What parameters does a job seeker check before taking up the right job?
Now, this is a question that needs to be answered based on one’s personal experience, and hence, this could be a very non-objective discussion from here-on. The most suitable parameters to be checked by a job seeker before he or she takes up the right job can differ from person to person.
Let us consider four very well-known established companies such as A, B, C, and D and work with specific criteria associated with them to understand this better. Towards the end, what you could be getting is a holistic picture of what all to consider before taking a position in a company.
1. At what level will you be joining? Are you a fresher or are you experienced?
a. Are there training programs offered? Perhaps A is known for their training programs and therefore for a fresher A could work best. B is inclined towards more stabled and related domains with a stronger international presence and therefore, an experienced hand can perform better here.
b. Clients handled and work atmosphere wise C is a company that ranks best among all the four. However, it comes with a high recruitment gestation period, and therefore, they take their own time to hire and then place the individual in a project that he or she is suited for most. They are not the type who believes in bench period and seek to obtain the maximum potential and usability of an employee. Overall C has a reasonable employee satisfaction as resources are majorly working in a highly productive environment.
Now, what will you consider- training in the beginning/ exposure/ working environment?
2. Let us look at technology – Whether you are looking at a career in SAP/Data Analysis/Business Analytics/Pure Development in Java J2EE etc. One will have to consider the kind of projects IT firms have with their clients. Further, think on the following lines-
a. A has very few core development projects which are already filled up with experienced developers and very less scope for new resources. The team could be largely unorganized with very less range to work on newer technologies. However, if you can manage a good rapport with the team manager, there are chances to grow and shine.
b. B has some good development projects, but there has been some recent slump, and it still gives you an opportunity and motivation to explore newer technologies. Innovation is appreciated fairly. Would you take your chances here?
c. D focuses on support and a few development projects. But in case you are looking at gaining some hardware knowledge or willing to work in the IT IS domain, perhaps D could be your choice.
d. C is a company that is pretty reputed for providing opportunities, and they have an affinity for consistently making the in-house implementation of products. They also boast of a straight forward venture.
What are you going to consider here- A challenging work environment with a lot of seniors to learn from? Entry into an established setup?
3. Pay/hike might be mostly same across A B C and D. Further-
With C, freshers might be paid a little more than the other three with a decent appraisal system in place. For those who are experienced C might differentiate with it’s in house employee with the same years of experience in terms of the package offered if found suitable the resource from outside may be paid more and hired.
b. B may not provide a very lucrative joining package, but one may get steadily appraised. A and B might never hire an experiences resource above its ceiling rate. What sounds appealing here for a job seeker?
c. D might have a slump in its appraisal policy, but that also correlates with uncertainty to its constant higher management shuffling and the dip in share value. D is as reputed as the rest, would you consider D?
There are other factors too also such HR/RMG policies with various businesses. Unless and until one gets into a relevant position within the given industry, it can be nearly impossible to obtain an accurate picture. Finally, having to consider a lot of such selection factors come into play only when there is a choice at hand for the job seeker. In the absence of choice, the job seeker automatically takes up the first job offer that comes by, and every aspect of his stint from here becomes an experience from thereon.