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Choose the Right Company to Work For

By: Emma Jones - Updated: 8 Jul 2013 | comments*Discuss
 
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Working for the right company can make a big difference to your happiness, job satisfaction and career development. What is the right company will be a personal thing and depend on your personality and priorities.

Know What You Want

A company that is right for you may not be right for your brother or best friend. It is a personal thing and luckily, not everybody will want the same thing. Before you can start looking for your perfect company you need to know exactly what you want. Take into account your past employers and experiences and work out what your priorities are. Think about what you liked and disliked and what you hope to find in your ideal workplace. Consider whether you want a small or large company, opportunities for Career Development, flexible working hours, Access To Training, good pay and benefits or ethical commitment.

Do Your Research

Once you have concentrated in your needs and made a list of what you want, you need to find companies that match them. Do your research and find out all the companies that offer the roles that you want. Then take your time to find out as much as you can about them. The internet is a good place to start, not only for information but also for forums where people share their experiences. Talk to employees of the places you are considering to find out what working life is like. Also, contact the companies directly to ask about pay, location or corporate ethos.

Go With Your Gut Feeling

Sometimes you can do as much research as you possibly can and have all the facts on the table, yet it is your instinct that guides you. You should always listen to your gut feeling as it is usually right. Choosing the right company for you is such a personal decision that sometimes you just have to follow your heart about where you will be happiest.

Impress In The Interview

Once you have decided on your dream company you need to try to get a job with them. If there are any suitable roles available then apply for them but if not you may want to send off a speculative letter and CV. Explain your experience, why you want to work for them, and ask if you can come in to discuss any career opportunities. In the interview impress them with the knowledge of the company, enthusiasm and well thought out reasons about why you want to work for them.

Working for your ideal company can make you much more enthusiastic about your career. It is a personal decision and you need to be clear about your priorities and what you want from a company. Once you have established this, do your research and find out as much as you can about potential companies. Once you have all the facts go with your gut instinct as it is usually right.

How to Make A Speculative Application

Unsure how to make a Speculative Job Application? Read our feature in the Planning Category to follow our four-step plan.

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