MindYourBusyNess: 11 Tips on ‘How to choose an employer’

11 Tips on ‘How to choose an employer’

Are you an aspiring candidate entering the job market or a seasoned worker trying to change the job? Finding the suitable employer is a difficult task. Isn’t it? It is not the employers only who go through selection process of candidates. Intelligent candidates do some research work and short list employers even in the present recession hit market. Considering the stakes involved, it is worth investing some time and effort in this exercise. Following tips may help you to do the job easier- 1. List them- Making a list of possible employers is the first step in this direction. It should be a realistic list matching your qualification, aspirations, limitations and preferences. 2. Face value- Spent some time on the website of each employer on the list. Read what they tell about them. Does that sound realistic? Note down the points which are not easily digestible by you and do some further research on these till you are satisfied. Rule out the employers from the list where you are not satisfied. 3. Probe further- Try to find out some links to present/previous employees of these employers. You may depend on your college-mates, neighbors, friends from social network sites, relatives etc. Ask about the actual work practices, work environment, work culture in the organization. Does that suit you? Is it in agreement of their stated version? Cut down names from your list where you are not comfortable. 4. First hand experience- If it is possible for you to reach to some of the offices of these employers, spend some time there. Talk to the staff. (you can pose like customer and query about their products and services) What is the attitude of most of the staff? (don’t base your decision on just one or two reactions) Do most of them sound positive and helping people? If not, eliminate the name from the list. 5. Find from competitors – Professional competitors are the best source of information about the reputation or weakness of someone. If you can find some connections, go out and find out facts. 6. Internet search – Spend some time on Google or whatever search engine you prefer. You can try searching for information/articles related to the employer or their work culture. If you come across many articles/comments regarding ‘unfair business practices’, ‘exploitation at work place’ etc regarding some employer , it is better to drop it from the list. 7. Industry practice –Find out work related trends in the industry of your interest. Then compare these with information you have collected about the employers. Is there a deviation? If so, then is it justifiable? 8. Cut he jargon – Many smart employers hide the actual details under loosely defined terms like CTC (Cost to company), ‘best industry practices’ etc. The candidates should find out by insisting for relevant details. 9. Hidden conditions- in your research work try to find out if there are some pre conditions regarding work timing, leave, allowances etc. Are these conditions practical? 10. Growth opportunity- Consider your growth opportunity in the organization and also the growth prospects of the employer. 11. Financial health- if you know the basics of finance and can make out some sense out of the balance sheet or share price movement and related information then you should also invest some time to gauge the financial health of an organization. The above mentioned cues may help in making your decision making process better in this regard. After all, a job contract is one of the major contracts in an individual’s life and it needs to be handled carefully.