My Must-Haves in a Job


Make quicker decisions about which work opportunities to avoid, and which to pursue.

Do you know what factors lead to a “Hell YES” or “Hell NO” when considering a work opportunity?

What are your must-haves? (Dealbreakers?) Use this exercise to gain clarity on factors that would make you turn down a job offer altogether.

My must-haves

Drag dealbreakers into this area ↓

My nice-to-haves

Drag other important options here ↓


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  • Salary range
  • (minimum) ____ to ____ (ideal)

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  • Equity
  • (minimum) ____ to ____ (ideal)

  • Quarterly/yearly bonuses
  • Profit sharing


  • Medical insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • 401(k) matching
  • __ % minimum?

  • Student loan payoff
  • Parental leave
  • __ weeks minimum? For dads too?

  • Family planning support
  • Mental health support
  • Unlimited vacation/time off


  • Fully remote (work anywhere)
  • Remote-friendly
  • In-person workplace
  • Collaboration
  • Mission-driven


  • Home office setup
  • Fitness stipend
  • Professional development allowance


  • Female-founded
  • Age — older/younger
  • Serial entrepreneurs / with a previous exit

Now, for every opportunity you find, try to eliminate it as quickly as possible. Look for the dealbreakers you can see. (Of course, some of these will require asking the recruiter/hiring manager.)

If there are no obvious dealbreakers, add it to your

and MOVE ON. Don’t spend any more time on it until you’ve reached your target number of opportunities for the week, and are ready to start reaching out following the
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