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What to Look for in a New Job

Once you've decided to set out on a new job search, it's important to define the qualities you value most in a new position and workplace. Doing some research on a prospective employer and asking questions during an interview can give you a good idea about whether this new opportunity will be a good fit for you. Here, you'll find a few things to keep in mind when seeking your next dream job.

 
Love what you do

We've all heard the phrase "If you love what you do, you'll never work a day in your life." Sure, no one really loves to shed the fuzzy slippers in the morning, but you can still look forward to what's next in your day! If you're contemplating a job change, explore some opportunities in fields related to your interests and hobbies. Giving yourself a fresh start means you'll have the opportunity to assess what really makes you excited to get out of bed each day. Passion is key to being a successful emplyoee. Even if you might lack some of the technical experience, an eagerness to learn more about something you already have an interest in can go a long way.

 
A workplace atmosphere that fits your style

A stressful atmosphere will never result in your best work. Do some research to see what kind of environment your future workplace will have! Do you enjoy something fast-paced and interesting, or an office that’s more casual and easy-going? It’s also worth the effort to seek out new opportunities to work with people that have values aligned with your own. For example: If you value philanthropic engagement, be sure to ask about how the company gives back to the community.

 
Will it pay the bills?

Life will always be full of unforeseen changes. When your finances are one of them, it can understandably cause some panic. Make sure to take a critical look at what your income needs are and be open in communicating those needs to a potential employer. It’s always a plus to find a new opportunity that can reward your experience with a higher salary.

  
Connecting with management

Always put your best foot forward by demonstrating a willingness to grow and learn. The most effective and valuable management will provide you with direction, communicate openly, and have an expectation of mutual respect. You deserve to flourish in your career, and you are entitled to a workplace that fosters that. At the end of an interview, ask what sort of channels employees have for getting in touch with management for feedback and guidance.

 
Try Something New

Are you daydreaming about a career change? A different industry caught your fancy? Craving a change of scenery? Today’s workforce is one of constant evolution. Don’t be afraid to explore your options and find work that you are truly passionate about. Take an objective look at the professional skills you possess and identify some ways those basic proficiencies can be reapplied in new contexts.