For most of us, college is a career stepping stone. You spend 4 years (more or less) preparing for your future or buying time until you actually have to decide what it is you want to do with your life. Then, ready or not, you’re tossed into the ‘real world’ and it’s time to make decisions that will set the course for the rest of your life. Not overwhelming at all, right? To make things a little less dooming, here are some tips on how to find a job with your best interest in mind.
1. Set Your Priorities
When looking for a job, you first need to decide what’s important to you. What is it that you want out of a job? Maybe you care about making enough money to support your lifestyle, having a particular type of working environment, or being able to impact your community. Make a list of your top priorities and personalize the decision making process. But remember, this part is all about the big picture so try to not get too caught up in the minor details. Setting your top priorities will help you narrow your search as well as make it easier to identify an opportunity that’s right for you.
2. Know What Your Deal-Breakers Are
Want to know the secret to not hating your job? Not being afraid to say no when it sounds like a great opportunity but you know in your gut it’s not what you want. And if you’re not comfortable with listening to your gut, this is where setting your priorities comes in handy. If a job offer doesn’t match up with your top criteria or maybe something just feels off, it’s more than okay to walk away. There will be times where you’ll have to consider making a tradeoff, but keep in mind that while something may sound like a great opportunity doesn’t mean it’s a great opportunity for you.
3. Test for Chemistry
Chemistry is defined as an “interaction between people working together; specifically when harmonious or effective.” Hopefully, you can already see how this is important in the workplace for both yourself and an organization. Chemistry facilitates collaboration which ultimately increases productivity and satisfaction in the work environment. Chemistry is another one of those gut feelings and can be incredibly difficult to find in personal relationships, let alone in the workplace. There’s no trick to creating it, but you can learn how to look for it. The best way to determine if you have chemistry with a potential employer is through communication. Looking for opportunities to increase interaction will help both parties figure out if it’s a good fit.
Written By: Jackie Wiles