Fortune lists best companies to work for
Students who are searching for internships, or who are preparing to look for jobs after graduation are always learning about ways to advertise themselves and to polish qualities that employers want to see: killer work ethic, technological expertise, strong leadership skills—the list could go on forever.
It may seem that the job searching process is all about what the employer wants.
While this is true, it’s essential for job seekers to know what to look for in an employer, too.
Fortune recently released a list of the 100 best companies to work for in 2014–three companies from Maryland made the list.
Coming in at number 49, TEKsystems, an IT staffing service; number 57, Marriot International; and at number 79, Discovery Communications, the nonfiction media giant.
Lorie Logan-Bennett, Director of the Towson University Career Center, said that students should develop some sort of criteria of things they are looking for in a job or internship.
Logan-Bennett suggested taking a look at how the company will help students network strong, professional relationships and how students can grow within the company.
A good employer should offer opportunities for additional skill-building, she said.
It’s important not to forget about the many benefits that a position offers, Logan-Bennett said.
“These often have significant financial value like tuition remission, retirement and health insurance,” she said. “Don’t forget the benefits that lead to satisfaction and work-life balance like flexible schedules.”
After determining criteria, students need to keep those points in mind as they research appealing employers, Logan-Bennett said.
Checking out the organization’s website or LinkedIn profile is great way to start, she said.
Once job and internship seekers determine target companies, they should carefully look at the positions that are available; then customize the resumé to fit the employer.
“Study the listings that fit you carefully – what skills are they asking for; what type of experience do they require; what qualifications are they requesting?” she said. “All of this will allow you to target your resume directly towards the employer’s needs–use the same key words and if they ask for a skill that you have, make sure it’s included on your resume.”