The next step after applying for a job is to wait for the phone call from HR, letting you know that you've been selected for the first round of screening. The recruiter at the end of the line knows that you are interested in the job. But are you really prepared for that call?
Before accepting a job offer, we often spend a lot of time learning about the organization's structure, compensation and benefits plan, job responsibilities, and so on. But a very important -- yet often overlooked -- aspect of working for a company is the organizational culture. Would you be able to thrive in its environment and work culture? What do you even know about it?
You don't need to look for a job in order to get one. In today's job market, many workers are passively job searching all the time. But in order to maximize your chances of landing an unexpected interview with the employer of your dreams, you need to be prepared.
Do you feel appreciated at work, or do you find yourself staring at the clock, waiting for the work day to be over? If it's the latter, it time to start thinking about what your dream job would be, if you could do anything at all.