TopResume Survey Reveals Salary Is Top Deciding Factor in Job-Offer Evaluation, but Company Culture Is a Close Second

NEW YORK (October 1, 2019) — When it comes to the pursuit of workplace satisfaction, job seekers are prioritizing company culture almost as much as salary and bonus. Between September 1 and September 30, 2019, TopResume, the largest resume-writing service in the world, asked more than 10,000 professionals nationwide, “What matters most to you when deciding which job to take next?” The data uncovered that of the eight different criteria, cultural fit is the second-most important factor being considered when making a job change. Below is the full list of results:

  1. Salary and bonus (24%)

  2. Company culture (22%)

  3. Location (13%)

  4. Day-to-day work (11%)

  5. Flexible schedule (11%)

  6. Industry (8%)

  7. Job title (6%)

  8. Healthcare benefits (5%)

“Although they may seem wildly unrelated, many parallels can be drawn between dating and the job search: it's all about finding ‘the one’ who not only shares your values, but also brings out the best in you,” said TopResume career expert Amanda Augustine, a certified professional career coach and resume writer. “That's why company-culture compatibility is so important when searching for a new job.”

In order to gauge whether a prospective employer is a good cultural fit, Augustine recommends a three-pronged approach: 

  1. Conduct online research: Review the company’s website, follow its social media accounts, and look for company reviews online.

  2. Leverage your network: Seek insights from your connections who have insider information on what it’s like to work for the company.

  3. Interview your interviewers: Ask questions during the interview that will help you better understand the company’s management style, workflow structure, and mission focus — in other words, its culture.

“When multiple opportunities are on the table and the pay for each is comparable, the final decision will come down to which organization is the best cultural match,” continued Augustine. “Before you accept a job offer, it’s imperative that you do your research to determine whether the company’s culture is right for you. You could be qualified for the role, but if you’re not a good fit for the corporate culture, you won’t be successful or happy for long.”

On an ongoing basis, the data science team at Talent Inc., the global leader in technology-enabled career services and also the parent company of TopResume, TopInterview, and TopCV, compiles nationwide data from their customers to better understand current behavioral trends in the job market. Visit TopResume's Career Advice blog to see their latest tips for coaching modern job seekers through their search.

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