3 Crucial Questions to Determine If a Job is a Good Fit

9th October 2019

A job is usually more than just a job. It is not only important as your source of income but ideally, it should also be a source of as well as fit in with your lifestyle and values as a person. Here are the 3 top questions to ask yourself before deciding if a job is a good fit for you: 

Does this job help me achieve my long-term career goals?

Your satisfaction with a job is dependent largely on how much you enjoy the tasks and responsibilities entrusted to you. Even a job with high pay and prestige will make you deeply happy if you are not enjoying what you do on a daily basis. The first thing you can do is to make a list of what you like to do and the talents that you have based on what you have done for past jobs, academia, volunteer work or even leisure activities (The Balance Careers: How to Decide If a Job Is a Good Fit). From there, you can consider how you would like to use your interests and talents in your career and what you hope to accomplish in your life and career overall (Forbes: Ten Signs You’re In The Right Job – And Ten Signs You Aren’t). 

Be honest with exactly what you’re looking for especially when it comes to salary or benefits that you would want your potential employer to have. That being said, be open to the idea that your goals might change in the future as you are progressing in your career and adjust them along the way (Glassdoor: 4 Steps to Visualize Your Career Goals).

 Will the company invest in me as an employee?

The second thing to consider is how much your company is willing to invest in you as an employee. Although a job with a high salary is always ideal, one that pays less may actually provide more financial security in comparison (Glassdoor: 6 Steps to Figuring Out If You’ve Got The Right Job Offer). 

It will be useful to think about what you value in life and match that with the benefits that your potential company is willing to provide you. As a parent, you might want to prioritise subsidised childcare or longer paid maternity leave. If you are health conscious, gym passes, and health insurance might be more important to you. Some companies also provide catered meals. These are all things that you take into consideration when deciding if a job is a good fit for you. 

Due to economic uncertainty and increased competition, workers are increasingly looking for opportunities to improve themselves by seeking out mentors (Deloitte: The 2016 Deloitte Millennial Survey) who can groom them and help them in their careers. 80% of them said that “emphasis on personal growth is the most important quality of a company’s culture” Inc: This Is the No. 1 Thing Millennials Consider When Starting a Job). Before you accept a job, ask if the company will be sending you for training or if there are willing to sponsor for certifications that will help you progress along your career. 

Do the company’s values and culture align with mine?

When it comes to finding your ideal job, you’re trying to figure out what makes you most productive, comfortable, and happy. Therefore, it is crucial that you can thrive in the company’s culture which will define the environment in which you work (The Balance Careers: Understanding Company Culture).

To know whether you will fit in with the company culture, think carefully about your working preferences such as whether you prefer a small company or a multinational corporation, the challenge of a start-up or security of a more established employer, the ability to work remotely and also, whether you want autonomy by being able to work independently or be part of a team (The Balance Careers: How to Discover If an Employer Is Right for You). Not only are you likely to feel better about going to work, you will be also more inclined to be better at what you do when the workplace culture is a good fit and you feel comfortable there. A good company culture makes you work harder and fosters a sense of community, making the environment easier for cohesion and collaboration (Monster: Top reasons workplace culture matters to job satisfaction).

Additionally, being in a company with a mission that mirrors your values will also drive you to work harder and provide a sense of pride when you are carrying out your daily tasks. In fact, a poll on workplace happiness indicated that 62% of workers would accept a pay cut to work for a company with a mission that aligns with their personal values (with the figure leaping to 78% for millennials polled) (Udemy: 2019 Workplace Happiness Report).A job is practically your home away from home. Knowing that, it is important for you to consider all the factors that will make you happy and productive at work.  List out all these factors and assign importance to them based on your own criteria and note down any deal breakers such as no work-life balance or a long commute. Lastly, trust your gut. You are the only one that knows what is best for you. Want more career tips like this? Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for more specially-created content just for you!

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