Sometimes, simply finding a job can be a struggle. However, there are times in your career where you might have a little more wiggle room to decide what you really want from a job. The immediate and most obvious choice is to go for the bigger paycheck. However, that isn’t necessarily always the right choice. In the points below, we’re going to look at the different benefits your employer can offer you, and three categories in particular that you should be looking for your job to fulfill.
In the past, being career-minded meant finding a company to call home and an employer that you could expect to stay with right up until retirement. Nowadays, people have much more mobility between employers. What’s more, they often don’t have a choice in whether or not they can stay with an employer for long. Short-term employment can still be of great benefit to you, so long as you’re learning something while you’re there. Build a career out of every position you take by ensuring that you’re getting access to new skills, either through training carried out on the job or through new experiences. You should never stay in a job that doesn’t offer you some career momentum.
If you do end up looking at a job that you could expect to stay in for more than a decade, then you definitely need more than a paycheck. Employers play a large part in securing an employee’s future. There are two major ways they do this. The first is by offering firm policies of insurance for when someone dies or is injured, providing financial protection for them and their loved ones. The other is through contributions towards a retirement fund. Often, managing both of these by yourself can be more financially taxing than is possible for an individual. If you’re looking at a permanent position, make sure that your employer is willing to offer their fair share for your commitment to them.
Whether short-term or long-term, you need to make sure that your job is a fit for you. Nowadays, we have so many responsibilities and many employers can offer so much flexibility to allow us to find the right balance. Instead of having to sacrifice one for the other, benefits like flexible work schedules and remote working arrangements mean that a fulfilling career can become accessible to many more people. However, that extra degree of flexibility does demand some more self-management and initiative from an employee. It’s easy to take the benefits offered by flexible workplaces to be less engaged and motivated with work. So, make sure you can handle flexibility before you ask for it.
The right benefits can make a job much more than just a place to earn money. It can make it a protection for you and your family, a career-building position, and the perfect fit for your lifestyle so you can manage that all-important work-life balance. The next time you get a job offer, make sure you ask about the benefits on offer.