Choosing the right employer can be tough. There will be challenges when investigating an employer’s performance on a complex range of issues. In order to be better prepared for this decision, consider the following:
- Do your research.
Research the organization through its website and consider its genuine commitment to ethical business practices.
- Do you see yourself being there?
Look for mission statements, annual reports and financial reports. Be sure to investigate whether the company is growing in the right direction. Look, closely at the workplace practices such as diversity, policies, procedures, and staff retention rates.
- Get feedback from present employers
Talk to employers at careers fairs, employer events, and even job interviews. Converse with current employees to get more insight about the pros and cons of the company. This is an opportunity for them to show case their initiatives and receive some positive feedback.
- Do you see yourself growing with this company? What does that look like?
Identify your future goals with your employer. Do they have a vision for growth? It is important for an organization to grow as it is directly proportional to your career growth. Make sure that your growth plan will always remain parallel to that new organization.
- Is the environment socially diverse?
How is the work environment? Ask about the office culture? 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 terrorized by their bosses? These are the questions you need to ask yourself when making that informed decision.
- Does the work place have diversity?
Social diversity goes beyond cultural backgrounds and focuses more on individual attributes, lifestyles and situations. A culturally diverse team is a great asset because every member brings something unique to the table. With diversity, you can break down language barriers, and have a team that can relate to a variety of customers.
- What is the company culture?
Finally, you want to know how existing employees feel about the culture that has been created in their department. How do people work together? Culture is one of the most important factors you need to consider in choosing an employer. Culture is a very powerful force that works internally to create a positive work experience for all employees.
About this Author:
De’Voe Sherman is from Cincinnati, Ohio, and a graduate of Woodward High School. He is currently studying Political Science & Liberal Arts at the University of Cincinnati. He will be a senior in college this upcoming fall. He has lived in Cincinnati his whole life and after graduating wants to work with the City to construct a plan for city growth and harmony.