If you’re on the hunt for your next job, you probably know the drill: send out resumes, network with others and basically just get your name out there. But there are other things to consider when trying to land a job, whether you’re fresh out of school or you’ve been on this road several times before. Check out these five things you should consider when looking for your next job.
Determine what your ideal work/life balance is
Ask yourself crucial questions before applying for a job, such as: Do I want a long commute five days a week in exchange for a high salary or do I want the opportunity to take a job closer to home or telecommute a few days a week yet at a lower pay scale? Am I willing to put in many hours of over-time or travel? Will these interfere with my other life goals of having children, for example?
Look for a job that’s in high demand
This is an important component to landing a job that is not only satisfying but that gives you job security for the future. One way to do this is to choose a career path that is projected to thrive and grow through the coming years. With ultrasound technicians in high demand these days, this is a perfect option if you’re pursuing a satisfying job with a secure future. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the field of diagnostic medical sonography and ultrasound technology is expected to grow 39 percent between now and 2022 — faster than the average in fact.
Think about the type of work you want to do
Reflect on the kind of worker you are and whether the new job will gel with that philosophy. Do you work best alone or in a dynamic group of people where you can collaborate and share ideas? Do you prefer a large office with many coworkers or a small office with a limited staff? Are there growth opportunities where you are headed?
Research the company and make sure your philosophies match
Do you believe in or agree with on a fundamental level the products or services the company offers? Do you respect the leaders of the company and wish to help them carry out the firm’s vision? Do the other employees seem happy and connected with that vision?
Look at the pay structure
Don’t sell yourself short and accept a position to which you are overqualified. By the same token, when switching jobs or just starting out, you may have to start off at a lower pay and work your way up. What is that lower salary level you are willing to negotiate on and at which point do you realize the pay won’t cover your most basic costs?
By taking all of these factors into consideration when looking for your next job, you are better able to gauge the best fit between yourself and a potential employer.