Good cultural fit
If you are finding it difficult to hone in on some potential roles or industries, first consider your skills. This is key! Before jumping into any job, make sure you’ve spent a good amount of time sussing out the company’s reputation and culture. Both of these can be found on the company’s website if they have one, social media, online presence, and through speaking to the employer and any staff. A good culture is one that aligns with what you enjoy and feel confident in, therefore it’s different for everyone. So consider the things that are important to you, and look out for these specifically.
Another way to get a better understanding of a company’s culture is to consider the interview as a two way conversation. Come prepared with questions that will help you figure out what culture matters to you. For example, if a sociable, teamwork focused environment is important for you, you could ask ‘Will I be working closely within a team or independently?’. Or, if you’re keen to join a young team, say with other students for instance, you could ask the employer to tell you a little bit about the demographic of the team.
Investment in employees
Finding a company that treats its employees well can sadly be a challenge in and of itself. Thankfully, companies are increasingly adopting more forward-thinking ways of operating and you’ll find many who do their best to create a truly employee-focused environment.
Check out their benefits listed in the job description, or extra amenities offered, such as gym memberships and wellness programs, free lunch on shift, and company organised activities outside of working hours. A good company will offer their employees more than just a salary, and will put in effort to create a positive and comfortable working environment.
It’s easy to get excited over the first job that comes your way, and of course you should – it’s a great achievement when opportunity comes knocking! However, it’s important to be confident in your job choice before diving in. Even if you’re simply looking for casual work, a job that you don’t enjoy will wear thin quicker than you might expect, and then you’ll end up having to start a job search all over again.
So, ensure you’ve followed the steps above and taken some time to do your research. Pick a couple job ideas and look online for what current or past employees say about their work. If you know anyone in the industry, speak to them first to get a feel of what they love most about their work and see if it resonates with you.
And importantly, if an offer comes your way, research the company first! You can find out a lot about a company’s culture on their website or social media pages. On the Placed app, you can even browse and follow brands to see testimonials, images and videos and even take quizzes to learn more on whether it’s a good fit for you.
Good work-life balance
It’s fair to say most people want to be able to balance their work life and personal life. While a job may seem appealing on paper, the enjoyment of the role may wear thin if you’re always working late hours and are unable to spend time on your hobbies, family or friends. A good employer will not expect you to always work long hours at the expense of your family life.
During interviews, ask about what your weekly work schedule might look like. You also can check online surveys regarding employer job satisfaction, which are often featured on job-search and career websites.
The Placed app is a great tool to find out more on this – simply check out an employer’s brand page to read testimonials and browse content to really get a feel for the culture of the company you’re interested in.