February 26, 2007
I am a recent college graduate and soon will be looking for my first “real job” in the US (currently I am an English teacher in Korea). During my time in Korea I have had a plethora of free time for self study about different career paths and random opportunities. The internet has been invaluable for this because it has allowed me to search for books on amazon, read the wall street journal, listen to podcasts on various topics and find out what type of job I am interested in.
Here is my problem:
I have finally started narrowing down my ideas for what type of job I want but now I need to think about companies. I believe we are in a unique position as Gen-Y youth because with all this information available to us we should really be able to find a company that works with our lifestyle.
For example: I love the prospect of work, but I also love to travel. There is no website (that I know of) that ranks businesses (most likely big) on the amount of travel time it gives their employees.
Take it a step further. I want a website that ranks different companies in several ways from 1. job perks, 2. management styles, 3. a place for current employees to freely, candidly and anonymously criticize (for better or for worse) their company. I also want to know what kind of medical insurance, travel time, overtime, salary and just about anything else that the company does.
Then I want all of this data to be collected and used under many different areas such as 1. best companies to work for, 2. best companies to work for in different fields, 3. I want to be able to compare different companies so that I can truly gain insight into different companies.
For example: In my perfect job website I will be able to compare different companies on one or many different variables. Therefore, I can use salary, travel time, and employee welfare (filled out by employees from the company) as the variables. I can then choose companies I have heard of and compare them, or have the website find the best companies to compare with those variables.
This will be a powerful tool for the employee. The world is changing and so is the business world. People are different, and companies all have different cultures and various factors that make them better or worse. Why just find a job when you can find a job that fits you?
I believe that with a tool like this people will find jobs that they truly care about, and as I know personally and have heard: If you care about what you are doing you will do a much finer job in the long run.
Hope this wasn’t too long.
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