CareerLabs wants to help prospective employees get answers to questions they were afraid to ask in the interview.

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Some people are lucky enough to find a job through informal networks – through friends, who are already working in the company, or former employees, who make recommendations. But many people go in search of work cold, with very little information about their potential employer. And job interviews – supposedly the best place to get a right-of-a source of information about company policies, values ​​and culture – often uncomfortable place to ask questions about things that job seekers really want to know: how much vacation I get? people are here to share political beliefs? How fast growing company? For many people, the application process can be terribly opaque, says Anthony Van Horn, founder CareerLabs, a new job search website. “Most people use blindly,” he said Buzzfeed News.

Van Horne would not say who backed CareerLabs, and the site launched publicly today, so it had to say how much of an impact it may have on your world. But vanity is interesting. For example, women are likely to rise in the ranks of the company, if you already have a woman in office. What if this information was available in the job search? What if potential workers could look at the data from discrimination lawsuits as a means of predicting how friendly working environment can be?

Of course, there is no algorithm that can predict whether someone get harassed on the job, but there are many things that you might want to know about the company before taking a job there. Van Horn described one user, a designer in their 30s, who have worked for the sequence “early stage companies that failed and capital costs nothing.” For his next job, he is something more than the necessary stability. The user how, what, what, Van Horn said, I would like to take the opportunity of CareerLabs predict the growth of the company, which uses a number of data sources for the analysis of the financial condition of the company.

Applicants can subscribe to the profile CareerLabs LinkedIn. The more you want to know about a potential employer, the greater the expense of going to cost you. The site pulls job listings from dozens of other jobs boards, and argues that, regardless of the respondents staff of more than 70% in the US


Van Horn said engineers CareerLabs “and the development of a business team working together to collect the data, does the mining public databases – such as the SEC or the Bureau of Labor Statistics – or cutting personal deals with companies. A team of data, clears These data, structuring it so it can be found, and in some cases, trying to come up with a score of sentiment or “directional signal” about, say, whether the company consists mainly of conservatives or liberals, or is it more or less friendly to new parents or, as the cost of living in an area corresponding compensation. These vectors can be selected as the search filters depending on whether a search engine that searches its next concert.

Some of the information, though, is still hard to find. For example, some companies publish the number of diversity or demographics of their workforce – which will be useful if you do not, for example, want to be the only black woman or a gay man in the office. Companies are also reluctant to share information about specific benefits, like retirement packages, health insurance or paid leave.

We tend to think of a career as having a linear progression – an increase in compensation, which corresponds to the changing of names. But the reality is that people want different things at different points in their careers. Retirement benefits and the length of parental leave, does not matter as much to someone just starting out as they do to an industry veteran. The ability to obtain a visa for some value, but not for others. CareerLabs If successful, it will make the previously opaque process a little easier.

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