It’s not only the big guns that make great employers
YOU don't want to work for just anyone.
Even if your job search has been a long and arduous one, you still want - in a perfect world at least - to find an employer who will go above and beyond for their staff.
What should you be looking for in an employer of choice?
The term itself - employer of choice - is a bit of a buzzword, one that is often associated with companies from the big end of town. Which makes sense, as they are usually the ones with larger recruitment budgets, bigger and better employee programs and the resources to portray themselves as a great place to work.
But it's not only the big guns that make great employers.
For companies large or small, reputation is everything when it comes to recruiting staff. Companies invest time and money in developing and preserving their brand, so if they have a reputation as a great place to work, you'll hear about it.
Don't write off a company as a potential employer based on rumour or a disgruntled Facebook status. Bad news travels quickly, do your own research and make your own decisions.
If you've got as far as an interview, it will be quickly obvious if the company's ethics, values and behaviours align with your own.
An employer of choice is one that rewards excellence and provides opportunities. That means more than just offering an annual promotion round. You want the opportunity to develop new skills, work in new areas, express your creativity or individuality, or take on new and extended responsibilities.
Making it a little easier to identify great workplaces, the Australian Business Award for Employer of Choice recognises organisations that are harnessing the full potential of their workforce.
To be considered for the award, entrants must demonstrate achievements across areas including organisational culture; leadership and strategy; employee education; training and development; employee health, safety and satisfaction; performance management; and recognition and remuneration.
The 2014 Australian Business Awards winners will be announced on Wednesday. Visit http://www.businessawards.com.au for the list of winners.