No matter what industry you’re in, job hunting is exhausting. Depending on the marketing, there can be times where you’ll send out dozens of resumes and never hear back from any of the organizations.

No matter what industry you’re in, job hunting is exhausting. Depending on the marketing, there can be times where you’ll send out dozens of resumes and never hear back from any of the organizations.

The whole dynamic of searching for employment makes the prospective employee feel as if they have to tie themselves in knots to get their foot in the door. The truth is that the old adage, “be yourself” is your go to mind set of evaluating job opportunities. The goal isn’t just to be offered a job. Your real objective should be in finding the right organization for you.

 

This is an important distinction. You will spend more of your waking hours at your job than you will with family or doing any other activity. When you’ve been looking for a new position for any length of time, it’s tempting to jump at the first offer. Taking the time to assess how good the organization and position will fit your goals in the future will help you secure a position that you’re happier and more productive in.

 

Top 5 Criteria You Should Assess in a New Job Offer

If your goal is to find a position where you can grow, contribute, and build a lasting career, you need to assess how well the job meets your requirements. Small inconveniences might not be a deal breaker. But larger issues will wear on you over time.

Here are some of the criteria you should look at before accepting the offer:

  1. Location/Convenience. If you’re not averse to traveling a distance for work, this might not seem like deal breaker. It is best to assess the convenience of the location and aspects, such as parking or access to public transit. If you’re taking a position where you need to be on call, you may need to consider moving closer to the location if it’s a good distance from your current home. This can often be a matter of preference but be honest with yourself about what those preferences are. A daily inconvenience in travel can become hard to overcome after an extended period of time.
  2. Hours. In healthcare, hours can be long and people build preferences to the shifts they would rather work. Make sure you’re comfortable with the type of schedule the position offers. If you’re used to working the grave yard shift but the position calls for early morning through afternoon hours, it might take a lot of adjustment.
  3. Organization Culture. Organization culture can be difficult to determine on the surface. That’s the problem with the interview process, both parties are putting their best foot forward without mentioning possible quirks. You should ask questions about the working relationships in the organization. If possible, talk to current employees to get a feel for how they like the position and their working relationships with coworkers.
  4. Education and Training Opportunities. Many organizations offer training and education opportunities for their staff. This might include cross training current staff members for promotions internally or even allocating fund for staff members to continue their formal education. If you’re looking for a position to help you build a strong and lasting career, these type of benefits can be more advantageous than lengthy vacation time or other perks.
  5. Work/Life Balance. This is possible the most important criteria in employment for many job seekers today. Pay attention to the work life balance aspect of the position. You want to be able to enjoy your time while still coming into work fully plugged in and ready to contribute. Today, healthcare organizations know that the career is important but so is your emotional and personal satisfaction. Organizations often help you bridge these gaps by offering things, such as on-site childcare or options to work from home on set days.

There’s no mention of salary or benefits on this list, but those considerations will likely weigh pretty heavily in your decision making process, as well. Putting in some time to assess how well the company will meet your needs gives you the best chance at taking a position where you’ll find optimal satisfaction for a longer period of time.