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Things to Look for in a Job

things to look for in a job

Transitioning into a new job is always a bit nerve-wracking and never the quite the same as the time before. Some may choose to take their next step by attending university, enrolling in trade school, or joining the military. Taking on a new job is also a great way to continue building your skills and advancing in an industry. While you should be looking out for certain factors in a new job, don’t forget that the way companies view you is also a part of the equation.

The ways companies seek out and hire candidates is always changing. Lately, some common hiring trends include hiring to build more diverse workforces, new interviewing methods, and viewing candidates as consumers. A strong job seekers’ economy means that candidates have an upper hand and employers have to be more flexible to win over the talent they want.

So knowing that you may have a bigger advantage in the job hunting game than ever before, how do you choose which jobs to apply to? Here are some important things to look for in a job.

Starting Salary

Where you start can affect your entire career at a company. If you feel the company is low-balling you in comparison to what the industry standard is, don’t accept a low offer out of desperation. Even if you expect to get promotions or raises at the company down the road, you can still be limiting your potential if you settle for less than you’re worth.


How much is the hiring manger telling you about the company and position? If everything seems to good to be true during the interview and in your research, it probably is. Ask questions during an interview to see how much they’re willing to tell you about the company’s health and future. You don’t want to get yourself into a shady situation that jeopardizes your position later on.

Company Culture

No one wants to work for a stuffy, depressing company that you have nightmares about on Sunday night. Dig around online to find out more about how the company treats its employees and how much value is placed on employees. Positive signs are programs that invest in employees’ continual education, family perks, office parties, and wellness programs.

Former Employee Reviews

Websites like Glassdoor have reviews from former employees who weigh in on the pros and cons of working at a company. This could reveal anything from how management interacts with employees (micromanaging?), what the culture feels like, and overall what a position was like day-to-day.

What the Company Values

A company that only values profits and sales is a big red flag. You don’t want to be a part of a machine that exists to benefit the company’s CEO. Make sure the company has obvious values that align with what you value. How important to the company is honesty to customers? Respect? What about your mental health?

Think about what’s important to your current situation and future goals before jumping on the first job that comes your way. The last thing you want is to move into a job that wasn’t what you expected and won’t help you advance. If you’re not sure where to start looking for a job that’s a good fit, try contacting a staffing agency. Staffing agencies are always looking for the best fitting candidates in industries ranging from manufacturing to sales and will do the job search for you.


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