For may it may be surprising to learn that the pay check isn’t the only thing they should be paying attention to when searching for a new job. Learning that there are matters that go beyond this aspect might be surprising, but have you ever thought that you should also analyse your personal behaviour while job-hunting? Has it ever crossed your mind that every Facebook, Instagram or Twitter post might be seen by your potential employer? Today, we will teach you how a change of perspective might help you land your dream job.  

1. Pay attention to the hours

Yes, the pay check might be quite of a generous one, but it might be so to compensate for the long hours that you will have to spend at the office. Before committing to a new job, make sure that you research the company and see how the work hours are followed. See how other employees feel about the work hours policy at your future employer. There are plenty of resources online that might help you find this out. Find our how many extra hours are considered to be normal. If you plan to work for a fairly young company, which usually hires millennials, you can always be sure that they will sincerely respond to your work-life balance questions. According to this INC article, millennials really do care about a proper ratio between the two, while they will still be willing to work hard for a job they love. Consider the interval, when planning to accept a job. There are jobs that have an early schedule, or work during awkward hours, or even during the weekend. If you value your private time, better avoid that particular position, in spite of the generous wage.

2. Does the team dynamic suit your personality?

It’s unfortunate for many that while they love their jobs and meet all the necessary job qualifications, they are unhappy with their positions due to a team dynamic that is completely opposite to their personality. If your potential co-workers seem to be toxic colleagues or don’t seem committed to their jobs and duties, you might shortly become frustrated with the dynamic of the entire team and how each member interacts with others or with managers. While the management or HR department will most certainly try to shed a positive light on your potential colleagues, try to speak with them and see how they interact and act. This will offer you a much better insight. Take a closer look at the personnel with higher positions. Do they interact properly and politely with those under their hierarchical positions, or are they rude and avoid interaction? You could either do a background check on them to find out more details, if you are interested, or you could start having a glance at their social media accounts – just like you expect them to do in your case.

3. Pay attention to what you post online

While employers and employees in the tech sector are more tolerant and open-minded than others with different professions, you should still expect to have your accounts checked. A background search on social media platforms is usually used by recruiters to see if the way in which you described yourself in your CVs’ cover letter fits your real person, the one that you are when you’re not at the workplace. If you described yourself as a very professional individual, and your photo descriptions are rude or inappropriate, this might give them second thoughts on hiring you. When it comes to Twitter, recruiters are interested to see if you are connected with others in the tech industry – so act accordingly. Follow others with authority in the field, to give you a scoop on a new job opening. They will also pay attention to the information that you share here. They will be interested to see if you share any type of information that is relevant to the industry or if you rather have a destructive character and get into fights and online arguments.

4. Find out if there are any growth opportunities

During the interview with any potential employer, especially for an IT position, it’s important to find out if they offer training courses and opportunities to expand your skill base and knowledge base. Keeping up with the latest developments in the IT sector is important for these employees, and you want to find out how this employer will help you grow and develop your skills. Asking about growth opportunities will also hint to the hiring manager that you are willing to invest time and resources in your development, which will certainly be appreciated, as you will have the capability to help the company in the future. See if the company encourages employees to develop their educational base through encouraging them to attend additional courses or professional degree courses. This detail matters, in the long run, more than a generous wage and will make you happier, in fact.

5. Research the company history & stability

You want to make sure that you research your potential employer’s stability, before making anything official. Make sure to research the company and find out if they have any legal issues or financial problems. You don’t want to complicate your career with a two-month job. If the company seems to have a good future, however, don’t hesitate to accept the position. This will most likely open new opportunities for you and your career advancement.       

Finding the perfect job has never been an easy process, but you can minimise your chances of making a bad decision with the tips and tricks above. Job hunting is more than finding a position with a generous wage; it’s about finding that position that allows you to professionally grow into a beneficial environment. You should also put an effort into making yourself more tempting to hiring managers, so make sure that your social media accounts are spotless and very professional. You may think that what you post there doesn’t impact your career, but sadly, it does.