There are many things to consider when starting your job search and deciding where you would like to work. In addition to the typical factors, such as salary, location and role, it’s also important to think about other factors, such as work hours, health benefits, location, work environment and training and growth opportunities.


Do you have family responsibilities or place significant importance on work-life balance? If so, then an employer that offers flexible working hours or work-from-home options may be a good fit for you.


Are health, financial and family benefits important to you? If so, it’s important to know that benefit plans can vary greatly. Review the benefit package offered by an employer to see whether it meets your needs and how it fits in as part of the overall compensation for the role. Keep in mind that benefits can also vary by employment type — contract positions often do not include benefits, whereas permanent positions do.


How far are you willing to commute to and from work? Before applying for a job, research where the company is located and decide whether you are comfortable with the distance you will need to travel.

Work Environment

What do you expect from your work environment? Some employers have an open concept work environment while others provide separate spaces for every employee. As well, some office buildings offer many amenities, such as a gym, food court, shopping area and on-site childcare, whereas others have limited options. Decide on what’s important to you.

Training and Skills Development Opportunities

Are growth opportunities an important consideration to you? Many employers arrange for in-house employee training or provide a budget for professional development to support the growth and development needs of their employees.


Additional Resources

Every year the Globe and Mail selects the top 100 employers who are leaders in their industry in providing exceptional workplaces for their employees. This is a great resource and a good place to start your research.

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