The Overlooked Secret to Having a Successful Career…
Applying for a job? Have you ever stopped to think about whether the organisational culture will match your personality and affect your job success? Probably not.
All too often, job seekers are influenced by the extrinsic perks of the job (salary, bonuses and fringe benefits.)
But let’s reflect here for a second.
As a jobseeker, you should spend time ensuring you’re going to get the most out of the organisational culture. In 6 months’ time, will you want to get out of bed and into the office? A job seeker would gain extensive value from investigating a company’s organisational culture. This will ensure you’re compatible with its dynamic and ensure that this won’t be another 6 month stint. Intrinsic motivators such as meaningfulness, competence and a sense of progress will ensure that you’re happy in the work place and flourish in the environment.
Don’t get me wrong, you’re never going to be able to capture the complete culture of a company prior to working there, but there are a few things that you can do to make sure you don’t make a decision that you regret. Before getting caught up in all the great incentives, grab your magnifying glass and cloak because its time to play detective and validate your next job opportunity.
1. Check Social Media Profile
There’s no harm in doing a quick check online, to grasp the tone of the company’s posts and the way they engage and interact with their audience. Facebook is your best platform to investigate, as more creative freedom exists and content is often more expressive.
2. Get Social
Fun Fact: We are just 2 or 3 (5 at best) connections away from anyone in the world!
Network… network your tooshy off and find someone who works in the company that you want to get into and then ask them about life on the other side. Is the culture friendly? Are you aloud to smile at work? Is there a certain amount of breaths you can take per day before being swarmed on by upper management?
3. Take a Tour
Nothing compares to a real inspection. Definitely dress up as Sherlock Holmes now so you have all the master skills to walk around the premise and size everything up. From how big the toilet cubicles are to if they have casual Fridays.
4. Ask the Interviewer
It is absolutely essential before the interview concludes that roles reverse and you pretend to be the interviewer for a bit. No doubt every interviewee’s first question should be focused on the interviewer describing the culture of their company and why they love working here. Even if they do just dish out rehearsed answers some indication of their happiness should slip through, whether it be through hesitation or a nervous twitch.
Don’t make the rookie mistake of joining a company without researching their culture. This is tantamount to marrying someone without finding out about his or her psychotic tendencies. You don’t want a job where you don’t fit in, just as bad as you don’t want a partner with some screws missing.
P.S – If you are serious about finding the right company for you, where not only you fit in but get the most out of yourself, feel free to get in touch with First Avenue for advice and information on our job opportunities.
Startups are fresh-faced companies seeking to burst into their industry, crashing tidal waves of mayhem on their competitors with an innovative product or service.
As a recent graduate who now works for a Startup, I feel I am in the perfect position to break down three of the greatest aspects of working for a new company.
ASX 200 companies are massive organisations; they are there more often than not because they keep a close eye on profit margins. Working for a powerhouse company is safer than a Startup, involves fewer risks and fewer hours. However most Startups are willing to give recent graduates an opportunity to gain the experience every large company requires, but doesn’t necessarily offer. Importantly in the long run a graduate could have the chance to be at a start up from ground zero and climb up the corporate ladder as your company grows in stature.
You will be delivering classic 1-2-3 punch combinations from your first day with a Startup company. They offer a fast paced and exciting environment, with little to no boundaries for creativity. A Startup's structure allows for ideas to be implemented quickly as decision-making and action occurs swifter trough shorter and clearer communication channels
What do most graduates value above all else? Pay… But a close second is learning. Learning is exponential at a Startup; with the opportunity to get your hands dirty from day one. Great feedback and guidance is also available due to a small team environment. Startup employees need to be more flexible, often working across different disciplines. This cross disciplinary exposure allows for more learning than any university lecture theatre.
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Whether a fresh faced graduate or a seasoned executive, finding a new job is incredibly hard. You would think that the Internet has made things easier, but it turns out all it does is broadcast openings to your competition.
The point is, not only is job-hunting a competitive sport – it’s also confusing. Be proud if you have managed to engineer your way to the first interview, but don’t get comfortable. Your first interview may well be the most challenging obstacle you face. Here are four things to remember so you don’t blow it.
Fifteen years ago, business was booming all across the world and job hunters had it made. Demand far exceeded supply, so well qualified employees found themselves with a bevy of offers from HR managers desperate to fill positions. The 21st century though has been dominated by recession and miniscule growth. While statistics show that unemployment is falling and businesses are once again expanding, a recession mentality still hangs in the air. After more than a decade of over overqualified applicants applying for menial positions, it is still very much a buyer’s market. Companies know this, which means your top priority in an interview is to demonstrate your value.
While nobody is suggesting you should engage in an elaborate deception, recognize that this oft-given pearl of wisdom is wishful thinking at its worst. We are who we need to be depending on the situation. You behave one way with your spouse and another way with your old college roommate and still another way with your parents.
Q. So which one of these “selves” should you be during your interview?
A. NONE OF THEM.
A job interview, not unlike a first date, is a time to shine, to put nothing short of your best foot forward. It is a time to remember the importance of polite manners, proper grammar and good posture. These things may seem superficial, but they are just some of the ways you can demonstrate your value to a potential employer.
These days, even small companies maintain a presence on the web. As a job hunter, the information on these sites could very well be the difference between a job offer and a routine email.
The vast majority of companies maintain a presence on various social media outlets due to its extreme popularity. Facebook, for example, boasts some 1.4 million members, approximately the population of China.
You can learn a lot about a company from their social media sites. Their mission statement and news releases are good examples, as are objective pieces of information like the name of their Human Resources Director or other key people you may meet during your first interview. You can also learn a great deal of subjective information as well – the culture of the company, what they strive to accomplish, why they started their company in the first place. Follow a company with an active Twitter account. Ask them questions. You’d be surprised how generous many companies are with information on Twitter. Some companies have an entire department devoted to social media management. You are not bothering them with your questions. If anything, your questions increase engagement, which is the ultimate objective of any social media platform.
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