What should you search for when job hunting?
As the “Great Resignation” continues, companies are looking for ways to hire and retain talent. YOU are that talent and should remember that while you search for a job. Maybe you left a job recently and want to be sure that a new company’s values align with yours and their benefits actually benefit you. Here are some things to weigh when looking at potential employers.
Compare your values to an employer’s mission statement, fundamental principles, and business model when researching a possible employer. Many businesses also donate to charitable organizations or collaborate with community organizations. This may be an aspect to consider when looking for a career if you want your effort to benefit the world at large.
Everyone recognizes when it is lacking. At its most basic level, cultural fit refers to your beliefs and behaviors aligning with the company’s core principles and culture. 77 percent of respondents to a Glassdoor survey said they would think about a company’s culture before applying for a job, and 73 percent said they wouldn’t apply at all unless the company’s values matched their own.
- Has the company had any major advancements/are they expanding into new industries?
- How does your potential employer compare to other companies in their industry?
- How often has the company laid off employees?
- Has the company been in the news for legal or financial troubles?
Location & Work hours
You must consider both your working hours and your commute time when determining the length of your workday. Consider how much time you’re willing to spend commuting to and from work each day. How will your commute affect your working hours and stress level if you have to spend time stopped in rush-hour traffic? Consider how your time on the road will affect your non-work life, such as kids’ activities, dating, family time, and fitness activities if your job involves a very long commute.
When comparing salaries at different organizations, consider the cost of your commute. The cost of gas and parking might eat into your take-home money.
Does your future employer offer a work from home option? Working from home has a number of advantages, one of which is having access to a wider selection of career options that aren’t limited by geography.
Maintaining a healthy work-life balance is essential to your overall health and well-being. Jobs that are extremely hard for a short amount of time can be exciting and rewarding, but you may find that balancing periods of tough hours with time off is beneficial. Inquire about your possible employer’s vacation, sick leave, and work-from-home policies.
If you’re a working parent, finding a balance between work and the rest of your life is very crucial. When you search for a job, be sure to inquire about the company’s sick-day policy (for both you and your children) and early-leaving procedures for special events.
Salary & Benefits
Your compensation package should meet your basic needs and allow you to plan for your future. When comparing multiple companies, it’s crucial to look at their benefits packages. Although health insurance is a crucial benefit for everyone, not every company offers it or does so at a reasonable cost. A job that provides a retirement savings plan can assist you in planning for the future while you are still employed. You should also consider how each business handles vacation and sick days.
If you need to relocate for your new job, find out if the company will pay for your relocation. Smaller advantages, such as employee discounts on company items and subsidized wellness memberships, should not be overlooked.
Jobs that allow you to advance in your career are especially vital in your early years. Look for opportunities to learn new skills in your current employment if you are further along in your career. As part of your professional development, many companies provide on-site training or pay for classes. Search for a job that teaches you transferable skills, allows you to advance in your profession, or allows you to achieve greater career ambitions.