The negotiable items are easy: fair compensation, reasonable benefits, work-life flexibility, collegial civility, and some job stability. Everyone wants these elements. The next level of criteria is unique to each of us. Some require a seat at the table of decision authority. Others demand a healthy, creative, and collaborative environment. Many insist on continuous stimulation and challenge so each day is fresh.
Once you move beyond the celebration of a short commute or the convenience of an onsite fitness center, it’s time to give some consideration to the non-negotiables. You’ll either rediscover the magical fit of your current engagement or your current gig will fund your next job hunt.