Job hunting as a woman includes an extra layer of research. You’re not only looking for a great company, but also a great place for women and a great place for you. Few things feel worse than getting stuck in the daily grind at a company that isn’t a great fit.
Here are three steps to include on your search for the perfect employer:
1. Start with Lists
Lists of top employers are always a great place to start. Most of these lists are derived from surveys, and it’s fairly easy to find lists within your specific industry or for a targeted demographic.
- Anita Borg Institute: “Top Companies is a national program that evaluated 60 companies with more than 1.4 million US employees, including 552,000 technologists across 10 industries.” Story: 2016 Key Findings & Insights, PDF (page 5 shows the list)
- Fairygoodboss: “Company rankings are based on members’ anonymous surveys and displayed when there are a minimum of 30 reviews.” Companies are rated from 0-100, and Fairygoodboss updates the top 25 rankings daily as reviews are submitted. Full List: Best Companies for Women
- Fortune and Great Place to Work: “The 100 Best Workplaces for Women rankings are based entirely upon feedback from more than 137,762 women at Great Place to Work–Certified companies.” Full List: 100 Best Workplaces for Women
- Note: The ranking appears to be based on traditional criteria that women look for; benefits, flex-scheduling, and work-life balance, not necessarily more modern take on what women look for in companies; equal pay, leadership training, upward mobility, and percentage of women in leadership.
2. Read Reviews
Always take time to read reviews from employees themselves – and take them with a grain of salt. Of course you might get a few revenge-seeking employees in the mix, but reviewing the feedback as a whole offers great perspective into different departments and levels within the organization.
3. Always Read the Careers Page
The best places to work tend to be upfront and honest about who they are, what they’re looking for, and the type of people that excel in their environment. What a company says (or doesn’t say) about their mission statement and values says a lot – even if it sounds generic.
- Netflix does this well: Netflix Careers Page
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