Job seekers spend so much time worrying about what companies want that they give very little thought to what they want out of their employer.
Even in a tight job market, people have a right to be choosy about the type of company they work for.
“Every day that you go to work, the company is hiring you again. At the same time, you are joining them voluntarily,” says Kris Duggan, CEO of BetterWorks, the Palo Alto, California, software company. “You have control over your career path. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.”
When it comes to landing a new job, most people would assume compensation is the deciding factor. However, studies show people also care about more than just their pay scale. They care about the company’s culture and their own work-life balance. In fact, the other factors may trump compensation.
Your wants and needs from a future employer are going to vary, but career experts say there are some important attributes that should be high on your list. From culture to career development, here’s are 4 things to look for in your future employer.