Our final guest blogger for Law and Public Sector Week is Kira Hillman. Kira manages business development at Glassdoor (Europe). She spent her entire life in California and attended Stanford University. After graduation, she worked for 3 years in the healthcare finance industry and has recently moved to London to help set up Glassdoor’s new London office.
Life after university is approaching fast and you want to find a job to kick-start your career. You’ve spent the last few years building a foundation of skills and interests and the goal is to find a job that is a culmination of all that hard work. Where do you start?
You’ve landed in the right place at your careers centre, utilising advisors to help you get started. Your careers team has access to a wealth of resources and works hard to put together jobs fairs just for you. Outside your university, ask for advice from alumni and those who have careers you admire, using LinkedIn and social media groups. Ask someone to coffee and find out what they like about their job, what skills are most important, and how they got to where they are today. People love to share, but you have to ask!
With some career direction, start your online job search. There are tonnes of online job boards out there, but your best bet is searching for a job on an aggregator like Glassdoor where you can see millions of jobs in one place! Set up job alerts on a daily or weekly schedule to see when new vacancies become available.
That’s just the beginning of your career journey on Glassdoor. As the world’s most transparent career community, you can access company reviews and benefits, salary reports, and interview questions. Unlike other jobs sites, all this information is shared entirely by those who know a company best – the employees! Think of it as ‘TripAdvisor for jobs’. Let’s look at how you, a soon-to-be graduate, can navigate the site.
Researching Companies and Benefits
Curious to know what it’s really like to work at a company? Access the company reviews to find overall company rating, CEO rating, and to find out if employees would recommend their company to a friend. For more detail, you can read actual reviews from anonymous employees, including pros, cons, and advice for senior management. Make sure to filter by job title and location, so you can get an accurate picture of the job you want. Our newest section of Glassdoor, Benefits, allows you to compare specific company benefits packages, which can be just as important as the culture and salary!
Prepping for Interviews
For students and new grads, interview reviews can be the most useful section of Glassdoor, especially if you haven’t had much practice. Company interviews can vary widely, so be prepared with data such as the number of interviews in the process, how many people you will be speaking with, the interview format, and even how long the process is. Plus, candidates will also share specific questions they received during an interview. This can help you prepare for those questions, as well as get a general idea of what skills the hiring manager is trying to find.
The salaries section may not seem as important at first glance – you just want to find a job, right? However, it’s important to know what you’re worth and what you can expect as you advance in your career. The better informed you are, the better you can negotiate when the time comes. The salary information on Glassdoor is very specific, so you can research specific job titles at a company broken out by office location and even years of experience. On top of that, employees who have contributed their salary will report base pay, commission, and other forms of compensation.
You’ve worked hard on your course – you deserve to find a job and company you’ll love. Get help from your careers centre, alumni, and Glassdoor and stay one step ahead of the competition!