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What Do Candidates Look For in a Job?

WHAT DO CANDIDATES LOOK FOR IN A JOB? Track Record For many candidates, the company's past is of as much importance as its present. A good reputation and track record has a great appeal, after all 'success breeds success'. Benefits As well as competitive pay and a degree of flexibility, offering an attractive benefits package is another thing most candidates look for. Companies offering generous contributions to pension schemes, as well as a sizeable amount of annual leave, tend to be looked on more favourably. Technology Most office-based jobs now involve the use of a computer, at the very least, and as such some candidates might be interested in the technology used and provided by the company. Stipulating whether the organisation provides laptops and smartphones to allow remote working is something that may interest potential employees. Prospects While the past plays a part in a candidate's opinion, they are also often influenced by future prospects - both their own and the company's. The company's business strategy can be telling and most candidates will like to see that it's viable and if the organisation is well-positioned for the future, as this can act as a sign of job security and career progression. Health Care Benefits surrounding health and wellbeing are becoming increasingly popular, whether in the form of gym memberships, healthcare schemes or childcare vouchers, for example. Providing such benefits are appealing to prospective employees, but the company also reaps the rewards as a healthy and happy workforce tends to be more committed and effective. Flexibility Finding a work-life balance is important and many candidates are looking for an organisation that promotes this idea. Flexible working hours is a massively popular incentive in a job and workplaces that offer this tend to create an employee-centric feel, where staff feel like they are valued, trusted and are recognised for having a life beyond the office. Reward On top of pay and benefits, many employees like to know that they are likely to be rewarded for meeting or exceeding their potential. While offering a bonus isn't something every company is able to offer, other rewards such as team away days, company social events or even allowing early finishes on Fridays can be enough of an incentive for candidates. Location A good location can be very attractive to prospective employees, with good transport links also being a factor. With improving technology, an increasing number of candidates are also looking for roles with opportunities to work remotely. Admittedly, this isn't something all organisations can offer, but maybe it's something to consider and perhps work towards in the future. Office Environment Not only do candidates look for organisations which offer the right tools to do their job, but they also look at the work space itself. With technology advancing rapidly and a stronger emphasis being placed on wellbeing, many employees look for an environment that can also be stimulating, with break out spaces and standing desks, for example, moving higher up people's desires. Compensation Pay can make or break a prospective job, with poor pay being a factor in some candidates turning down job offers. If you're not offering a fair pay package, you probably won't attract the best people for your business. It's also important to take into account - and to advertise - how much your employee benefits contribute to the annual salary packet. Values In addition to a company culture, the values of the organisation in general can be of interest to candidates. A company's values can convey a strong message and it's important for employees to feel like their values are aligned to those of the company. Placing emphasis on the importance of employees and their wellbeing, and creating a caring culture can make candidates feel that your company is where they want to be. Company Culture Fitting into a new workplace is high on most people's agendas and encorporates many aspects, from brand to wellbeing, management structures and a company's vision. Agreeing with the company's ethos is important, and most candidates want to feel part of a team working towards the same goal. Fitting in with colleagues is another key factor and knowing that each day, they'll be coming into an encouraging environment. Supportive Networks Many potential employees will hope have a network of support in the workplace. This can be in the form of mentor schemes or regular check-ins with their line manager and team. Informing candidates about the types of support offered early could influence their view and help reassure them that they would be entering a well-balanced and employee-focused organisation. Comparisons Often, candidates will make comparisons with their current or previous role to figure out a number of things, such as whether the new role is a progressive step in their career, how much overlap there is with the previous role to determine their skill set and whether they would see an increase in responsibility. It's no surprise that some people consider a new job owing to shortcomings in their current role and as such look for positions that would allay this dissatisfaction. Development When looking at the role itself, candidates will often consider the opportunity for development. A large number of people want to be challenged in their position, in order to grow and learn, and as such will consider the training that the position offers and the resources that would be available to them. They could also weigh up the likelihood of what impact they'd have in the role and if they can shape its direction. Sources: | | Unum Limited is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority CRO0232 04.16 unům Linked in You Tube f

What Do Candidates Look For in a Job?

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With more and more jobs appearing on the market, candidates now have the opportunity to be more selective in the jobs that they want to apply for. If some companies are offering certain benefits, then...


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