11 Things We’re Thankful For This Thanksgiving

‘Tis the season to be thankful. 2017 has been quite a year, ups and downs, big news moments and major tragedies. In spite of it all, there are a few things to be grateful for, especially as it pertains to our careers.

Whether you live to work or work to live, there’s no doubt that our jobs occupy a significant portion of our time and can be seen as an essential part of who we are. As you gather together with family and friends, reflect on what about your job or company is worth being thankful for. At Glassdoor, we paused for a moment to consider the season. Here are 11 things we’re thankful for this holiday.

1. A job that fits our lives

People come to Glassdoor to prepare for the big interview, to get paid fairly, to discover amazing companies, to apply with the touch of a button to their next big opportunity. While there are hundreds of job sites out there, Glassdoor is all about empowering you with the information, insights, and jobs so you can make the decision that’s best for you.

We are thankful to both have found a job that fits our lives, and to be helping over 48 million people a month find a job and company they love. As one enterprise account manager shared, “The mission to help people everywhere find a job and a company they love is meaningful and is something I feel excited about doing every day. I enjoy the conversations I have with our employer partners and I feel like I’m helping them shape their strategy. It’s rewarding work.”

2. Finally knowing what recruiters & hiring managers really want

We’ve spent 2017 doubling down on transparency. While we’ve long had reviews and insights from current and former employees on over 700,000 companies, this year we dug in deeper to really tell our users what recruiters and hiring managers really want. We have interviewed dozens and dozens of recruiters and polled nearly a thousand hiring decision makers to give job seekers the real deal. Here’s what we learned. Recruiter and hiring managers want:

  • Informed Candidates: A Glassdoor survey told us that nine in ten (88%) hiring decision makers agree that an informed candidate is a quality candidate. Because they know more and self-select for the positions that are right for them, informed candidates make the hiring process a lot easier.
  • Unique skills & values: Your past work experience should have molded you into an employee with a unique set of skills and capabilities that set you apart from other candidates.Now its up to you to bundle all of these valuable traits together and present them as your sales pitch on why you should be hired. Unlike the case with entry-level employees, interviewers are expecting mid-level employees to be able to start generating the company profits immediately upon arrival. 
  • The perfect fit: Josie Sandlin, a TA Manager at Nutrabolt, says “Take the time to read beyond the job title and understand the role you are applying for. I can’t tell you how many times we have had candidates apply for jobs where their skills don’t align with the role whatsoever. I understand there are candidates who are interested in a career change so if that is you, take the time to rework your resume to speak to the job you are applying for. You need to catch the recruiters eye in a matter of seconds, so do your due diligence and make yourself stand out!”
  • Prepare for the Interview Before You Get It: Search interview questions and get insights into the exact questions recruiters and hiring managers at your ideal company will ask. You can often browse dozens of interview questions that are asked of candidates applying to the specific role that you are. Preparing in advance and over time will prevent last-minute cramming and get your mind churning about the specific anecdotes and examples of excellence you want to share. Plus, learning about the interview experiences of others offers additional insight into what the company is really like.

3. Awesome benefits from companies nationwide

2017 has seen the continuation of companies investing in some awesome perks and benefits. From onsite childcare to travel stipends, 100%-covered healthcare, tuition assistance and parental leaves up to a year long. Whoa!

According to Glassdoor’s Chief Economist, Dr. Andrew Chamberlain, ”

Gone are the days when salaries were the focus of the total compensation puzzle. Instead, workers today want benefits—workplace health and wellness programs, retirement plans, free meals, paternity and maternity leave and more. According to a recent Glassdoor survey, four in five workers today would prefer new benefits or perks rather than a pay raise.”

4. Having more bargaining & negotiating power than ever before

In the past, it has been hard to know if you were being paid fairly or on par with industry norms. That is until Know Your Worth™ by Glassdoor came along. Launched in October 2016, Know Your Worth has revolutionized salary transparency and given nearly a million users personalized, custom salary estimates based on an individual’s title, company, location, and experience.

A million people have gotten their personalized salary report and are raving about the transparency. “Very informative and motivating,” says one user. “I’ve been looking for better work anyway but knowing that what I do now is worth more than I’m being given is a kick in the pants (per se) to get ‘my Money’s worth’ for the skills and expertise I deliver.”

Know Your Worth gives everyone more bargaining power. If you discover your market value is above your current base pay, you may want to have a conversation with your boss. After having a conversation with your manager now that you have used Know Your Worth, you may be thinking about searching for a new job. If you do choose to see what’s out there, the key is to always look before you leap.

5. Being able to apply for jobs in minutes

Applying to jobs always seems like a huge drag–right? We get it. The application process always seems long, requires a lot of editing to your resume and, after you finish applying to one, you move on to your next application, only to find out it’s completely different and asks for more information. It’s so annoying.

This year we rolled out our new Glassdoor Job Search app for iPad and iPhone that makes it easier to apply for jobs using the new drag and drop feature included with iOS11. Along with the ability to search, save and apply to millions of jobs through the Glassdoor app, now job seekers can easily drag and drop their resumes from supported third-party apps like iCloud Drive or Box, making it easier to apply for jobs on your phone.

If you’re applying on laptop or desktop, we have really sped up the process of applying to jobs. When you find a job you are interested in applying to, on the bottom left corner of the page there’s a blue button that says “Easy Apply” and yes, it is as simple as clicking this button!

Your resume is already attached and you can add an optional cover letter in the text box. Unless the application specifically asks for a cover letter, you can leave this blank. Simply click “Apply,” and you’re done.

6. Executive transparency

While we’ve been championing transparency for about a decade, many companies and C-suite executives were wary at first. However, the masses have come over to our side, and they have become more transparent with you the job seeker and employee, more than ever before. From Elon Musk to Sheryl Sandberg, CEOs at United, Deloitte, Clorox, Memorial Sloan Kettering and even Sephora have spoken to Glassdoor editors about what they really expect from candidates, what problems they are trying to solve and the obstacles they still face.

This is transparency like never before. And trust us, we weren’t easy on them. We dug in to get the answers you want. Plus, our research bureau dug in deeper to find that a satisfied workforce is an essential driver of CEO approval ratings on Glassdoor. The most important factors to company culture are the opinion of senior leadership; view of career opportunities; and quality of compensation and benefits packages.

Here are some of our favorite CEOs and executives being open and honest with you, the job seeker:

7. Unemployment is the lowest it’s been in about 17 years

According to our research bureau, the most recent jobs report revealed surprisingly strong job gains in October, with 261,000 new jobs created. That strong growth pushed the nation’s unemployment rate down to 4.1 percent, the lowest in roughly 17 years.

From remote jobs to jobs that let you work from home or even the roles that’ll pay you to travel, we highlight it all. Here are a few of our favorite articles showing the variety of jobs and companies who want to hire you:

8. Interview prep that’ll help us ace anything that comes our way

The mere idea of an interview sends shivers down most people’s spines. Not only are you faced with the daunting task of convincing others that you’re the best person for the job — you also have to keep your cool in the face of so many unknowns. This year we’ve renewed our focus on preparing every type of job seeker for every type of interview they could face.

We got experts to answer the 50 most common interview questions, to give you exactly how to wow hiring manager. We tapped Work It Daily founder and career coach J.T. O’Donnell to shoot an eLearning video tutorial on how to do everything from research a company, prepare your informed questions and even tackle oddball questions. Plus, the number of current and former employees who have lent insider information has gone through the roof. Glassdoor has more than 35 million reviews and insights for more than 700,000 companies.

If you’ve got a technical interview, be thankful we’ve got the ultimate guide to get you prepared. If you’ve come back from a period of unemployment, showing off your transferable skills and anticipating recruiters’ questions are certainly things to be proud and thankful for.

9. Jobs, jobs, jobs

October marked the 85th straight month the economy has added jobs, an all-time record since the 1930s. Despite many headwinds, the U.S. labor market remains fundamentally healthy, with close to 6 million job openings available on Glassdoor, and robust hiring throughout healthcare, technology, professional services, e-commerce and many other sectors today.

10. Easy, effortless guides on navigating all things job search

Got 24 hours before an interview or a salary negotiation? No time to do a full prep session? We’ve got you covered. We understand that time is of the essence and so we’ve made career advice fuss-free. This season we launched our Glassdoor Guides, a one-stop-shop for how-to and what-to-say advice from the pros. No need to open a bunch of tabs on your computer or to spend days researching. We wanted to make researching a company and preparing for your dream job even easier. Check out these all-in-one resources:

11. You!

Last but not least, we’re thankful for you! Our users are what keep us going. You are our mission. Helping you on your job search journey and your career path is what drives new product innovation, a better user experience, more transparency and more jobs!

We always want to keep you first, all 48 million of you who come to us monthly. You trust us to be authentic and honest and credible and data-driven. We strive to deliver on that promise every day, to help you find a job and company you love. And if we ever fall short, let us know. Give us feedback, give us insights, post a review,  share your stories of success and your moments of challenge.

Thank you for being with us on this journey. Here’s to many more!


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