Maybe you were all remote during the pandemic and now you don’t want to go back to an office. Perhaps you were laid off and now with kids back in school, you can look for a job again. Traditionally this is the time of the year when we see an increased interest in career changes. With that in mind, here are some things to consider when researching companies for your next job.

  • Review your community or industry to see who is hiring – if you have an interest in a special category of business, check both your Chamber of Commerce or online directory to see what companies in the area are in that industry.
  • The best way to do research is to check company websites where you have interest in learning more. A company who is serious about hiring and retaining a strong team will offer good details on a ‘career page’ or ‘about us’ to learn about the company, the employees, benefits, and what positions are currently available. They should be selling you on their opportunities.
  • Use social media to research more details. Glassdoor shares profiles on businesses and includes reviews from current and past employees. Look for employees on LinkedIn who work for that company and reach out for up-to-date information on what they like or dislike about working there. Often these connections can be instrumental in helping you land an interview. Do be aware that sometimes disgruntled past employees do a ‘bashing’ of a previous employer so it is important to dig deep and learn the real story.
  • Ask for informational interviews with management or senior employees who can get you a more detailed vision and understanding of the position.
  • Word of mouth is a great way to learn in a more casual setting. Ask friends and peers who they know at that company and ask for an introduction.

Landing a job that is fulfilling and meets your needs and expectations is essential to your happiness. Do your homework before jumping into a new job.