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Looking for a Job? Consider These Factors

Rachel Serwetz
Rachel Serwetz
April 19, 2016
Looking for a Job? Consider These Factors

These can range in importance to you. There may be others you consider important.

Figure out what is important to you, rank them, and do not settle for less.

1. First are foremost — The responsibilities of the prospective role

2. Second (arguably could also be #1) — the culture — what are the people like? What traits do these people have in common? (if someone had to describe the culture in one sentence)

a. The only way to find this out is to truly talk to people at the company

b. Try to use your network to find someone who works at the prospective firm and ask them the hard questions!

3. The formal or typical career path(s) beyond this role

4. The company’s values (and how much that does or does not infiltrates into and/or affect the day to day culture of the company)

5. Flat versus hierarchical culture/structure

a. Is there a meritocracy of ideas?

b. Are you allowed/encouraged to meet with senior people?

c. Are you allowed/encouraged to question those more senior to you?

d. Etc.

6. Team structure — how many people you’ll work with and how interactive or independent your work/role/responsibilities will be (does this fit your personality/working style?)

7. Formal and informal trainings that are available

8. Career focus — how often and with whom do you discuss your career path and new opportunities?

9. Lifestyle — what are the hours? What is the commute like? Do people work once they leave the office?

Looking for a Job? Consider These Factors

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Rachel Serwetz’ early professional experience was at Goldman Sachs in Operations and at Bridgewater Associates in HR. From there, she was trained as a coach at NYU and became a certified coach through the International Coach Federation. After this, she worked in HR Research at Aon Hewitt and attained her Technology MBA at NYU Stern. Throughout her career, she has helped hundreds of professionals with career exploration and for the past 4.5+ years she has been building her company, WOKEN, which is an online career exploration platform to coach professionals through the process of clarifying their ideal job and career path. She is also an Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at Binghamton University and has served as a Career Coach through the Flatiron School, Columbia University, WeWork, and Project Activate.

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