Before you think about working for a new company, you should always take the time to do your homework. What may seem, on paper, to be the ideal job, may end up being a millstone around your neck if your new place of work is not the place you thought it was. This is why reading company reviews prior to applying for a job is so important.
Putting Your Best Foot Forward
When you go for an interview, you are not the only person who is on your best behaviour and making an effort to present only your good side – the same goes for your potential employer. But it is what is behind the scenes that can make all the difference, with the majority of workers stating that they would rather take a cut in pay than work in an environment in which they felt unhappy and pressured. Before applying for that perfect position, it’s a good idea to read as many company reviews as you can, in order to gain an insight into what it’s actually like to work there. Whether you are looking for a full-time or part-time position, you need to look deeper than the potentially superficial politeness of the initial stages and see what a real working relationship would be like.
Don’t Assume the Worst
Don’t, however, judge the company as a whole by one or two bad reviews: disgruntled employees may use anonymous company reviews in order to exact revenge on their employers. A careful read of the reviews as a whole should be able to give you a clear indication as to the general feel of the place. Company reviews tend to be general rather than job-specific, so it may be difficult to judge the particular position you are considering applying for, but if the majority of employees have left favourable reviews, it’s a good start.
More Than Money
Once you have decided that a company seems to be employee-friendly, consider other issues such as any perks or benefits that may be available in addition to your salary. Job reviews may not provide you with such information, but you should be able to find out what employee perks are included in your employment package from either the job description or at the interview itself. If you are a fitness enthusiast, does your potential employer have an on-site gym, or is there a reduced membership deal at a local gym? Are childcare vouchers available? Does the company run a flexitime scheme? It’s these additional benefits than can often sway you to accept a position when another company may be offering a slightly higher salary but with no additional employee perks.
Work is such a major part of everyday life that it’s important to get it right. Don’t just jump in without ensuring that you’re going to be happy with where you land.
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