Knowing more about the company before or during your job application is a very important process that fresh graduates often ignore. Going with the flow or popularity of the company does not necessarily mean they are good employers.
Sometimes a company is only efficient in one thing – keeping their former employees quite about the things they do in the office or in the workplace.
Knowing more about the company is even more important if you are considering working at home and you will be dealing with an online company all the time.
You have to ensure they do have a good reputation and will be able to provide you correct and timely compensation.
Personally Checking the Company
A company that actively seeks employees will always open its doors to interviewers or career explorers. If you really like the company but unsure if they do provide the things you are looking for, give them a visit.
The human resources department will be more than happy to talk to you about the company and maybe show you around to convince you that you are they are the right company for you.
Of course, do not expect to have everything handed to you. Some information such as the exact amount of salary and other benefits will not be given to you.
Another way of knowing about the company is through online search. This is a little bit tricky since you will never know who posts the information online.
They could just be a competitor or the company itself that just wanted to boost their image and have new employees.
A safe place to have an accurate data about the company is through job forums. Your local forum (area based) should be able to provide the data you need or you can even ask around for opinions.
The downside on working for an online company is that you will never know if they really are a legitimate company. This is especially true if you are planning to work as a virtual assistant or anything that could be done remotely.
If you are not the type of person that wants to take risks especially on compensation, then you may opt out from this type of job.
There is actually a trick in knowing if the company or the contact is a scam or not. Just copy their name and email and search them in different popular search sites.
Posts about them will most certainly show up. Scammers today cannot easily run away.
Anything bad that happens to them will most certainly be blogged and there are is a great chance that you will see feedback about the company.
To make sure they do not scam, write the company along with the word “scam” in the search box. Anything bad about the company will show up.
Always be vigilant about the company you are trying to get into. They may promise the best of everything but you could end up with nothing. Know more about the company and be properly compensated on what you do.