5 things talented people look for in a job
By tim brown in Culture, Editor Picks, and Talent Management
Company executives spend time and money working to attract the best employees. Conversely, job seekers, who have grown out of their current job, want new opportunities that better suit their lives.
With that, the tables are set. The search is on. They want the best; you want the best. Options can overwhelm.
So what does today’s employee want in a job? Out of the mouths of real live job seekers, we’ve distilled five things talented people look for in a job today.
1. I want to work for a company that makes a positive difference, a company that is disrupting an industry.
Does the company mission mesh with your goals and values? Are they expanding the industry and taking risks to disrupt the status quo? If the company you are considering excites you and gives you a vision of making a difference in the world, it will enable you to feel like you are contributing to society. When professionals feel like they are making a difference in their market, they feel more satisfied and fulfilled with the work they are doing.
2. With its results-oriented culture, the company creates an open and honest work environment where coworkers enjoy each other.
Corporate culture is an important aspect to a good job. Sometimes it doesn’t matter what you are doing as long as you enjoy spending 8 hours a day in a place you enjoy being in, with people that you enjoy being with. Coworkers who get along and make work less like work enables employees to be more productive. Today’s job seekers, then, ask: Is the culture laid back? Or is it strict and stuffy?
Talented people want to be encouraged to express their uniqueness and their individual strengths. This tends to foster an environment where people value their coworkers and everything runs more smoothly and effectively. Your boss should be someone who is competent, understanding and honest. She/he should treat you more like a peer than a subordinate.
3. You feel appreciated and valued. You are trusted and are recognized and praised.
Say you work at a job and you never received praise? What if you didn’t feel like your work was valued or appreciated? You might have had a job like this before and you probably dreaded going to work every day. Talented people want to know that their work is valued. When employers make an effort to praise employees and recognize good work, it allows employees to feel important and they want to produce good work. Talented people want to feel their position is important; no one wants to feel like just another employee.
Today’s workers have many reasons to work, and all of these reasons are important, but the bottom line is that we have to work to support ourselves or our families. We need the money to survive. That money should be enough to help you to feel like a valued employee, that your skills are recognized and your pay matches your experience.
4. The work is something you love to do. It satisfies and challenges you while fitting your personality.
For most of us, the job we are looking for is in a field we have chosen to pursue because we enjoy it. The job you’re seeking should excite you, it should be something that brings satisfaction and fits your personality. Talented people want to have a job that gives them an opportunity to learn and grow. It should challenge you and fulfill goals you have made for your life. If you don’t love what you are doing, you will be less likely to do your best work.
5. The company’s values align with yours: family, work-life balance, for starters.
Having a good job that suits you is important, but you also have a life and a family. (That balance actually makes workers more valuable.) Things happen and a good employer will understand you are human with normal situations. For example, sometimes your car breaks down or your ill child needs you home during work hours. Today’s job seekers are looking for employers who are flexible and provide room for life events.