You’ve found the perfect job—but is the company right for you?
Long gone are the days of punching a time clock and working 9:00-5:00, of working your way up and retiring from the same company after 30 years. If you’re part of the newest generation of job seekers, your priorities have shifted and your expectations have changed drastically compared to those in decades past. Finding the company that’s right for you is just as important as finding the perfect job.
Start researching early when you begin the application process. There are plenty of online resources at your fingertips that will help you learn almost everything you’ll want to know about the company to which you’re applying. Websites such as glassdoor.com offer insider insight into companies large and small; you’ll find information like actual employee reviews, salary comparisons and lists of awards the company has won. Read through the company’s website and media page for the latest news. Start a list of what you can’t find online, and make sure you ask about those topics during the interview process.
1) When you begin your research, first determine your priorities. Of course monetary compensation is an important part of the package, but what about your intrinsic motivation? How do the company’s mission, priorities and the way it treats its people align with your beliefs? Understand these elements up front so you don’t end up feeling disillusioned and undervalued in the end.
2) If it’s important to you, it’s important to ask how the company contributes to a greater purpose. How will the role you’re applying for contribute to that purpose? You’ll want to feel fulfilled by the work you’re doing; make sure the company you’re looking at offers that opportunity through the work its employees conduct every day.
3) Many companies are focusing on becoming better corporate citizens. How does the company support the communities it operates within? If you like to spend time volunteering your time, ask whether you can work that time into your PTO. If it’s important to you to make financial contributions to specific causes, see if there’s an employer contribution match.
4) Is the company innovative in the way it conducts business? Does it seem to be keeping up with the times, or has it offered similar products and services with not much change for years? If the company’s growth seems stagnant, there’s a possibility your career path could quickly grow stagnant as well.
5) Make sure you’ll be offered personal and professional growth opportunities. If there are new skills you’d like to learn, ask if the company offers support for continuing education support. Does it offer true growth potential? You don’t want to continually “job-hop”; can you see a true career path progression?
6) Last but definitely not least, find out what it’s really like to work there. If you’re employed full time, you’ll spend the majority of your waking hours during the week on the job. The right work environment is key to your day-to-day happiness. Make sure you’ll have the work-life balance, inclusive environment and flexible schedule you need, if those are the things that are important to you.
Still searching for the right career with the right company? Visit Accenture’s careers page for current career opportunities, and see how our priorities can align with yours.