When we are desperate for a job, 90% of the time, weland up being dissatisfied. Has it ever occurred to you why this happens?
Here’s why: The anxiety and stress of being jobless makes you degrade your own skill set. Your desperation for finding a job makes you take a hasty decision. While you are on a look out for a job, it is very important that you grade your employers before you generate an interest in working with them. So, grab a pen and a notepad to make a list of your options with the help of the pointers we ask you to keep in mind:
Do they know what they do?
It is of prime importance that each employee at the firm knows everything about the product. Blame departments or the system, but these days the transparency at work has reduced many folds. If the person appointing you does not know about his own product, then there are bright chances that you might have to go through a tough time understanding your work. Also, if they know their product well, ask yourself how updated they are with it? A lot of companies start bang-on with a website and a few big clients and that’s the end of their enthusiasm. You are trying to find a job in the 21st century and the least you should expect from the firm is an updated website.
Is the leadership sailing fine?
Working under a leader who is not well aware of the happenings in the market is like a death call. Consider this as late hours at work and a lot of research that you might have to do for him so that you and he are on the same page. Read about the founder members and Board members and see where they come from. A good foundation (leader) makes a good wall (organisation). So stay safe and opt for a firm that is being run by the stalwarts or famous names in the allied industry, otherwise you might be the first to fall into debris.
What is their future plan?
Every successful business proposition has a 5 year plan and a way ahead. So what is it for your employer? Do they have a vision for growth or are they happy doing what they have been doing? It is important for a firm to grow as it is directly proportional to your career growth. Make sure that your growth graph will always remain parallel to that of your new organisation. Because if the organisation goes down, it will take you down with it, so be careful with this one.
How is the work environment?
It is exactly like how you choose your university. Check on how the office culture is? Is there a flexible balance between work-life and fun? Do you think you will be able to adjust at a place like that? Are the employees well motivated or are they terrorised by the bosses?
Even before you type that mail saying ‘please consider my application’, be sure if you really want to be a part of that firm. Make a list of firms that have job openings and then prioritize them as per the above points. Remember, finding a job and finding a life partner is almost the same and you definitely don’t want to go wrong anywhere on your resumé.