When I graduated college, I thought getting a job (any job!) was an achievement. The state of the economy wasn’t exactly blooming with opportunities so I thought I should take what I could get. But now I realize that being selective in that process is paramount to future success, even if you’re choosing among limited options.
Opportunities may stream in on a regular basis but you don’t need to entertain each one. While demonstrating how you would be a valuable hire for the company, carefully evaluate the opportunity. Ideally, you and the company should be convincing each other why the relationship would be beneficial. If it’s just one-way, it’s unlikely to work out in the long term.
Unsure about what to look for in an ideal job match? These tips will steer you in the right direction.
Other factors come into play in deciding which company to choose as your employer. And every person’s wants and needs are going to vary. A training program may be the most important factor for you, but work-life balance may be more important to someone else. Whatever you determine is important to you, conduct thorough research before making your decision. We spend so much time developing our careers that it’s worth the effort to ensure the company we’re going to work for aligns with our expectations.
Jessica Johnson is a recruitment consultant at WilsonHCG. She started her recruiting career as a staffing assistant for a temp recruiting agency and was quickly promoted to recruiter. Before becoming a recruiter for an RPO, she also gained four years of experience as an agency recruiter. What she enjoys most about recruiting is being able to speak with so many different people and give advice to candidates about how to approach their job search and what to do to be more marketable within their industry. Jessica graduated from Ramapo College of New Jersey, with a bachelor’s degree in communications. Follow her on LinkedIn and Twitter
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