What if you had to choose between…
A Location OR High Earnings
A Job Function OR Finding a Job Fast
Finding a Job Fast OR Finding a Culture you fit in with
Work-life Balance OR Financial Stability
Workplace Culture OR Location / Community
Financial Stability OR Job Function
As overwhelming as weighing these can be, many people do exactly that during the interview process,
which only hurts their ability to make an impression on potential employers. They’re too focused on
this late-stage weeding out of jobs based on their priorities, something that should have been done
before they even got into the interview room.
With that in mind, here are three things you can do right now to make sure that you’re applying for and
getting offers from the right jobs, at the right companies, with the right teams for you to fit in with.
- Make a list of all the things you want in your next job. Location, remote, on-site, or hybrid, industries, size, culture. Then, rank them from most important to least on a scale of 1-10.
It’s critical to be honest with yourself about what’s most important about a position. What do you need in your daily duties to feel happy and fulfilled clocking in, day in and day out? What tasks would you prefer to avoid? What’s important about the culture of the company you work for?
If you’re having trouble evaluating characteristics, consider things like whether the job is:
Fast Paced? Contributing to society? Adventurous or Exciting? Important for overall Career advancement? Somehow contributing to friendships or relationships? Fun and Humorous? Teamwork Structured? Tranquil / Slow Paced? Environmental? Safe? Competitive? Diverse? Honest? Traditional?
How you value these characteristics is a deeply personal thing; evaluating this ahead of applications can lead to fulfillment in more aspects of your life than just your job.
- Make a list of what you’re looking for in TOTAL compensation. Base pay, bonus, stock,
vacation, tuition reimbursement, health insurance, etc. Rank each one on a scale from 1-10.
- Make a list of the traits you want in a boss (people quit managers, not companies). What is
their communication style, management style, do you want a mentor, what sort of values would
you like to see, etc. Rank each one on a scale from 1-10.
Final Step: Evaluate all three of these. Your top 3 in each category are your non-negotiable traits that
must be present before you pursue a job.
And now you’re all set for future job hunting! No more stressing over which qualities the job will meet
for you while you’re in the hot seat because you’ll know ahead of time that you set yourself up for
success by weeding out jobs that were poor fits. Instead of deciding whether your random job choices
are good, you can pick which of your good job choices is the most RIGHT.
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