The following tips are designed to help you acquire and use helpful information on potential employers as part of your job search. These include:

  1. You generally can get background information on an organization, particularly a large organization, on its Internet site or by telephoning its public relations office.
  2. A public company’s annual report to the stockholders tells about its corporate philosophy, history, products or services, goals, and financial status.
  3. Most government agencies can furnish reports that describe their programs and missions.
  4. Press releases, company newsletters or magazines, and recruitment brochures also can be useful.
  5. Ask the organization for any other items that might interest a prospective employee.
  6. If possible, speak to current or former employees of the organization.
  7. Background information on the organization may be available at your public or school library.
  8. If you cannot get an annual report, check the library for reference directories that may provide basic facts about the company, such as earnings, products and services, and number of employees.
  9. Some directories include Dun & Bradstreet’s Million Dollar Directory, Standard and Poor’s Register of Corporations, Mergent’s Industrial Review (formerly Moody’s Industrial Manual), Thomas Register of American Manufacturers, Ward’s Business Directory
  10. Stories about an organization in magazines and newspapers can tell a great deal about its successes, failures, and plans for the future.
  11. You can identify articles on a company by looking under its name in periodical or computerized indexes in libraries. However, it probably will not be useful to look back more than 2 or 3 years.
  12. The library also may have government publications that present projections of growth for the industry in which the organization is classified.
  13. Long-term projections of employment and output for detailed industries, covering the entire U.S. economy, are developed by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and revised every 2 years.
  14. Career centers at colleges and universities often have information on employers that is not available in libraries.
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