Before you invest any time in a job application, you should ask yourself a few questions about the position. Doing so will not only help you make sure that you really want the job, but it will also prepare you for an interview with your potential employer. As you evaluate job opportunities, make sure you think about the following things:
What do I know about this company’s reputation?
Some companies come with unfortunate reputational baggage. If you take a position with such a firm, any scandals associated with this employer may haunt you for the rest of your career. Make sure that your reputation won’t be sullied by the company’s negative press before you complete an application.
Will this job help me reach my goals?
Although there may be times in your career when you need to take a job that doesn’t move you toward your long-term goals, you should try to avoid these situations. Know what you want from your career, and before you apply for a job, make sure this position is going to help you achieve it.
Am I really qualified?
It can be tempting to stretch your qualifications a bit when applying for jobs, but in a competitive job environment it can also be a big waste of time. Look carefully at the job description and make sure you meet at least 70 percent of the requirements regarding skills and experience.
Will you move or make the commute?
If you’re on the fence about whether or not to relocate or make a long commute in order to take a job, try to decide one way or the other before applying. Do your research; check out traffic patterns and figure out exactly how hard it would be to get to work every day. This way, you’re not caught by any commuting surprises after you start.