Where job-seekers will find all the best research tools and resources for conducting all types of critical career and job-search research — including researching companies, industries, countries, and people.
A key resource for job-seekers is information.
Job-seekers will not succeed in your job-search without knowledge of the companies you are interviewing with or information on the industries and countries where these companies do business. The materials you’ll find in this section are designed to serve as a resource for anyone trying to conduct research and find more information about companies, industries, and foreign countries. Take advantage of all the online and print resources. Where do you begin? Read our Step-by-Step Guide to Researching Companies. (To find sources for researching careers, go to: Career Exploration Resources.)
- Go to: Key Tools for Conducting Company Research
- Go to: Key Tools for Conducting Industry Research
- Go to: Key Tools for Conducting Country Research
- Go to: Key Tools for Conducting Research on People/Individuals
- Go to: Other Key Research Tools/Resources for Job-Seekers
Key Tools for Conducting Company Research
The Best Research Sources?
- Find out more about the company you’re interested in by researching them using a reliable search engine. Most public companies have a section of their websites dedicated to investor relations and often have their annual reports online and in downloadable form.
- Go to the LiveCareer Company Insights and Overview Directory and find the link that takes you directly to the career section of the company’s Website.
Web-Based Secondary Sources:
- Glassdoor — a useful site for helping jobseekers get inside information on prospective employers — where you can find anonymous employee job reviews (by searching company names or location) for thousands of companies.
- BusinessWeek Online: Company Research
- Job Search Intelligence — a salary research tool for job-seekers, with a comprehensive set of questions to provide accurate compensation data. (Currently offering information on 480 occupations, within 560 geographic regions.)
- Canadian Business Resource: offers in-depth information and profiles as well as links to more than 2,600 of Canada’s top performing businesses — some for free and some for a fee.
- CorporateInformation — a great resource for researching companies and industries in the United States and around the world. Search for company and industry information — or search by U.S. state or by country to find companies that operate within a specific geographic region. More than 350,000 company profiles. Free to job-seekers.
- Vault.com — well-known for its insider reports on thousands of companies.
- The Public Register’s Annual Report Service (PRARS): includes the ability to order printed versions of annual reports (for free) and a service titled “Corporate Window,” which provides various corporate and financial information for a select group of companies.
- The Forbes’ Global 2000: a comprehensive database of the 2000 largest global corporations as measured by sales, profits, assets, and market value.
- Forbes Largest Private Companies: an annual ranking of the top private companies in the U.S., including number of employees, sales ranking, and a brief company description.
- Fortune.com 500: a ranking of the “best” and largest public companies filtered by profitability, size, rate of increase, and more.
- The Inc. 5000: a listing with short descriptions of the 5000 fastest growing privately-held companies in the U.S.
- Better Business Bureau: includes links to companies that are members of the organization.
- Small Business Administration Online Library: offers a great collection of information about business trends and small businesses.
Web-Based Company Research Links:
- Allstocks.com’s World’s Largest Investors Links: where you can find links to all kinds of information about companies and industry analyses.
- Searching for Company Information: From the New York Public Library’s Science, Industry, and Business Library, this site is a guide to conducting basic research on U.S. and global companies.
- Thomas J. Long Business & Economics Library: Research assistance into researching companies and industries from the Walter A. Hass School of Business, University of California, Berkeley
Non-Profit Organizations & Association:
- Volunteering and Nonprofit Career Resources: which includes links to individual organizations as well as directories.
- General Professional Organizations and Associations: find links to key resources for finding associations.
Key Tools for Conducting Industry Research
Web-based Industry Research Links:
- Competia — a tool for job-seeker research, where you’ll find research links (to associations, company information, online publications, and more) for more than 40 different industries.
Key Tools for Conducting Country Research
Online Country Research Resources:
- CIA World Factbook: detailed snapshots, compiled by the U.S. government, of just about every country in the world.
- CountryReports.org: a great source for finding top-line information about just about every country in the world, including culture, geography, economy, political system, news, maps, and more.
- Country Studies: from the U.S. Library of Congress. These guides cover social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions of more than 100 countries throughout the world.
- globalEDGE: a comprehensive global business resource center from the folks at Michigan State University. Key strength are links to further information.
- IHS Markit: provides comprehensive economic, financial, and political coverage of countries, regions, and industries available from any source — covering more than 200 countries and spanning more than approximately 170 industries.
- International Business & Technology: a learning portal that provides links to business, communication, import-export, linguistic, legal, marketing, media, monetary, public affairs, research, technology, trade, and travel information at both world and country levels. From BRINT Institute.
- Sperling’s BestPlaces.net — where you’ll find a wealth of data, statistics, and comparisons about U.S. cities, counties, and foreign countries.
- World Trade Organization: a great source of worldwide business and trade information and trends.
- Geographic-specific Job Boards for Jobseekers: International Job Boards and Jobseeker Career Resources — a collection of the most useful online resources for international jobseekers.
Key Tools for Conducting Research on People/Individuals
- ZoomInfo — a great tool for researching people. Calls itself a unique summarization search engine that finds, understands and extracts the latest online information about people and companies and instantly delivers it to you in concise and useful summaries. No cost to job-seekers.
Other Key Research Tools/Resources for Job-Seekers
Other Guides to Researching Companies:
- Researching Companies on the Internet — A Tutorial: presents a step-by-step process for finding free company and industry info on the Web.
Internet/Web-Based Reference Resources:
- EnhanceMyWriting.com: Internet Reference Resources on the Web: a great place to find resources to get information about companies and industries, with links to libraries and reference material on the Web.
Business-Related News, Magazines, and Newspapers:
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