Own Your Job Search

DeathtoStock_Desk7 onlineWe regularly see people ruling out positions before they’ve had the opportunity to fully explore the company and role. There’s a lot of research and information gathering that goes into a job search, and not all of it is done online.

No two job searches are the same, and nobody knows your career goals and expectations better than you do. So you diligently begin researching job openings; researching the company websites, reading reviews, and talking with people you know who are familiar with the companies. You are confident that if you take the time to do the research you will find the right job. It’s easy to accept nothing short of perfection with your next job, and we’re not advocating settling on your goals, but consider this:

You find a job posting for a great opportunity. This job sounds amazing! Fast growing company, dynamic culture, a chance to carve out a big role with a team of rising stars. Everything you read, from their website, to the reviews on Glassdoor have nothing but good things to say. So you apply for the job, nail the interview, and dress to the nines for your in person interview. That’s where things take an unfortunate turn.

The hiring manager is all positivity, his message mirroring what you learned online, but you start to see cracks in the veneer. As you walk through the office you see dilapidated cubicles with an army of telemarketers vying for the title of world’s loudest sales pitch. Some have sweats on, others have their shoes kicked off, and in the corner you see a Full Metal Jacket-style berating of a sales associate for not closing someone.

Choosing to ignore these warning signs you trust your research and accept the position only to find that you landed in a boiler room with a culture that runs on daily stress and fear of not performing.

This is a true story, and it’s not unique. Unfortunately we hear many stories like this. The solution is to use the interview process to further vet the company, making sure the culture and role align to create a job you can thrive in.

Want to hear a more positive story?

Last year I worked with a candidate who had some strong opinions about a client of ours I recommended he interview with. Initially he wasn’t interested in the position, not even a phone interview. When asked why, he responded that a friend had worked there previously and had a poor experience. Long story short, I eventually talked him into interviewing. He got the job, he is still there, and loves it.

This is your job search. This is too important of a decision to leave in the hands of others. You owe it to yourself to do your due diligence, interviewing with the company and learning everything you can first-hand to make an informed decision.