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Three Simple Steps To Choosing The Right Job Offer

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It can be so difficult to go on a job interview, answer questions and walk away absolutely sure that the company and the position are a right fit. Some of the difficulty may be that job seekers don't always take a sufficiently active role in the interview process misguided by the belief that it is their job to listen and answer questions rather than truly participate and ask what's on their mind.

Or maybe it's because sometimes job seekers focus more on the superficial things – salary, benefits, perks – rather than on other issues, like company culture and values.

There was a time when the atmosphere in the banking industry was all button down collar and dark business suit. And while the industry does tend to be a bit more conservative than others, in recent years it has relaxed somewhat. However, it is still more conservative than working in an industry such as entertainment.

Understanding this and how it impacts the organizational culture and value system as well as the work environment are important aspects of selecting a company and a position.

So while there is no fool-proof method of knowing if an organization and position are the perfect fit, job seekers can help define a better choice by following these three simple steps.

First, they should determine what they value the most in their work, aside from the income. We all work to earn a living. However, beyond that, job seekers should focus on what gives them the greatest job satisfaction rather than the job specifications.

Start by reviewing the values provided below. Rank the choices from one to ten (one being most important), using each number only once. Ranking these values will give job seekers a better understanding of what they need from their job and what they should look for in an organization.

  • Autonomy - Sense of control over your own work. Acting independently and making choices (even within established guidelines).
  • Contribution - Making a difference. Meaningful work. Helping others. Acting for the good of society. Social work. Volunteerism.
  • Creativity - Thinking outside the box. Developing new ideas or concepts. Working on the cutting edge. Innovation.
  • Expertise. Gaining knowledge and experience in a specialty area, such as information technology, operations or marketing. Being the "go to" person.
  • Integration - Successfully blending a career, family and personal interests in order to create balance. Flexibility.
  • Leadership - Guiding the work of a team. Taking responsibility for the results. Coaching, developing, training and/or mentoring others.
  • Opportunity - Learning and growth. Extending beyond your current skill level. Utilizing your strengths. Raising the bar. Challenging your abilities.
  • Recognition - Acknowledgement for a job well done. Financial and non-financial rewards.
  • Relationships - Developing and maintaining good relationships. Working in teams. Socializing. Fun. Actively participating in organizational events. Customer interaction.
  • Success - "Running the show". Making things happen. Extreme financial gain. Status. Being in the spotlight.

The next step is to determine what type of position and company is likely to fit with an employee's top ranked values.

For instance, someone motivated to seek new challenges and stretch themselves might find "opportunity" high on their list of priorities and needs an organization that is growing and expanding, so future opportunities are more likely. Or if telecommuting, a flexible work schedule or working part-time is the ultimate goal, "integration" might be the first choice. And someone who rates ""contribution"" as their number one value might want to find a job in non-profit.

The third and final step is to then consider each position and company based on these values. By doing research on the organization and asking the right questions in the interview, a job seeker can gain a better understanding of how the company's values and their values match. Then employees are more likely to find the right fit.

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