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Trawling Through The Trash – Collecting Intelligence For Job Applications

Trawling Through The Trash

As you embark on your hunt for the job you want, whether it’s a medical career or some other path you seek, you need to be fully prepared. This entails a number of things including having your CV updated and in order, preparing yourself for interviews, and having the proper information about your potential employer. It’s the latter that is often missed or overlooked, and that can negatively impact your job search. Doing research on the organisations you want to work for can benefit you by giving you the information that will let you know whether that place will be a good fit for you before you put in any job applications. It also shows employers that you’ve taken a real interest in their organisation which is always a good thing. Today, we’ll show you what data you need to collect and a few good ways that you can go about collecting it.

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What information is important?

There are several types of information that you want to get regarding a potential employer. First would be the basic data such as address, geographical location, number of stores or outlets, and number of employees. Things like this give you a basic picture of how the organization is set up. Then you should look into the history of the organisation and it’s image so you can see where they came from and what their reputation is now. Next up is the financial information. This will give you an idea about the organisation’s progress over the last few years as well as their potential for future growth. Then you want to get some details about their philosophy and mission statement. This will help you to know if your beliefs and theirs coincide. Finally, get information about any workplace concerns you might have. This can include information about salary and benefits as well as reviews of the employer and data about employee morale.

How do you find the information?

Once you know what to look for, you also need to know how to find it. There are four types of sources that you can make use of when searching for employee data. These are primary, secondary, bibliographic, and agency sources.

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Primary – These are sources that come directly from the employer. Things like interviews, annual reports, and information from the organisation website fall into this category. These are important things to know, but not the only things.

Secondary – This is information from indirect sources such as books and articles written about the organisation but not by the company or any of its employees. You can also search directories or databases to find additional data.

Bibliographic – This is the third type of source and it basically works as a reference for the other two. If you can’t find enough data from the primary or secondary sources you’ve already checked, have a look at these types of sources. They might point you in the direction of other direct or indirect information that you previously haven’t discovered.

Agency – Basically, this source is just as it sounds. Recruitment agencies are handy for helping the right people get matched up with the right employers. To that end, they often have great information regarding the employers they’re hiring for. By going through an agency, you have an increased chance of finding a job that’s a great fit without going through a giant hassle.

No matter what source you choose to use, be sure that you take the time to get the information you need. Being well-informed can greatly help you to find both the job and the employer that will be the right fit for you. 

 

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