Today we have a guest post from Lauren Bailey. Lauren researches and writes information on the best online colleges and degrees for modern students. She is also a freelance blogger and loves writing about education, new technology, lifestyle and health. She welcomes comments and questions via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Most Important Part of a Job Search Is…
I suppose this title is a bit subjective, since the “most important part” of anything depends on who you ask. However, there is one part of looking and interviewing for a job that so many people ignore, or at least don’t pay enough attention to, but that is vital to a successful job search; researching a company or business before applying for a job.
There are so many different types of businesses and organizations in today’s market. At times, you may come across a business that is about something totally different than its title would lead you to believe. Job seekers often search for open positions online, where the job title is posted first and the name of the company second. This leads people to believe that the job title is what is most important (and it is key), but the company you choose to work for lays the foundation for a successful career.
A job really is about more than just the task at hand. Your personal values and goals should match the company you work for; otherwise, you may end up sacrificing your contentment and ethics for a paycheck. This is why it is vital to do your research on a company before applying for a job.
Thanks to the internet, this type of research is easier than ever. Most businesses have their own websites (especially if they are posting jobs online), and these sites often contain pages that cover company history, location(s), business operations, management organization and more. Some companies even share information on what they offer their employees, in terms of benefits and career opportunities.
If the job post doesn’t provide you with the company’s official web address, simply enter the company’s name in an internet search engine (like Google) to find its website. If the site doesn’t provide you with all of the information you want, don’t hesitate to call the business to get the answers you are looking for. Calling also gives you the opportunity to connect with someone who already works for the company, giving you a leg up on an interview, should you decide to apply.
If you do apply and get called for an interview, you will also already be prepared for any questions the interviewer might have about your knowledge of the company. In addition, you will have had more time to contemplate any additional questions you want to ask during the interview about the business.
Good luck with your search!
Lauren Bailey researches and writes information on the best online colleges and degrees for modern students. She is also a freelance blogger and loves writing about education, new technology, lifestyle and health. She welcomes comments and questions via email at email@example.com.