Looking for the Right Job is Similar to Looking for the Right Mate

Today looking for work is as tough as it ever was, but in order to make a long term career fit your lifestyle, you should look at several components to determine a good fit for you. The first thing to look at is the position itself, does the job description fit your career strengths. Could the work that you do benefit the company long term? For example if you have done sales in the past, but become unmotivated over time after the first couple of months, would you be good at sales? The answer may be no, and in this case you may miss the opportunity for the job or position that would be mutually beneficial to you and your perspective employer.

Secondly, does the company promote the culture you could respect and thrive in? Smaller companies sometimes do not have clear vision and mission statements outlined, so some investigative work could help you determine information. Do they post the same positions continually on many social job sites? Do they have an ad running every week? What is their turnover rate? What resources do they value in evaluating company strengths? If they list their people as one of their most important strengths, then they are headed in the right direction. In today’s workplace good employees can make the difference between good and great companies. Good companies have good human resource and hiring practices, put these companies first on your job search.

Thirdly does the company have growth opportunities? Do they promote from within? Do they have a continuing internal and external program that enhances your value long term? Most individuals want to be challenged and grow with a position. Successful companies are looking to grow the skills of their workforce to keep ahead of their competitors.

What benefits are offered in comparison to other jobs you are seeking? Determine what healthcare packages are offered and what the out of pocket expenses will be. Does the company offer family insurance plans? Are the vacation and employee leave benefits equivalent to other companies? Utilize a spreadsheet to determine the sum of the benefits as part of your job comparisons. Determine hourly, overtime and comp time work expectations from your perspective employers. If the wage is salaried, ask what the average weekly hour expectation is for the current position.

Take the time to understand as much as possible the job you are seeking. Interview the perspective employer to determine if this is a good “marriage” of resources. Break ups are as hard in the professional world as they are in our social world. Do your homework upfront to determine if the job will work, will it benefit both the employee and employer?