Aligning Purposes When Job Searching

By, 01/22/2014

How do you determine which company you want to work for when looking for a job? Salary? Benefits? Location? There are certainly a lot of factors to consider. But what about a company’s vision or values? Sure the salary and benefits may be fantastic, but do you agree with the company’s mission? If you don’t, all the other perks may not be worth it in the long run.

That’s not to say salary isn’t important—after all, that’s how we pay our bills. But when considering the beginning of your career path, it’s important to consider the bigger picture. For many, making a spectacular salary doesn’t mean much if they don’t enjoy going to work every day.

Believing in the purpose of the company you work for can benefit you in many ways—like creating more drive to do well, which shows in the quality of the work you produce. Managers and co-workers will take notice when this happens. Conversely, it may also reflect poorly if you don’t believe in the same message as those around you.

So when considering where you want to work, don’t just focus on the money—consider the purpose. Doing so will likely benefit you down the road.