Maybe you have just started looking for a job...Or maybe you have been looking for a job for quite a while now. However long you have been looking, and for whatever type of position you have been looking for, it may be a good idea to take a different perspective on your job hunt. Most people will seek out a specific type of job and see what companies show up offering that position. Yet maybe it’s time to start seeking out the ideal company first. Even if you are in love with the job you do, if the work environment and company’s values aren’t agreeable, your view on that position is going to be tainted. When a ‘dream company’ comes to mind, what do you think of? Are you applying to positions where those needs and desires can be met? If not, this is a great place to start.
Before you are able to fit yourself into the ‘perfect’ workplace, you have to be sure to know your own needs first. Ask yourself questions such as, “Are you a sociable worker, or do you find yourself getting most of your work done when completely secluded?”, “What would a typical day look like?” or, “What characteristics do the company’s employers value in their workers?” This information is very telling of what kind of work environment you would ideally fit into.
Make sure to utilize any networking connections to find out about the company’s culture. If you have no personal connections, make use of internet information. Don’t just settle for one person’s experience either. Though one person may love their job at this company, another may inform you about why the company was not their ideal workplace. Take all the information you’ve gathered, but don’t let it persuade you heavily either way. Still give yourself the opportunity to form your own opinion on the workplace.
After you’ve taken these aforementioned steps, decide whether that company would be a good fit for your needs. It may be that you have found multiple companies that fit this description-that’s great! You can then take the next step in seeing if the company has any openings. Even if there are no positions available at the time, the hiring personal will most likely keep you in mind if you made a good impression.
For more information about the advantages of looking at employers first during a job hunt, refer to this article.