Regardless of where you live, if you’re seeking employment chances are you will have submitted your resume to a variety of postings you’ve found in your search, hoping to land a position within one of these companies. In reality, some of us can’t afford to be picky with jobs or companies because we need to earn a living, while others may have the luxury of time on their side. Whether you fall into the former or latter category, you likely still want to find a better fit for your future job in order to be able to do your best work. One common issue, however, that arises with the job hunt is that people at times end up in a job they actually didn’t want or fit into in the first place, and not because of error or urgency, but rather a lack of research.
While reading the job description posting is an effective way to decipher if this is a place you want to apply, there are other methods you ought to take if you want to ensure the places you are applying to work are suitable for you. Often we think that companies are the ones picking from a pool of candidates so we work on our qualifications and resumes, forgetting that we’re the ones also making a choice through our application. The job descriptions on most job postings tell you what the company seeks from a candidate, meaning you, and thus you always look at your own qualifications and apply accordingly. One thing most of us forget, though, is to look for something in return. The truth is, you have just as much right to seek out qualities within a company or potential employer that you want to see for yourself. After all, if you are going to be spending majority of your time with a particular employer, you want to be somewhere you’re comfortable and fit into.
But what other steps does one take in the job hunt process? You’ve googled, that should be enough, right? Well, when it comes down to it there are a few things you ought to check out before you choose to apply or accept a job offer from any particular employer. These steps will ensure mutual benefit for both you and your potential future employer, as well as save you time and effort in going through a tedious application process when seeking a job.
Research the employer
Before applying anywhere, you want to make sure you have a good idea of the company you may be potentially working for. A job posting tends to be concise and brief, thus the true values and practices of a company may not be apparent right away because they’re trying to emphasise the position they’re seeking a candidate for, primarily. It is not enough to look at a job posting. Do some research into the type of projects this company takes on, the types of employees they may have, why this position may be open and any news coverage of the company. Before you apply you should also know the location of your potential employer and, depending on your mode of transportation, ease of access to the workplace. If you live in colder climates, count in those scary Winter days into your commute before you decide you can travel to this place every morning.
Check Social Media
In this day and age, most companies are required to have a big social media presence in order to fit in with the world. After all, majority of business has shifted to online and social media based transactions and deals. Regardless of what your chosen company does, chances are they have a need for some form of social media presence. Take a look at how it’s run and what kind of content is on there. Knowing the social media presence of a company allows you to see the image they want to portray to the general public, and in the future one you will have to represent yourself, if you are employed there. Does the company want to appear accessible and modern? Are they growing and expanding? Are they catering to only one type of audience? A better understanding will give you more insight into the company and expectations that may be placed on you in your work for them.
Look at reviews
A common trend that is slowly picking up in the employment field these days is the reviewing of various companies from an employee perspective. Former and current employees are providing their feedback on various websites, such as Glassdoor.ca, enabling you to really see what it may be like to work for a particular company. This is where you gain a better understanding of why the position may be open and what to expect as an employee. Keep in mind, most of these reviews come from former employees, so read the reviews as a helpful guide, not as a factual final representation on the inner workings of a company… Like people, companies evolve and change with time, as well.
Lastly, get the details in writing
If you’ve made it to the interview stage, you need to ensure a few things are in order before accepting a position. Firstly, meet the bosses. Often HR and hiring managers are the ones who oversee applications for new candidates, as bosses tend to be busy and working on other projects. Before you choose to work somewhere, familiarize yourself with the staff, and the bosses. You want to make sure you can have a mutually positive relationship with your coworkers before you accept a position. Furthermore, if you are offered a position, ensure that salary, job title and any other key points you’ve negotiated are in WRITING in a job offer made to you, this is to act as insurance for you personally in the case a boss leaves or a new one is brought into the company. You want to make sure that you have a written record of why you were hired into the company and what your role is, to remove any conflict or confusion which may arise in the future, potentially.