Look Before you Leap!

March 12, 2009 at 1:01 pm

In today’s challenging job market, can we afford to be fussy about a new job opportunity? Should we question what a potential employer tells us?
How can we not!

In the classic 1967 Holmes & Rahe Scale of Stressors which is referred to authoritatively even today, stressors associated with one’s work occupy seven of the top forty-four slots. We all know of the anxiety associated with a difficult work environment or with changing one’s job. This tends to be exacerbated by a slow economic environment such as the one we are experiencing now.

However, in spite of these factors and probably even more so because of them, it is essential to do your due diligence before moving into a new job. The job description and the company web site are just starting points. These will provide fact based information that the company wants you (and everyone else) to see. These are essentially public relations pieces and as such provide only the beginning of the information that must be gathered.

More important possibly is the information that you do not get from a web site or job description, cultural information including communication, politics (or lack thereof), ethics and morals are what in the end will provide enlightenment and aid in making the right career decision.

How can one get at these essential pieces of information? Start with talking with as many people in as many different types of roles in the company as is permissible. Once you gain an understanding of different perspectives and experiences within the company, speak to former employees. This step is as important as the previous one because those that are no longer with the company will possibly provide a more candid view of what to expect. Bear in mind that ex-employees will have different motives for providing information and as such the best understanding will come from a synthesis of all the various views and impressions that have been gathered. Speaking to clients and vendors and their experiences will provide yet additional data points.

As in all decisions, beware and be wary, even when jobs are scarce. In the end a bad career move will be financially and emotionally costly – avoid them if at all possible.


Entry filed under: Recruiting. Tags: , , , .

Conflict and the Current Governance Dilemmas Succession planning…yet again! The Apple Case.


March 2009
« Feb   Apr »

Most Recent Posts

%d bloggers like this: