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How To Examine Potential Employers

Mar 2, 2008
As a job seeker, you need to take the time to choose the company that you want to work for carefully. Lots of jobseekers only consider certain aspects of a company, such as prestige and salary offered, when deciding who to work for. This can turn out to be a costly mistake.

What to Look For

A central summary of a corporation and its performance must be evaluated. You should have good insight into the market where the company functions. Find out things like competition, the tenure of business and its international and national standing.

It is a great idea to visit the corporation's website; however, keep in mind that the information found on these web sites is sometimes not accurate. The marketing division generally is designated to write material for the website. So, basically there will be a lot of information from a marketing point of view. To get more truthful information, find a website that will tell you the basics of the company and details on its performance.

Check the foundation of the corporation; technology driven organizations that are allied with more reputable parent corporations in general have strong support and business strategies that facilitate success.

The Economic Point of View

You can get essential financial reports like statements of income, balance sheets, etc. of firms that are publicly listed without charge. Try not to feel weighed down with figures and data; instead simply observe the manner in which the corporation's stock is performing in contrast with other contributions.

You should also find out if the company is involved in any litigation - especially with employees, current or former. This will tell you a lot about company-employee relations. The last thing you want to do is to take a position with a company that doesn't value its employees, or where employees are generally disgruntled and unhappy.

Recognize the Business' Position

You should also read business journals concerning the market that the business operates in and understand its present situation. If the company functions within several sectors in the market, highlight the one connected with your particular job proposition.

You will be surprised to observe that practically each market sector has its individual business newssheets, publications and/or web sites. Most likely, you will not be able to relate to a few things that you come across in these journals. This is because the details given inside are generally filled with terms that are strictly "business". It's all right if you cannot relate to a few things; all you need to do is simply try to look for information and comments from the development and financial point of views.

Remember that just as the company is trying to find the best employees for them, you need to be equally as determined to find the right company to work for.
About the Author
Tony Jacowski is a quality analyst for The MBA Journal. Aveta Solution's Six Sigma Online offers online six sigma training and certification classes for lean six sigma, black belts, green belts, and yellow belts.
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