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If you want to build a truly rewarding career, it can’t be all about money. Of course, you have to pay your bills, and there’s nothing wrong with striving for the raises you deserve. But, don’t make the mistake of accepting a job only because it offers the largest paycheck. Take a close look at it from every angle before you make a commitment.

Job Satisfaction is Priceless

View compensation from your work holistically – not just in terms of one salary, but all the ways a job will benefit your career growth and your own satisfaction.

  • According to the Society for Human Resource Management, the number-one contributor to employee satisfaction is “respectful treatment” in the workplace. This was reported by 67 percent of people who took SHRM’s recent Employee Job Satisfaction Survey. Also in the top ten were overall benefits (60%), job security (58%), trust between employees and management (55%), opportunities to use skills and abilities (55%), financial stability of the organization (53%), relationships with supervisors (53%), feeling of safety in the workplace (50%), and respect for one’s ideas (49%).
  • The right balance depends on your individual values, priorities, personal obligations and spending habits. But according to another study, there is somewhat of a magic number. After analyzing Gallup data of 450,000 randomly selected Americans, the National Academy of Science revealed that beyond a household income of $75,000, money “does nothing for happiness, enjoyment, sadness or stress.” As further explained by one of the report’s authors, Princeton professor emeritus Daniel Kahneman, it’s not so much that money can’t buy happiness, but that “the lack of money no longer hurts you after $75,000.” And, where you live and the related cost of living have only a minor influence on that number.

What Do YOU  Want?

People who place the financial rewards of a career first risk finding that their work is unsatisfying. Don’t let purely economic factors force you into a poor career choice.

  • The intrinsic rewards of following your passion or making a difference outweigh a high salary in an unenjoyable role. Furthermore, if you don’t like your work, chances are high that you won’t be very good at it. Thus, your salary advancement options will be limited, anyway. On the flip side, people generally flourish when they’re doing something they like.
  • Weigh all the personal factors in detail. Which elements of a job will motivate you to success, expand your skillset, and help you to grow both personally and professionally? And, which factors might demotivate you? Don’t wear blinders. If there’s some niggling factor that just doesn’t sit quite right with you, such as a time-consuming daily commute or a stuffy, buttoned-up corporate culture, don’t jump into it.

Look for Value and Growth

The bottom line is making the move that’s best for you today – and also offers potential for future growth. The most rewarding career opportunities are those that build your strengths and desirability as a job candidate, advancing your career and landing you even better offers down the line.

As you seek the best career value, look for the same quality in your recruiter. In engineering, accounting, finance, marketing, logistics, cybersecurity or supply chain management, make that recruiter TRC Professional Solutions. Contact us today so we can discuss the best career opportunities for you.


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