Finding the right job can be difficult in any circumstances, but with record-breaking unemployment numbers across the country, finding any job can feel more important than finding the right one. You don't have to sell yourself short, though. Even though finding a job is more challenging than it used to be, you can still find one that ticks the most important boxes. No matter what field you work in, here are three things to strive for when looking for a job during the coronavirus recession.
A Reputable Company
Working with a problematic company is almost never worthwhile. Some companies have payroll problems, management issues, or stability concerns. The last situation you want to find yourself in is a high-stress work environment without a guaranteed paycheck. So, even though you may need to take a job you wouldn't settle for in less-turbulent times, you need to do your research on a company before accepting a job offer. Check employer review websites to see what current and past employees have said about their work experience. A relatively good employer may have some bad reviews, but a bad employer is likely to be plagued with them.
A Reasonable Salary
Simply being employed isn't always enough to pay the bills and keep food on the table. Unless you can resort to moving in with your parents or splitting rent with a couple of roommates, you need to make sure you get a job that will support your needs. Calculate your monthly expenses and see what you can cut out of your life to determine how low of a salary you can accept. Then, don't accept offers that pay less than that. Remember to put any gross salary or hourly wage into a paycheck calculator to find the exact amount of money you can expect to see in your bank account each month. While you may be prepared to accept a pay cut to make ends meet, you shouldn't sell yourself short.
A Good Location
No matter the current circumstances, one of the most important aspects of finding the right workplace is its location. Unless you are able to work remotely, you need to be able to commute to your workplace on a regular basis. Figure out your commute expenses and factor that amount out of your expected salary before accepting an offer. The right job for you should balance commute and pay so you can afford to work and live. If you need to commute farther than you are used to going, try to find ways to make your commute time comfortable or productive.
To learn more about finding a job, visit job search websites.