Carol Henzel
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#jobsearch #advice After spending almost five years at my previous company. I searched and found (I thought) the perfect job. WAY too much micromanagement and stress. Was offered and found another job at a large, well respected company. More of the same except here they do not hide the fact that I will get fired for a number of infractions, and if I do not pass required tests in training. How can I pick out a company that will be a good cultural fit for me so I do not hop from job to job?

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Ferman Travers

When you join a company they will show their best face, but once you're in the door, you wonder if the door is still open so you can go back out.

I suggest a job seeker have all the required education, certification, and experience a 'reasonable' position description will ask for. Sometimes reading a long position description several times you can almost hear the specific input of each person who was asked, "What should we included in this position description." In those cases of those position descriptions, I would pass on those positions.

Do your do diligence in gathering intelligence on a company you have applied and want to become a member. Tap as many sources as possible, former employees, Better Business Bureau, Facebook, LinkedIn, professional publications, job seeker publications like 'Jobcase,' company stock reports, earnings, and growth projections, and any other free and legal information that you can learn more about the company of you eye.

Cheers, FT

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Kevin Johnson

If you really want to become an asset to your company--mind you good help is hard to find and nobody is perfect--your headed in the right direction...being able to identify gaps in best practices is a profitable skill. Next thing would be to find out if thats the way they want it. Some cultures support Cronyism and Nepotism. They put their faith in these roles. If you can identify these things, an interviewer may actually be impressed with your response to seperation from the job...just an opinion....

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Steven Laney

If you do a good job and no one around you can do a better job for the same $$ you'll be OK

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Janice ReedCommunity Specialist
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I think it’s great that you’re spending some time being more aware to explore what conflicts with your value and what helps you thrive. Keep a list of that. I agree with Mike that talking to your networks certainly help. However I don’t really think a company or a team’s culture stays the same forever. It works both way so I think it’s much more important to build that self awareness to know how you adjust best and recognize a good leader or team when you spot one. It takes more mature and self aware leaders like you to build a healthier team and environment.

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Michael FrashCommunity Specialist
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This is an essential question, but doesn't have many easy answers. You can use Glassdoor to evaluate companies based on their "culture", but there are a lot of smoke and mirrors there.

Instead, focus on benefits offered in job descriptions, and what interviewers say they offer during an interview. Feel free to ask questions that get you more of this information.

Lastly, try to network with your circle of friends and past co-workers - then use the internet to broaden your social network. Good things will happen 👍🏼

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