Every job seeker has their own wants, needs and desires for their next job.
Job searching normally starts with getting your resume in shape before searching, but it could start with who's hiring. Soon enough one must find out who is hiring and whether they would want to work for them.
Each situation is different. Are you employed or unemployed? Do you fit in better in a large company or a small one, a public or private company, for profit or non-profit situation, start-up or mature, same industry or different one? How important each consideration is becomes an individual decision.
Getting interviews with a great resume is one thing. Having enough information to make an informed decision about a company is quite another. Before pursuing an opportunity, two things one might consider are: If I had the choice, would I be willing to invest my money in them? And what do their employees have to say about them?
The key questions are:
Is the company financially stable?
Is the industry and company growing or declining?
Is the company competitive? Is it a leader or follower?
Do people like working there? Do they like the company culture and management? What would they change if they could?
What do ex-employees think about the company? (If negative, dig deep to find out why. They may simply be disgruntled.)
To help assess how strong a company is, visit financial investing resources:
https://www.sec.gov/page/investor-section-landing (go to the "Filings" tab)
http://www.hoovers.com/ This is a Pay site. You can get some private company information here.
And ask a financial advisor if you can:
It's their business to know about investing opportunities.
To find out what employees think, ask what they like/dislike about the company:
To find current and past employees, search LinkedIn for people who work at the company. Invite them to connect. Write a note introducing you in the invitation, don't use the impersonal default invitation.
Don't forget to ask people in your network
It's been said you never know what you don't know? Well you won't ever know if you don't ask questions. And you will often be surprised by the answers you get.
The takeaway is this:
Getting your resume into shape is critical for certain, but so is researching companies before you get too involved with them. A bad decision may put you back into the job market.
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