The dream of working for a big and strong company, which can guarantee not only the career growth, but a certain level of social protection, prestige and authority among colleagues, is known to many of our fellows. Interesting projects and fair salary are also on the dream list. Hundreds thousands of students graduating from the university are annually dreaming of the positions in the worldwide (or at least national) brands. How can you get there?
Before trying Job Applications (when holding a CV in your hands) ask couple questions to yourself which will help you to understand if you need it or not. First, make a good CV. It should be simple and honest. Measure your professional, formal and life experience, level of communicability and level of readiness for changing the lifestyle you are so used to. Remember that working in the big company is not resting in the resort with gorgeous villas, expensive cars and offices with huge fashionable MacBooks. The majority of corporations with a well-known brand name represent the conditions of stress and high requirements speaking of the effectiveness and results of the employees. It happens because you have to compete for the position and they can choose out of many. The name of the company is the highest value in such case and it is the main reason to demand for the maximum of effort and professionalism. The requirements are even higher when speaking of the newcomers. It is reasonable because the managers want to grow a professional for the team in the context of the certain tasks, projects and goals. If you have any doubts in yourself, stop and think it over.
If you answered “Yes, I can do it and I need it” to the first question, then the second questions is “What I know about this company?” The standardized part of the interviews in the majority of such companies (which represent big brands) begins with the personnel manager’s question which sounds like this: “What have you heard of our company and what do you know about it?” As a rule the candidates answer with stereotypical phrases from the periodical issues and couple of well-known facts from the news and advertisements. The list of knowledge on the company is finished. This is a bad decision to make. Get ready for the interview even if you have just sent the CV. It doesn’t matter if you have any idea will you be chosen or not among the candidates for the position. Find in the sources as many facts as you can, read what they write in the newspapers, on the websites and blogs about the company. Ask friends and people you know, who work in the area close to the given one. Ask the competitors or in the company itself. Know more than a personnel manager will tell you in the short review (mostly in common phrases) and you will be trusted more. By this you will show that you didn’t send the CV by accident, just because you saw the advertisement in the paper. But also never lie that you have always dreamt to work in this company: this trick is too well-known in the movies and won’t work in the real life.
If you got the job, specify all the details: working schedule, working hours, obligatory requirements to the employees, dress code, system of considering working time. You should also find out if there is a parking zone, medical post, canteen and other social infrastructure, medical insurance. It is necessary to ask about the time of the vacation and its length, direct responsibilities, to whom and how you will report, approximate hierarchy of reports and making contacts with the external surroundings of the company. The fuller the picture of the company will be, the better for you. Under the picture we mean what you will do, how you will do it and where you will work on a daily basis. You will have a better probation and the employer will have better impressions of you as a new employee. Don’t try to prove your loyalty at one, just do your work properly.