May I Have Your Hand In Employment?

You wouldn’t marry someone you just met. So why do so many of us join associations/companies we barely know? Of course, jobs aren’t in the same league as marriage, but there is a certain level of commitment when you accept an offer. Wouldn’t it be nice to know you like them as much as they like you?

Like most people, I’ve had a few jobs I hated. In hindsight, I could see the red flags. On the other hand, I’ve also had a few really great employers – but that was just luck. Most of the time, I was so focused on getting the position that I didn’t put enough consideration into whether I’d like working there.

So, what can you do? The tips below will help you learn more about a prospect while you’re still in the dating stage:

1)      Research, research, research: Look up the company online, but go beyond the obvious. Go back a few pages in the Google results – you’ll be more likely to find third-party information. Also, check out and for anonymous employee reviews.

2)      Interview: The kind where YOU ask the questions. Talk to internal contacts/friends about the company culture. Find out what they like and don’t like. Same goes for questions you can ask during the interview – for example, “what do you feel are the biggest challenges facing the organization?”

3)      Read between the lines: Employees often won’t come right out and say they hate their organizations. Listen to what they’re NOT saying – you can often pick up a positive or negative vibe.

4)      Don’t put TOO much stock into the opinions of others: Disgruntled employees are often the ones that post anonymous reviews, so take the input with a grain of salt.

Starting with a new employer always involves a leap of faith. Yet, getting a realistic view of the organization will boost the odds that you’ll live happily ever after (or, for as long as you choose to stay)!



About Charlotte Weeks - Executive Career Coach / Executive Resume Writer / Outplacement Consultant

Prior to founding Weeks Career Services, Inc. Charlotte Weeks worked in human resources at a national association, where she experienced the hiring process from the other side. She's also the past president of The National Resume Writers' Association (The NRWA). Charlotte specializes in providing C-level executives (CEO, CFO, CMO, etc.), association executives, executive directors and senior-level professionals (director, VP, SVP, etc.) with comprehensive career coaching services and high-ROI resumes. She is author of "I Want a Job in an Association -- Now What?? A Guide to Getting a Job in a Professional Association, Membership Organization, or Society" and featured author of "101 Great Ways to Enhance Your Career." Additional book contributions include "The Twitter Job Search Guide," "Resumes That Pop!," and "Step-by-Step Cover Letters." As an internationally-recognized expert, Charlotte provides programs and documents tailored to each individual’s needs. To ensure that each person is given the highest quality of attention and service, Charlotte works with a limited number of new clients each month.
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