Most of us understand at least to some degree what is required for two people to be friends. Just a handful of the many qualities required for me to be friends with someone are:
- Common Interests - You and your pal need to have at least a few things in common. You both like swimming then you can swim together. Obvious.
- Mutual Benefits - You and your pal should be able to benefit one another in some way. You like to listen and they like to talk.
- Fun to be around - No one likes someone who brings them down.
- Good Conversation - If you are not talking at least some of the time then what's the point.
- Understanding - If you cant glean at least a little bit about how your friend is and why they do certain things than are they really a friend.
- Challenging - A friend helps you grow as a person.
But right now I am looking for work, I really need it, should I really care that much about what a company does if they may hire me? Yes. A thousand times, Yes!
First, suppose my qualifications are a perfect match for Company XYZ or so it seems from the Job Ad I found online. I personally have never heard of XYZ but the position seems to pay well and I am happy with that. I apply and they want to interview me. I am elated I finally got an interview! I go in and we talk about the position and they ask about my personal interests. I am a big Green Energy supporter. They ask a few more questions and I answer everything truthfully. The interview ends right on time and a few days later they call back and they regret to inform me another party has filled the position.
I was a perfect match what happened?
Well little did I know Company XYZ a major manufacturer of construction machinery has most of it's contracts with major Oil Companies. The position I was applying for was for development of new oil drilling technologies and when I mentioned my Green Energy interests it gave them a big RED Stop sign screaming "don't hire me!"
What would have happened after I was hired? Would I have been happy supporting an organization I disagreed with? No.
I did not do my research to find out if we would be a good match.
The correct way to look at prospective employers is to do a bit of research before you even apply. Find out if they meet the same qualifications as you have for your friends.
- Common Interests - You like cutting edge research and the organization is known for its R&D department. Ding!
- Mutual Benefits - You are a good match with your skill sets and the compensation for your work is what you are looking for.
- Fun to be around - Will you be able to enjoy your job at least some of the time?
- Good Conversation - Can you relate enough with the company or with the position that you could talk about it comfortably?
- Understanding - Do you understand the goals and purpose of the organization and why their protocols are the way they are.
- Challenging - Will this make you more of a person or less?
When I am doing my research I tend to check out the following websites:
- The Organization's Site: What do they have to say about themselves?
- Wikipedia: Many Companies Have Pages on their Histories and Practices
- GlassDoor: Reviews of Companies and Salary Information