Most Companies are looking for good techs, and reasonably so. But what of a good tech looking for a decent company? Companies do not post resumes, you can try to find out about them before the interview but it is not always easy to get a good read on them.
What have you guys done to narrow down the field of prospective companies you apply with?
I am looking for suggestions because I may be needing to use them in the future, but things I have done are:
1) Look for the names of companies that are awarded industry awards like CB's Contractor of the year. Unfortunately, CB records for the Contractor of the year only go back about 2 years (hey H-talk genies, a little help with that??? )
2) Apply for work on Sites like mepjobs.com and hvacagent.com. Good companies recognize the inherent problems with a craigslist applicant.
3) Visit the website of the company - do they have one? is it professional looking?
4) Good companies want to weed out hackers - that means they will make you jump through a few hoops to get to an interview. if they don't that is a bad sign. Some hoops include online aptitude or assessment tests that they require before an interview. A pain in the neck - yes, but a positive sign as to the functionality of the entire organization.
5) Ask them at the interview about annual sales, size of the company, if they have regular training, and if the support you going to classes or getting NATE Certified. If you are a good tech, they will have a vested interest in keeping you and improving your value to them.
6) Tell them that you are interviewing them, as much as they are interviewing you. They should understand this. If not then you may wish to pass on them.