Glassdoor: use your Facebook connections to find a job

Say you want to work at a given company, and wish you had a connection there. Maybe you have a Facebook friend, or a Facebook friend of a friend, who does work there or once did?

Career website Glassdoor today announced the launch of Inside Connections, which leverages Facebook to help job seekers quickly uncover if they know someone at a company where they want to work. All you have to do is sign in to Glassdoor using Facebook Connect to see where you have an "in" at more than 150,000 companies around the globe.

For example, if you are interested in working for Google, sign in to Glassdoor using Facebook and visit the Google profile page to discover who within your Facebook friend network, including friends of friends, currently works or has worked there. From there, you can browse Glassdoor's information about each company, including job listings, anonymous reviews and ratings, salary reports, interview questions, and reviews.

Glassdoor hired Harris Interactive to survey more than 2,000 U.S. adults and figure out whether they would actually use such a feature. The findings were of course quite positive: 4 in 5 employees and job seekers who use social networks believe it is most helpful to have the career and employer background of their contacts within these networks.

"Who you know can make all the difference in a job search and in your career. By using Glassdoor's Inside Connections, you can now bring together who you know with what you need to know about jobs and companies," Glassdoor co-founder and CEO Robert Hohman said in a statement. "No other professional network or jobs resource enables users to see this much depth and breadth about companies in one place, while also helping them to identify their own trusted personal connections to the employers that matter most."

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