5 Little-Known Ways to Use Glassdoor to Your Advantage
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5 Little-Known Ways to Use Glassdoor to Your Advantage

HERE’S THE LOWDOWN ON THE INTERNET’S BEST CAREER TOOL AND HOW TO BEST USE IT TO YOUR ADVANTAGE.

If there’s any website that gives you unheard-of access to your most coveted company, it’s Glassdoor. From company reviews to a lowdown on salary and everything in between, Glassdoor provides a community and platform that specializes in the inside scoop. Current and former employees post tips and insider knowledge of their own—exactly the kind of insight you need when considering making a major career move.

Still, it's easy to feel daunted by Glassdoor, thanks to its many features and fairly messy site design. Once you get past the challenges, though, you can use in multiple ways to boost your chances as a potential applicant and (hopefully) land your spot as a future employee. {Click to Tweet}

HUNT FOR JOBS 

Let’s start with the basics.

You can use the job search function in Glassdoor just like any other job board site by browsing by job title, keywords, industry and location. But Glassdoor’s Job Explorer tool also has two nifty tricks to help you customize your search even further.

  1. GOOGLE MAPS ADDICT? YOU'LL LOVE THIS: The Job Explorer’s job map tool lets you see how many openings in your field are available in certain regions, which you can pinpoint by city, county and state. The regions on the map are shaded according to the level of opportunities in the area, which is determined by factors such as job listings, unemployment rate, and population. You can also seek the best geographic regions for two different job titles at once, which is especially handy if you’re moving with someone or considering different roles.
  2. CONSIDER A SHIFT IN PERSPECTIVE: If you are open to expanding your job horizons, then the Job Explorer’s career progression tool could be your secret weapon. It lists other positions you might be qualified for based on other professions who have similar experience to yours. Another plus? It highlights the average salary you can expect to earn in each role.

Bonus Tip: Another trick separate from the Job Explorer is the ability to narrow your search results to openings that were only posted in the past 24 hours. But here’s the best part: you can sign up for alerts to these 24-hour postings to help you stay abreast of your competitors.

Another Bonus Tip: Interested in finding a job at a company that’s all about promotions? Try On-the-Job Training Finder, which highlights companies’ advancement programs, including “trainee roles,” or positions that actually prepare you for a future promotion.

COMPANY RESEARCH

In my opinion, the company reviews are Glassdoor’s most valuable aspect. This is where employees really dish the dirt, providing honest insight on the company that you won’t find in their mission statement or on their LinkedIn page.

People share both pros and cons and their overall experience, which proves invaluable. Just remember to take it with a grain of salt — a former employee who was fired for slacking could be resentful. However, if the majority of reviews are negative, that should put up a red flag.

While you’re at it, don’t forget to check out how employees rate the company overall and the CEO’s rating — both could say a lot about the environment there.

Think of this tool as the next step of your research after you’ve looked at the company website. Such raw perspectives can help provide a better glimpse of what working there would be like—and give you an idea if it’s the right fit for you. {Click to Tweet}

SALARY INFORMATION & BENEFITS

Using Glassdoor’s salary information is a great way to prepare for negotiations and build realistic financial expectations. Even if you’re not at the point of negotiating, it helps prepare you to answer the “What are your salary expectations?” question.

You can navigate Glassdoor’s salary information in two ways: one is to search for the salary by title to find the range and average that field makes; the second is to view the salary tab on the company page.

Even if your potential title and corresponding salary isn’t listed for that company, look at the salaries for the positions that are listed. If they seem to be lower or higher than the average, or if the senior title of your position makes a certain amount, it will help provide a context for how much you should expect to be offered by that company. 

Another great negotiation tool you should take advantage of is the benefits page, which rounds up employee benefit reviews and a checklist of benefits offered at the company, providing a better insight on that company’s compensation package.

INTERVIEW REVIEWS

Interview reviews bring a whole new level to your interview prep — and while that sounds exhausting, it’s actually a good thing. With behind-the-scenes details of the interview process, including how the candidate got the interview, their rating of how difficult it was, how many interviewers they met with and the outcome, you won’t need to sweat the unknown. You can not only view interview questions candidates have been asked, but their answers to them.

With this crystal ball, you’ll be able to walk into any interview confident and prepared. And don’t forget to review your own experience—share the knowledge!

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What’s your experience with Glassdoor been like? Has it influenced any of your job decisions? Share with us in the comments below!