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Assessing Career Satisfaction

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Career satisfaction relies on whether your career meets your needs. The points below can help you determine how well your job accommodates your lifestyle and personality in key areas, such as beliefs, income, and interests.

What to Consider About Your Career

  • The money: Does your job pay enough to sustain a good lifestyle? Are you being paid the market rate?
  • Development, training and education: Does your employer offer regular training and education opportunities? Do you have learning and development options available to help you do your job better?
  • Advancement opportunities: Do you have a clear advancement trajectory in the company, or will you get stuck in an entry-level job? Does your company often promote from within when there are job openings? Don’t let your career stagnate at a job with no future.
  • Work environment: Do you work better independently or in teams? Do you like being in an office or in the field? How well does your work environment suit your preferences?
  • Passion: Does what you do align with what you love? Do you believe in what you are doing?
  • Values and company culture: Does the company mission statement and your coworkers’ personal beliefs align with your own? If your morals and integrity are misaligned with the company culture, you’re in an ill-fitting job.
  • Challenges: Are you continually being challenged by your job, or are you getting bored with it? Do you solve problems that help you learn and improve?
  • Personal needs: Does your employer respect your life outside of work, or are you constantly getting late-night calls? Are you expected to work overtime with no pay? Do you feel you have a healthy work-personal life balance?

After reviewing the aspects of your career that were listed above, decide whether you are truly satisfied with your career trajectory, or whether it is time to evaluate other options.

You can use the career wheel below, from Marsha Warner SPHR, to help you score your career satisfaction.

Need more help figuring out what kind of industry and position you are best suited to? Take a look at our solutions page to view time-tested job matching assessment options that will look at your key personality traits, skills and desires to determine your best job fit.

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Determining Job Fit

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What is Job Fit?

“Based on identifying innate personality traits, abilities, and behaviors, assessing for job fit determines if a person CAN do a job, HOW they will do a job, and if they will ENJOY the position…Job fit outlines the unique job-related qualities that make a person productive.”

Aoife Gorey, Profiles International

Job fit, as its name implies, refers to how well an individual’s strengths, weaknesses, needs, experience, and interests fit the requirements of a position and work environment. Job fit can either be a positive match, or a negative one, depending on how well the employee and organization align.

How do you determine job fit?

Employers can gauge how successful a candidate will be with the use of job fit assessments and testing, behavioral and competency interviews, and situational and background analysis. These examinations will help determine a few of the following key indicators of job fit.

Skills and experience: Does your candidate have the work experience and life skills necessary to excel in the position?

Needs: What does your candidate need from his or her professional life? Leadership, recognition, challenge, education? Identify what needs your candidate is looking to fulfill in a job, and whether the position will satisfy a significant number of them.

Cultural fit: How well will a candidate fit into the company culture? Is she or he comfortable with the dress code, the flow of information, the leadership structure, and the time management? For example, someone who prefers a flexible lunch schedule may not be happy sticking with a set lunch hour.

Training: Does your candidate have the proper training and qualifications to excel at his or her job? If not, will your company be able to provide it, whether via seminars or on-the-job experience?

Personal values: Are your candidate’s personal values congruent with the company, customers and colleagues in your business? Employee morals must be harmonious with their work environment and surrounding individuals.

Essentials: Finally, it’s important to look at the logistics of a job and a candidate. How close does your candidate live to the office? What will his or her commute be like, and is the pay enough to provide your candidate with a good quality of life?

Want to learn more about job fit? Visit our solutions page for job matching tools that will help get the best candidates in positions to succeed.

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