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Your Two Cents: What Do You Look For in a Job?

The new year is usually ripe for job hunting; many companies have set their new budgets and know what they can spend on hiring. My priorities have shifted through the years in terms of what I look for in a job, but one thing that's remained constant is that I want to be surrounded by good people. I'll admit I've turned down several jobs because I didn't like the people that interviewed me! I want to be able to appreciate my co-workers as colleagues, and be able to really learn from the people around me. You may think there are other aspects that are more important, and I'd like to know what they are!


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MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 9 years
Since if I got a job, it'd only be a part-time job for extra money, the most important aspect to me would be that I liked it and the people I worked with. I wouldn't be committed enough to stress out about it, so if it wasn't working for me, I'd quit.
runnergeek runnergeek 9 years
timely question. today is my last day at my current job. i have a wk off and then im starting at a new job. why did i pick the new job? compensation, quality of life issues, opportunity for growth. the other reason, which is not exactly a reason for me to change jobs, more like an added benefit is the opportunity for change. I took this job because it moved me closer to my family. unfortunately in the process of moving, many things happened in my life and i ended up getting a divorce from my husband. I spent the last year recovering emotionally, and many things about this current position makes it hard to move on. I need a clean break, a new lease (to borrow some cliche phrases)..i think its for the best and im looking forward to the future:)
Pixie462 Pixie462 9 years
I'm not gonna lie to sound good and get all the "warm guzzies" out or look like the "entrepreneur wanna-be." I flat out want a job in my field that is the highest paying that requires the least amount of work...period.
longhorn_sugar longhorn_sugar 9 years
all of the above!
just_kelly just_kelly 9 years
I want it all!
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
Convenience and Flexibility is the most important to me at this point in my life.
bellanatella bellanatella 9 years
All I want is a job that I enjoy doing.
tee0206 tee0206 9 years
I'm extremely picky when it comes to jobs. I want it all, to some extent. I want to do work that I enjoy, and be surrounded by people I like. I want to work for a company/organization that's compassionate. I want a cool company culture. I want decent hours, so I can have a life (I've been fortunate enough to be able to pick my own 8 hour time blocks at my last two jobs; I'm currently working 7:15 AM to 3:45 PM). Salary is somewhat important, of course, but it's not on the top of my list. After living on $800 a month as a full-time AmeriCorps volunteer, I learned how to survive on very little money. I've also turned down a few jobs because either I didn't like the interviewers or I simply didn't feel right about the job/company.
lollypops lollypops 9 years
I agree that the people you work with have a great affect on whether I find a job worth sticking with. I'm a fun loving person, so if I can't get along with or joke around with my co-workers, I'm most likely not going to enjoy my work. Another important thing for me is flexibility. As a college student, my schedule is constantly changing from semester to semester, so being able to find a job that allows me to work within my available times is crucial. And of course, a nice salary always goes a long way, but that isn't make or break for me.
emalove emalove 9 years
I'm a teacher and what's important to me in a teaching job is: what grade-level the job is in, type of school, the town the school is in, resources I'd have available to me, how I "click" with the principal (my boss), the contract details between the teachers' union and the town. And of course the salary and benefits...some schools I've worked for in the past pay horribly, but my current school district pays well above the average salary for a teacher in Mass.
sarlafrock sarlafrock 9 years
As long as it pays me enough to pay my student loans and the thousand dollars of interest they gain every month, I choose jobs based on the mission of the organization. In the non-profit world this is actually kind of tricky, some "good" groups are actually not so good after all. :(
jkat jkat 9 years
I didn't mean to imply I don't like being an attorney. I like it enough - for work. My point was simply that anything that I have to do 8-14 hours a day 5-7 days a week is not going to seem less than enjoyable at times. I personally don't have a "passion" that I would choose as a career. It wouldn't be lucrative enough, and it would probably (for me) take the "passion" out of it, turing it into work.
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 9 years
What about all of the above?
freegracefrom freegracefrom 9 years
I need to feel like I'm doing something to make the world a better place. And not in that far-fetched "well, my job will help this person's life easier" in some way... but like feeding the hungry, housing the homeless, bringing down evil dictators, that sort of thing.
pinky-tuscadero pinky-tuscadero 9 years
All of the above. :)
Sweet-as-Sugar Sweet-as-Sugar 9 years
Primarily, a job I'll enjoy doing. Secondary: $$$
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 9 years
It's kind of a combination of all those factors. Salary is probably at the top of my list, but I'd be willing to sacrifice a little bit of money for a good atmosphere. My job now has AMAZING people, a casual atmosphere, and is all around a cool place to work. I could probably make a little bit more money somewhere else, but I'd rather be able to work with fun people and wear jeans every day. Now, if it was a matter of ten grand or more a year, then I'd leave. But not for just a few thou. One time I turned down a great job offer because the commute was too far, though.
baltimoregal baltimoregal 9 years
A sense of purpose. My job helps a lot of people.
marthalilian126 marthalilian126 9 years
I'm very lucky that I found a lot of these qualities in my new job. I work with AMAZING people. My boss in particular is very supportive and a great mentor. I also have a position that challenges me and forces me to think and be on top of my game at all times -- and will allow me to grow.
lexinyc lexinyc 9 years
I look for a job that focuses on a topic or issue that I'm passionate about.
SkinnyMarie SkinnyMarie 9 years
all of the above
ur_momm ur_momm 9 years
jkat, i think i see it in the opposite view as you :) you spend such a big percentage of your life AT WORK, so whats the point of doing something you dont like, just for the money. I think i would prefer to do something I adore and make decent money, than do something i dont enjoy much just to make MORE money.
ur_momm ur_momm 9 years
It has to be something I enjoy and that is challenging while paying my rent. Right now i have been at my job for 2 1/2 years, the people are great, the salary is good, the benefits are great, but it takes me an hour and half each way to work and it is no longer challenging! I wouldnt take a job for less than what im making now so money is important, but i need to actually look forward to going to work a little bit.
gigill gigill 9 years
Well with my current job it's all about location (I'm living in one of the largest cities in the world), salary, but most importantly flexibility and convenience as it's all about travelling for me. Otherwise I think something that is creative and fulfilling would have to top my list, although I'd need a decent salary to match it!
jkat jkat 9 years
I am an associate at a BigLaw firm in a major US city. There is pretty much no such thing as a "work-life balanace" (although Chicago is better than New York). However, I am 25 years old and make a six figure salary. Not many people can say that. Even if I end up hating being an attorney, I will have built up a great financial cushion to do something else. Generally, I think jobs are work. I don't kid myself into thinking I should be doing something I love. I think even if I was paid to read gossip blogs all day it would still feel like work because it is something I would *have* to be doign for a specified amoutn of time. Salary is the most important thing by far. It gives me freedom to pursue things I really do love (travel, real estate, louboutins...), and the peace of mind that comes with not having to worry about money.
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