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12 things you wish you`d known before you took the job


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  • 1. What can you do to be sureyou will be happy in your next job?More…A recent Right Management survey foundthat 85% of workers want to change jobs.
  • 2. Be sure to get a Written Job Description that outlinesresponsibilities & deliverables for the 1st year on the job.Use it to discuss your performance with your boss.Get It In Writing
  • 3. Be sure to get a Written Job Offer that coversjob title, compensation & other key points.This ensures accurate communication & protects you.Get It In Writing
  • 4.  Ask:Get The History• Why the position is open.• Length of the previous incumbent’s tenure.• Why s/he left & where they are now. Be wary of new positions. Assure funding sources.
  • 5. Get The History Ask: How many people have held the job in the last 5 years. Find out: Why they left & where they are now.
  • 6. Meet The People• To meet your boss’s direct reports.• About his/her strengths.• What would they change about him/her? Ask: Observe their comfort level while answering your questions.
  • 7. Meet The People Ask your boss’s direct reportswho makes the decisions that affect them.If it’s not your boss, ask the same questionsyou asked about your boss about the decision maker.
  • 8. • How many people from thecompany are on LinkedIn?• How many of them havetheir phone numbers listedon their profile?• If they are all makingthemselves extremely easyto contact , it might bebecause they want out!Use LinkedIn
  • 9. • Look for connections you andyour prospective colleagueshave in common.• Check with them about thecommon connection at thecompany.• Ask what its like to workthere.• Know they might circle backto your mutual connection toshare the conversation.Use LinkedIn
  • 10. Check The NewsSearch Google News on the company’s name.Are they in the Media? Why?
  • 11. Assess Financial Condition• If the company is privateask about its earningtrends and cash position.• If the company is public, readManagement’s Discussion &Analysis in their SEC 10-K. They’rerequired to disclose risks.
  • 12. If the company is a Start-up, ask about itsbusiness model, cash on hand, & burn rateAssess Financial Condition
  • 13. • These due diligence points will help youidentify the red flags before you take a new job.• These can often stop you from taking a job that won’t lastand that would do lasting damage to your resume.
  • 14. Donna Svei is a retained executivesearch consultant,executive resume writer,and blogger at has completed over 400executive is a resource for job seekers to build theirresume with a seamless step by step process.A resume is an employer’s first impression of a job candidate;Free Resume Builders mission is to help youstand out from the rest.Donna SveiFree Resume Builder