It pays to research the company…

Companies conducting background checks, Googling applicants, checking them out on Facebook, and finding out as much as they can about candidates for employment seems to be the norm, these days.

However, it works both ways. You can find out about companies, as well, to make sure the company is one you want to work for and the job is a good fit for your experience and skills.

LinkedIn Company Profiles are a good way to find more information on a company you’re interested in working for. You’ll be able see your connections at the company, new hires, promotions, jobs posted, related companies, and company statistics. One Day One Job has good information on digging dirt on employers, as well.

Visit GlassDoor.com to read company reviews, ratings, company information, salaries, CEO approval rating, competitors, content providers, and more company information.

Follow the company on Twitter to find out what information the company is sharing. Also, search Google, Google News, and Twitter using the company name, to see what’s comes up.

Also, there are warning signs to watch for, if you’re having reservations about whether this is the company for you.

Taking the time to research companies is a good idea, because it is as important for you to know that you want to work at a company as it is for the company to know they want to hire you. And it’s better to find out upfront, rather than finding out later that your new job wasn’t anything like you expected and you have to start your job search all over again.

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