If resumes and cover letters are meant to be about the employer's needs, when is it your turn to make the job search about you? At the start of your search, you have the opportunity to identify your preferred employers and target your search strategies toward those organizations. But the question you should be asking yourself is how do you identify a preferred employer? What makes one organization better than another?
Here are some things to look for as you go through your potential employer checklist:
Where/how you work- In the global, digital economy, the idea of working 9-5 in one specific location is becoming less and less practical. Telecommuting and flex work hours may allow you to live father away from the office if you don't have to travel there on a daily basis. Check on the employer's HR page to see if telecommuting and flexing hours is a standard practice, and if it's important to you then make sure you discuss it before signing on.