Employers vary from small businesses with a handful of employees to huge corporations with thousands on staff.

The range of benefits offered by employers can be just as broad. Some offer extensive benefit packages, while others offer little beyond a paycheck.

Some employers ask you to work a set number of hours each week. Others need you to be flexible and will change your schedule.

Generally, larger companies and employers offer bigger benefits packages, but don’t use that fact to rule out small companies. When you're looking for work, you might want to start with employers who offer some of these most important benefits:

So, how can you tell if a company has these benefits before you apply for a job? (After all, it's considered bad job interview manners to ask about benefits before you even find out more about the job.) Here are some tips:

  • Search online for a company Web site, as many companies list employee benefits on their site. The address may be as simple as www.companyname.com, but if that doesn't turn up the site, try a search engine such as www.google.com.
  • Ask someone who works at the company.
  • Ask your local chamber of commerce for information on the company.
  • Check with the state employment office.
  • Call the company’s human resources department and ask for a general overview of employee benefits.

The Job Benefits Checklist can help you keep track of which benefits a potential employer offers.

Employment ABCs: What to Look for in a Job

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