Entering the job world without any idea of what you are doing is a terrifying thought. However, creating a personal criteria to help you understand what would be a perfect fit will help you find more security in whatever specific workplace parameters you put up. Far too often, we are unsure of what would make a good career and do not consider many of the potential factors that go into choosing the outcome of our future. This criteria list will no doubt help you better understand yourself and what you enjoy in a workplace setting. For me, I find financial security and potential for growth to be two very important factors in order to satisfy my current ambitions. With that being said, my criteria involves the following:
Is there any potential for growth in this field?
As a worker, I do not like to stay at the same position for too long. I also want to feel like my contributions to a company are being recognized, which is perhaps the best part of advancement opportunity. A raised salary is always nice, but I never want to feel like the work I do is meaningless.
Do you have a specific preference on the speed of your workday?
For me, I like excitement and unpredictability. Whenever I have very little to do or have to just sit at my desk, I get incredibly bored very quickly. Constantly having new things to do and goals to reach are what make me enjoy a workplace environment. However, that does not mean that I enjoy simple busy work. This goes back to wanted to feel like my input is valued.
Do you prefer to work for a small business or would you enjoy a large corporation more?
Easily a small business. When I think of working for a corporation, I always imagine monotonous workdays with a manager breathing down my neck giving me sometimes pointless tasks. For me, I would much rather prefer to enhance my community while working for a small business than meeting a global demand with a corporation.
How much do you desire to be paid for your salary?
The easy answer to this question would be seven figures, but that is not a completely realistic answer. Knowing that work experience and higher education can provide me with a six-figure salary, I would prefer that level of compensation. However, sometimes a salary like that is not obtainable in certain professions so I would just go for the best salary option possible.
Would you like your employer to help pay for education?
No, I would not. Since I want to have a high paying job, obtaining higher education is my first priority. By that point, I would feel like it would be wasting valuable business resources. This could seriously hurt my employment in the future, especially if I choose to work for a small business.
What management style would you prefer to work under?
I hate being micro-managed, so a more relaxed management setting would be a great fit for me. When I have someone over my shoulder constantly telling me what to do, it is very frustrating. So the only type of management that I would want to work under would be the kind that trusts me to do the tasks associated with the job without holding my hand.
Is staying with the same company your entire career a possibility?
I am inclined to say no. I want to work at many different businesses in my career in order to truly experience the career that I enjoy. I feel like working at the same place my entire life provides great security, but putting security in your hands and knowing you will be fine with ambition is a great way to live. It would be like living in the same house my entire life.
Would that mean international work would be a possibility?
I would love to work in an international career. I already love to travel, so doing it for work would not hurt my interest in the slightest. I think international work would be a fantastic way to expand my mind and meet a lot of new people from around the world. My family used to do a lot of travelling across the world when I was younger and it always excited me. Going international for a job sounds like and awesome opportunity.
Does a company’s vision have any impact on working for them?
I would say so to an extent. I would not want to work for an organization that practices irregular and dishonest practices, but political alignments and mission statements do not really interest me much. As far as I am concerned, I go to work to do work and provide a better life for me and those around me. If my actions align with those goals, then its a great thing. However, I would not turn down more money from a company that has less of an impact on political or worldwide events.
Where would you like to work?
If I did not have an inclination to travel and work in other countries, I would choose Charlotte or Raleigh. I grew up in Charlotte for my entire life and it is a bustling city with so much opportunity for someone like myself. Raleigh has the same level of job opportunity so either city would work just fine for me. I love North Carolina so I would ideally want to stay here if I had a job that kept me here.
What kind of coworkers do you enjoy? What kind of coworker do you dislike?
The kind of coworker that I like is one that comes in every day ready to work and take things seriously while also being able to have fun and do things with a smile on their face. Being able to work in a team setting with pleasant coworkers would be a great experience. The kind of coworker that I do not like is one that is too quiet or does not have a smile on their face when they conduct tasks. Having fun is a huge component of living a happy life.
Are you willing to commute for work? If so, what distance are you willing to commute?
When it comes to commuting, I would like my commute to last no more than half an hour. However, working in a city would make this almost impossible. This is especially true if I do not live in the city. I would like my commutes to be limited to transportation by car or by walking, no train or bicycle.
What size team do you prefer to work with?
For me, I prefer to work with others. I am not very big on working by myself because I do not think it allows for a maximization of ideas and work. When you work in small teams or very large teams, you are able to bounce ideas off of each other and create a much stronger final product than you could by yourself. So I would say working with the biggest team possible would be my ideal team size.
What kind of benefits do you value the most?
For me, a job that has a lot of benefits is always a good choice to pick from. I think vacation days are the most valuable benefit that you can have from a job. Bonuses are nice, but having days off are precious when it comes to working a job every day of the week. That is why I value vacation days the most, especially when it comes to physical and mental health.
Does this company offer any retirements bonuses?
Choosing a company that offers retirement bonuses is an essential part of the career selection process. If I ever chose to stay at a company for my entire life, those benefits would rack up and provide me with a lot of financial security. However, I do not plan to be at the same company my entire life. Having an option like this is always a nice thing to have, so I would say having a retirement bonus available is a must for a future career.