Job Seekers: Considerations When Choosing a Job

When choosing a job, the first thing most people like to know is “What is the pay rate?” Everyone likes money and the more you can make the better right? But of course, the paycheck isn’t the only factor you should consider when choosing a job. Check the list below to read some of the most important factors you should consider when choosing a job.

Office Culture: When you feel comfortable in the work environment you are in, it’s easier to do your job. Office culture is an extremely important factor to consider, especially since you will be spending the majority of your being awake there. Important factors to consider include, are the employees at the job happy to be working there? Do they feel comfortable there? Do they feel respected and valued by the company? Does it seem like the company trusts its employees rather than having to constantly look over their shoulders? Do the company’s values align with yours?

Location: Is the job really worth the drive, or even the bus ride? Remember, the business address will have an impact on commuting costs. But it’s also important to consider the proximity between the business and daily conveniences. Grocery shopping for a quick stop to pick something up for dinner, your medical office (racing to an appointment from afar will surely stress you out), and lunchtime options (will you have enough time to go to and from?)

Work Hours That Fit Your Wants: Understand expectations for working hours. Will there be after-hours worked, overtime, weekends, evening, or early morning shifts?

Benefits: Pay compensation shouldn’t be the only consideration when accepting a job. Insurance, medical, retirement, paid time off, vacation time, equity, etc. should all be heavily considered.

Flexibility: Is your company willing to be flexible?  Have children? Are they willing to be flexible when it comes to taking time off or having to leave work early for your kids? Are you still in school? Is your company willing to work around your schedule? It’s important to have a mutual understanding of where you both stand.

Good Co-Workers: Because you will spend a large part of your day with these people, it’s important that you enjoy being around them. Are your co-workers friendly? Are they the type of people you can work with as a team? Are they supportive?

Fits Your Personality: We all have unique personalities that thrive in certain environments. Some people enjoy working in a team, others enjoy working alone. Some enjoy working in a loud environment, others enjoy quietness. Find a job that caters to your personality. The more comfortable you are, the better your performance will be.

Great Online Reviews: A majority of online reviews come from ex-employees. Who better to be honest about the company than from those who have actually worked there? Online reviews are honest and it’s where you can get a better understanding of what it is like to work for the company before you even do. How are the benefits? How good is the pay? Are the manager’s good people to work for? You can always get a good sense of what it will be like to work for a company just based on online reviews.

Good Satisfaction: At the end of the day, can you look back at your day with satisfaction in your work? Will you be happy with the work you’ve done? Did you make an impact on someone’s life? Help someone’s day become better? Did you leave the world better than when you found it?

Growth: Is there room to grow in the position? Does the job challenge you to grow, meaning will the job force you to expand your current skill set and make you a better person because of it? Are there promotion opportunities? It will paint a picture of what your future with the company/employer may look like.

Do What You Love to Do: “Find a job that you love and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.” Make sure the job will keep you motivated, not solely by the paycheck. Will you be able to go to work every day and enjoy the work that you do? Will the job make you happy rather than make you count down the hours until you can leave? Does the job allow you to use the skills you most enjoy? It’s important to enjoy the work you do.