What’s your dream job? The answer is probably different for all of us. The reason it’s your dream job is probably even more varied. It may be the job itself – you are performing tasks that you enjoy doing. It may be the money – the income complements your desired lifestyle. It may be the mission – doing good work to make the world a better place is what it’s all about.
What are the Characteristics of a Good Job?
There are so many different jobs you could do and different motivations to do them, but there are factors that all good jobs share. When you decide the time is right for you to find a job, you should be on the lookout for opportunities that include these characteristics. A recent poll described a “good” job as follows:
- A good job pays enough to cover the bills and basic needs.
- A good job makes it possible to achieve a balance between work life and home life.
- A good job motivates an employee to want to do it well.
- A positive company culture is indicative of a good job environment, which is a strong indicator of a good job.
- A good job provides room for growth and upward mobility.
- A good job provides opportunities to develop new skill sets.
Signs of a Good Employer
When it comes to an employer doing a good job of supporting you, there’s more to consider. What should you focus on to make sure the employer is the right fit for you?
- Are there strong natural supports on the job? Natural support is assistance you might get from practices already in place by the employer and relationships you would normally form at a job. The company might have a buddy or mentoring system in place for new employees. Another example would be reminders about the start and end of shifts to ensure you make your bus or train. The business may already focus on accessibility. Natural supports can make a big difference when it comes to fit.
- Is the employer open to customization? You have strengths that can meet the employer’s needs. The employer may be open to focusing on your strengths, customizing the position to capitalize on your gifts. Flexibility in job roles can help you be successful in a job.
- Does the employer value its employees? This is possibly the most important trait to look for in an employer. Your role as an employee and member of the community should be valued and add value to your life. An employer that cares about the contributions of its employees will make for a great job.
- Do managers mentor staff and foster a positive work culture? Good managers encourage open communication, provide assistance when needed, and offer regular feedback and recognition.
- Will you have opportunities to work with others and form friendships with colleagues? Good relationships contribute greatly to having a fulfilling life, so it’s important to be able to interact with others at work.
- Will your work hours and commute time allow you to achieve a work-life balance? Is there flexibility if you prefer earlier or later hours? Will your commute options (car, train, bus) get you to work on time and in a reasonable amount of time
We’re sure that you have your own list of what makes a good job. Everyone has a different reason for wanting to work and their own idea of a dream job. While it may not always be possible to check every box, make sure to consider the ideas above, prioritize what is most important to you and be confident that you landed a good job!Find Jobs at Didlake