Friday, May 1, 2015
If I Wanted Your Opinion....
I'll just ask you...
Yes, I am still looking for a job. I am having a hard time remaining positive and optimistic at this point. Today while searching through job postings, I actually found a couple that are possibilities. I know some people are probably thinking, "you've been looking for a job for a LOOONGG time, you should be applying for every job you are even close to being qualified for!" Thankfully I'm in a situation that allows me to be a little more cautious as to who I'm sending my resume to.
This is the deal. I want more than a job. I want a career, truly. I want a job that I enjoy. I want an employer that cares about their employees, can give honest, constructive feedback, pays a fair wage, and has good benefits. I don't think it's unreasonable to find out as much as you can about a prospective employer before you jump head first out of the proverbial frying pan.
This is where all of you come in. I know some of you find LinkedIn useless and for a time I did too. Today, when I found the two jobs that sparked my interest, I thought I'd find people who work for the company and send them a private message and ask for some feedback about their employer. If someone contacted you, would you respond and would you be honest with your response? After I sent two messages, I thought maybe I need to contact former employees because they might be more apt to respond and be honest. Then I thought if they left under bad terms, they might exaggerate with their "cons."
I've read every review on Glassdoor for both companies, but I want to be able to have a dialogue with someone, not just read anonymous reviews. I'm a pretty awesome catch and I want to be sure a company is worthy of having me as their employee.