This month’s blog series is focusing on websites you can use as resources during a job search. Today’s featured website (and mobile app) is Glassdoor. According to their website, “Unlike other job sites, all of this information is shared by those who know a company best — the employees.” They get their information by gathering anonymous data from current or former employees about companies, salaries, interview questions, and more.
Proverbs 15:22 says, “Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.” Using Glassdoor as a resource is adding to the “advisers” on your journey and can help make your plans successful.
Here are 5 ways that Glassdoor can help you during your job search:
- Learn more about a company from an employee’s perspective. Glassdoor collects reviews from current and former employees about their experience working for a company. As you’re looking for jobs, knowing more about the company from an employee’s perspective, rather than from a recruiter or HR personnel who is trying to woo you, can be informative. Just remember: most people don’t review experiences or products unless they’ve had an exceptionally good or bad one. So, I recommend you give the reviews on Glassdoor the same amount of weight that you would to a book review or an online product rating. The 5 stars system can only tell you so much.
- Get salary information. Knowing the appropriate salary range for a position can greatly increase your effectiveness during compensation negotiation. (Read more about money talks here.) One great place to get this kind of information is Glassdoor. Again, they are collecting this information from a company’s current and former employees. You can search by job title or company to learn more about compensation in a field or a particular job.
- Discover what interview questions others in your field or preferred job were asked. Have you ever wondered what questions you might expect in an interview? This is another area of information Glassdoor collects from their users. You can search by company or job type to get insight into what interview questions to prepare for.
- Compare two companies side-by-side. Using data from Glassdoor, you can see how two companies you’re considering measure up compared to each other.
- Search and apply for jobs. Glassdoor lists thousands of jobs on their website. You can search for job listings, create job alerts, save jobs, and apply for them all through their website.
Laura Miller works for Crossroads Career as a writer and editor, and lives in the Kansas City area with her accountant husband. Laura hosts and produces The Library Laura Podcast, which is a weekly dose of book recommendations, library love, and literary enthusiasm. Previously, she worked in the insurance and retail industries.