Companies aren’t the only ones who need to make sure a job candidate is a good match. In fact, candidates should also have standards for the company they are hoping to work for.
Below, you’ll find five things that you may want to look for if you’re in the market for a job. While it is unlikely that you’ll find a company that has all of these qualities, you can decide which matter most to you and make your decision based on that.
1. Benefits Package
One of the biggest selling points a company can have when recruiting new employees is their benefits package. At the very least, try to get yourself some healthcare! Even with new laws coming into play, medical coverage is still very expensive—so try to find a company that will help you out.
Another important benefit is a 401(k) (or some other retirement) plan. While a 401(k) is not the be all end all of retirement savings, you wouldn’t want to pass up an opportunity of getting a match for your contributions. (Note: Different companies offer different matches, so that is definitely something to consider!)
If a company has been around for at least a decade, then it’s got a pretty good shot of being around for a lot longer. There are certainly exceptions to the rule, but in general, the longer a company has been around, the more likely it will continue stick around.
Just make sure the company is stable. You can do this by researching their history.
3. Room For Growth
As companies recover from the recession, we’re starting to see higher-level positions open up. That means people who were already within the company move up the career ladder and companies once again need to fill their bottom.
This is an excellent sign because it tells an entry-level candidate that, at some point, there will likely be opportunities for them to advance their own careers within that company.
4. Good Company Culture
While you’re expected to “pay your dues” when you first start out, the fact of the matter is that company culture matters.
When choosing which company to work for, look into their culture and see if you actually feel comfortable there. If you’re going to be spending most of your waking hours there, it would be in your best interest to actually enjoy where you are.
In my time as a life coach, I’ve come to realize that the reason many people feel dissatisfied with their careers is because they often work for companies that are out of alignment with their values.
For instance, if you’re a big environmentalist, then you probably wouldn’t feel too comfortable working for a company known for being wasteful of fossil fuels. In fact, you’d probably feel like a sellout.
Find a company that is in line with what you believe in. Believe it or not, you’ll actually work better if you do.
Finding a company that matches what you are looking for will ensure that you’re more likely to succeed. After all, who would want to work in a place they don’t actually like?
What’s the number-one thing you look for when checking out companies?
(Photo: Quinn Dombrowski)