Summary of Job Seeker Manual

A Step-by-Step Guide for Using Culture Fit to Find the Right Workplace for You

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Job Seeker Manual book summary
Before you apply for a job, know yourself and learn the values and purpose of your prospective employer.

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The company you want to work for is profitable. It dominates its competitors. Customers love its products. There’s just one problem: The organization’s culture is a disaster. Its employees hate their jobs, and that’s how you’ll feel if you go to work there. If you don’t learn about the firm’s culture before accepting a position, you could be in for a nasty surprise. Organizational culture consultant Sheila L. Margolis, head of the Workplace Culture Institute, teaches you how to decipher the culture of a firm before you become its newest employee. Her succinct guide includes handy worksheets and “maps” to help you codify your purpose and principles, diagnose a prospective company’s culture and determine if you can flourish there. getAbstract recommends Margolis’ step-by-step, easy to follow workbook to all job applicants and to HR managers seeking to understand their company’s culture in greater depth.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why “cultural fit” matters to employees and companies;
  • How to build a “core culture map” outlining the “purpose, philosophy and priorities” of an organization you might join;
  • How to build a “job seeker map” identifying your “purpose and principles”; and
  • How to compare the two maps to perform a “core cultural fit audit.”
 

Summary

“Cultural Fit”
Companies hire according to two criteria. First, they evaluate if a job applicant is competent to do the job; does he or she have the requisite skills, knowledge and experience? And second, they want to know if the applicant’s values and style match the company’s ways of...
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About the Author

Workplace Culture Institute president Sheila L. Margolis, PhD, helps leaders build company cultures that engage employees and retain top talent.


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    li zhao 2 weeks ago
    1. Very informative and applicable
    2. Unserstand yourself is the most important thing, I think, and it's almost in every aspect of your life. Also the tricky part is it's not easy. But for job seeking, we can narrow the scope related to job only.
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    Paul Misner 4 months ago
    I have been through a job where there was a personal culture clash. Id be interested in hearing how to negotiate through this if leaving isn't an option.
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    Michael Vourakes 4 months ago
    Very useful advice
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    Azra Rizal AZRA.RIZAL@GMAIL.COM 4 months ago
    Very useful advice for college new hires or seasoned suits.

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