Ohio University Office of Career Services

Personal Fit and the Job Search by Kristine Hoke
June 16, 2010, 9:27 am
Filed under: From the Staff, Job Search | Tags: ,

Even in today’s tough economy personal fit in a work environment is one of the most important factors that you should be taking into account when deciding whether or not to accept a position. If you do not fit well with that organization then you will not enjoy your work and be less productive. If you do fit well in that environment then you will enjoy greater job satisfaction and be more productive as a result.  Enjoying your job is also important because you will be more likely to stay in that position longer, increase your chances of promotion, and find value in what you are doing.

There are many factors that play into figuring out if a position is a fit for you or not but identifying how well you will fit is dependent on how well you know yourself. You need to be aware of your personal values and how those values affect your decisions. If you know your values you can compare those to the espoused values of the organizations that you want to work for.  Can you work for an organization whose values are different than your own? Do the other people in the organization value the same things as you? Would your actions and interpersonal behaviors fit in with your future co-workers or would you be the odd person out? Those are all questions you need to ask yourself about the work environment before you accept the position.

Knowing your strengths, weaknesses, joys, and needs are also important in determining fit. If you know what your strengths are then you can make sure that the position you are working in plays to those strengths and that you will have opportunities to use those strengths. Knowing your weaknesses is important because you can tell your employer what areas you are seeking to improve upon and also in what areas you will not be as effective in as others. Joys and needs are also important because meeting those increases your happiness in the work place and makes you a more productive member of the organization. For example, if you are someone who prefers to be surrounded by people and your office space is removed from everyone else then your social needs are not going to be met. Be sure you communicate your needs and joys upfront so that you can make sure they will be met when you eventually start your position.

Tommy Raimondi, Spring Practicum Student


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