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Phases of job seeking and the aftermath

In my second semester, we have a course on “Comparative employment relations and human resource management”. It’s a great learning experience to know how countries have their ways of hiring and managing human resources. With theoretical knowledge from the course and practical experience from my previous employer, there are few important things which could help to join a better workplace. In this blog, I will share my experience regarding the phases and the points that must be remembered.

Working in dream companies is everyone’s goal. The first job must always be a great start as it lays the foundation for us in the industry. The learning experiences, culture, and work we do will significantly influence our attitude towards work. The first step towards getting into better workplaces is researching the company and the role offered. This information may also be useful during the interview process. Understanding the motives and vision of the company helps us to see how it fits in our goals. The learning opportunities in future, career growth can be observed from thorough research. Once the companies are selected, the next step is the applications and interview process. The number of interview rounds differ from company to company and depends on roles. Connection with alumni or the employees working at the company can help us get an idea about the selection process. LinkedIn can be a great site to search for such connections. Knowing the experience of working in particular firms would give real insights into the learning path and career growth.

In general, when companies hire, the vacancies would be in particular teams or projects. Even in dream organisations, there will be teams where the work doesn’t have growth. It’s important to know under what team you would be working. This could be discussed during the interview process. If there are multiple job offers, a team with a high learning path will be an important factor in the decision. Finally, the right set of team members can motivate and help in career growth. Once you join a firm, find a great mentor, and learn from them. Initial efforts to learn quickly would be fruitful for growth in the organisation.

Although these points are general, they will align us to be on a path in finding a better job. Learning is a continuous process, be it in student life or working. Pro-activeness and harnessing of skills always help us to be in a better position and improve career prospects.