Types of Work Cultures

Some of the types of work cultures

  1. Employee Focused Culture:

This corporate environment is very much focused on putting the team first. The priority is always how well an individual will match the culture, this is more important than the experience the individual can bring.  These organisations strive to make their employees happy in their work by organising team building exercises and socialising events. Organisations will help their employees to be the best they can through offering flexible working to fit around family and other commitments.

  • Innovative Corporate Culture:

These businesses are market leaders and are out to make a name for themselves by pushing boundaries. They only look to hire the very best employees who can work in challenging fast paced environments. Employees needs to be confident as these businesses have high expectations, however being part of a market leading business motivates employees who are out to show the world what they have to offer.

  • Flat level Corporate Culture:

This is usually common among new businesses which are in the early stages of growth.  This is where all employees will work together with a common shared goal, irrespective of position or role.  Everyone will get involved to ensure the success of the service/product, and will go above and beyond to exceed customer expectation which they need for company growth and expansion.

  • Traditional Corporate Culture

These organisations are structured is a very traditional / formal way, where there are top level CEO’s and directors who are in charge of the majority of decision making. There will usually be several departments, focusing on different aspects of the business without much integration between them. These companies will usually be much focused on statistics and monitoring growth to maintain profitability above all else.  Usually they are very opposed to any decisions which involve an element of risk taking even if great rewards could be reaped. 

  • Evolving Culture

This is an organisation where there is constant change and development.  It is common for changes to be made without notice such as business collaborations and buy-outs.  Employees which can adapt to change and thrive in fast paced environments suit this culture best.  Evolving cultures offer lots of opportunity for young, eager individuals who can see the opportunities which lie with an organisation who is ever adapting and changing to current market trends.

Work Cultures
Salary Negotiation

These tips will help you to negotiate the best salary for your new job.

Entering into dialogue with a potential employer about salary is never an easy task and too many employees overlook this.  By not taking the opportunity to negotiate salary you could be missing out on benefits which are available and which you deserve.

We have put together some key points which will help you negotiate with an employer.

  1. It is really important to do research before starting negotiations; this will put you in a stronger more informed position.  Make sure you research the current salary ranges for your job, including your skills, qualifications and experience. There are several websites which can assist you such as glassdoor.com.
  2. It is highly likely you will be asked what your current salary and expectations are.  It is best to be honest about your current salary as this will be checked when taking references and will reflect badly on you if you are found to be dishonest.  If you are asked by a prospective employer what is your salary expectation try not to give an exact number, and make sure you discuss the overall package on offer including any benefits which are the company can provide.  
  3. Use the knowledge and market experience of your recruitment consultant to guide you on what salary range you can expect for your skill set.
  4. Be sure to show your prospective employer all that you can bring to the job.  Make sure you demonstrate your experience, skills and overall value. You need to sell yourself and make the employer realises your value.
  5. Negotiating can be tense, however try not to show this in front of the employer, always remain professional, polite and courteous.  This will reflect positively on you.
  6. Don’t feel pressured to accept an offer straight away; you are perfectly within reason to ask for some time to consider the offer.   Use this time to decide whether you are really happy with the offer and everything on offer from the employer.

Prepare for Your Interviews

Quick tips on how to prepare for your interview

Do your research

Spend time conducting research into the company or organisation. Visit their website and read up on their product/services and the company’s background and vision for the future. Make sure you stay on top of current news which involves the company and have an overall awareness of their place within the market and who their competitors are. By knowing key information you can stand out over less prepared candidates.

Connect your CV and the Job description

Make sure you know your CV inside out; this will allow you to talk confidently about your past experiences and demonstrate your skills to the interviewer.  You want to demonstrate how your knowledge and skill set are a perfect match for the job description, highlight key parts of your CV which show the qualities which the job role requires.

Prepare questions to ask

Think of some quality questions which you can ask the interviewer, try to think of things which demonstrate you’re in depth knowledge around the company. This is an opportunity for you to be remembered by the interviewer against other candidates.

Practice your interview style

Preparation and practice are essential before your interview.  Do a rehearsal with a friend where they will ask you common interview questions and you can refine your answers making sure they are clear, concise and demonstrate all of your desirable qualities. Ask for honest feedback about your answers and iron out any stumbling areas.