Research Employers

One of the most important steps you can take before searching for a job is to research organizations that are of interest to you. Researching organizations will help you learn more about your chosen career path while clarifying your immediate career goals. This step is especially critical when you are preparing for an interview. Advance knowledge about the organization you are interviewing with can be used to effectively convey your interest in the company, while giving you an edge in the interviewing process.

Researching Employers
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How to Spot Fraudulent Employers and Postings

Online Reference Sources

The organization where the prospective opportunity is located may also be able to provide you with annual reports, job descriptions, department/division newsletters, and/or special reports. Don't forget that people inside the organization can be an invaluable resources—when you talk with someone, be sure that you get permission to use the information they give you. Always ask if the information is "on the record."


Pomerantz Business Library
The Pomerantz Business Library includes Vault, PrivCo, MarketLine Advantage, LexisNexis Academic, Mergent, Factiva, Business Source Complete, Glassdoor and sites covering corporate responsibility.


More sites for research


Company Rankings


  • Fortune Magazine
    Includes top 500 American companies, top 500 global companies, most admired companies, and top employers.
  • Forbes Magazine
    Includes 200 best small US companies, 500 largest private US companies, 500 annual directory of American leading companies, and Platinum 400 (best performing companies).
  • Inc. 5000
    Inc. magazine's annual list of America's fastest growing private companies.