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Why You Should Use Glassdoor to Help Your Job Search

Hey there! Today I wanted to share with you something important for the recent post-grad, job hunting! I know, not that exciting, sometimes grueling and really not fun, but it is something that many do go through right after college. I want to share with you an awesome resource that I recently found, Glassdoor!

This post is not sponsored by Glassdoor. It is a service I personally used and wanted to share with all of you. All opinions are 100% my own.

I know, the thought of job hunting is just scary, I get it. I’m not one that voluntarily joined the job search recently (more or less), but I had to. Long gone are the days of going into an establishment and handing in your resume (mostly), everything is done online now. That being said, with things moving online, job search help has emerged as well. Glassdoor does just that. It shares current openings, but also company reviews, salaries, interview tips, and more!

Just a note: all of the information available on Glassdoor in regards to reviews, salaries, and interviews are all shared by members. If only a few people report their salary, then there will only be a small sample to create the average. So please take that into consideration when looking at reviews/salaries.

Company Reviews

Glassdoor shares company reviews from real employees. They give an out-of-five-star rating, pros/cons, advice to management, their outlook on the company, their approval of the CEO, and if they recommend the company to others. You can filter these reviews to just your area, or see company-wide.

I highly recommend doing this. Careers pages and events are meant to sell you on the company so you won’t hear about any negatives in the company. You don’t really know what you’re walking in to. With this section, you can hear about the good and the bad when it comes to the company you want to work for.

Company Salaries

I know this is something that most people don’t really talk about, but also is something that is important to the job decision process. The site gives the average salary and where that falls on a scale.

Now, I would only use this to give you an idea of what you may make. These numbers could be outdated, or the salary may differ depending on the city you live in. So don’t take these as for sure numbers, but as an estimate.

Interviews

Now, this is my favorite part about Glassdoor and what I originally went to the site for. Users who have interviewed with companies can leave interview reviews and share their experiences, the process, and the questions they were asked. The most nervewracking part of the job hunting process is not knowing what they are going to ask in the interview or the process. With these reviews, you can get a sense of the hiring process, the timeline, as well as some of the questions you may be asked.

At the top of the section you see the breakdown of reviewers experiences, how they got the interview, and the difficulty of the interview. Then, in the review, the review shows if the user got/accepted an offer, their experience, and the difficulty of their interview.

Now on some of these, you may see the date of 2015 when they went through the process. Some people won’t post their reviews for a couple of years. Just search by date, and take all reviews with a grain of salt. Things could have changed from when the review was written to when you get an interview. These are meant to help give you an idea about what you may be asked. Also, be wary of the city of the interview if it’s a national company. The process may be different based on location.

These reviews were a lifesaver for me. I was able to prepare a little bit and get an idea of how my interviews would go. So, if you’re looking for a job, or will be soon, I highly suggest creating a profile and getting to know Glassdoor.

I hope you enjoyed this post! Have you used Glassdoor before in a job hunt? Let me know in the comments!

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