Career and Job Search Guide

Finding Potential Employers

Conducting research is critical when searching for a job. Research can help you find companies that are hiring, narrow your focus to employers who share your values and will enable you to meet your career goals, and prepare for interviews.

Get started. Identify potential employers in your local area and get contact information.

Get focused. If you have narrowed your list to a few prospective employers, or already scheduled interviews, thoroughly review these companies' websites. On a company's website you can find information about its mission, products, hiring policies, and job openings. You can find official company websites by entering the company's name in a search engine such as Google or Yahoo.

While conducting your research, better prepare yourself for an interview by finding answers to the following questions.

Questions to think about when researching employers:
  • What products or services does the employer offer?
  • How long has the company been in business?
  • How many people are employed by the company?
  • Where is the company located? Does it have more than one office or store? Is it accessible using public transportation?
  • What is the company's mission statement or philosophy?
  • Has the company downsized in the last five years?
  • How are the company's finances? Is the company making money?
  • Is the company involved in charity? If so, what?