Study the market trends
and prospects in the industry or area of your interest. Make sure to look at options and alternatives. And of course, check the salaries
offered by employers. For example, the IT industry has a web map
showing vacancies and salaries for various positions. Also, remember to look at projects and teams
to get an idea of the expertise they have and the skills you can acquire.
In the early stages of your career, your job should cover several areas for you to gain all-round experience. Try to focus on market and technology leaders
. And having their name in your future resumes will be a plus.
Once you have selected several potential employers, ask around
to check if any of your friends already work for them. As an alternative, look for their employees on social media
and try to arrange a phone call for 15-20 minutes: don't be shy, since people are usually willing to share their experiences. Ask them about the company life, values, culture and environment
and try to find out what they like and what they don't about their job. These conversations often reveal a lot more that the company's website.
Carefully study the job requirements
and check what is expected from candidates for higher positions to get an idea of your career prospects and development opportunities.