Join Jolie Miller for an in-depth discussion in this video Using Glassdoor, part of Job Hunting Online.
Glassdoor has created a robust community around company practices, how employees past and present feel about working there, how hopeful employees feel about the interview process, how companies pay, and what company news and information is happening now. There is a wealth of info here but you just need to be prepared to sift through it to find the feedback that's most meaningful to you. Because anyone can leave reviews, keep in mind that the internet can sometimes be a friendly place for the anonymous critic.
We're going to cover how you can use Glassdoor to search for jobs, learn more about companies, compare salaries and get the scoop on interviews. In order to see all these information, you need to set up a profile and share a review, a salary or an interview experience. If you're a student, let's say you don't have any work experience to share yet or any salary information, you can register and get a full 12-month access with a dot edu e-mail. For this movie I'm going to assume you've got an account and you've contributed so that you can see the full unlocked potential of Glassdoor.
The first thing I wanna draw your attention to is how you can take a look at a company and all of its information on Glassdoor. Here I am on Pearson's Glassdoor page. I navigated here after searching for Pearson in the company's bar up here at the top and you can see that Pearson has a rating. 3.3 stars out of 5. It also has 617 reviews. These are reviews from employees who have worked there. As I scroll down, I get rich information about the company, how big it is, information about who works there, how people approve of the CEO.
The actual reviews employees have left, whether they like it, whether they don't like it and even news. Awards and accolades that Pearson has received. It really gives me a good snapshot of Pearson as a company. Without working there I couldn't really get much more robust information than this. If I come back to the top of the page here, we can also take a look at salaries for Pearson. I'm gonna click the salaries tab and if I scroll down, I can take a look at the rough salary ranges for all of the jobs that Pearson has.
This data comes from employees who have listed it. Keep in mind this is a bi-directional community. You also can contribute. You can share information about companies that you have worked at and then that data is aggregated here to help other people. As I scroll down this page, I even see here's a development editor, salary range, 14 people have contributed data to this so here I am, I'm in the 39K to 55K range which is what I was kind of expecting for a position like this.
Take a look at the salary information for a company you are looking at just to make sure that it's in line with what your expectations are. You can also see reviews here of Pearson and you can take a look at reviews left by all employees or you can filter by only current employees. This again is where I say keep in mind, anyone can post just about anything on Glassdoor. When you read a negative review, keep in mind that it might be left by someone who is not as thrilled with the company. Keep that in mind as you take a look through reviews and use your own appropriate filter.
On the interviews tab, you can click to see more about the interview process, people who have been through it will let you know was the experience good or bad, how did it go, did they get an offer out of it? What kind of comments have they left for you? I've seen people list out interview questions they were asked or beware of this kind of practice and that's helpful info for you. It's almost as if a friend has gone through before you. They can show you the ropes a little bit. You can also on the right here see featured jobs that people have looked at after taking a look at more of the Pearson page jobs.
There's also the jobs tab and this will show me all the jobs available at Pearson but on Glassdoor, I can also just do a general job search which we're going to do next. Here I am on the job search page. I can access this by clicking jobs on glassdoor.com and I searched for developmental editor and pulled up 33 developmental editor job results, and I can peruse through these to save here in the right hand, the lower corner I can click the save button and that will give me a green check mark, I'll know that I saved the job.
I can also share it out to social media and then if I find a job I like I can click through to it, read the description and click apply now if I'm interested. Now from time to time Glassdoor will ask you to give them more information or setup alerts. You can continue or click out of that depending on your needs Then this job posting takes me to a page where I can apply. I can enter my e-mail, I can upload my resume and then I can continue through to complete the process. Glassdoor is a great community where you can research everything you wanna know about a company at your fingertips.
Whether or not you're applying for a job you found on glassdoor.com, always use it as a resource to learn more about a company, what its employees are saying and how the interview process goes. Make sure that you're seeing the kind of cultural fit that suggests that applying for a job there is really the right fit for you.
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- Networking and finding jobs on LinkedIn
- Using Twitter to search for jobs
- Scanning sites of companies you want to work for
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