When starting your job search it is always a good idea to do your research on the different employers in your city. There are many things to consider when you are deciding where you would like to work and where you should start applying.
In addition to the typical things you should take into consideration when job searching (salary, location, role), there are other factors you need to consider.
Think about the following when starting your job search.
If you have family responsibilities or place significant importance on work life-balance, be sure to find out if the employer offers flexible working hours or provides a work-from-home option.
Health, Financial and Family benefit plans can vary. It is important to review the benefits package as part of the overall compensation for a role. Keep in mind that benefits also vary based on employment type; often contract positions do not provide benefits to the same degree as a permanent position. Review the package and ensure it meets your needs.
Physical work environment
The location of your employer is an obvious consideration. Research where employers are located and determine the commute time you are comfortable with before applying.
Office space and working arrangements will be different for every employer. Some employers have an open concept work environment while others may prefer separate office space for each employee. An office building may provide a lot of amenities like a gym, food court, shopping, and childcare. Some may be located in a busy metropolitan area where you can find almost anything you want just outside the door, while others may be stand-alone office spaces with a staff kitchen and limited options in the area.
Training and skills development opportunities
Employers often encourage additional training and skill development.
Employers may arrange for in-house training for their employees, or provide a budget for professional development which you are entitled to use for approved training.
Determine if the employer you are considering provides resources and an environment that supports the growth and development needs of their employees.
Every year the Globe and Mail holds a national competition to select the top 100 Employers who are leaders in their industry in providing exceptional workplaces for their employees. This is a great resource and a good place to start your research!
Canada's Top 100 Employers (2016)