As much as companies are looking to find the “right” candidate, you too need to be diligent about finding the company and job that is right for you. The below is a sampling of questions to ask yourself prior to starting a job search:
Do I prefer working with people, systems or information?
Do I enjoy working with children, the elderly, underprivileged, mid-level management, executive management, etc.?
Do I like working with a lot of processes?
Do I enjoy working with information in the form of numbers, visual graphics, copy, etc.?
Do I imagine myself working in corporate America, at a small, privately-held company or non-profit company?
Do I fit in better with a casual or formal work environment?
Once you’re job searching, some of the things you’ll want to consider about each company and job you’re taking a serious look at are:
Salary and benefits—although some items are obvious, check out extras like, a 401k match program, tuition reimbursement, flexible hours or telecommuting options, etc.
Location—as it relates to your commute and/or impact on your cost-of-living.
Career advancement—is this a job opportunity that will act as a stepping stone to a longer-range career goal?
Stability—is the company financially stable, is it a start-up company or has it been around for a while? What is its reputation in the industry and business and local community?
Work environment—is it laid back or fast paced, is it family-friendly, and what are the number of on and off-the-job hours required?
Values—do your values align with those of the company’s?
The above questions and considerations are just a starting point. If you haven’t already taken the Interest Assessment in Career Transitions, you will find value in doing so. Once you identifying what you’re looking for in a job, you’ll be able to better pinpoint those companies and jobs that are a good match.