If you are seeking an entry level job, you may not have the experience to figure out whether it is a good job or not. Yet, finding the right job can save both you and the company time and money by making it a more long-lasting relationship. Grab some hard-earned wisdom from your fresh graduate job peers, by joining networks that can help you get your virtual foot in the door, before you've even been interviewed.
Your Social Connections Can Provide the Real Scoop
Before the big interview, you can get some information from social connections on Facebook, FirstJob.com, or Glassdoor.com. Items of interest will include:
Company Culture - Are they a conservative blue chip or a radical upstart? What’s the general atmosphere: Casual or regimented. Is the company friendly towards women and minorities or does their corporate culture show it is not a priority? Pick a company that matches who you are and both of you will be happier in the long run.
Turnover - Is the company known for having rounds of layoffs? If so, it might be wise to look at a more stable business environment. Remember, last one in, first one out.
Ethics - Does the company have the same social values you do? If not, can you tolerate the ethical code expected from employees? Will you be doing work that your conscience won't object to?
Reputation - Read the reviews on a company before you interview so that you can spot the red flags. You may find that some bad reviews are warranted and others are not. If the company is in the news for suits and negative publicity, avoid joining their ranks so that bad reputation doesn't rub off on you.
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