Looking for a job is a full-time job. No wonder, then, that many of us lose sight of our goals in the frenzy to get hired.
Brittany Schlacter at Come Recommended has a great list of often-overlooked factors that can mean the difference between a job that pays the bills and a stepping stone to a fulfilling career. Here are the first three items, and our take on them.
1. Your Values
Most of us don’t spend much time thinking consciously about our values, but we should, especially when we’re looking for jobs. Is it important to you to give back to the world, to become a leader, to do something creative? Better figure that out, before you accept a gig as the assistant junior seal clubber for Evil Corporation X.
2. Company Culture
This is an extension of the company’s value system, but it also encompasses the “feel” of the organization, including such seemingly mundane things as the design layout of the office and perks like free food.
3. Flexible Schedules
If flexibility is important to you, Schlacter suggests, you might consider tailoring your job search with that goal in mind. Many organizations offer flexible schedules now, but you can also look exclusively for remote-working opportunities or freelance gigs.
Tell Us What You Think
We want to hear from you! What’s the biggest factor in your job search? Leave a comment or join the discussion on Twitter, using the hashtag #MakeItHappen.
More from PayScale
(Photo Credit: Alex France/Flickr)