When on the hunt for a new job, one of the things we might often overlook is how good the employer is. When looking for a new job we feel as if we are grasping at straws hoping for someone to choose US, but do we ever really consider choosing THEM?
It is important when job hunting to not let your desperation or your wants get the best of you, and don’t settle for anything that isn’t right for you. It is always important to make a choice to suit yourself, and believe it or not you can afford to be a little picky with prospective employers. Today we want to take a look at how you can choose your perfect employer to ensure that when you take on a new role, you’ll be happy.
Do they know their stuff?
When applying for a job it is easy to look at every company you interview for as an expert in their field. We all know that you never really see the expertise of a business until you are on the inside, and this makes it hard sometimes to choose a company who really knows their stuff. When job hunting, make sure to search the company online and take a look at their assets. See what their online presence is like, the design of their website, and product descriptions. Take a look at customer reviews and see what people think of the company. You might be surprised how a company is actually viewed by customers once research has been done, and this might change your perspective. If a company is all talk but doesn’t follow through with great service, it might not be a company you want to put your name to.
Do they research products?
Getting a job might seem like a simple task but it is important for you to protect yourself from every angle and really delve into the nitty gritty. For example, have a look online and see the types of products a company sells. Can you see any online polls or market research? Do they care about providing great products to fit their audience or do they just want to sell any old thing to make money? Find this out and decide what kind of company you want to be part of.
Are the people experts?
When researching a company it is also a good idea to find the high ranking workers online and take a look at their profiles. The people who run a business will dictate company culture, make big decisions, and most of all decide stability. It is important that the people at the top of the chain know their stuff and work hard for their company. The last thing you want to do is join a company where the top leaders have no idea what they are doing and don’t care. During your time at a company you’ll want to draw from your superiors and if you are unable to do this you may find your career at a standstill.
Are they stable?
If you are looking for a long term business move, it is more important than anything to make sure that your new place of work is stable and will stand the test of time. It is important to remember that even if you only plan to stay with a company for a few years, you need that stability to prevent you being made suddenly redundant. Think about the things you can do to find out how stable the company seems: one good indicator is stock market value. Look at their sales, how many products they have in clearance, and their general marketability. If a company looks like it has lost interest and is losing sales, it might not be a good ship to join.
How is the work environment?
When searching for the right employer, one of the most important things of all to consider is the work environment and company culture. Every company has a different way of working and they treat their employees differently. It is a good idea to find employee reviews of a company in the run up to an interview to explore what kind of working environment you could expect. Ideally, you will always want a working environment that is flexible and open. You don’t want clock in and clock out cards, small cubicles, and strict breaks. Find a place that respects the different needs of their workers and trusts them to come and go as they please as long as the job is done.