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8 essential sites for researching your next employer

CIO | Apr 2, 2018

Landing a job interview feels great, but how much do you know about your potential employer? Job listings often illicit more questions than provide answers. Knowing where to find inside information can mean the difference between getting a job from a great company and heading down the wrong path.

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You might be tempted to jump at your first job offer, but don’t sign the contract before you do your research. The last thing you want to do is find yourself working for a company that doesn’t align with your goals or values. Here are eight websites where you can research your potential employer and find the perfect fit.
Glassdoor is one of the first websites that offered job seekers reviews, ratings and salary information based off data from current employees. It should be your first stop when researching any new employer. You can find information on the interview process, gauge employee satisfaction and see salary ranges for specific positions. Glassdoor also posts job listings for companies, so you can apply directly on the website.
Indeed is the top online job site worldwide, with listings from over 60 countries and in 26 languages. It’s a great resource for job searching, since Indeed aggregates job openings from other websites. You can even post your own resume and read user reviews of companies you’re interested in.
LinkedIn is a professional networking site, but it’s also a great research tool. You can search for job openings directly on the website, and it will tell you if you have any connections with LinkedIn users who already work there. It’s a great opportunity to reach out and ask how they like the company or to ask for a referral.
CareerBliss sets itself apart from other job boards with a focus on finding happiness in the workplace. It features over 3.5 million job listings, 4 million salaries and over 700,000 company reviews. Jobs are also granted a Bliss Score, which combines job satisfaction, pay scale and overall employee happiness into one score so you can judge the competition.
If you want to find out more about a company, check out their Twitter page. You can see what the company shares on its official feed and find public accounts of business leaders in the organization. You can also search Twitter to see how often the business is mentioned, which can give you more insight into the company culture.
Just like Twitter, most businesses also have a public Facebook page. It’s a great place to research a business because you can get a sense of their public identity. You might find negative comments, which can tip you off to a potentially toxic work environment. Or, if reviews are mostly positive, it’s a great indicator that the company has a strong employee-focused culture.
If you want to interview with a large company, Google is a great resource. You can find any recent news about the organization, especially if they have a high profile. Whether you find positive or negative press, it can help you decide if it’s the right company for you.
Fairygodboss is a job review website that is targeted at women working in male-dominated industries, like technology. Women can join discussion boards to share experiences, ask for career advice and connect with other women who are navigating similar careers.
Always remember to do your research before accepting a job offer. It’s a lot easier to turn an offer down than it is to quit after you start.
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