STUDENTS Research Companies
One of the most important steps you can take before searching for a job is to research organizations that are of interest to you. Researching organizations will help you learn more about your chosen career path while clarifying your immediate career goals. This step is especially critical when you are preparing for an interview. Advance knowledge about the organization you are interviewing with can be used to effectively convey your interest in the company, while giving you an edge in the interviewing process.
Researching Employers Worksheet (Fill in and save this PDF worksheet to help you compare and research companies).
The organization where the prospective opportunity is located may be able to provide you with annual reports, job descriptions, department/division newsletters, and/or special reports. Don't forget that people inside the organization can be an invaluable resources—when you talk with someone, be sure that you get permission to use the information they give you. Always ask if the information is "on the record."
Related professional or trade associations, unions, etc. can be good sources of information.Organizations That Recruit UI Students and Alumni Sites for Researching Companies
|Directory of American Firms Operating in Foreign Countries||This site includes two databases - one for searching for American Firms Operating in Foreign Countries and another for Foreign Firms Operating in the United States.|
|Vault.com||Research companies and industries. Also includes career topics and articles.|
|Wetfeet.com||Do company research and get advice on job searching. Also includes the ability to search for job listings.|
|More Sites for Research||Company Rankings