5 Things to Look for in a Company
When looking for an internship, job, or another position of opportunity, the search can kind of be something like a date — you don’t know whether or not what you’re seeing is a good fit for you. Much like romance, there are several things you should keep in mind when finding your match. The same feelings you would want in a job may be what you would look for as a business owner. Here are 5 things to look for in a public/private company. 1) Matching Values· It’s important to consider this — what’s important to you should be important to them. You’re more than just another cog in the machine — you’re a person of great value, morals, and talent. If they can’t understand nor respect that, then it’s OK to move on until you find a place that works for you and makes you feel comfortable. Your relationship with work should be healthy and stable to make it a lasting one where both parties are happy. 2) Room for Growth and Opportunity· Unless the position is temporary experience for students, if you’re already content in your position, or are just starting out, every company should allow room for advancement and promotion should you desire to learn more. You take something you thought you knew, and then discover there's so much more to it than you could have possibly imagined! Prospective employees are looking for more than just professional growth — they’re looking for personal growth, too. 3) Flexibility and Balance· Nobody likes having a day ready for fun only to be called in for work or receive a work email with no way around it. While it’s never a bad thing to take on your responsibility, it’s also important to remember that there’s so much more to life than what goes on in the office — it’s OK to say no. That’s why it’s important to look for a company who understands that and to be able to communicate that with them. Whether it be friends, family, your personal relationships, or whatever else goes in your life, remember — you matter, too! 4) Settling vs. Loving What You Do· Sorry Dolly Parton, but when looking for a job, you’re going to want to look for more than just a routine 9-5. It’s said that, “Find a job that you love, and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.” That statement couldn’t be truer. You shouldn’t have to settle for a routine that never changes. Work is more than just a paycheck — it’s a lifestyle! You should find a company that gives you the motivation to wake up in the morning and a reason to smile. 5) Satisfaction· Some people can go a whole day of work and still feel unfulfilled or empty. A healthy, happy, and stable job should give you feelings of accomplishment, wholeness, and desire for more. The ability to look back at your day and smile is more valuable than any paycheck you’ll ever get. Simply put, do what you love and love what you do — there’s no better way of putting it.