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Prioritizing Criteria For Your Job Search

Going beyond the pros and cons

job criteriaMost people have used looked at the Pros and Cons when making a decision. You know, making a list of the good and bad points to see which list is longer. This is a good method, because it forces you to write your thoughts down.

Another technique is to use a Criteria chart which forces you to prioritize criteria for your job search . While we’ll explain this using a two job example, this method is useful for making many decisions.

If you’ve gone through the assessment process, you should have a good idea of what you’re looking for in your next job: this is your Criteria. Make a list of your five to ten priorities (they might be: salary, growth, tuition reimbursement, casual environment and family). Next to this, list the qualities of each job.

Use a chart to analyze which position will meet most of your conditions.

Criteria Job A Job B
Salary $40,000 $35,000
Growth/Opportunity Yes, they promote from within Yes, open due to promotion
Tuition Reimbursement Yes, after one year Yes, after three years
Casual Environment Yes Yes
Family 40+ hour week, some weekends 35 hour week, most people leave by five

Job A has the higher salary and offer tuition reimbursement sooner. But, the pace may leave little time to spend with your family. You must decide if the extra money and earlier tuition opportunities are worth giving up time with your family.


About Annette Richmond, MA

Annette Richmond, MA, CARW, CCELW, is a Certified Resume Writer, Certified LinkedIn Profile Writer, and former recruiter. Her career advice has been featured by Huffington Post, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, Business Insider, Monster, Vault, and WSJ. She helps motivated, senior level professionals tell their unique career story. She also serves as executive editor of career-intelligence.com.


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