LinkedIn can be a valuable resource for assessing if the grass is greener elsewhere when considering a job change.
Here are a few ways LinkedIn can help in the assessment process.
Company Research: LinkedIn provides a wealth of information about companies, including their size, industry, location, and employee profiles. By researching the company you’re considering joining, you can better understand of its culture, values, and mission. You can also explore their recent news, updates, and relevant articles to gain insights into their performance and growth.
Employee Insights: LinkedIn allows you to connect with current or former company employees you’re interested in. You can ask for their perspectives on working for the company, which can give you a more realistic view of the work environment, company culture, management style, and growth opportunities. Remember to approach this with respect and discretion.
Company Pages and Updates: Many companies maintain an active presence on LinkedIn by sharing updates, news, and employee stories on their company pages. By following these pages, you can gain insights into the company’s recent achievements, projects, and overall direction. This information can help you assess whether the company aligns with your career goals and interests.
Skills and Experience Match: LinkedIn allows you to explore profiles of professionals who work or have worked for the company you’re considering. You can review their backgrounds, skills, and experiences to see if they match your own or provide an opportunity to grow your skill set. This information can help you evaluate if the company will offer you the professional development you desire.
Connections and Networking: LinkedIn is a powerful networking platform that can help you expand your professional connections. By connecting with professionals in your industry or the company you’re interested in, you can gain valuable insights and perspectives. Engaging in discussions, participating in relevant groups, and attending industry events can help you connect with professionals who can share their experiences and offer advice.
Here are some additional ways to help you in the assessment process.
Company Websites: Visit the official websites of the companies you’re interested in. Look for information about their mission, values, products or services, and company culture. Check if they have employee testimonials or case studies that provide insights into the employee experience.
Glassdoor: Glassdoor is a popular website where current and former employees anonymously review companies and share salary information. You can read reviews and ratings to get an idea of employee satisfaction, work-life balance, management style, and other factors that could impact your decision. Indeed, Career Bliss, and Comparably are other sites like Glassdoor that you can explore.
Industry Events and Conferences: Attend industry-specific events and conferences where professionals from other companies gather. Engage in conversations with attendees and speakers to learn more about different companies and their reputations within the industry.
Professional Networks and Mentors: Tap into your professional network and seek advice from mentors or colleagues who may have insights or connections in the companies you’re considering. They can provide personal anecdotes, recommendations, and guidance based on their experiences.
Online Forums and Communities: Participate in online forums, industry-specific communities, and social media groups related to your field. Engage in discussions and ask questions about the companies you’re interested in. You can gain valuable insights from professionals familiar with or have worked at those companies.
Interviews and Site Visits: If you progress to the interview stage with a company, use the opportunity to ask questions about their work culture, team dynamics, growth opportunities, and other factors important to you. If feasible, arrange a site visit to get a firsthand work environment experience and interact with potential colleagues.
Remember that while LinkedIn can provide valuable information, it’s essential to conduct comprehensive research and consider multiple sources of information. Each method offers a different viewpoint, helping you decide whether changing jobs to another company will provide greener pastures for your career growth and job satisfaction.
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Lynne M. Williams is the Executive Director of the Great Careers Groups, a volunteer-run 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides career development and networking connections for 1) job seekers in career transition, including veterans, and 2) employed and self-employed for career management.
Aside from writing keyword-focused content for ATS resumes and LinkedIn profiles, Lynne is currently writing her doctoral dissertation on LinkedIn for Job Seekers. She is a contributing author on “Applying to Positions” in Find Your Fit: A Practical Guide to Landing the Job You Love, along with the late Dick Bolles, the author of What Color is Your Parachute?, and is also a speaker on career topics.