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Tips for Researching Companies. Janet Hindle, our Careers Information Adviser, provides some tips on how to research companies for the application process.

Tips for Researching Companies

How to research a company: top tips on gathering information about employers. Researching a company doesn't just prove to an employer you're enthusiastic about the opportunity.

How to research a company: top tips on gathering information about employers

It also helps you pitch your application and perform better at the interview, demonstrating your match to the organisation's culture and values. In 'How I landed a place on HSBC's graduate programme', Belal Kulasy said: "I made sure I knew exactly what the bank valued and how it operates, and I tried to match these values to the experiences that I had. This showed the company that I would fit well within their organisation. " Much of the information you'll need to be an interested and well-informed candidate is easily available online.

The company itself The job description is an obvious starting point. However, if the job description is vague, be prepared to dig deeper. Read the company website and press releases for information about the company's history and progress: innovations, key milestones and so on, as well as their corporate values, often written into mission or vision statements. Employer hubs. The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers 2016-2017.

The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies. Welcome to The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For.

The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies

This is the 16th annual survey and ranking of the cream of Britain’s employers, and its appearance each year is a high-profile event in the nation’s business calendar. The data-gathering and analysis used across all sectors are extensive. It’s the staff themselves who fill in the anonymous surveys from which the scores are compiled — a total of 241,361 people filled out questionnaires for this year’s lists — so we’re getting opinions about their bosses, their working conditions and their employer’s values direct from the people whose hard work builds the success of their business, whether they’re lawyers, mechanics or shop assistants. And once a company is on the list, they have to work to stay there. In all 925, firms registered to take part in this year’s surveys and there are 79 new entries, displacing those who didn’t make the grade this time. Our lists honour: TheJobCrowd. The results of the Top Companies For Graduates To Work For in 2016/17 are out!


The Top Companies For Graduates To Work For rankings are unique because they are entirely based on employee feedback: given in thousands of reviews submitted on TheJobCrowd across the year by graduate employees at several hundred graduate employers. This means that the companies listed are those that actual graduate employees say are the best companies to work for, not just those who might be the best known. These are the companies who are really, truly, the best places to work. The results will be published in a print guide in September and distributed to every UK university. Choosing a prospective employer. Despite the fact that the job market is a tough place to be in at the moment, it's really important to carefully consider whether a prospective employer is the right choice for you.

Choosing a prospective employer

In this article, I have outlined some of the key factors to consider when choosing an employer. You might consider some points before deciding to apply for a role, so as to avoid wasting your time on unsuitable positions, but all factors set out below should be considered before you decide to accept an offer.

Your choice of employer can make a significant impact on your longer term career progression as well as your personal development and job satisfaction. Remuneration: For many, the main motivation is money. If your role is target driven with target based incentives or commission, determine what your targets will be, when bonuses or commission will be paid and how they're structured. Benefits: Most companies will offer some benefits including health insurance and life assurance.

Great Place to Work® UK - Building and recognising successful workplaces. Ethical employers. Environmental and social values in the workplace have never been more important as an increasing number of graduates choose ethical careers If you are looking for a career that makes a contribution to more than just your bank balance then a job with an ethical employer might be for you.

Ethical employers

Ethical businesses do right by both people and planet, and impact positively on the environment, society and communities. What is an ethical employer? An ethical employer is an organisation that is concerned with having a positive effect on society and the environment. This can be demonstrated by how a company: invests its profits;treats its staff, customers and clients;approaches environmental issues. So, for example, a company with links to third-world sweatshops won't win any ethical awards but an organisation that gathers its electricity using solar panels or donates a percentage of its profits to charitable causes ticks the box.

How to choose an ethical employer. In this article, the experts at Graduate Prospects, the UK's official graduate careers website, give advice for finding an ‘ethical’ employer – a company with responsible policies about the environment and its employees.

How to choose an ethical employer

Environmental and social values in the workplace are more important than ever, as a growing number of graduates are actively choosing ethical careers. If you are looking for a career that makes a contribution to more than just your bank balance, then a job with an ethical employer might be for you. What is an ethical employer? An ethical employer is an organisation that aims to have a positive effect on society and the environment. This shows in how a company: As you can see, ethics can be defined in different ways – a company might look after the welfare of factory staff, for example, but produce materials that damage the environment. Ethical employers. Smaller businesses - Student home, The University of York. I quickly realised that by working in the heart of this small business, my work was guaranteed to be incredibly varied.

Smaller businesses - Student home, The University of York

Working for smaller organisations can offer you a high degree of job satisfation - see the Pros and cons tab below. You may hear more about graduate schemes with large, high profile companies, but in fact most graduates find employment with small and medium sized companies. Smaller companies may be referred to as SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises), defined according to their number of employees and turnover. Medium-sized enterprises have up to 250 employers; small enterprises employ up to 50 people, and include much smaller start-ups or micro-enterprises. In the UK, SMEs employ around 60% of the private sector workforce. Pros and cons People working in smaller companies generally report a high level of job satisfaction, for various reasons.

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