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8 essential sites for researching your next employer

Sarah K. White,Rich Hein | June 22, 2017
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.

CareerBliss also offers a unique feature that will allow you to compare jobs side by side, using a proprietary “Bliss Score.” A company’s Bliss Score is determined through several factors, including job satisfaction, pay scale and overall employee happiness. If you’re looking for the right cultural fit, it’s a great way to stack up the competition.

 

Twitter

You’d be hard pressed to find any business, small or large, without some type of social media presence, and Twitter is no exception. You can learn a lot about a business by looking at its Twitter page to see what they post and share, but you can also do a search to see how often the company is mentioned. Whether it’s customers or employees tweeting about a business, those tweets can help you get a better sense for how the company handles its internal and external image.

 

Facebook

Nearly every business has a Facebook page, and it can be a treasure trove of valuable information for a job-seeker. As with Twitter, a business’ Facebook page is typically open to the public, which gives you an opportunity to research what the public opinion of the company is. Be alert for negative reviews from clients or customers, which could indicate a toxic work environment. Or, alternatively, positive reviews can help show the company is responsible, ethical and well-managed; all good signs for any potential employer.

 

Google

One simple way to research your future employer is to perform a quick Google search on the business. This is especially useful if you’re planning to work for a public company or larger business with a public image. You’ll find any good or bad news about the company, and you’ll be able to get more insight into the corporate values and overall performance of the business. You might find negative press that signals the company won’t align with your values, or you might find positive press, like charitable work or interviews with the CEO that confirm the company is a strong fit for you.

 

Fairygodboss

Fairygodboss is specifically targeted to women in the workplace, offering “job reviews for women, by women.” Women often have more to consider going into a new company — especially in the male-dominated tech industry. Fairygodboss focuses on offering women reviews that reflect salary practices, maternity and pregnancy benefits, work-life balance and career advice.

There are even discussion boards where women can connect to share experiences and ask for career advice. For women working in male-dominated fields, or in questionably toxic work environments, it’s a safe place to reach out and find a position with a company that better represents its female workers.

 

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