Describing Your Desired Environment: 7th Element of a Dream Job Description

job search Sep 28, 2021
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Companies write job descriptions to outline the skills, experience, and traits of the ideal applicant. They recognize that they will not find the perfect applicant, yet try to identify people who match the job description as much as possible.

We suggest you also draft a description of your dream job. Like companies, you should recognize that the probability of finding a perfect match remain slim. However, you should let your dream job description guide your due diligence and compare all job offers to select one that closely matches your dream description.

Impact of the Work Environment

You describe the environment in which you choose to work as the 7th essential element of your dream job description. The environment of a workplace affects your satisfaction, feeling, enjoyment, and connections. Sadly, the job seeker identity seldom considers or researches the environment of the company before accepting a job offer. As a result, many people encounter disappointment and frustration on the new job.

Aspects to Describe in Your Draft Description

You should outline the following aspects of the environment you desire:

  1. Physical Layout of the workplace you describe whether you want a workplace laid out in straight lines and rows detailing processes, individual offices that emphasize privacy, bullpen cubicles that facilitate collaboration, or individual cubicles that minimize interaction and focus on work tasks.
  2. Management Style describes leaders manage the teams or divisions.  Increasingly companies use a bossless or self-managed teams. If teams are managed, you typically encounter 3 main management categories: autocratic, democratic, and Laissez-Faire. The categories sub-divide as follows:
    1. Autocratic: authoritative, persuasive, & Exploitative/Authoritative
    2. Democratic: consultative, participative, & collaborative
    3. Laissez-faire: delegative
  3.  Corporate Culture includes the companies attitude toward employees: are they people, resources, or interchangeable parts. Businesses also establish culture through written mission statements, values, policies, and procedures. However, many times the unwritten rules and traditions impact the culture stronger than the written.  
  4. Compensation Packages also express the attitudes of the company towards employees. The wage or salary demands most job seeker's attention. However, salary is a small part of the overall compensation package. Many neglect to describe the rest of what they desire as compensation: health benefits, leave policy, life insurance, professional development including association dues and conferences, retirement contribution, and travel reimbursements including per diem (if applicable).

Please note that this section of your dream job description requires more thought and research than most of the other essential elements. You will not complete this section in the first few weeks of drafting it. It will also grow and change more than most of the other sections.

You can learn more about dream job descriptions through our online course at

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