How to find your perfect employer in 5 steps

Job hunting can be tough, especially during times of uncertainty. But, if there’s one thing you can do to make it easier for you, it’s to pick the employer first and then the job! This way you can ensure that you find a place to work that fits your values, has a nice working environment, and offers great benefits too. Yes, great employers like this really exist, so we’re here to show you how to find them! Here are 5 steps for finding your perfect employer, let’s go!

1. Work out what’s important to you

Whether you’re looking for a job that offers you the chance to train and develop your skills, a job that offers great work-life balance, or a job with great teamwork, it’s really important to think about what you want before you start searching. You should make a list of the things that are most important, things that are nice to have, and things that aren’t important to you, which you can use as a checklist when checking out prospective employers!

2. Research, research, research

Once you’ve got your checklist prepared you can start researching. Of course, it’s up to you how you go about this, but we recommend checking out employers in your chosen industry/ies and location/s on kununu to get a sense of what current and former employees have to say about working there. You can follow this up by doing a deep-dive and scouring your top employers’ company websites and careers pages.

Pro Tip: Another thing that will help massively is asking around in your group of friends to find out if anyone has worked for any of your chosen companies or knows someone who has. Getting first-hand information from a family member, friend or associate is a great way to gauge if this employer is the right one for you.

3. Check out the Culture Compass on kununu

Here at kununu we’ve just launched a new feature – the Culture Compass! You can find the Culture Compass under the ‘Culture’ tab for every company profile on our site. The Culture Compass means that employees can rate the company culture for each company by filling out a survey. The results are then mapped onto a compass for each company so you can see straight away if a company is more traditional or modern when it comes to their culture. This will give you a great indication about the company culture and whether it’s a good fit for you or not.

4. Read the job descriptions carefully

Before you apply for a job with any of your chosen employers, you need to study the job descriptions and make sure that the responsibilities and requirements fit you and your expertise. If there are things that you’re not sure about, be proactive and send an email to the HR team at the company to ask for more information. If they respond quickly and in a friendly way, this will also tell you a lot about the company culture! Once you’re ready and you’ve worked out how you fit/will exceed the requirements, it’s time to send in an application!

5. Ask questions about the company culture in the interview

The search for the perfect employer doesn’t stop once you get an interview. Instead, you should think of the interview as your chance to test all of the information you’ve found so far about the company’s culture and really make sure that it’s the right place for you. Alongside preparing your answers for the interview questions, you should also prepare some questions of your own to ask the hiring manager/interviewer. Here are 15 questions that you can use. If you get the answers you need and it feels right – that’s amazing – if they offer it to you, accept the job! Equally, if you didn’t get the answers you need and it doesn’t feel like the right place, it’s ok to reject the job, courteously, and keep on searching.

Good luck finding the perfect employer for you!

This article originally appeared on Kununu.