For the perfect job, it is not only important that you fulfill the employer’s specifications and that the job itself enables you to use your skills and qualifications, it is equally essential that your employer meets your workplace needs.
While job hunting and sending applications you should therefore be aware of what is important to you at the workplace. What exactly do you expect from your employer? What are your priorities?
Certain important factors to consider include (in random order):
While all these reflections are important, try to maintain some flexibility as far as your expectations are concerned - after all, employers are often also flexible when looking at a candidate’s profile. But do decide under which circumstances you would be prepared to compromise and which criteria are non-negotiable.
The job ad only gives initial indications as to whether your preferences correspond with those of the employer. It can also supply clues to the corporate culture by explicitly mentioning certain values. However, it is important to remember that behind such ads there is always an HR marketing strategy and ultimately it will be in the application process that you will experience first-hand how the organization treats people. The expression candidate experience says it all. It is up to you to assess the extent to which your experience meets your expectations of a future employer.
If you would rather know in advance, the organization’s digital presence will give you further insights on its website and in social media. Do you know anyone in your own network who has already worked for this employer and can give you more information? Can your questions be answered by the HR department or is the company attending one of the on-campus Career Days and you can ask for a non-binding meeting? Detailed questions can then be answered personally at an interview – remember, you maintain full decision rights up until the employment contract is signed.
Take the opportunity to find out as much as you can about potential employers. Given that you will spend a good deal of your time there, it is important that you reach a sound decision.