When looking for new job opportunities, it’s important to be mindful of various aspects of the role that will make it a good long term fit. It can be easy to be take a job title or description at face value and either be lured or discouraged by what the position looks like on paper. There are many elements of a job to take into consideration, however, that not only affect your life from nine to five, but beyond office hours, too. Here are ten things to take into consideration other than the job title or description.
• Location: While location may not be a deal-breaker for everyone, it can have a big effect on your daily life. Commute time, convenience to shops, the gym, childcare, or other places you frequently visit can all play a role in work satisfaction.
• Company size and reputation: Will you be more comfortable in a big organization that’s established in the market or a small team where you may have the opportunity to wear more hats? Landing a role in an exclusive or market-leading company can be great for your resume, even if the job title itself is less interesting.
• Company culture: While company size plays into culture, it can also be affected by the leadership, the team members, or the nature of the industry. Ask current or past employees what they love about their work environment and clue in to how they talk about the relational aspects of their job.
• Mission and vision: Are you passionate about a certain cause, industry, product or way of doing business? It’s important to understand not only what a company’s mission and vision is on paper, but whether and how that manifests itself in the work and the people with whom you will be working.
• Flexibility: Flexibility in either your schedule or work location can be a determining factor for many. Are you content with traditional office hours or could you benefit from alternative options? Working from home or flexible scheduling may be things that can be negotiated, but keep in mind flexibility comes with experience – training comes first and it may be important to work closely in schedule and proximity with a team.
• Growth: Consider whether the role has a visible path for growth within the organization as well as for your personal development. If growth and development haven’t been defined, this is a topic that can be discussed during the interview process. It may be that the most relevant title is not the one you start with, but the one you after AFTER your first promotion.
• Autonomy: For many, a fulfilling part of their job is being able to have some level of autonomy over their work or agency within their role to make decisions and think critically.
• Skill Development: The opportunity to develop new skills is not only fulfilling while you’re in the role, but can pay off big-time when you’re looking to make your next step professionally.
• Perks: Look for unique, non-traditional benefits or perks that would make your day more enjoyable, fulfilling or convenient, such as a workout facility, cafeteria or discount on products and services.
• Workplace environment: While most people wouldn’t put building aesthetics at the top of their criteria, especially for entry-level roles, desk formations, office layouts and general look or “feeling” of the space can make a workday more or less enjoyable.
Beyond the job title, description and even salary, there are a number of elements that make a job a good fit for candidates and ultimately, a good fit for employers, too. While no job will have everything on your wish list, it’s helpful to understand what’s most important to you and look at the job from all angles.