How do You Know if You're a Good Fit for the Job?
Getting it right, before you accept the offer
No matter where you are in the job search process – whether you’re just looking, actively applying and interviewing, or reviewing final offers for employment – it’s important to take some time to consider whether or not the position is the right “fit” for you. Most people spend more waking hours at their job than anyplace else, so finding the right professional setting, team members, and employer that reflect your own values is crucial to your job satisfaction level and overall happiness index.
In order to set yourself up for a successful career path in the hospitality industry, you should determine – before accepting the job offer – whether your potential new employer’s values and mission align with your own principles, needs, goals, and, in general, your workplace preferences.
Simply put, the relationship you have with your employer is one of the most important relationships in your life. How do you know if it’s a good “match” or “fit” when you’re on the job market? And how can you determine whether or not you’ll be satisfied with this employer in the long-run before you’ve even started working for them?
Is the job the right “fit?”
Here are 3 of the most things you should take into account when trying to determine if a particular employer or job is the right fit for your life, your career goals, your competency level, and your personality:
First of all, “compensation” encompasses more than just salary, and, although salary is important (and, according to a recent survey by Hcareers, it’s the #1 concern of young job seekers), it’s not everything. Any experienced professional knows that taking a job solely based on salary, despite the fact that the job isn’t the right fit in other areas, almost always ends in disaster. When you’re researching or discussing the total compensation package for a new job, you also want to consider things like...
- health benefits (for yourself and any dependents)
- vacation policies
- flexible work options
- family leave policies
- bonus options
- employee incentives or reward programs
- travel allowances
- relocation assistance
- any other unique perks and benefits that you might care about (like free gym memberships, free lunches, etc.)
The most important thing you should consider before applying for a job (and certainly before accepting an offer) is whether or not you actually possess the skills or experience necessary to perform the core functions of the role. While many employers will hire stand-out candidates even if they need some additional training or skills enhancement, most likely you’ll be expected to demonstrate that you are able perform the key functions of the role before the employer even considers bringing you in for an interview.
At the end of the day, is this a workplace you feel excited about joining, and do you feel the environment is a good fit for your personality? Whether casual or upscale, laid back or formal, slower-paced or busy and high volume… you should take into account the overall culture and workplace environment to get a sense of what your day-to-day life will be like. Make sure this aligns with your own work habits and preferences, and you’ll be sure to find a place that’s just right for you.
Hcareers and your “Fit Score”
Hcareers is excited to announce the upcoming launch of Hcareers 2.0, our new AI-powered career management platform that will offer job seekers and hospitality professionals a fast and easy way to determine whether or not a job is the right “fit” for them.
Using enhanced machine-learning technology, the new platform will offer a series of short questions around compensation, skill level, and culture to the job seeker and, based on your answers, will give you a detailed rating of your overall “fitness” level for any given job in the hospitality industry, letting you know before even applying for the position if the role is a good match for you or not. Stay tuned for more information on the new platform launching soon!