Monday, October 11, 2010

Good advice for grads

I had the fun and privilege of talking to a group of junior and seniors today.  Students who will be looking for their first job somewhere here in the next six to 12 months.  We talked about the importance of having a strong online presence as well as connecting things IRL.  

One great question from the group that I would like to throw out to you all.  How do you recommend employees screen companies?  What tools, resources and connections do you use to evaluate what makes a company a great place to work?  

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Scott Balster said...

This is a great question. I gain interest in a company when I see testimonials from employees that currently work there.

I want to see that a company has a strong social media presence etc because to me it indicates the type of culture that is going to fit well with me.

HRCindy said...

In order to effectively screen your target companies, you first have to know yourself and what your values are. Then you have something objective to measure your prospective target companies against. Once that piece is in place, do research! Plan to spend 10-15 hours conducting research on each of your target companies. Review their website, seek out executive interviews with Wall St., find newspaper or magazine articles, etc. The point is to learn their mission, vision, philosophies and values. Then decide if these fit with your values. Once you've done that, seek out those connections in your network who work at your target companies or have in the past (or who know someone else who works there)to determine if the company actually walks the walk or just talks the talk. Plan to use traditional networking as well as social networking (LinkedIn, Facebook, etc.)to conduct this bit of research. This process takes time and effort on the part of the candidate, but it's well worth it. Skip this step and you may just end up miserable and unemployed in a short amount of time.

Deirdre said...

Scott, that's great that you can screen that way. And what a good benchmark.

HRCindy, thank you. That is excellent advice. I copied, pasted and emailed it to the class I talked to yesterday.

Thank you both for stopping by.

Yu Yu said...

A couple of ways you can check the health of a company:
Google: Search for the company, search for their customers, search for their leadership team. What you read there will give you a lot of information on the company's customer base, what the personality of the leaders are like, and what others have to say about the company. Is that going to be the right fit for you?
LinkedIn: Check the company profile. Are people joining or leaving? How long are they staying with the company? These days people update their profiles almost right away, so you can spot this easily.