Oftentimes we forget that interviewing for a new job is a two-way street. Both you and the company should be aiming for a mutually good fit. Forbes recently published an article on The 25 Happiest Companies to Work for in 2015 based on eight factors that impact professional happiness: work–life balance, an employee’s relationship with his or her boss and coworkers, office environment, job resources, compensation, opportunities for professional development and company culture.
Some, all or none of these factors may resonate with you, as what’s important to one person may not be as important to another. If you are a cancer patient actively going through treatment, your priority may be working for a company that is bound by the ADA or FMLA, so you’re able to access those protections if needed. For other patients/survivors, it may be targeting a company that supports flexible-work options.
The key to landing yourself in a happy workplace is to do your research — not just on prospective employers, but on yourself as well. Think about what is important to you in your next job, then investigate those companies that seem to have some of the characteristics you’re after.
For more job-search help, visit our Looking for Work section, which includes tips on Finding Meaningful Work and Job-Hunting After Cancer Treatment.