Jan 20

Due Diligence on Potential Employers

The hiring process is a two-way street and that is why it is vital that you, the job seeker,  research employers who have expressed an interest in hiring or talking with you.

A few years ago, on more than one occasion, I was hired by a supply chain executive who didn’t research companies, didn’t ask the right questions and just leapt at offers. He was petrified of being unemployed. On four consecutive occasions within less than five years, he found himself out of a job- either the CEO changed, the company was acquired or outsourced his job; all measures beyond his control.

Despite my advice to him, he didn’t listen. Here he was, middle-aged, extremely talented and dedicated; an employer’s dream really. On paper he could have come across as someone whose career had derailed and was heading into a downward spiral. Fortunately, his resume writer knew how to minimize these bumps in his career!

So, my advice to job seekers is to do your homework, even if you are unemployed and feeling desperate. It doesn’t make sense to take any position, because if it isn’t a good fit, you aren’t going to last.

Use resources like www.glassdoor.com to get insight on companies and what employees have to say; just be sure to process the extreme opinions with discretion. LinkedIn can be a valuable tool as well. Research companies, find out if any employees are connected to your connections and get introductions to people who can be valuable as you perform your research. Don’t forget the value of your live network of trusted colleagues and friends.

By taking the time and effort to conduct your due diligence, you will be rewarded in the end!

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