Working out of necessity is what mostly everyone can relate to; working because you love your job is rare. If you are looking for a change, a different job, something that makes you feel useful and joyful, you need to research the company before you apply.
If you research a company through an online site like Hush, you will get to know many things about that business. You will learn about the salaries as well as the office hours and what is expected of you as an employee. Best of all, research will give you an idea of whether you will fit in and like the position or not.
Below are 5 useful tips to help you research a company before you apply there. This could help you find your dream career.
1. Go to The Source
When researching a company, always go to their website. This is where you will find the “About” section. Read this part carefully as it will tell you how the company came into form and why.
You will want to read the “Who-is-Who” section of the website as well. You don’t have to commit any of this to memory, but you should know who the top people are in the company you want to work for.
Also, read over the “Mission – Vision Statement” because this is where you will find out what the company stands for and why.
2. The Company’s Competitors
When looking at a company you are considering applying for, look at their competitors as well. Unless the business is so unique it has no competition, there is always another company who is doing the same thing.
You would want to know the reason behind the opposition so you can discuss possible ways to improve the business if you get the job. Knowing what others are doing and either doing the same or better, is always a plus to the bosses.
Find an employee list and see if you know any of them. If you do, great, you can talk to them and ask how they like the job and the company. If you don’t know any of the employees, ask your friends and family if they know anyone who is working there or had worked at some point.
Talking to former and current employees will give you an “insider’s” look at how the company treats their employees. If you live in a smaller town, you could find an employee much easily. Getting a firsthand account of the working conditions allows you to make more informed decision on whether or not you want to work at this company.
4. Business Reports
Not every company is featured in a nationwide magazine, but a lot of cities have local business magazines. Check at the public library, or online, and find out if the company you are researching has ever had an article written about them.
Even the local newspaper could have a write-up or two about the company you are considering. Try to find any and all media, both good and bad, about the company to help you make a better decision about working for them.
Through the company’s website, you may be able to discover if they support a certain charity. A company that shares its wealth is worth taking a second look at as a possible employee.
Armed with information, you can wow the interviewer and hope to become the next employee of the month.