Whether you are going straight into work or planning to pursue graduate school, you will eventually find yourself ready and eager to enter the workforce.
There are a lot of things to consider when applying for jobs and internships. Where is the company located? What’s the pay? Are there opportunities for growth and promotion? These are all important factors to consider when evaluating a job opportunity. Another thing you might be thinking about is whether you feel comfortable with the company culture. Overall, people feel more confident and perform better at their jobs when they are working somewhere they feel secure and included. Some questions that you might ask yourself are:
What is important to me in a work environment? How does the company culture align with my values? Do they offer programs and practices that promote diversity and inclusion?
So, how do you know if a company or position is a good fit for you? Here are some steps you can take:
- Do your research: Check the company’s website and, specifically, their Careers or Human Resources page to see if they explicitly talk about the culture of the company. Do they have Employee Resource Groups or Affinity groups that create networks and leadership opportunities for new employees, employees with families and underrepresented groups of employees? There are websites that rank companies based on their workplace culture and diversity and inclusion practices. For example, the Corporate Equality Index releases annual rankings on corporate policies and practices pertinent to employees who identify as LGBTQ. Diversity Inc. has their annual list of the Top 50 companies for diversity. Through Glassdoor, you can browse company profiles, see an overview of their services and read employee reviews.
- Speak to current employees: We can’t stress enough the importance and value of networking in your job search. Not only can your network inform you about available job and internship opportunities, they can also give you an insider’s look into the company culture. It can be helpful to hear from people in the field about what their individual experiences have been. If you want support growing your network, you can speak with one of our Career Consultants. We’ll be happy to walk you through some action steps you can take to connect with people who can assist you through this process.
- Ask questions: There are a number of events throughout the year that you can participate in that will connect you with employers in a variety of industries. Take advantage of these opportunities to ask company representatives about their diversity and inclusion practices in recruitment and on the job.
Remember that finding a job is a two-way street. Just like employers are looking for the best candidate, you’re also looking for the best fit for you. Remember that your first job might not end up being the right fit. Ongoing research as well as consistently building and maintaining your network will increase the chances that you’ll end up in a position where you feel comfortable and confident.
The Fleishman Center is here to support you throughout your personal career development.