Your job shouldn’t be your life. But it certainly takes up a majority of your time, so it’s something to consider carefully! Thankfully, there are some green flags you can spot way before your job offer to help suss out the best places for you. Have a read!
Sometimes when job seeking, there are so many exciting roles to apply for that it can be hard to separate the good from the bad (and the great from the just okay). Work is said to be the biggest thing to influence how happy you are, and the more comfortable you are in your workplace, the better you’ll be at your job. So it’s important to pick a job that you like!
As recruitment experts, we’re quite clued up on what makes a great employer. So sit back with a cup of tea, and let us show you some of the key signs of a great workplace to look out for whilst on your job hunt:
The job ad
You can really tell alot by a job posting. It’s the first thing you look at, and one of the most important signs of a good place to work.
A great employer cares about the staff they hire, so you bet they are going to spend a good amount of time perfecting their job ads. They want a well written, informative job description to attract the best candidates for their role. It’s key to remember that good employers will put as much effort into their recruitment processes as they can.
Look out for job ads that are descriptive, clearly list your responsibilities, and give a good sense of the company culture. Some of the best job ads have a humorous touch, or give you a sense of personality. Be careful of those which have poor spelling, are sparse, or feel robotic – these are signs of a poor communicator, poor effort, and likely a poor employer.
Salary and career progression
While salary isn’t always the most important aspect of a job, I think we can all agree that it’s still a pretty critical element for jobseekers. It’s worth doing a bit of research and working out what the general average salary is for the job role you are applying to, and seeing how the pay matches up to it.
If the salary seems on the low end, make sure you ask about career progression – is there much opportunity for you to work up a pay level? This is going to be an important factor if you intend to stay there long term.
While salary isn’t the sole defining factor of a good employer, it’s a big part of the whole package that makes for a great place to work, so keep a lookout for it.