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How I Got My Job: Job Search Success

Posted by Glassdoor Team

Career Advice Experts

March 17, 2014

165493383Looking for a job can be challenging. Half the battle of getting a new job is the job search process itself: finding a job, researching companies, acing the interview. Where do you start?

Alex McIntoshMeet Alex McIntosh. He’s a CPG Sales Executive at SunOpta. Not only is Alex currently working towards a master’s degree in international business management, he also recently made a significant career move and credits Glassdoor for much of his success. Here’s how Alex found a job he loves:

Glassdoor (GD): What type of job were you looking for?

Alex McIntosh (AM): I was looking to move back into a fast-paced corporate business. While I loved the flexibility and autonomy of working in a smaller company, I missed life in a larger organization. After six and a half years in my previous role, I felt it was a suitable time to make a change and take another step on the career ladder.

GD: What was your job search approach?

AM: I conducted a lot of company research, targeting larger organizations and using all the tools the internet provides. I knew I wanted to be very selective in my approach in order to make the right move for me – not just any move. I utilized LinkedIn and made sure my resume was viewable on an industry-specific hiring platform called careersinfood.com. I also enjoyed looking at the information on Glassdoor to determine a potential career path over the next 5-10 years, and specifically, to better understand salary ranges and what financial benefits looked like down that path.

GD: How did Glassdoor help your job search?

AM: Glassdoor has given me exceptional insight into some of the larger companies I was interested in. I have used all features available on Glassdoor, however my 'go-to' features are salary reports and company reviews. I do, however, take all the information with a pinch of salt. In instances where there are many negative reviews for a specific company consistently posted over a long period of time, you have to make your own analysis, but I ended up not applying for any positions with those companies.

I did have one interview during my search that I prepared for by reading the interview questions listed for that particular company. They were all very accurate and the preparation definitely gave me an advantage in the interviews. I didn’t get the job in the end, but every interview is great practice for the next one.

GD: What was the biggest challenge you faced as you started your job search?

AM: For me, it is and will continue to be how best to position myself given my very unique experience. Also, the question, “Where do I even start?” is a challenge because this was my first job hunt in the U.S. (I am a British expat), and it has been over 10 years since I initiated a search. I have been lucky enough to have been targeted by recruiters for every position throughout my career.

GD: What do you want to know when you’re trying to find a job?

AM: Who is my competition? How do I compare? And, how do I make myself stand out from them?

GD:  What were the most important factors you are looking for in a job?

AM: My biggest factor while searching was career progression. I am at a critical mid-career crossroads, and I was looking for a company that could realistically offer me growth and progression for at least 7-10 years.

GD:  What do you like most about using Glassdoor during your job search?

AM: I love the salary information; I am massively incentivized by financial rewards, and I love having access to such information.

Thanks for sharing your story, Alex!

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