If you’re currently looking for a new job, or you’re starting to think about your next move, then it’s important to ask the right questions. Whether you’re looking for a role that’ll challenge
you, help you network or you’re just looking for something with more security, being informed will help you make the right choice.
The job hunt can be an emotional time, so we’ve put together some tips on what you’ll want to keep in mind when you’re looking for a job that’ll suit you and your goals.
What factors should I consider when looking for a new job?
- Hybrid working arrangements.
- Training and learning opportunities.
- Workplace culture.
- Company's plans.
- Expectations for employees.
- Work-life balance.
- Salary and employee benefits.
It can be hard to know what to ask when you’re looking for a new job. Everyone has different things they’re looking to get out of a new role, while employers are always looking to present themselves in the best light (which can mean you miss some important information about a job until you’ve accepted an offer).
However, there are some questions that are always worth asking yourself (and your prospective employers) when you’re on the job hunt.
Some things you should consider when you’re looking for a new job include:
Is there a hybrid working arrangement in place?
It’s important to know whether you’ll be working remotely full-time, in the office full-time, or a mixture of both.
Are there training and learning opportunities available for you to upskill?
Training and learning opportunities are a great way to progress your career and having these available is a sign
that your future workplace is willing to invest in you.
What is the workplace culture like?
If you know anyone that’s currently working at the company, this is a great question to ask. No-one wants to work at a toxic workplace.
What are the company’s plans over the next 12-24 months?
This is an excellent way of working out whether you’ll be part of the company’s plans long-term.
What are the expectations for employees?
Unrealistic expectations can lead to employee burnout. While it’s important to be challenged in the workplace, you don’t want to take a job where you’ll be expected to do the work of multiple people.
How do they encourage work-life balance?
Meetings at 1am are a no-go. Find out how the business promotes work-life balance,
so you’re feeling refreshed after spending quality time with loved ones, rather than always waiting by your phone.
What is the salary/what are the employee benefits?
Of course, no-one wants to work for free. It’s important to ensure there is transparency around your pay, otherwise issues may arise down the track.
Asking yourself (and your interviewer/s) these questions before you accept a job offer can set you up for success, especially if you’re trying to decide between a couple of potential roles. You can never have too much information about a potential career move, especially if you’re looking to take the next step on your professional journey!
How to prepare for a new job
So, you’ve landed a new job – congratulations! Now it’s time to prepare for what you’ll be doing. It can be daunting walking into a new office, especially if you haven’t prepared beforehand.
Some of the things you can do to ensure you hit the ground running include:
- Reach out to your manager/team members
- Do your research on the company and learn who’s who
- Ensure your technology (if you’re taking any with you) is all ready to go
- Map out your journey to/from the office
- Arrive early in case of any mishaps
Above all else, make sure you walk in with a positive attitude, and be ready to learn. Starting a new job should be an enjoyable experience, not a negative one!
How to negotiate salary for a new job
Talking about money with your new employer isn’t always easy, but it is an expected part of landing a new role. Being compensated fairly for your skills and experience is a must – but you need to communicate why you’re asking for a certain salary,
not just what the amount is.
Some of the things to remember when negotiating with an employer include:
- Explain yourself whenever you’re asking for something to be included in a salary negotiation
- Understand that the person/s you’re negotiating with are there to help you, not hinder you
- Be prepared to answer questions about what you’ll bring to the table when it comes to working for a company
- Don’t get bogged down in the small details – consider the bigger picture
- Rank your priorities when it comes to negotiation, so you walk away with the things that matter most to you (annual leave, employee benefits etc.)
It's a negotiation, so you might not always get exactly what you want. However, it’s in everyone’s best interests to come to an agreement that suits everyone involved, so don’t give up!
Upskilled’s SkillsTalk blog provides a wealth of information on how you can make your next career move your best one yet. Whether you’re ready to chase your dream role, or you’re looking to work out how you can chase the job you’ve always wanted, you can visit SkillsTalk to access valuable career and study advice!
Ben Madden is a Melbourne-based writer, who loves all things music and sport. He’s a long-time and long-suffering Essendon supporter, and if you’re looking for any music recommendations, he’s your guy.