Looker: Guidelines for creating custom charts and dashboards using Data Explorer

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Available for Roles Super Admin
Permissions • Access Visual Insights Report Builder (Data Explorer)
Packages LeverTRM for Enterprise and/or Advanced Analytics add-on

As with the dashboards in Visual Insights, Lever's Data Explorer feature is powered by Looker. Looker is an industry leading business intelligence tool that allows to retrieve, juxtapose, and synthesize data to suit your needs. Through Data Explorer, Lever puts you in control of the backend tooling that is used to visualize talent acquisition metrics on the main Visual Insights dashboards. 

By establishing a basic proficiency in data management, you can unlock the full power of Data Explorer to build charts and dashboards tailor-made to showcase the metrics that matter most to your organization.  Below you will find a list of written guides and easy-to-follow videos produced by Looker to help you establish this basic proficiency:

Querying data

Exploring data in Looker
This page introduces you to data exploration with Looker. After you read this page, you should understand where to start pulling data in Looker, how to modify a report to see more detail, and how to drill down to gain deeper insights.

Filtering and limiting data
This page explains how to filter and limit data in Looker. For example, you can filter your query results to the last three months or for a certain customer. You can also limit the number of rows displayed, or the number of pivot columns displayed.

Creating a dashboard (video)
Learn how to start building a dashboard by starting with a query you want to save.

Pivoting and row totals (video)
Use pivots to change how your data is sorted and displayed.

Visualizing data

Creating visualizations and graphs
This page explains how to create graphics and charts, based on the results of a query, to best showcase your data. Looker keeps your query details and visualization configuration data together. When you share a query, recipients get your visualization as well as the data.

Visualization types
Looker has many visualizations that you can use to make sense of your data. Each type of visualization has different settings that you can use to customize its appearance.

Color collections
A color collection is a set of coordinating palettes that work well together. Looker contains 15 native color collections, which enable users to create themed visualizations and dashboards.

Forecasting in visualizations
Forecasting lets analysts quickly add data projections to new or existing Explore queries to help users predict and monitor specific data points. Forecasted Explore results and visualizations can be added to dashboards and saved as Looks. Forecasted results and visualizations can also be created and viewed on embedded Looker content.

Visualization best practices (video)
Choose the most effective visualizations for your needs to share information across an organization.

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