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  • Writer's pictureIyakabeth Rodney

5 Things You Should Consider Before Applying For That Job

Updated: Aug 10, 2022

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Applying for jobs can be such a strenuous task that it’s easy to forget what to look out for before you do. Well we’re here to help by providing you with 5 things to consider before applying for that role.

1. What does the company value?

Being aware of what a company values before applying for a job is super important. Not only will you gain a better understanding of who you’re working with but you’ll also know what the company stands for.

Our core values at CareerEar are:

  • We are dynamic innovators

  • We care deeply about improving the lives of people from typically overlooked communities

  • We believe in collaboration

  • We exist for our members. They come first

  • We are biased towards action

At CareerEar, we hire, fire and reward based on these values and for us as employees, knowing and being aligned with these values gives us the right motivation to carry out our responsibilities. This is also a great way to figure out if a company is the right fit for you. If you share similar values, then the chances are you will have more enthusiasm for your role.

2. Are there opportunities for skill building ?

Whether you’re looking for an entry or senior level, you will want to be able to continue growing and developing through training and upskilling opportunities. We recently supported one of our employees to start a digital marketing apprenticeship with us to help them with their ongoing development, expanding their knowledge which will ultimately help them to advance in their role.

This opportunity is advantageous not only for the role you may currently want to pursue, but also future roles. Employers are increasingly becoming open to providing access to high quality learning opportunities that benefit both you and their organisation - it’s often much cheaper to develop existing talent than it is to hire someone new. If you’re unsure if a company that you’re interested in joining offers this then you can contact them (or their employees) directly to enquire - you can even double it up as an opportunity to impress the employer before you even apply by demonstrating your interest and commitment to lifelong learning.

3. How diverse is the company?

​Before you apply for that role, do some research on the diversity of the company. Working for a company that does not prioritise hiring diversely and being inclusive can be a tell-tale sign of a hostile environment.

Being a part of a diverse workforce allows you to gain a broader perspective of life. It gives you the ability to see things outside of your own lens and learn about different cultures, which offers you the opportunity to enhance your creativity skills. We work with employers who specifically prioritise building a diverse and inclusive workforce. This has provided equal opportunities for talented individuals who are often overlooked. A company that is moving in this direction is definitely one worth applying to.

4. What are my responsibilities?

You wouldn't jump in the sea without knowing how to swim would you?

The same rules apply for when it comes to knowing and understanding your responsibilities before you apply for that job. By investing some time in understanding the role, you won’t feel like you’re being thrown in the deep end if and when you start. Employers judge your performance based on how you handle the tasks assigned to you, so give yourself the best chance by first being aware of what the role requires from you and exactly how you’ll be able to add value.

5. Is the salary the best part of the job?

Of course a higher salary is what we all want, but at what cost? Try and find a job that has something more to offer you than money.

Matching your skill set and personality type to whichever role you apply to will help with finding something that you’re guaranteed to love. You can discover more about your skills through our skills assessment chatbots on our platform here. Once you’ve discovered what you are good at you can apply for a job that is a perfect fit for you and if it happens to offer you a good salary, it’ll be an added bonus! 😉

Maya Angelou holding I know why the caged bird sings
Photo: November 3, 1971 Credit: © WF/AP/Corbis
"You can only become accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead pursue the things you love doing and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off you"
- Maya Angelou

Now that you know what to consider before applying for jobs, why not sign up to our platform to discover the exciting job opportunities that we offer? 😄

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