When in a Job Search, job candidates should 1) be sure of the type of position that is best for themselves, 2) be clear about what factors are most important in your next employer, and 3) have a list of those top priorities you are seeking for a good work-life balance.
As I coach those in a career transition (which I have done for over 25 years), I have made an effort to talk with many employers to ask what are ways for job candidates to provide the key information to them, as well as other details or factors to help relay all data as conveniently and efficiently as possible. (That includes format and the type of data, etc.) I see this as helping both sides doing their best for the successful outcome.
Still, in order for a person’s next job to really be a positive experience, as well as rewarding, fulfilling, and productive, that candidate needs to be clear with him/herself about their own priorities. For some it could be a) the selection of a medium-sized company — not too big or too little. For others a priority may be b) the company’s location – I.e. closer to home, or perhaps c) looking for a business who supports specific areas that are also passions of the job candidate. Of course, another factor could be d) the work environment and culture.
Job Candidates should be honest with themselves and carefully seek out those organizations who possess the key factors of a positive working relationship. The more of these that exist in the employer’s environment, the better chance that employee will find he/she has found a good fitting work culture. No place is perfect, but to locate an employer with many of your priorities, the better chance that this position could be the equivalent “work-home ” for your career.
The better organized and honest with yourself that you are, the better outcome. It would also be beneficial to research your companies, including the use of LinkedIn.