4 Non-negotiables To Consider In Your Job Search

31 August 2021
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When you are searching for your next opportunity whether you are starting out in your career or you are making a move you will need to be flexible. To a point. Being flexible should never mean that you compromise so much that you end up taking a job that isn’t a good fit. 

If you are eager to get on the career ladder or want to move from a current role it can be tempting to take the next decent job that almost fits. The problem with this is that you may end up stuck in a position or even industry that isn’t what you truly wanted. The point is that you want your next role to be one that is perfect for both you and your employer. In order to enjoy job satisfaction and get the most out of a role all parties need to be happy.

To avoid feeling stuck in the near future you may want to think about some non-negotiables to consider in your search for the perfect role. Here are a few things to bear in mind.


We all set out on our quest for our next role with an ideal salary expectation. It is good to have aspirations and set your standards high, however, your salary may be one of the areas that you have to compromise on. Ensure that you have a base level salary that you could accept that will enable you to live comfortably. Don’t be tempted to accept lower than this and leave yourself short. You will soon find yourself needing more and back investigating the job market. Your base salary will depend upon many things such as commuting costs, relocation costs etc. Make sure that you adjust this base accordingly.


Today location can be less of a sticking point as many organisations are now employing workers with a view to them working remotely. Some companies prefer a more traditional office based work policy. It is fair to assume that the future of working is a hybrid of the two. When you are casting your search net have in mind the absolute maximum you are willing to travel. Commuting is costly, ensure that you take this into account in your salary expectation.

You may be open to relocation, if so do some research in the new area such as cost of living. Will you require a higher salary? Or if the cost of living is lower you may be able to lower your salary expectation. What are the transport links like? How much would commuting cost? Is there accommodation readily available? How much would this cost you? 


If you are lucky enough to know exactly what you want to do and the career path you would like to follow, make it happen. Don’t be tempted into a role that is unrelated to the industry you want to work in. It is very easy to become pigeon holed and more difficult to make a move later on. If you have an industry in mind make this one of your non-negotiables.


It is expected that you will start lower than what your career aspirations are. Working up within an industry or an organisation is a great way to learn and improve your skills. That said, you should make sure that the role you accept has a clear trajectory to get you where you want to go. There is nothing wrong with starting at the bottom of the career ladder, just make sure you are on the right ladder. 

Finding the perfect role is about compromise, it’s true. It’s about how much compromise there is. With a few non-negotiables you will be sure to find a role that you are able to love, learn and thrive in.

For help in finding your ideal graduate opportunity, get in touch with Our Graduates. Tell us your non-negotiables and together we will find the perfect role.


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