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From startups to large corporations, sometimes choosing your next employer can be difficult. And the type of company you choose to work for matters.

It isn't uncommon for some people to spend more of their waking hours in an office than at home. Making the wrong choice can mean setting yourself up for unnecessary stress and misery. With that in mind, you might be asking yourself, "Where should I work?"

Conduct a Self-Assessment

Startups are fast-paced and exciting, but they can also be risky. You may get to wear multiple hats and diversify the skills you use, but remember that the pay may be lower compared with a large enterprise. Larger businesses, on the other hand, are typically more rule-oriented, but can usually provide greater job security and higher pay.

When deciding where to focus your job search, take your personality into account. For example, if you're the type of person who values stability, then consider a company with a long, reliable history that presents a long-term employment opportunity. If you're thinking a startup might be right for you, make sure that you're comfortable working in a non-traditional environment and that you're willing to deal with new problems and changing responsibilities on a regular basis.

If a small or medium-sized business is on your radar, make sure that you're okay working in a more collegiate atmosphere. You should also be willing to tackle a range of roles and responsibilities and be part of a small, close-knit group of workers. For those thinking about joining a large corporation, make sure you think about what it would be like to work in a structured environment with a clearly-defined role and chosen career path.

Consider the Company Culture

Beyond the size and makeup of the company, consider whether you prefer a nonprofit or for-profit enterprise, and whether or not the company aligns with your values. Some potential employees will choose to work at a company if they're involved in the community. This makes it easier to narrow down the list of companies you would be willing to work for.

Consider all aspects of the company culture in your decision. Look for online reviews and feedback from past and current employees about any companies you're considering. Do your homework and determine if their culture meshes well with your personality and work-style. If you need to be home with family, find a company that provides a strong work-life balance and/or provides options for telecommuting.

Final Thoughts

A job can be so much more than a regular paycheck. That's why it's so important to choose carefully when deciding what type of company to work for. Consider aspects like company culture, salary, and how easily you'll be able to reach your goals.

Keep in mind that there are more resources available to job seekers than ever before. You can read about the company you're considering and make an informed decision based on firsthand reviews. Once you find the right fit, you'll be off to a meaningful and enjoyable career.

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