Business Insider states that the average person spends 90,000 hours at work over their lifetime. So how do you ensure that you find a great place to spend all this time?
Every company wants you to think of them as a great place to work but how do you make your mind up as to who is a best fit for you?
Indeed is the world’s number one job site with over 200 million unique visitors every month from over 60 countries. If a job is online, you will find it on Indeed. Users can search jobs posted on thousands of websites and employers can post roles directly to the site. In addition to searching open roles in your chosen area you can read company profiles and reviews.
Glassdoor is one of the fastest growing jobs and recruiting sites containing company reviews, CEO approval rankings, interview reviews and questions, benefits reviews, office photos and more – all provided by employees past and current.
LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network with more than 530 million users in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide. You can search for companies on LinkedIn and find out company information, recent news stories, live vacancies, find out if you have connections that work there and follow a company to get news and content direct to your news feed.
More and more companies are showcasing themselves on social media. Following a company on social media can provide access to real life employee stories, video content, corporate news and more. Trying checking out their employer brand channel such as #Lifeat[insert company] or #[insert company]careers
Great Places to Work Lists
There are many organisations around the world that compile lists of top employers. This include Great Places to Work, Top Employers Institute and Universum’s Most Attractive Employers lists.
The best way to learn about a company’s culture and to search open vacancies is to look at their own careers website. Some sites also allow you to sign up to their Talent Community which ensures new roles are emailed directly to your inbox and helps recruiters to find you more easily.
Tips for Finding the Right Fit
Once you have researched companies, found vacancies and applied for jobs, make sure you continue your fact-finding at interview stage. An interview should be a two-way process. You need to understand if the culture of this business is as right for you, as much as they want to find out if you are the right candidate for them. If an employer has been making claims around diversity or female leadership, ask them what strategies they are employing to deliver on these promises. If they advertise they are flexible employers, ask what this means within the team you are applying to.
Keep an open mind. Don’t let one bad review cloud your judgement. This is why, when researching a potential employer, you should use multiple sources. No one is 100% happy in their job 100% of the time so take on board the bad reviews, but use them to further your research and ask more questions. Unless of course all the reviews are bad!
Follow the places you want to work. If there isn’t a suitable vacancy at the time you want to look for a new role, you can follow that company on most sites to continue learning more about them and find out about new roles as soon as they are posted. Job board sites allow you to sign up for job updates, and following a company on social media is a great way to keep up-to-date with what they are doing.
Now you know where to start your search it should be easy to find an employer that supports you to thrive and develop, and those 9,000 hours won’t seem as long!