The Job Search:
to Research Companies
Recruiters expect you to do company research
and will ask questions to gauge how well you’ve prepared. How much
you find out about a company is an indication of your interest in working
for that company as well as your research skills. Plus, what you uncover
about a company will help you to evaluate if you want to work for that employer.
If you have questions about how to use any of the resources
listed here, a Reference Librarian will be glad to assist.
to Research Before Your Interview:
the organization or company been in the news lately?
does the company compare to its competitors?
the company positioned for growth (e.g., potential new markets, products
Business News - Full text of business magazine and newsletter articles.
Business Source Premier
- Indexes nearly 3800 journals on management, economics,
finance, accounting, international business, and more. Lots of full
On the green bar at the top of the search screen, you can click on the
Company Profiles button to get both brief and long profiles.
This is a good place
to find names of top competitors, too.
- What is the
Standard & Poor's Industry Surveys.
Ref. HG4915.S651 Updated every six months,
this service discusses current environment, trends, and how the industry
Also includes statistics and a section on Comparative Company Analysis within
- What is the financial health of the organization or company?
Company Financial Information
Includes Hoover's Online, with company profiles, their competitors,
for of nearly 50,000 public and private companies,
Mergent's Handbook of Common Stocks - Ref. HG4501 .M59
Value Line Ratings and Reports - Ref. HG45-1 .V26
This service gives brief industry profiles and then analyses of major companies
within that industry.
the average starting salary for the position for which you’re interviewing?
Salary.com - http://salary.com/ -
Homefair - http://www.homefair.com/
American Salaries & Wages Survey (in Clark County
American Almanac of Jobs & Salaries (also in Clark County
for Tapping Into the Hidden Job Market
The visible job market represents jobs that
are advertised. The hidden job market represents
unadvertised openings, which are generally
the majority of job openings at any given time.
Research is the key to penetrating the hidden
In Thomas Library:
is a list of key contacts at companies?
Standard & Poor's Register - Corporations
Ref. HG4057.A4 2003
or online at Lexis-Nexis/Business/Company
Lists publicly owned companies, their major product, key personnel,
and contact information.
Company Profiles for Students - Ref. HG4057.A27
American Business Source - Ref. HF5035 .A44 2001
Contains the Business to Business Yellow Pages, which is an alphabetical
by product, of companies across the country.
Ohio Industrial Directory - Ref. HD9727.O3 O37 1997
Lists companies geographically as well as by product.
In the Career Center:
Greater Columbus Chamber of
Commerce 2003 Membership Directory
2001 Financial Yellow Book (a who's who at leading U.S. financial
2001 Ohio Industrial Directory
Resources for Job Hunters
In Thomas Library:
to the Career Center Web Page
- Occupational Outlook Handbook
- Ref. HF5381 .U62 2006-07
- Encyclopedia of Careers and Vocational
Guidance - Ref. HF5381 .E52
- CareerJournal.com - From the Wall
Street Journal, this site gives tips on "preparing for an interview,
writing a resume, and even learning how to prepare for business school. One
of the finishing touches on the site is a section dedicated to podcasts which
deal with topics such as dealing with a recruiter and the importance of self-confidence."
- Jobs Rated Almanac - Ref.
HF5382.5 .U5 K72 2002
- Summer Jobs Abroad - Ref.
- Summer Jobs for Students
- Ref. HF5382.5.U5
- Cover Letters - Ref. HF5383.B434
- Resumes - Ref. HF5383 .B435
- Global Resume and CV Guide
- Main Stacks HF5383 .T53 2000
- The Directory of Websites for International
Jobs - Ref. HF5549.5 .E45 K734
- America's Top-Rated Cities: A Statistical
Handbook - Ref. HT123 .A669
Regina Entorf, Wittenberg University Library
Last updated 11-22-06/RPE
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