Let's say you have a top-notch resume in your hands, and you've embarked on a job search. When looking for work, it's important to hunt for a great job and a company that's a good fit. This blog addresses the job part of the equation quite a bit. Today, let's take a look at a couple of things you want to consider when pondering where to work. It's critical to pay attention to the entire package when assessing how well you might mesh with a company. I always recommend that candidates pay the most attention to corporate culture. First, determine what kind of "vibe" resonates with you. Do you work well within a open and relaxed environment, or do you prefer a more structured framework? This distinction may sound simple, but you'd be surprised at how often people make decisions that defy their natural preference. Exit interviews routinely reveal that reasons for separation could have been easily identified prior to employment. I recognize that's a tall order given the fact that candidates and hiring managers like to appear as flexible as possible when interviewing.
Next, don't overlook employee benefits when deciding which organizations to target. I recently learned that about 75% of companies have changed their benefits packages due to the economy. What are your non-negotiables in terms of benefits? Don't work your way through the entire screening process only to find that the benefits are a non-starter for you. Most important, be sure to investigate the full range of benefits that a company offers. Exit interviews also reveal that many employees go through their entire tenure not knowing that certain (potentially useful) benefits are available. For instance, many companies provide assistance with adoption expenses and help to subsidize the cost of elder care.