If you want a rewarding job, consider yourself in good company. We all want just that. But it can be a challenge to determine whether a particular position is right for you, especially when you’ve yet to work a day at that company. While the final decision is ultimately up to you, the following can make the process of choosing the right job a bit easier:
1. Evaluate your priorities. Oftentimes, one of the most important aspects of a job depends on the place you’re at in your career. The same can be said for the place you’re at in your life. Look at your top priority to determine whether a job aligns with it. If money is your biggest concern, use compensation as a gauge. If you’re looking to acquire new skills, weigh the experience each potential employer might provide.
2. Make a list. Making a list might sound elementary, but many people forget to sit down and determine exactly what they want in a job. Set aside some time to write down your criteria for your ideal position. Then, refer back to this list to compare and contrast job offers as they come in. You’ll feel much more informed and comfortable with your final decision.
3. Look at the opportunities. Learning is another important aspect of choosing the right job. If there’s no opportunity to learn, there’s likely no room for growth. Chances are also good that you’ll lose interest in the role fast — not to mention feel dissatisfied with the work itself. Ask yourself, “What sorts of opportunities does this particular job provide me to learn or improve my skills? Is there room for growth?”
4. Reflect on your passion. We’ve all heard the adage, “Choose a job you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life.” There’s a lot of truth to that statement. Find something you’re passionate about, and then set up your job search around it. If the idea of a certain job sounds exciting, look into it. Determine what’s necessary to make it a career and pursue it.
5. Judge the organizational culture. Money, opportunities, and even passion won’t mean a thing if you’re not happy at the company. The level of employee satisfaction often has a direct correlation with organizational culture. You want more than the right job. You want the right cultural fit. Is the environment supportive of its employees’ wants and needs? Is it collaborative in nature? Does it lead by example? What’s the company’s mission and values? Look at these characteristics to determine if the company’s culture is a fit for you.
6. Consider leadership. First impressions aren’t just for job candidates. They also apply to employers. What sort of impression do you get when meeting with a potential boss? Is this someone you can imagine working with five days a week? If he/she rubs you the wrong way, seems disingenuous, or lacks respect for direct reports, you probably won’t like working for that person.
7. Weigh your subsequent move. The difference between someone who works a job and someone who pursues a career is planning. As you consider each job offer, try to envision what that position will do for your future. Will it lead to a promotion? Can you leverage it for a higher-level job? If it has the title, salary, and responsibilities to get you to the next stage of your career, it might just be the right job for you.
8. Trust your gut. Call it a gut feeling, a hunch, or that “ah-ha” moment, but there’s a lot to be said for your intuition. It’s a powerful tool for deciding whether one job is better than the next. If your gut is telling you to take a certain position, your instinct may just be right and lead to a satisfying career.
Finding that perfect job can be challenging and overwhelming, but with a little hard work, some planning, and self-reflection, you can set yourself on a path towards a fulfilling career. Having a difficult time identifying that perfect position? Reach out to your local Pro Staff recruiter! We can provide you with additional career resources, give you insight into local companies, and help you find that perfect job!