Researching Companies & Jobs

It is important to take the time to research a company to learn more about an employer you are interested in working for. The more you know about a company, the better prepared you will be when you ask about employment opportunities and interview with the company.

The information you collect about a company will help you determine:

  • if the company hires people with your job skills
  • if it is a type of business you want to work for
  • what to say in your cover letter, calls and company visits
  • what questions to ask during an interview

When researching a company, you will want to know:

  • company name, address, telephone number, e-mail address
  • if the company hires people with your job skills
  • name (job title) of the position you're interested in and what qualifications are needed for the position
  • product or service provided by the company
  • who the company's customers are
  • how long the company has been in business and if there's more than one location
  • stability of company (is business growing or shrinking)
  • how many people work for the company
  • specific name(s) of:
  • manager of department you want to work in
  • person to contact about possible job openings

Resources that can be used to research companies and jobs:

  • company's website
  • company's annual reports, product or service pamphlets, employment brochures
  • library reference books, magazines, newspapers
  • internet search engines (Google, Yahoo, etc.)
  • job service office
  • family and friends who know or work at the company

Tips for Researching:

  • use different resources
  • keep records on what you find out about the company
  • continue researching because a company's business is always changing