What do you consider when before applying for a job you qualify for? That was the question we asked on twitter (@ngoconnectsa) to conduct survey and these are the results: 82.5% of job seekers prioritize salary and benefits, only 11,9% consider the company public reputation, and just 2,4% chose where they came across the vacancy.

In the comments where had various points being raised, one of them stood out where a tweeter said, “If your options are starve or take what ever job you can get its not really much of a choice”. This is a very interesting point considering South Africa’s current market. However making an informed decision is crucial for your career satisfaction and success. Searching for a job can be an exciting yet challenging process. When you come across a position that matches your qualifications, it’s essential to evaluate various factors before deciding to apply. By carefully considering these aspects, you can make an informed decision and increase your chances of finding a job that aligns with your skills, goals, and overall career satisfaction. The following are key factors to consider when making a decision to put in that application:

1.) Compensation and Benefits

Consider the salary range and benefits package associated with the position. Evaluate whether the compensation aligns with your expectations and the industry standards. Additionally, assess the benefits offered, such as healthcare, retirement plans, vacation time, and professional development opportunities. A competitive compensation package can significantly impact your job satisfaction and financial well-being. This option was the most popular from everything we listed, however, this information is not always available in the early stages as not all companies disclose to the public.

2.) Reputation and Stability

One tweeter commented “…can’t go to a place with too many scandals and bad or negative press on Google..” and that is because working at a company with a bad reputation can have various impacts on new employees. This, amongst others, impacts your professional growth and networking, career progression and personal brand perception. Therefore, it is important to research the company’s reputation and stability within the industry. Look for information on the company’s financial health, market position, and long-term prospects. A stable organisation with a positive reputation can provide you with a secure and fulfilling career.

3.) Job Description and Responsibilities

The importance of thoroughly analysing the job description cannot be emphasised enough! Two things, one was mentioned by a tweeper where she mentioned how duties and KPIs hint at potential growth, while the second and most important one is that you need to be sure that expertise and interests align with what the job requires. Consider the level of challenge the role offers, as well as opportunities for growth and learning. Assessing the job description helps you determine if the role is a good fit for your career goals.

4.) Qualifications and Skills

Without the right qualifications and skills, chances are you won’t make it to the shortlist. Therefore, review the required qualifications and skills for the job. Compare them with your own background, education, and experience. Ensure that you meet the essential requirements and possess the necessary skills to excel in the role. If you lack specific qualifications, consider if you can acquire them or if they are critical for success in the position.

5.) Company Culture and Values

Many people experience a lot of stress in their workplaces, in most cases this is because they do not “fit in.” When applying for a job, it is important that you align with the company’s culture and values as this affects your workplace stress levels, job satisfaction, productivity and your overall relationship with colleagues. You can determine a companies culture and values by researching the their mission, vision, and work environment. Consider factors such as work-life balance, diversity and inclusion initiatives, employee development programs, and the overall reputation of the company. Finding a company with a culture that resonates with you can contribute significantly to your long-term success.

6.) Growth and Advancement Opportunities

Nobody wants to remain stagnant, we all want to grow! But how do you assess growth and advancement opportunities from the outside? SIMPLE! Look for indicators such as clear promotion paths, opportunities for additional responsibilities, or access to training and development programs. You can also just study the history of a company, check its employees on LinkedIn and how long they have been with that company. A job that offers room for growth can provide you with new challenges and help you advance in your career.

7.) Work-Life Balance

Before applying for a job, evaluate the work-life balance that the job offers. Consider factors such as the typical working hours, flexibility in scheduling, remote work options, and the organization’s attitude towards work-life integration. Finding a job that allows you to maintain a healthy balance between your personal and professional life is crucial for your overall well-being and job satisfaction.

In closing, applying for a job that matches your qualifications requires careful consideration of multiple factors. By thoroughly evaluating the job description, qualifications, company culture, growth opportunities, compensation, work-life balance, and reputation, you can make an informed decision about whether to apply. Remember, finding the right job involves aligning your skills, goals, and values with those of the organisation, ultimately leading to a more fulfilling and successful career journey.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the poll! Next one coming next week Tuesday, follow us on twitter – @ngoconnectsa.

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