Glassdoor: an Inside Guide for Job Seekers

Although the job market has been tough for the past several years, the silver lining around the dark cloud of the unstable business world is that there are now more ways than ever for job seekers to find the opportunities they’re looking for. While it is unfortunate that you’re not alone in your quest for gainful employment, and every position is now inundated with candidates filing applications, there are all kinds of platforms devoted to helping you find the job postings you’re looking for. But sites like Monster and Career Builder are so mobbed by users that it’s practically impossible to compete for jobs, which means you might be on the lookout for a program that provides listings that won’t be seen by a million other applicants. Or maybe you want even more from your job app. Luckily, there is one that can deliver. With Glassdoor on your iPhone you can find a lot more than job postings.

The first thing you might find interesting about the Glassdoor application, aside from the free download, is that it is touted as a “career community”, ostensibly because users are allowed, nay, encouraged to post reviews of the companies listing jobs so that others can decide whether or not they want to apply with said businesses. This user-generated data could cover any number of areas that job seekers are interested in. For examples, company insiders (or former employees) might choose to showcase photos of the office interior, or they might post privileged information such as interview questions, salary information, internal reports, CEO and company ratings, consumer reviews, and so on.

Of course, the majority of companies don’t condone this, so you can imagine that many of the posters are likely no longer with the organization they’re informing on. As a result, you may see some reviews provided by users in the “disgruntled ex-employee” category. You’ll simply have to take such information with a grain of salt. The nice thing is that businesses posting the job listings can also use this forum to correct misleading or erroneous tidbits. And the recruiting tools provided can help them to connect with you and other potential candidates they’re interested in.

What you may appreciate more, however, are the tools designed to help you in your job search. You can start with the search functionality, which allows you to enter keywords or job titles along with a location in order to start perusing job listings in your area. Thanks to information provided by both companies posting positions and users adding supplemental data, you’ll have instant access to salary ranges, benefits, bonuses, and so on. But the feature you’ll probably enjoy the most revolves around connectivity via social networks.

You can use your contact list on Facebook, for example, to find out if you have any inside connections at companies offering jobs via Glassdoor, potentially helping you to get a foot in the actual door. Whether you’re seeking employment as a barista, your experience qualifies you forĀ IT management jobs, or you’re on track to become a VP, the Glassdoor app can not only help you to find jobs, but also to decide which jobs are worth taking and which ones come with a built-in network of personal contacts. In short, it’s a career community, just as advertised, and one that is squarely on the side of job seekers.

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