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Free Library of Philadelphia, Job And Company ResearchPresentation Transcript
Web links for job searching
Practice tests and skills building
How to do company research
Learn about the person who will be interviewing you
Free Library of Philadelphia – Workplace 215-686-5436
Useful bookmarks collected by Workplace librarians
Indeed.com is a search engine for jobs, allowing job seekers to find jobs posted on thousands of company career sites and job boards.
Most websites and databases have help pages and search tips. It is always helpful to find them.
Indeed.com – Tips Page, cont’d. Exact Phrases To find jobs containing an exact phrase, put double quotation marks around the words. For example, enter: "real estate" Capitalization The search isn't case sensitive. It makes no difference whether you enter upper or lower case letters - e.g. "general motors" will give you the same results as "General Motors". Narrowing Your Search If your search returns a large number of jobs, there are several things you can do. Look at the text links in the left hand column within the 'Refine Your Search' box. Click on those that fit what you are looking for, which will return a subset of your original search results. Alternatively, try adding more terms to the 'What' box and search again. Also, don't forget to use the 'Where' box - using just your zip code works well. Another great feature is to exclude jobs containing certain keywords. Just type "not" before any terms you don't want. contract NOT lawyer Broadening Your Search To find all jobs that fit your interests, you may need to broaden your keyword search. One way is to remove keywords from the 'What' box and search again. It is often more effective, though, to use 'or' between terms. If you are looking for a management position, for example, you could enter: manager OR director . This will return all jobs that contain either the word 'manager' or the word 'director'. Abbreviations Some names and phrases are better known by their abbreviations than their full forms. To make sure you don't miss any jobs, however, use both abbreviated and unabbreviated forms together. For example, enter: HR OR "human resources" Company Names & Job Titles You may limit your search to show just jobs from a particular company or with a specific job title. For example, enter the following into the keyword box to return all jobs at Microsoft: company:microsoft Or, to return all jobs that include the word 'consultant' in the job title, enter this: title:consultant If there are multiple words in the company name or job title, use double quotation marks. For example: title:"business development" Complex Phrases You can use complex phrases, often called 'Boolean' logic, to fine-tune your search. e.g. (manager OR director) and healthcare This will return all jobs that contain the term healthcare and either the word manager or director. You can keep revising your search string to improve your results set. The example above could end up looking like this: (manager OR director) and (healthcare OR pharmaceutical) NOT sales You can see your last 10 searches in the bottom left hand margin of your screen, so you don't have to remember your search strings or reenter them each time you search.
Idealist.org has listings for primarily non-profit organizations.
Glassdoor.com includes salary details, company reviews, and interview questions — all posted anonymously by employees and job seekers. (Access online or through the Free Library’s databases page)
Learning Express Library (access through your library’s databases)
Know as much about the company as possible before going to an interview.
Reference USA (access through your library’s databases)
Use “Custom” or “Advanced” searches whenever possible to get targeted results.
Your results can be downloaded or printed. Look here for parent companies and subsidiaries.
Click on a company name (previous page) to see the profile and other information.
Business & Company Resource Center. Find news articles, history and profile for the company you are researching.
Guidestar.org provides web-based information about non-profit organizations.
For public companies you can find their Investor Relations for information you will not find on their commercial website.
If you know your interviewer’s name, learn as much as you can about them. You may have a common interest.
Does your interviewer have an account?
What does their profile say?
Can you find something you have in common? Canoeing? College? Square Dancing?
Do other people in the company have an account?
What types of skill do you have in common with them?
Which groups do they belong to?
Where did they work before they came to this current position?
Your LinkedIn account should have:
Full profile, including photo
At least 20 connections
Affiliation with at least 20 groups of various types
Tip: Put quotation marks around the person’s name and then add the city or company name. (Try this out with your own name – you’ll be horrified with what you find.) This search engine does an aggregated search of Google, Yahoo, Bing and Ask.com at the same time.