Why Knowing What Meaningful Work Means to You is Crucial to Placement Success
One of the most important things to us at Award Staffing is that both our internal and our external employees find meaning in their jobs.
When our recruiters place our associates, they do not want to simply place them in the first role that is available; they want to place them in a position that is a good fit, with a company that they can grow with and hopefully move up in that organization.
We know that a career is a person’s livelihood, and we want to see all of our employees find both success and fulfillment in the roles they are hired for.
One of the things that can help you be successful in any future role is: knowing what meaningful work means to you. We all have different definitions of what meaningful work is and by knowing what it means to you, the recruiter you are working with can help you find the best match.
Here are some questions to ask yourself when deciding what meaningful work means to you:
1. Is a relationship with my colleagues important to me?
This is a huge determining factor in whether or not a team-based role or a more individual role is a better fit for you. If you want to be with a team that you can grow with, a smaller company with a tight-knit team is likely a good match. Whether or not a team-based position is important to you is definitely something you want to share with the recruiter you are working with.
2. Is meaningful in the work or in what the work provides me?
For some people, knowing that they are assembling medical devices for people in need of them is what they need to feel fulfilled. For others, simply having a job that provides for them while still being able to spend time with their family is all the meaning they need. It is deeply personal. If you are looking for a role that directly involves contributing to the common good, don’t be afraid to ask your recruiter what types of roles like that they offer.
3. Do I want a role that will provide me professional growth?
We have some associates that have full intention of moving up to higher positions within a company and others that have been perfectly happy working the same position and the same hours for several years. It all depends on your lifestyle and personal goals. If you need a consistent schedule that is almost guaranteed to never change, there are definitely companies that match that requirement. If you have more flexibility and see yourself moving up as you learn more, communicate to your recruiter that you would like a company with plenty of opportunity for growth.
4. Do I want more experience before deciding what the best fit is for me?
The nice thing about working with a staffing agency is that there are always plenty of temporary positions you can try out before committing to something long term. It’s ok if you don’t know exactly the direction you want to go yet. Let your recruiter know that you are currently only interested in temporary positions and once you feel like you have found a fit, ask them what long-term options are available.
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