapport – While the workplace can be more pleasant if you find common ground with other employees, this can be difficult to achieve in a closed-off workplace that doesn’t encourage interpersonal communication and respect. Look for a job that encourages team building and peer-to-peer rapport. This can make a difference in your daily work life, and you’ll be more likely to fit in as a new hire.

Company Reputation – As you search for jobs in your industry, consider the value of focusing your search to companies that have a positive rating. This does two things for you. First, it gives you a chance to learn what kids of standards you should set for yourself as a career-minded professional. Second, it helps you to grow your professional profile over time because of the reputation of the employers you choose to work for.

The most important aspect of finding a job is understanding who you are and what you want to achieve in life and in your career. Take the time to carefully evaluate your skills, values,and abilities and then seek out organizations that can closely fit with your career goals. The sooner you do this, the sooner you will be able to focus on the companies that can support your aspirations, without having to compromise.

About the Author: Matt Zajechowski enjoys writing about advice for job seekers and also wellness in the workplace topics. Connect with Matt on Google +.

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