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Make no mistake about it: finding a job is tricky business. You search online job boards, go to career fairs, network with your connections—all hoping that you’ll find the right job for you. When you find one, then you’ve got to determine if you’re qualified. Then, do you have the necessary knowledge and skills to do the work?
On top of that, you’ve got to have the passion for the work. Do you care enough about the material and duties of the position to do a good job? Can you align with the values of the organization? Do you and the employer see eye to eye on what’s most important about work, life, and what’s ahead?
That last piece, a values alignment, is something many people refer to as a “culture fit.” That is to say—do the employees at that organization care about the same things you care about? Will you get along?
You likely hear a lot about work culture: organizations where people bring dogs to work, play ping pong in the middle of the workday, have paid time off to do community service together. It can be hard to add all of this into the equation when you job search. Sometimes, you’re more concerned with earning a paycheck and want to get on in the “real world.”
But, this notion of culture is an essential one to consider, as sometimes it can make or break your happiness at work. When you’re happy, you are more likely to do well at your job, making you more successful. Caring about your happiness and fit at the workplace isn’t just for the “feel good” types. It makes economical sense for everyone involved.
So, how do you find the right workplace culture for you? Luckily for you, there’s social media: an interactive way to learn about and communicate with an organization in real time.
Here are some tips to start exploring culture on these networks:
When it comes to finding the right job for you, your skills and interests are important indicators of how well you’ll be able to do and how much you’ll enjoy doing it. Just keep in mind that the company you keep at the company where you work is also a factor in your happiness and success.
Kevin Grubb is a career counselor, social media consultant, and speaker on the subject of social media & careers. He teaches a college course he created called Social Networking: Creating Your Professional Identity, and serves as the moderator for LinkedIn’s Career Services Professionals webinars, helping to share ideas with colleagues about best practices for using LinkedIn on college/university campuses.
Kevin is also a contributing writer of the “Tech Talk” column for the National Association of Colleges & Employers "Spotlight Online" publication, a featured speaker at conferences, colleges, and universities, and was named a top “Gen Y Careerist to Follow on Twitter” on Brazen Careerist. Learn more about Kevin and contact him at www.kevincgrubb.com
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