Can’t get no satisfaction? Job hunting can leave you a rolling stone, endlessly cycling through soul-sucking jobs. But you can break free and land a job you enjoy! You might already know that having a list of target companies (employers you’d like to work for) boosts your job search efforts. And maybe you’ve been batting your eyelashes at some super dreamy ones, but is it a match?
Compatibility is a huge part of landing a job you love. To be successful and happy with where you work, try to think like a matchmaker. Sure an initial attraction is great, but that doesn’t mean there will be a joyful union. In any relationship, it’s important to have mutual beliefs and goals that align. This concept also applies to your relationship with work. Below, you’ll get the lowdown on aligning yourself with target companies — plus, why it’s so important!
There’s nothing wrong with grabbing a job to get by, especially in scary times like these. But long term, working somewhere you don’t care for takes a toll on your mental and physical health. Negative effects can range from persistent aches to depression and cardiovascular disease. Personal and professional goals also tend to suffer. Meanwhile, happy workers tend to be healthier, more productive, and achieve promotions faster. With so much on the line, there’s no time to waste. Stop worrying about what employers want for now, and focus on what you are looking for instead.
They say the universe doesn’t revolve around you, but your job search should! It may seem backward at first, but this is exactly what aligning with target companies is all about. It means finding an organization with beliefs and practices that match yours.
A company’s values shape its policies and actions, and it works the same way for oneself. Consider which parts of your life and vocation motivate you, and what saps your energy. Self-discovery is often harder than it seems, so don’t worry if you feel stuck! The following questions can help you identify your core values and deal-breakers.
While asking yourself these questions, take your time and observe your emotional reactions.
With your core values and deal-breakers identified, you’re ready to target companies. Fire up Google and LinkedIn and search for organizations with desired characteristics. Company websites often have vision or mission statements that can be useful. While you’re at it, give its social media accounts a scroll or three. Posted content can reveal a lot about the ideals there. (Speaking of online presence, how’s your LinkedIn profile looking?)
It’s also helpful to research whether the company follows through on its values. To that end, websites like Glassdoor or Comparably can give you an idea of what it’s like to work there. Another great option is to connect with previous employees through LinkedIn! Flex your networking muscles and set up some informational interviews. Ask about how their experience was.
Aligning with companies you share values with has a major impact on your life. As you search for jobs, it concentrates your efforts and sets you up for long-term success. So don’t give up until you find a job that’s a real catch! You deserve the benefits of a happy work-life. And to give your list of target companies a start, try this list of businesses that are currently hiring. If you’re looking for more ways to develop your career, check out our career development online courses here. Have a Super Day!