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What Are the Top 5 Things You're Looking for in a Job?

13 September, 2021
What Are the Top 5 Things You're Looking for in a Job?

People work for different reasons. Some people simply need a paycheck. Others want personal fulfillment and a sense of accomplishment.

Regardless of why you want a new job, it’s important to consider what you need. Below are five key factors to consider when thinking about a job search.

1) A Schedule You Can Work

Young, single, healthy people are typically able to work any shift of the day, whether it’s a traditional 9-to-5 or the graveyard shift. Other people have more limited availability due to various personal reasons.

In addition to considering jobs with hours you can work, it’s important to understand what potential employers expect with respect to things like overtime or being on-call. Also, if you'll be working a shift that will significantly change your lifestyle, it's a good idea to list the changes you'll need to make and how they might impact you.

2) An Employer with Stability

A great job isn’t so great if the company and/or the larger industry are highly unstable. For instance, now isn’t the best time to start working in the newspaper industry. Other industries are either currently being disrupted by technology or are about to be.

Focus on thriving industries, and research potential employers to see if they have a recent history or either growing or downsizing.

3) A Non-Toxic Culture

Studies show that one of the biggest factors related to job satisfaction is the company culture. You might be getting paid a ton of money, but if your hard work is being taken for granted by co-workers or management doesn’t trust their workers – you’ll likely be miserable.

Look at employer review sites like Glassdoor to get a sense of what it’s like to work for potential employers.

4) Pay that Meets Your Needs

Of course, you’ll want to find a job that pays as much as possible, but money shouldn’t be your top priority: Time and good health mental are far more valuable commodities than money.

You do need to pay the bills, provide for yourself, plan for the future and possibly provide for others. The compensation package you receive should allow you to meet these obligations. Before starting a job search, you should get a sense of your financial needs, including any funds you may need for rest and relaxation. Then, determine a salary range for positions you're considering. This should not only inform your search, it can also help you when it comes to salary negotiations.

5) Meaningful Benefits

Given that job benefits relate to things like healthcare and personal needs, it’s important to receive a meaningful benefits package that supports all parts of your life. Health insurance is the most vital job benefit for everyone, and while most companies offer it to their employees, not every business provides good coverage at a reasonable rate. Understand the premiums, deductibles and co-pays you can afford.

Also, consider how a potential employer offers paid time off, including policies on vacation and sick days.

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At Quanta, we work with job seekers to help them find positions that best suit their personal and professional needs. Please contact us today to find out how we can help you.

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