As you search for a prospective employer, look for companies that will fit your personal career growth and be willing to find a team that you can impact. Be sure to do so while you are at the top of your game, not when you’re stuck sitting on the bench. Here are four things to look for in your next employer.
Opportunity for Growth
According to a LinkedIn research, 45% of people left their job due to lack of opportunities for advancement. No matter which stage of your career you’re in, you should always be on the lookout for a job that will allow you to learn and grow, while offering challenging opportunities and meaningful investments in your future. This will look different to every candidate, so focus on what you want out of your career and which stage you’re at this moment to determine what’s most important.
Things to look for: Opportunities for advancement, visionary leaders, adaptability to market changes.
It is important when evaluating job opportunities that you take a strong look at historical stability. Around 50% of new businesses fail within 5 years, and we live in a time when even veteran companies who failed to evolve over time are closing their doors. It’s important to have a strong understanding of the companies you want to work for and their financial stability in the past, present, and future.
Things to look for: Earnings stability, the relative value compared to other companies, employee tenure
Mission and Values
An essential aspect of a modern-day career is to work for a company whose values align with yours. If you’re looking for a career and not “just a job,” you must be able to buy into the mission of the company. It’s the mission that keeps you motivated when the everyday drudgery of the tasks leaves you in the dust. “If the why is strong enough, the how takes care of itself.”
Things to look for: Employee tenure, social media presence, charity work, Glassdoor reviews
The second most common reason people leave jobs is being unsatisfied with senior management. Even if the pay is great and the work-life balance is wonderful, poor leadership is like building a house of cards and hoping the wind doesn’t blow. People find themselves drawn to leaders who inspire, advise, mentor, and encourage their employees.
Things to look for: Glassdoor reviews, tenure, LinkedIn recommendations, company reputation
You may have additional things that are important to you during a job search. However, these are most common among mid-to-senior level professionals. Interested in finding a company that matches all four? Shoot me an email with your resume and I’ll show you what’s out there. You might be surprised!