How to Find the Right Job Based on Company Values

You’re a savvy jobseeker. You know how to find and apply to awesome positions. You’re confident (or at least, you should be) that you’ll get interviews and callbacks. But what you may not be savvy about? Make sure a job is a good fit for you before you sign on the dotted line.Just because a role matches up to your dreams on paper doesn’t mean it will withstand the test of time. If you’re wondering how to find the right job – a job you’ll like now and in the long run – you have to keep company values and skills in mind. Luckily, that’s not so hard. Here’s a quick checklist to help you determine if a promising-looking company is actually the right fit for you:

1. How Do They Approach the Search?

You’re not the only one on a job search here. Your prospective employer is also looking hard. The question is, what’s their approach? Any employer that takes a “guess you’ll have to do” tack won’t treat you well, so make sure they’re looking hard for a good fit too.

2. What’s the Job Description Say?

Does the job description feature you anywhere? If the entire thing is about what they need, and there’s not even one line about what you’ll get, chances are the fit is not right.

3. Are THEY Prompt and Smiling?

Show up on time! Smile! Firm handshake! Eye Contact! Appreciation and politeness! There are any number of boxes you’re supposed to tick off in the interview, but are they doing the same thing? This is a sure sign of how they’ll treat you later, so don’t ignore rude or unfeeling behavior.

4. Do They Care About Your Career Path?

Your career path matters a lot to you, but does it to your potential employer? You want a boss who will support you not only now while you’re working for them, but in the future when your dreams get bigger. If you’re not sure, ask what your interviewer’s approach to career development is.

5. How Are Other Employees Treated?

While you’re in the office for an interview is a great time to see how people are treated as a whole. Is the company warm? Efficient? Respectful of others’ time? How others are treated is exactly how you will be treated.

6. What Are Their Strengths and Weaknesses?

Your strengths and weaknesses are always going to be on the list of interview questions, so why shouldn’t theirs make the cut? Research the company thoroughly on Glassdoor or LinkedIn to find out what employees have to say about it.

7. Do They Handle Themselves on Social?

Social media matters, you know that. What you don’t know is your current company can stick with you in your next role if you’re not careful. Don’t sign on to any company that has a negative social media vibe, because you may get associated with it.Now all you have to do is make a promise to yourself that you’ll stick to this list. It can be tempting to say yes to the first company that offers you a decent job, but don’t. In the long run, you’ll do your resume, your health and your happiness a disservice by taking on a position that doesn’t work for your goals or personality type. So don’t make the decision lightly. That way, when you find that golden fit, you’ll know.

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