JOB SEARCH TIP: Evaluate the safety culture of prospective employers.

21 Oct

As I publish this, here in the United States we look to be heading into a “third wave” of COVID-19 infections– be safe out there, friends.

There was an article in the newspaper about a woman who was recently invited for an in-person job interview. She thought it went well, but didn’t get a call back.


She followed up and found the position had been filled. When she asked why they hired someone else, they said: “When you came in for an interview you wore your mask the entire time. We thought you might be one of those people who will complain about every safety issue.”


Each of us will need to make a decision about what kind of work environment for which we will feel comfortable. In the case above, the woman was actually relieved she found out that their values regarding safety weren’t the same as hers, and went onto her next career opportunity.
I used to work for a utility that highly valued safety, and I never felt unsafe when I worked there. That was important to me, so in that case my values and the values of my employer were aligned.


Use online resources to understand the safety culture of a prospective employer. Additionally, you can use networking skills to gain additional insights.


Do your homework. Find a job that is right for you in an environment and culture that fits what is important to you.

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