Everyone’s in pursuit of perfection—employers want perfect new hires and job candidates seek the ideal employer. But what qualities make the perfect fit for what you’re looking for in an employer. Well that depends on a few factors. Let’s take a closer look:
- Values. One of the most important employer qualities is one that many job seekers overlook—the employer’s value system. What does the employer stand for and believe in, and how does that play out in the everyday lives of workers? For example, an employer who values profits over work/life balance may demand that workers do copious amounts of overtime.
- Security. While most attorneys looking for work are willing to take a little risk, no one wants to sign up for a job only to face a dwindling paycheck (or no pay check) after only months. The perfect employer is financially healthy enough to support salaries even through lean times. So risk adverse attorneys may want to avoid new law firms with very little capital.
- Leadership. Good leadership can mean the difference between a pleasant workplace with room to grow and a toxic workplace with limited opportunities. It’s up to job seekers to discern the difference. Before accepting an offer from seemingly perfect employers, research the partners in charge. Are they the type of leaders you respect?
- Opportunity. No matter what your ultimate ambitions, you probably want to grow in your legal career. That’s why the ideal employer has opportunities for growth and pathways to reach your goals. Ask hiring managers about mentoring programs that will help you expand your knowledge and experience.
No matter what position you’re applying for, you should look for employers that are a perfect match for you.