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How to Build a Job Search – Company Research Revisited

A friend of mine just got a job after a long search effort. Unfortunately, her new firm has a reputation as being not the best place to work if you are a human being. Somehow, she did not know this, but to the rest of her friends, we all thought this was common knowledge (apparently not). So how would you go about find out if a company is a good place to work or not? Much information is readily available via the web (like, is the company financially sound, do they have any workplace violations, etc.). Some information is subjective and may not be in print, but if you ask around you will get the answers you need to make your decision. Oh, and how does today’s quote fit in? Just remember that any opinion is just that, an opinion. Sometimes your vantage point has a lot to do with your view. This article is about leveraging your research resources in your job search.


  • Guide to Researching Companies, Industries, and Countries – Okay, you have your tools, where do you start? This article, also from, provides some great background and an amazing list of links to resources for your job research. You do want to balance the amount of time you spend on research with actually looking for a job (you could spend months just making your list), but this article should be your list of where to look and how to look for companies that interest you.
  • Riley Guide – How to Research Employers – Riley Guide has a number of great resources, including a “How to” and links to resources like employer lists, employer rankings, Unions and Societies, etc. The article provides quite a few resources, including a link to a step by step plan  for employer research.
  • Tips for Researching Companies Before a Job Interview – Yes, research is the name of the game. This article, from, is jam packed with great information and links to see you through your research. In addition to all of the related links throughout the main page, there are additional links and resources following the article.
  • Careers and Industries – Don’t know where to begin? provides two lists:  Industry Profiles and Careers. The first provides background on trends, markets and the companies involved. The second list provides requirements for each career type as well as salary trends the the outlook for that particular career choice. Each item on the items links to a full page resource.
  • How to Research a Company/Opportunity – offers great advice on company and employer research.  The article covers what you should research before the interview, what you can expect during the interview what should happen during your follow-up. Click their Industries and Professions link at the top of the page  for industry and job specific information.

Company Ratings:

  • – Not only can you rate your company, but you can map it too! The top half of the main page is a map of the world with pop ups of rated companies. The map is interactive and will expand/contract by using the scroll wheel on your mouse. Below the map is a listing of Top Rated (left side), Worst Rated (center of the page and to the rate is a “Get Started” section.
  • Jobs Rated Report : Ranking The Top 200 Jobs – This article provides a ranking of the top 200 jobs. Each job shows income, work environment, stress and hiring outlook. You can click on any job to search for that type of job (using typical job search board filters). Also on the page are links to the worst jobs and the best jobs.

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