If you’ve worked for years at the same company and now caught up in a layoff, downsizing or shutdown – or have made the decision to make a career change – you may be wondering, or worried, about how to start a job search. Since most would prefer to work for companies they like, whose culture and mission resonates with them – for example – it’s a good idea to first do some research into companies you’d like to work for.
This will provide you a solid starting point. Saving you time, expense and stress by eliminating companies and jobs which may not be a good fit.
Everyone has companies they’d prefer to work for. It’s deciding what it is you actually like about them as well as what they offer before making a decision to apply. Before starting your research, determine what means most to you or what you require most. Aside from a job which fits your experience and interests, you want a job which fulfills your priorities.
While benefits, freedom and/or independence, a unique culture and salary will usually be very important, you may also want to consider the following:
1) Company size – Would you prefer working for a company with a dozen or hundreds of employees? The larger a company the less opportunity for your voice to be heard, for your ability to make long-term changes which positively affect the company. Larger, established companies often have rules and policies a smaller company isn’t required to necessarily have.
2) Location – Should it be near where you live or is traveling to work not an issue? For some this can be a major issue.
3) Mission and values – Should a company’s values resonate with your own? Is their stated mission one you can support? Should non-profits they support be in line with your own; for example environmental or health-oriented groups?
4) Growth stage – Would you prefer working for a startup or entrepreneurial type or one which is long established? An entrepreneurial or startup is likely to consider, listen to and encourage ideas for products and almost anything, related to creating a more unique and/or profitable company from its employees. However, a long established one may already have tried and/or utilized many of the ideas you have in mind and not nearly as interested or accepting of what you suggest. In companies like this moving forward may be slower.
5) Culture – For many the atmosphere in which they work, independence allowed, for example, is extremely important.
From info available on the Internet, we know companies like Google and Facebook have unique cultures not found in many companies. This not only means employees work in unique workspaces but are encouraged to create their own work schedules and methods for organizing and managing the job. Strongly suggesting employees are allowed far more independence than most companies allow.
# Before choosing a company which encourages independence, ask yourself if you’d be comfortable making the majority of decisions related to performing the job. Remember, when you are a highly independent worker you take responsibility for both the good and the bad results your performance creates.
Unique cultures, like those of Google and Facebook have developed their own value system. Plus it’s highly likely employees have evolved into tight groups who frequently socialize together.
Employees believe in the company, respect and pass on information about the company mission. Are encouraged to volunteer with non-profit groups the company supports. Technically, an employee’s life revolves around the company.
And very importantly, before applying to companies with unique cultures, ask yourself if it’s one you’d want to work for long term?
6) Diversity and inclusion – Is how a company deals with these two issues very important to you? If so perhaps you should add this to the top of your list of requirements when searching.
7) What type of additional benefits are you interested in? – Aside from the usual – medical and vacation – are you interested in working for a company which offers additional training, college benefits, work-at-home or remote work scheduling or parental leave for example.
* Make a list of companies you’ve discovered you’d like to work for. Begin digging deep to discover as much about them as possible.
* Check reviews on companies like Yelp to discover what customers are saying about them.
* Check social platforms to discover what past employees have to say about them.
* Looking for non-profits who meet your requirements? Check out Certified B corporations; environmentally or health concerned companies for example.
* Browse the blog, website, social sites, LinkedIn pages and industry news to get a bigger picture of the company.
5 places to search ‘best companies to work for’:
Forbes Best Employers to Work for in 2019 – https://patch.com/california/monrovia/s/goru1/forbes-best-employers-california-companies-make-2019-list
Submitted by Jean L. Serio CEIC, CPC, CeMA, CDI