Choosing the right job means so much more than obtaining a paycheck.

Here are some top tips on choosing the right job for you.

Compensation is more than the base salary

The base salary is precisely how it sounds, the very base. On top of that, there is total compensation and benefits. Make sure to think about these all together. You may need to consider what your taxes will be if you’re working out of state. Calculate the total time and gas spent commuting. Is there a 401k match? Are you eligible for bonuses or commission? Is there capacity for career advancement opportunities; do you have a chance to receive more considerable compensation in the future? Is the work-life balance fitting for your lifestyle? How many hours of paid-time-off will you be eligible for? Does the company offer tuition reimbursement for continued education?

Company culture is important

Reading employer reviews will provide you valuable insight into the company culture. You can find online reviews on sites like Glassdoor®, which share employee insights. Research the companies website, social media, blog, or press releases to review its priorities, future, and overall tone. If you go through with the interview, be sure to inquire about the company mission, hierarchy, and reward structure.

Visualize yourself working there

Consider your day-to-day responsibilities and see if you can visualize yourself there. Will your daily job duties make you excited or bore you? Can you see yourself being motivated in the role, driven to succeed, and happy in your position? While it’s easy to be dazzled by money, try to consider if you will exceed and be fulfilled in the role. Remember, the price of happiness is worth so much more than wealth.

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