Are You the One for Me? …

When you’re looking at new roles, whether it is pre or post interview, or indeed at offer stage, it can be a veritable minefield knowing whether the Company is going to be for you or if you will be jumping from the frying-pan into the fire.
 
What I’m going to suggest next might sound a bit sneaky, but in this modern age of Social Media, when everyone is talking about candidate selection via Facebook and LinkedIn, what about Employer selection via the same means?
 
You know the names of some of the people within the organisation. Maybe they are the Hiring Managers. Perhaps they were your interviewers (if you are already that far into the process). Or they are names that you have gleaned from the website. I would probably pick a maximum of five; that should give you a bit of a cross section of personality types and job descriptions. If you then look those people up on LinkedIn you will probably be able to see how long they have been in post. Finding that four out of the five have been employed by the Company for five years or longer is an incredibly good sign; it shows that people in general like them enough to stay put!

Now see if that person has a profile that you are able to view on Facebook (without sending them a friend request, as that would be a bit odd). It is my experience that people really ‘vent’ on Facebook. You find out all sorts about people and their lives. It seems to be a place where the majority of users feel comfortable being themselves.

Using that rule-of-thumb, if there are any unpleasant situations happening in the office, there is likely to be mention of it on Facebook. One person having a bad day, does not a corporate monster make. But if you check by a couple of times over the space of a week or two and it is a theme from more than one employee then that might indicate time to raise a red flag

I would moderate these findings with your intuition and if they are a well-known local employer, listening to the jungle drums. Word of mouth marketing is extremely powerful and using it to vet potential employers is an extremely sensible (and thoroughly modern) thing to do 
 
Are you frustrated by your career success (or lack of it)? Are you really good at what you do but you just can’t work out how to get someone to realise? Is it sometimes difficult to get taken seriously where you are? Do you just wish you could find your dream job and be happy?
 
There’s nothing wrong with you. Most people have felt like you do at some point in their career. The good news is that a problem well-stated is a problem half-solved. It just takes a different way of doing things to create the different result that you are looking for and working with someone that has helped hundreds of people get their dream job and find happiness. Email us at churchillbrook@gmail.com to set up a time to chat and we’ll see if we can help!

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