Students: A Job Re-Search ‘How-To’ Guide
You may be a few months away from putting on your cap and gown, but how prepared are you for your job search? Don’t let the time slip by before you have had a chance to really tap into all the benefits and resources available to you as a student which can help you get started on the right foot.
We understand that, regardless of the state of the economy, finding your first ‘real’ job can be an uphill battle. We wanted to ease some of the stress that comes with a job search, and give students a quick ‘how to’ guide that highlights how to get the most out of your job re-search by using Glassdoor.
Let’s start with the basics…Sign up for a Glassdoor Account
Normally at Glassdoor, we require all our users to post a review or salary of their own before getting access to the reviews or salaries of the community. However, we offer students full access to salary data as well as company and interview reviews, without having to post anything! Any student or career services professional can simply email firstname.lastname@example.org from their .edu address and we will set up a free student account.
Now on to the top three questions we hear from students…
How do I know what’s fair to expect or ask for in terms of salary?
Take the guesswork out of figuring out what you can or should be earning and log into Glassdoor. For example, let’s say you are interested in interviewing at Microsoft for a software development engineer position but have no idea what to ask for in terms of salary. No problem, just follow these steps:
- Log into Glassdoor using your free student account
- Using the search bar menu, select salaries in the first ‘drop down’ menu
- Enter Microsoft where it reads ‘company name or job title’ and hit enter
- You can either select the job title ‘software development engineer’ from one of the job listings that appears on your screen (or) enter ‘software development engineer’ in the search box that appears below the words ‘Microsoft salaries’
- Once you have clicked on ‘software development engineer’ salaries you will see a new drop down menu appear on your screen that reads ‘Years of experience’, go ahead and select ‘<less than 1 year’
What kind of questions will they ask me during my interview? What do I need to know ahead of time?
As the saying goes ‘practice, practice, practice’ but as a student you may be asking ‘practice what exactly?’ Imagine Glassdoor as your cheat sheet to the questions and answers you may get asked ahead of time. Click on the Interviews tab and narrow down your search by job title or company. You can then find a variety of questions that recent job candidates have posted for any variety of jobs within a company or for any job position within a variety of companies. In addition, you’ll see that members of the Glassdoor community have often posted suggested responses as to how the question should be answered. Remember, information is power, so take the time to read up on as much as you can before heading into any job interview. Also don’t forget to check out the list of the Most Common Interview Questions and the Top 25 Oddball Interview Questions.
How do I know if a company will be a good fit?
To get a feel for what a company is like on the inside you can read the many reviews about what people like about their jobs versus what they don’t. For example, you may be interested in working at Apple because you enjoy playing with any number of their popular products, but wonder if people really enjoy their job and working for the company. Go to the ‘Reviews’ tab, enter Apple and check out the hundreds of company reviews from employees. Also, look at how employees rate the company by grazing your mouse over the company rating score – you’ll see that there are eight different workplace factors (i.e., compensation, work/life balance) that employees rate in regards to their satisfaction with each category.
Plus see what companies make the annual 50 Best Places to Work list – an Employees’ Choice Award.
For more tips and advice catered to students, check out these recent blogs:
- Turn Your Internship Into A Full-Time Job
- The 411 On Internships: How To Find Openings, When To Look & How To Turn It Into A Full-Time Gig
- Job Interview Tips for College Grads
- Staying Competitive: Tips for Interviewing in Today’s Job Market