When looking for a new job, it’s important to know what it is you want. This doesn’t cover just the industry and pay grade (though of course you don’t want to be looking for accountancy jobs when you’re interested in software engineering), but what you expect from your workplace.
What might seem like the best job in the world could turn into a daily trip to hell if you don’t like the people you work with.
Some aspects that you might want to consider are things such as the size of the company. Whereas a larger company may offer more benefits, and possibly higher pay, you may find that you’re a small cog in the machine, often ignored or overlooked.
If you are comfortable with that, or if you believe you possess the tenacity to make yourself heard, then that’s fine.
If not, you might want to consider working in a smaller company, where it will be easier to get to know everybody and make yourself heard,
but you may have more responsibilities and a larger workload, coupled with fewer benefits.
Once you have decided what you want from your workplace, do some research on any companies you apply to. This can involve talking to friends and family,
or looking online for past and current employee stories. If you find something on a major news site, be very sure to check if its positive or negative.
Remember to make the most of your interviews. Ask probing questions, and pay attention to how people treat each other. If you have a chance to get to know the current employees then make the most of it. These are some of the best opportunities you’ll have, as only you know what you’re really looking for.
Though it may seem a little daunting to try and base your opinion on what could be a single interview, you’re not alone in your search.
Websites such as bestcompanies.co.uk can help you discover if your potential employer has a good track record, and they operate in multiple sectors, from finance jobs to careers in creative design.
Not every company is listed on these sites, but if yours is, it’s a very good sign.