How to get a Job in Big Companies?
Searching for a job can be exhausting and helpless. ing your homework on a company beforehand can make you much more likely to get a job.
1. Learn About the Target Company
Before you apply, try to scope out the company and see what you can learn. Here are just a few things you should check on:
- Glassdoor: It’s never been easier to find out information about a company before you apply. Glassdoor is an incredible resource where employees can leave anonymous information about their salary, benefits, opinions of their employers, and plenty more.
- LinkedIn: While best known for jokes about email spam, LinkedIn actually has another purpose: helping you get a job. Look up the name of the company you want to apply to and see what information you can get about the people who work there. Particularly, anyone you’ll need to apply to or who you’ll work with regularly.
- Social media: Most career advisors aren’t going to tell you to look to Twitter to get a job. You never know what’s going to get you a foot in the door. Meeting people who work for the company you want to apply to on social media can be a great way to break the ice.
- The company’s web site: Don’t overlook the value of a company’s web site. You may be able to find a directory of the people you’ll work with or the people you’re applying to. Knowing who you need to impress can help you target your resume.
2. Talk to people who have done the work:
The best asset you can have when applying for a job is someone who’s done it already. If you know someone who’s worked in that company in that function/role, ask them what the job entails, what skills helped them get the job, and what other applicants may not have.
- Research the position itself: Look up the position you’re applying for there, too. Even if the company you like doesn’t have detailed descriptions of your duties, a similar position at another company may.
- Volunteer for work in your field: Doing free work is a hard choice on its own. If you don’t know anything about an industry you’re entering, volunteering or interning can be a good first step to learn the ropes. However, be sure to learn the difference between gaining experience and being taken for granted.
- Get involved with a union or professional organization: Some industries have networks or unions whose purpose is to help you get and keep a job. Others just have professional events or gatherings where people in an industry can get together and discuss their work. Going to a seminar, convention, a union meeting, or workshop can give you a lot of opportunities.
Of course, keep in mind that many jobs will involve a bit of on-the-job training to deal with the specifics. However, the better you understand how a job is actually done, the better prepared you’ll be when the interview comes up.
The less an employer feels like they have to teach you, the more likely they are to hire you!