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Most Important Factors in Looking for a Job

author image Chris Passas
Chris Passas is a freelance writer from Nags Head, N.C. He graduated from East Carolina University in 2002 with a bachelor's degree in journalism. He has written online instructional articles since September 2009.
Most Important Factors in Looking for a Job
Considering some common factors can help you decide on an ideal job. Photo Credit AlexRaths/iStock/Getty Images


A job search can be competitive and sometimes frustrating as you try to find a job that is adequate for your level of experience and for your long-term goals. Knowing your criteria for what would like in a job as well as knowing your skills and help make deciding on a job easier. Each person has different preferences that help them decide what kind of job will make them happy, but some criteria can be common for many people.


The base pay should be worth the type and amount of work you will perform, according to CareerBuilder website. Ask if the company offers incentive pay and consider how the amount of incentive pay compares to your past earnings. Know what kind of jobs you would not take and what jobs you find ideal or simply adequate. Seeking jobs that allow you to incorporate what you enjoy can help you create a positive work environment for yourself. CareerPath suggests pursuing a job that aligns with your education. Ask your prospective employer if there is frequent overtime and try to determine whether overtime is necessary to the job or if the business suffers from poor planning or insufficient resources, according to CareerBuilder.

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A long commute can be a factor in deciding whether to accept a job. Consider how much the daily commute will cost out of your daily pay if you choose public transportation, such as a bus or a train. You may need to buy gas more often if you drive your car on a regular long commute to and from work. Understand how much time you are willing to travel each day to get to work and how a longer commute may affect your time with family and friends. CareerBuilder suggests that this is an effective way of preventing excessive stress at home because of work.

Promotion Opportunities

A job that offers clear opportunities for growth, promotion and advancement opportunities as well as criteria for evaluating employee talent and performance can be a good option, according to CareerBuilder. Understand what your colleagues will expect from you in the position for which you apply. Ask about the skills of any subordinates you may manage in your new position to help you decide if you can be an effective manager.


Deciding whether you like to work with little supervision or if you prefer being subject to micromanagement can help you better organize your tasks at work. Ask for specific details about what kind of work you will do, such as project work, building relationships with clients or developing strategies. Understand whether you want a job in which you can make a notable contribution to the company, to the community or if you would simply like a job that pays your living expenses.

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