My brilliant niece Kelly was considering a summer internship offer. She is a chemical engineering major who has been offered a position with a prestigious conglomerate.
I was helping my talented sister Mary evaluate this opportunity. And I suggested that these seven factors might define if a job is right for you:
- Reputation – is the company known for quality products and services, innovation and for being a good corporate citizen with healthy financials?
- Responsibilities – does it have experience and a track record in helping employees and teams to develop their asset of expertise, skills and capabilities? Will the company and its managers move you beyond your comfort zone?
- Leadership – do its managers take you and the organization to greater heights and challenge and inspire you to be the best you can be while being ethical, fair and accountable?
- Location – is the company located where you can enjoy living and that offers things that embody your personal activities and hobbies? I always tell athletes to pick a college for reasons besides playing their sport as injuries or other issues might preempt their athletic career.
- Relationships – will you build your quality network of peers for assistance now as well as potential partners for future collaborations and opportunities? My Procter & Gamble and Wilson Sporting Goods Co. and agency and clients networks are invaluable to me.
- Friendliness – yes, being collaborative and inspirational are important but does a company care about you as a person as much as a professional? Will it help you grow and will it make your experience fulfilling?
- Money and benefits – are you being compensated based on your competencies and character, as well as the market for your expertise, experience and successes?
It’s no coincidence that money and benefits are the final factor. If all other factors are present, this will take care of itself. You will be fulfilled, content and inspired and do great work and make a rewarding salary.
Now, will you get all of these elements in any job? Maybe, but you can evaluate which ones are the most important for you, and then you will me a smart values-based decision.
It’s interesting to note that these factors constitute an effective system for evaluating not only a job but any business relationship.
What other factors would you consider valuable in your job and relationship evaluation?
Kevin Donnellon is marketing public relations profession who works with sports, health and fitness and consumer packaged goods’ companies and brands. He has worked for the world’s most premier brands and most exciting start-ups on a number of award-winning campaigns.