8 Factors to Seriously Consider

When Looking For A Job

By Patti Sunio

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When you’re a bright-eyed fresh graduate, before you even open your mouth to say that “salary won’t matter, it’s all about doing what you like anyway”—please stop. Repeat until internalized and fully understood: salary is important. Salary is important. Salary is important. And so are many other factors that seem like petty conditions when it comes to accepting job offers.

Here are 8:

Your boss

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It matters that the boss should like you from the get-go, otherwise you’ll spend half your time at work trying to prove yourself. Unless that’s something you like.

But to be safe, the moment you feel that the boss is letting you in the job because of something else (e.g. lack of people, the urgent need to hire, or because someone else in the team put in a good word for you), it might be a better decision to spend your time and talent elsewhere.


The working hours

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Not the one that’s on the website, but the real, actual working hours. Is OT-ing a norm? Are employees expected to be on call even after working hours and during the weekend?


The benefits

It doesn’t seem important now but trust me, it will matter greatly in the future. It’s definitely better to start with your SSS and PhilHealth contributions now, while you’re still young and healthy. It will definitely go a long way.

And note that not all companies automatically have that, so better ask than waste years of employment not contributing anything to your future.


The turnover rate

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If you see middle-aged employees who seem to be aging well, are happy and gay, then that’s a good sign. But if you look around the office and find that most employees are sulking and complaining, or that most of them are fresh graduates, then the turnover rate must most likely be high.

Unhappy employees usually flee (and look for better opportunities) in less than a year or maybe two years maximum. So think to yourself if that’s the kind of experience you’d like to have.

The dress code

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Or how employees are expected to dress in general. It’s not just a matter of uniforms or no uniforms. If business attire is required and you’re commute route makes you prone to sweating buckets, do you think you can hack it on a daily basis? If you’re in fashion or retail, or in a position where appearance matters greatly, do you think your wardrobe can keep up? Would you be comfortable dressing the part?


The people

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This matters even when you’re the type who gets along with everyone. Because your officemates are the people you’ll see every day, exchange ideas with, even share personal information with, should you break up with your significant other during office hours. So it’s highly important to have at least one colleague you’ll see eye to eye with.


The location

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For those living in the city and are planning to work in any of the CBDs, location didn’t use to be a problem. But with the worsening traffic and broken trains, it’s highly recommended that you just get a job nearer your home, or rent a place near your office. Renting may cost more, and you might miss your mother’s lutong bahay, but it will definitely spare you the stress and make you more productive, overall.


The salary

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This is one of the most important parts. Remember that no matter how being a creative soul makes you feel alive, or the rush of numbers and analyzing the stock market makes you jump off from your bed each morning—compensation is still important. Not to say that you should demand more than you deserve or turn away every offer that doesn’t meet your set salary bracket. Just keep in mind that at the end of the day, you’re working to earn, too.


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