Career Testing
Career Testing
Career Testing
JOB SEARCH / JUL. 22, 2013
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Choosing the Right Employer

So you are in the process of looking for a job but are not sure how to distinguish between a good employer and a bad one. When looking for employment, not only is the job description important, but the employer that you are applying to. After all, if you’re going to start working for someone but end up hating their management style, your job searching will be put to bad use, you’ll be miserable at work and potentially back to square one again.

How to find the right employer

Do the company know their product well?

Anyone running a firm – and working for it, should have a thorough understanding of its respective product. Without such knowledge, you will end up in a difficult situation once hired, because you will have a tough time yourself understanding the product and the work.

Do they research well before developing a project?

Everybody knows that before beginning a new project, thorough research needs to be carried out. But some companies seem to enter a new project with their eyes closed, risking pitfalls along the way that waste valuable time and money.

Become familiar with the company’s approaches to developing new products. Does the firm perform adequate research before starting a new project?

Who’s in charge of the show?

Do your research behind the people running the company, including the board members, founding members and other back bones of the company. What are their work ethics like? Are they strong minded or easily influenced? Do they have a strong background?

Are their future plans clear and attainable?

Every successful company has a short and long-term vision that is clear and attainable. Choose a company that has experienced steady growth and continues to grow at a steady rate. 

Is the workplace flexible and encouraging?

Find out as much as you can about the culture of the company. Do they offer a flexible work-life balance, or do they take a more traditional approach to working?

 

If you have just come from a company that provides flexi-time, in-house childcare, free company meals and medical insurance, then you may wish to think twice before beginning employment for a company that doesn’t offer any of these benefits, but a better salary. Sometimes, increased company benefits far outweigh a higher salary.

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