Career Advice

How To Beat The Competition In Your Next Job Search

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The job market is booming.

From healthcare to hospitality, government to finance, there were 222,000 new jobs added to payrolls in June 2017. Plus, according to recently released data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), more than 3.2 million people quit their jobs to pursue new gigs in May 2017. This has created a healthy labor market and signals a prime time to look for a new gig.

With so many open opportunities, there are excited jobseekers everywhere who have perfectly-crafted resumes and impressive work histories.

However, if you are using Glassdoor to find a job, you have something they don’t: information. And as the saying goes, “knowledge is power.” Being an informed jobseeker or an informed candidate means that you are a candidate who is knowledgeable about the company you’re applying to and you are highly engaged. Employers love candidates who are armed with all the information before applying and during the application process; these candidates have the right expectations, apply to jobs thoughtfully, are well-researched and, studies show, are twice as likely to be hired because they are the right fit(1).

Here’s how to beat the competition in your next job search with the information at your finger tips.

Before you apply…

1. Become a Know-It-All
Whether you’re unemployed and searching for a new gig or looking to jump from one job to the next, brush off those high school or college study skills. Gone are the days when you only had the insights of friends and family to help you evaluate a company. Head to Glassdoor, type in a company name and start reading, watching and taking notes. Create brief company cheat sheets. Jot down interesting facts. From ratings of company culture and career opportunities to details on employee resource groups and professional development, check out what each company has to offer.

On Glassdoor, you can easily see factors that may be important to you in your next job: company size, office locations, mission statement, and recent company updates (Think: accolades, breaking news, and hiring priorities)

Much like in school, studying a company you’re eyeing will pay off in the end. Trust us! And even if you’re a last-minute crammer (hello, all nighters), every moment of studying will help you in your job search.

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2. Get An Inside Look
What’s the saying? “Seeing is believing.” Unleash your inner curious Cathy/Carl and take a peek inside companies you’re considering. Before you apply, watch the videos, browse the photos, and see the workspaces of companies big and small.

After all, don’t you know want to know what your potential office-space could look like? And we’re not just showing you endless shots of cubicles and conference rooms. Companies with profiles on Glassdoor have uploaded photos of their Halloween parties, volunteer work, sports teams and more.

Videos from companies like Facebook, Bank of America, Clorox, BambooHR and N2 Publishing feature interviews with employees you could be working with, recent events and company retreats plus tours around the headquarters.

3. Compare & Contrast
If you’re like me, your internet browser always has at least 4 or 5 tabs open. Toggle to your advantage by comparing the employer profiles of companies you like. Read reviews from current and former employees in one tab, and jump over to another company’s reviews to evaluate that feedback as well. Exploring the reviews, benefits, and profiles of companies you know you’re interested in (and those you’ve just discovered) will help you narrow down your choices when it comes time to apply.

For example, thinking about becoming a part-time warehouse associate (one of the most sought after jobs these days)? See what employees at Amazon in Moreno Valley, CA say versus employees at Hansgrohe in Alpharetta GA.

Questions to ask yourself while you research:

  • What do employees like about working for this company?
  • What are some of the downsides employees mention about this company?
  • What do people in my field/industry/occupation say about the growth opportunities here?
  • How have the reviews changed over time?
  • Has the company responded to employee feedback? If so, what did they say?

When you apply…

1. Keep Things As ‘Easy’ As Possible
When you have done your research and assembled your notes, pulling the trigger on applying for a job shouldn’t be hard. Stay ahead of the competition by utilizing Glassdoor’s Easy Apply function. When you see the logo “Easy Apply,” simply click on the listing and apply on Glassdoor. That’s right, you can attach a resume from your desktop, Dropbox or Google Drive, plus insert a cover letter. One click and you’re done.

Additionally, when you upload your resume to Glassdoor in advance, there are hundreds of companies that you can apply to in an instant. Their hassle-free application processes mean that your next big career move could be just a few clicks away.

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2. Pay Attention to Details
As you’re applying to your next role on Glassdoor, you’ll notice that the job descriptions employers have on the site are far more detailed than the “one size fits all” blurbs you may see on other sites. That’s because we encourage all employers to upload detailed job descriptions for the roles they are hiring for. On Glassdoor, employers tailor the job descriptions to both their target candidate (you!) and the fit for their company culture.

Reading the descriptions carefully will ensure that you’re an informed candidate who applies thoughtfully and won’t have buyer’s remorse later in the process. Some tidbits to look for:

  • Pay attention to the keywords employers are using.
  • See whether the descriptions play up a short commute time, local transit options or Work from Home policies.
  • Read about how the role ties into that company’s mission and culture.
  • Scan for exciting or challenging projects that the team or department is working on.
  • Triple check minimum job qualifications and skills to make sure you’ve got what it takes.
  • Where included, see if the role’s compensation is competitive by checking average ranges on Glassdoor.

Before the interview…

1. Research Commonly Asked Interview Questions
When you get the recruiter’s call for an interview, stay ahead of the competition by knowing exactly what the company will ask you. How can you know the interview questions? By studying the playbook laid out for you by others who have interviewed at the company.

Go to the company’s profile on Glassdoor, click on the “Interviews” tab and browse the interview reviews that candidates have posted. Check out what questions were asked, how others have answered, and get the 411 on the overall process.

For example, many companies have a screening call with the recruiter followed by two technical phone interviews, an onsite interview and presentation. While others may hire after one video interview and background check. Knowing the interview flow will not only keep the job search jitters at bay, but it will also help you do your part to keep the process moving along. The smoother the process, the better the chances are for an offer.

2. Brush Up on Advice from the Experts
In addition to user submitted interview questions and answers, Glassdoor talks to a variety of career experts in every industry to get a sense of what hiring managers want from candidates. Get expert advice delivered to your inbox by subscribing to the Glassdoor Blog which is filled with tangible advice and insights from the recruiting frontlines.

Some handy articles to read before your next interview include:

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As you weigh the offer and negotiate…

When the recruiter and hiring manager are dazzled by how informed and engaged you are, an offer is sure to come. Don’t go into salary negotiations alone.

Use Glassdoor’s Know Your Worth tool to understand your value in the workforce. Whether you went to school, have years of experience or skills that can translate to relevant experience, you deserve to be paid fairly, regardless of your age.

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According to a Harris Poll survey, a majority of employees (65%) wish they had a better understanding of what fair market compensation is for their positions at their company within their local job market.

Know Your Worth reveals how an individual’s market value has trended over time, how their market value compares to typical workers in the same field, and also plots their current base pay. Know Your Worth also surfaces current job openings along with estimated salaries for each position, and includes a Salary Explorer to uncover how pay might change for other titles, locations, employers and industries. This type of important insight in one screen was next to impossible before Know Your Worth.

We can’t say it enough, if you want to get a good salary and really shine as an informed candidate, you need to know your worth in the current job market and be the most informed candidate in the applicant pool. We’re here to help you every step the way.



(1)As measured by application-to-hire ratio compared to other job sites based on a study of 2015 hiring data of 30 million applications analyzed by leading third-party recruitment advertising agency.

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