Salary isn’t the only thing to consider when looking for a job. There are many factors that can make or break a job offer. Everyone’s ideal job package will vary based on individual needs, but here are some things to look for in the complete job package.
Hourly or Salary Pay
Of course pay is generally at the top of the list when looking for a job. When talking about pay with a potential employer, you’ll want to find out if the job pays hourly or salary. Whether hourly or salary, it’s important to know how many hours a week you’ll be working.
Not all jobs are 40 hour work weeks and often times salary jobs require well over eight hour days. A seemingly high hourly rate may not be enough if you’re only scheduled a few hours a week and the same goes for a high salary. A high salary may not be so high if you’re expected to work 10 hour days regularly.
Medical benefits are another top item on the list of most people’s job package needs. A job which offers amazing medical benefits but pays a little less may be worth taking. A good medical benefits package should also include vision and dental coverage.
Vacation Time and Paid Holidays
Paid vacation is a wonderful thing but not all employers offer the same amount of paid time off. Some employers might make up for a lower salary in offering more vacation days so be sure to take vacation time into consideration.
If traveling or simply spending time away from the job to relax is important to you, look for jobs that offer more vacation time. Paid holidays are another perk which can make a job more appealing. Retail jobs tend to have the fewest paid holidays versus government jobs, which have just about every national holiday off.
Work environment shouldn’t be underestimated. Everyone has different needs in a work environment for optimum productivity. Knowing if an office has a closed or open floor plan may help you determine which job is a better fit for your personality type. Open floor plans tend to breed collaboration and socialization, which is great for those who thrive on teamwork but may be distracting for more introverted personalities.
Dress code also contributes to work environment and is yet another thing to consider when looking for the complete job package.
There are many factors which contribute to job satisfaction. Some get job satisfaction from taking on many responsibilities while others find satisfaction in feeling their work makes a difference in other’s lives. A job which provides great personal satisfaction but offers less vacation time, for example, may be worth the trade-off.
Some jobs offer other perks like an on-site gym, day care, or discounts T local businesses. Though you may not find out about all the extra perks until after you’re hired, you may want to ask about things that are important to your lifestyle, like gym memberships, during your interview.
The complete job package is different for everyone and may require some trade-offs like lower salary for more paid holidays. When you’re looking for your own complete job package keep these tips in mind and you will be more satisfied with your job decision.
– By Stephen Reynolds, Editor