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Choosing the Job that Fits

Posted by Elissa Jane Mastel on Tue, Sep 27, 2011 @ 02:47 PM

by Guest Blogger Colleen Moran



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When searching for a job, so much time is spent preparing for interviews and trying to impress employers it’s easy to overlook one simple question, “Do I actually want to work here?”  A job offering can be so exciting that you may be tempted to jump on the first opportunity that presents itself.  But, before you accept an offer, carefully consider every aspect of the opportunity to ensure this is the right workplace for you.  Full time workers spend 40 hours or one quarter of the total hours in the week at work. You should be confident time spent working will be compatible with your skills, lifestyle, and career ambitions. Here are the Top 4 Factors you should assess before saying yes to any job offer.

Benefits can be worth up to 30% of your total compensation.  Don’t forget to look beyond salary figures and see what financial perks come with the job. Familiarize yourself with the medical, dental and vision insurance plans. Does the company have a pension plan or 401(k)?  Other financial perks could include tuition reimbursement programs, signing bonuses, and relocation reimbursements.

The Location of the job is a determinant with many factors to consider. Is relocation an option and is the cost of living in the new place different than where you currently reside?  For any job, consider what your commute is going to be like. Fluctuating gas prices, road tolls and parking fees are factors of the daily commute that must be considered. Check out public transportation options or see if there is a carpool available. See if the job offers flexible hours or if telecommuting is an option as these are benefits that could cut down cost of commuting.  
Learn about the company’s Work Environment to determine whether a job is a good fit.  Consider the dress code, company size, company culture and values. Does the firm share your ethical values? Do you agree with their mission and their vision for the company? If you feel comfortable in the work environment you will experience higher job satisfaction. Research recent performance and the reputation to see if your values mesh with the firms.  

It is important to ask “will this job take you where you want to be in your career?”  The right job should utilize your current talents as well as sharpen and improve them. Each new job should challenge you as well as further your career in some way. So before jumping on the first job offer, consider these four factors to ensure successful and satisfying career.