In looking for a job, you want something that not only pays well but also keeps you happy. The environment of where you work is as important as the compensation. Motivation from money will only get you so far, being happy in the workplace will keep you motivated for as long you stay.
If you want to find a job with a good working environment, it’s important to find out about your potential boss. Why? This will give you insight on how the boss treats his staff. Is he burning them out, or working with the staff toward better results? By researching your potential employer, it will also give you some insight as to whether you will be a good fit for the company.
The easiest way to find out more about a potential boss if you don’t know anyone from the company is through the boss’s online presence. By looking for his online profiles, it will help you get more information about the boss’s personality.
If you want to find out more about your potential employer, here are some tips to help you do your research.
How are his status updates? – There are a lot of social networks available, each catering to a particular set of people. Look for the boss’s profiles on popular social networking sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. If you can’t find him there, try looking for niche-specific networks or forums. Once you find his profile, you can get an idea of how he is at work. Are his updates positive or negative?
Personality – When looking at a potential employer’s profile, it is a good idea to take a moment to look at his personality. What type of content is he sharing? How is he interacting with other people? Is he an extrovert or introvert?
Work ethic – Once you find the boss’s LinkedIn profile, you can get information about how they work. What do his former colleagues or bosses say about him?
Strengths and weaknesses – Aside from his personality, it’s also wise to find out what the boss’s strengths and weaknesses are. It will give you insight into whether or not he will be a good leader.
Former employees – This is probably the most important thing that you need to check. What better way is there to know how a boss treats his employees than by finding out what the people who already worked for him have to say?
Take advantage of the power of the Internet; it can give you access to valuable information that can help you decide on your next job. Having a job is good, but if you don’t take the time to research the environment of the job, you may be back to looking for a job in no time because of a bad working environment.
Before accepting an offer, take the time to find out what you are getting yourself into. This is the only way to avoid an endless cycle of finding new jobs that don’t work out.
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