Job Search: Identifying Great Organizations
On May 29, 2012, Studentawards held an Executive Think Tank on the topic of “The Next Generation: Get to Know Your Future Employee/Boss”. The event was moderated by Dr. Alan Middleton (Professor and Executive Director of the Schulich Executive Education Centre) and Suzanne Tyson (President, Studentawards Inc.). Participants at this roundtable discussion included 13 senior executives from a variety of industries and divisions (e.g. Marketing, HR, Business Development, Research), as well as 5 students from the Studentawards membership. During the open dialogue discussions, the executive thought leaders offered the following job search tips:
In high-demand organizations, the “Four Fs” are trends to look for:
1. Flatter (Organizations)
The days of hierarchy are gone. There is no time to wait for six levels of approval. Large organizations are stripping off levels to reduce layering and the avoidance of responsibility. They also recognize that the next generation of employees will be impatient if they have to move through multiple layers of the organization. Students should apply to organizations that don’t have endless hierarchy.
2. Flexible (Skills)
Pathways change, and you don’t know where you are going to end up. The executive panelists themselves come from a variety of educational backgrounds and career paths. As they were introduced at the beginning of the program, a common message was “wherever you start your career, you are not committed to it for the rest of your life”. Switching course is OK.
In fact, having the ability to turn quickly in an active environment is key. Students should have vision and recognize that they can shift strategies, transfer skills and switch career paths. This will give them a breadth of qualifications, and the agility to manage job opportunities and not be ‘married’ to one job if they have to recalculate their route.
3. Fulfilling (Roles)
Good employers understand how to make jobs more fulfilling and how to ensure that jobs are exciting and engaging. Students should ask potential employers about their attitudes and approaches towards job satisfaction and employee fulfillment.
4. Friending (Networks)
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The strength of an organization depends on the strength of its network. Organizations that build partnership relationships are developing community, ensuring that their business will evolve, and eliminating splintering. When job searching, students should seek out companies with strong networks and partnership relationships.
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