Why Setting Job Criteria Matters?

As college students it can often seem like having job security is more important than being picky about where you want to work. However, I believe that these two things go hand in hand. If you want to have job security you should look at jobs that meet your standards so you are less likely to leave that position. Having a job is only the first step in job security, you also want the job to meet your income needs, or maybe you need insurance coverage but the job you’re at doesn’t offer it. All of these aspects lean into what it truly means to be secure in your position. That is why it is key to create your criteria for a potential job before doing any job searches or going into any interviews. Knowing what you want can narrow your job hunt and will allow you to gain a position you truly enjoy and I are more likely to succeed at.

Setting your job criteria is like making your list of colleges you want to apply to. You take into account things like location, cost, if they offer your major, what is the faculty like, campus culture, etc. These are very important in your job search as well. First you want to determine what kind of work interests you. Then, you want to consider things if you enjoy working with people all day or doing computer/paper work. Once you determine what kind of work you want to be doing then you can begin narrowing it down to the type of company you might want to work with. You start by asking yourself if there are any companies that you specifically want to work for, and if not you can begin determining what you want from a company you might work for. You would need to determine the environment you prefer to work in, whether you like closed office space or a more open airy communication style workplace. Then look into the company culture and see what things a company should value if you were to work there. Some final things to consider would be location and salary. It is important to consider whether you would be willing to move or if there are specific locations you like more than others. Of Course salary is important, you want to make sure that the job you’re looking for could provide proper economical support.

There are obviously many more questions you could ask yourself when creating a criteria for a potential job, but these are just a few staple questions to get you started. Why is this so important? It may seem like there is no reason to physically create a list but in reality creating a list can help you realize more about yourself and your specific job you may want, it also helps you narrow your job search so that you spend less time searching and coming across jobs that don’t fit you and more time sending in resumes and getting called in for interviews. To show you how important it is I am going to list my criteria for job searching and expand on why each point is important for my personal search.

  1. What Kind of work am I interested in?

I am personally interested in working in law, in particular public interest law.

  1. What Job environment do I want to work in?

I would like to work in an environment where people are willing to work together to accomplish work goals and help eachother grow.

  1. I value ethical business codes, what company culture would suit me best?

Company culture is an important aspect to me, I desire to work in a place where the company clearly cares for their employees, there is open communication, and high standards for ethical work procedures. 

  1. Do I want routine or a more spontaneous work environment?

I think some form of routine helps me to stay focused in a working environment, but some form of spontaneity to keep things from getting mundane is essential.

  1. What tasks do I definitely not want to do?

I do not want to be stuck behind a computer screen punching in numbers all day. 

  1. How do I plan to grow at this company?

I would love to stay at a company for a few years and learn new skills, rise to a higher position, and then maybe continue to pursue higher degrees of work in my career field elsewhere.

  1. What kind of people do I want to work with?

I want to work with open-minded people who communicate well and are willing to follow through with things to benefit the productivity of the company as a whole.

  1. What kind of hours do I prefer to work?

I prefer to work weekdays at the typical 9-5 but am not opposed to earlier or later hours.

  1. What are my long term career goals (10-20 years)?

In the future I would love to be working towards a governmental position working with the United Nations.

  1. Do I mind if I have to take work home with me at the end of the day?

Taking work home is not ideal, but if it occurs every now and again that would not be a major turn off for the position.

  1. What kind of benefits am I looking for from the company?

I would like to have some form of healthcare/insurance coverage.

  1. What salary range do I need?

Ideally to cover housing, car, transportation, food, and various other expenses ~$35,000 salary.

  1. What location would I prefer to work?

I would prefer to work on the East Coast in a more populated area (small-larger city).

  1. Would I mind travelling for work?

I would not mind at all to travel for my work.

  1. What am I willing to compromise on?

I may be willing to compromise some on the salary range if the job fits every other aspect of my criteria and there is potential for salary increase.

Blog 2

Creativity is the ability to use ones imagination to create something. In “Steal Like an Artist” it discussed more in depth the true scope of creativity today. The author stated that nothing created today is truly “original”, all things have been created in some form or another at some point in time and we are all just remixing and doing mashups of previous ideas. With that being said confidence in your work as a writer is extremely important.

As a writer, following this philosophy that nothing is ever truly original, you must hold your work to a high standard and have confidence in what you are creating. If not, you may always question whether your work is just a regurgitated version of something already done. Also, confidence in your work is what makes it your own. It is your ability to put your thoughts and imaginations down in writing and doing that confidently that makes it different from someone else’s writing.

Building your confidence is a lot easier said than done, and although some of the strategies may seem corny they are proven to be effective. One way is to find something you truly enjoy doing and feel you are good at and do more of that activity. Find ways to stay active and ahead so you can feel productive and accomplished, even if it is just cleaning your room or making your bed in the morning. Most importantly is positive self talk. This simply means to condition yourself have confidence by being aware of your thoughts towards yourself. For instance, don’t immediately cut yourself down in your mind when you get a bad grade or forget to do something. Rather, constantly practice affirming yourself in those situations os that your mindset eventually changes.

I love to help others and I hope that in whatever job I eventually have that I can implement this successfully in a way that helps improve the company. In any career I can implement this desire by being active within my department and reaching out to coworkers and offering my assistance and skills wherever needed.

One thing I made specific note of while reading “Steal like an Artist” was, “once you build your tree, start your own branch”. I felt like this was an important point when considering the idea of “originality”, because although you may be working off an idea previously used you will eventually add you own “branch” or spin to it which in a way makes it more your own. Another quote I took away was, “Nobody is born with a style or a voice. We don’t come out of the womb knowing who we are. In the beginning, we learn by pretending to be our heroes. We learn by copying”. These quotes are a reminder to me that I do not have to try so hard to “find myself”, but rather find those I want to be like and go from there. It is even more calming to know that no one was born knowing who they are, we all had to develop our personalities from those we look up to.

Although the idea that nothing is original could be a problematic topic to some people, I did not find anything about what I read to be something I had strong feelings against. I thoroughly enjoyed the reading and am excited to see what everyone else thought about it as well.


Hello, my name is Taylor Buchanan and I am a junior majoring in marketing with a minor in law and justice. I want to pursue law school after graduation and eventually work in public interest/civil rights law. I want to work in a field where I can use my knowledge to help others and (as cheesy as it sounds) make a difference in the world even if its a small one. I started out college as a marketing major and did not commit to the idea of going to law school until late into my sophomore year, so I have kept my major business while adding the minor to help introduce me to some topics and perspectives that I might encounter in law school.

I believe my relationship with writing is fairly good compared to most college students. I have always enjoyed writing and took several creative writing courses, but I sometimes struggle with more formal writing and grammar errors every know and then. Writing is actually one way I express my creativity. I sometimes write poetry or short stories, and I enjoy journaling. I also enjoy painting, drawing, and crafting really in any form as a way to express my creativity.

I have had some professional experience in marketing while working as a remote intern for a startup company called SmartCourse. The company produced videos, blogs, seminars, and other content for parents, teachers, or healthcare providers who worked with teens who have ADHD. I worked in their marketing department and I was able to practice my professional writing skills when posting on the social media pages, sending out emails to our customers, and writing proposals for possible sponsors. This position taught me a lot about the responsibilities of running a startup company, and the different keys to expanding a business with such a specific niche.

My MBTI type is INFJ. I have taken the test before and received the same results, and I do feel like this type is accurate for me. I am definitely an empath and I tend to focus my future goals and ambitions around making sure I am working to better the lives of others. This have obviously carried over into my career choice of being a public interest/civil rights lawyer. I find the experience of taking personality test entertaining and eye opening, it makes me self-aware and more appreciative of some of my personality traits that I often overlook. I also this it helps me feel a bit more in-tune with myself and who I am because sometimes in the midst of things (especially nowadays) it can be hard to check in with yourself and reflect on things like your values, goals, and personality traits that make you who you are.

I am looking forward to this course and all I have to learn to improve my professional writing skills. One of my main goals for this course is to see improvement in my resume, cover letter, and personal statement writing pieces for future job/ school applications.