Ever had a company hire you for a job that sounded just right for you–and turned out to be all wrong? It’s possible you didn’t do enough due diligence ahead of time, but on many occasions the fact is that the company was simply unethical in its approach to hiring. Unfortunately, you didn’t find that out until you went to work there.
What can you do to avert the employment disaster looming on your horizon? Maybe not a lot, but some things should be done if possible:
The following suggestions assume that you’ve already accepted the job offer and started working at your new company. (I’ve written about due diligence in the past and won’t repeat it here.)
Before you try to make a job change to get out of your disastrous current position, give serious thought to searching for companies that don’t just talk about things like corporate ethics, honesty, fairness, etc. Do they have a reputation for walking their talk? What’s their record like for being a desirable place to work? Are they well regarded in the community?
That doesn’t mean, of course, that their employees have cushy jobs and don’t have to do much to earn their salaries. There’s nothing wrong with working hard, as long as it’s not a “sweatshop” environment where employees are so many commodities–misled, interchangeable, dispensable, not valued.
Research a company’s reputation and record before you ever reach the point of submitting your resume there. Check them out online and offline. Whenever possible, contact and talk with people who work there, have worked there in the past, have had the company as a customer, and so on.
Ethical companies are “out there.” Finding them is your responsibility if you want to avoid another job search disaster.