A new trend is emerging as a result of the recession. For starters, young workers are facing the highest unemployment rate ever in their lifetimes. “About 37 percent of 18- to 29-year-olds are unemployed or out of the workforce,” reports MSNBC columnist Eve Tahmincioglu, “the highest share among this age group in three decades, according […]
A new trend is emerging as a result of the recession. For starters, young workers are facing the highest unemployment rate ever in their lifetimes. “About 37 percent of 18- to 29-year-olds are unemployed or out of the workforce,” reports MSNBC columnist Eve Tahmincioglu, “the highest share among this age group in three decades, according to a new Pew Research Center study.”
As a result, a good number of young professionals are job-hopping less and sticking to their positions more. “Fewer Gen Yers are willing to job hop, with 25 percent wanting to stay with a current employer until retirement, compared to 14 percent who wanted that in 2008,” continues Tahmincioglu.
Even more surprising? A good number are enjoying staying put. As we come out of the recession, the return of the life-long career might rise with us. While certainly not for everyone, it would be nice to ensure that when you start a new job that you’ll be happier for longer than it takes to decorate your cubicle.
Here are three easy ways to recognize a good job before you even apply:
1) Your friend had a good (customer) experience
A friend of mine was recently in a car accident. No one was hurt, but she still called her insurance company in tears, frustrated and nervous. Turns out, she called the wrong number. No mind, GEICO employees calmed and helped her as she stood on the corner of a busy intersection all the way through to delivering her car in mint condition a few days later.
When you and your friends enjoy interacting with a company’s employees, chances are those employees enjoy their jobs, and you would benefit from working with them.
Business Systems Analyst, GEICO – Chevy Chase, MD
As a member of the Corporate Underwriting division, you’ll be responsible for obtaining data, conducting analysis and monitoring the results of our successes that will improve key corporate metrics including attrition, product penetration, and premium changes. The work is highly visible and is relied upon by both regional and executive management to aid decision-making. Salary Range: $49K -$54K
(How awesome is it that GEICO has transparent salaries on their job postings?)
2) The company has some serious cred
“Best of” lists aren’t everything, but they’re often a good place to start. Companies like Deloitte consistently makes lists like Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For and the other companies used as examples in this post are on Brazen Careerist’s Top 50.
Because lists can’t tell you everything, do a gut check during the interview process, and talk to current employees (hint: you can find them on Brazen). Ask them questions about how they enjoy their job, what challenges and rewards they face at the company, and what they like best and least.
Accountant II, Deloitte – Nashville, TN
Some Primary Duties: Monitoring of actual US and host country taxes and comparing to projected costs to ensure accruals/billings are appropriate; Researching cost variances to determine drivers and articulate impact to cost owners; Providing accurate and timely information to the client that will enable better cost management and maximize profitability
3) Entrepreneurial-type responsibility is assigned right away
Young workers are often driven by entrepreneurial-type projects. That is, they’re ready to dive right in, make a difference and bring results. This job description from Procter & Gamble actually does an excellent job of describing just such an environment:
Assistant Brand Manager, P&G – Cinncinati, OH
From your first day on the job, you will be given immediate responsibility and be expected to build your part of the business as if it were your own. It is your opportunity to be an entrepreneur and lead a multi-functional business team, while still having all the resources of P&G behind you. Your career progression depends entirely on you. You will have the opportunity to follow several different career paths, the two most common paths lead to General Management or to Marketing Mastery. Whichever path you choose, you will progress to positions with increasing levels of responsibility that fully utilize your skills and capabilities.
Doesn’t that make you excited just reading it? The ability to lead freely with a company’s resources supporting you sounds like bliss to me.
But what about you, what do you look for in the job search? Do certain positions stand out as more attractive? What job attributes would close the deal for you?
Go to GEICO on Brazen >
Go to Deloitte on Brazen >
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