By: Sally Richards
Spend some quality time using a variety of resources searching for companies and researching those companies for potential career employment. It is important to determine which company is right for you and if you are right for that company. Searching and researching go hand in hand.
You may already have a group of companies you are familiar with that you think are your targeted companies…but what about the other thousands of companies, contractors, agencies and organizations that you aren’t familiar with and may have overlooked?
Many job seekers tend to want a list of prospective employers, but that doesn’t address an individual’s preferences, goals, interests, experiences, background or desires. Based on your academic degree and passion, determine the general industry or focus that fits your education or your ideals and desires.
So, where can you begin to search for and research companies?
Take advantage of Embry-Riddle’s Career Services resources for your initial landing site.
- Embry-Riddle Career Services website: http://careers.erau.edu/
- Useful Links (Links to 100s of corporate websites, government agency websites, specific population websites, job search engines)
- EagleHire via Ernie (Research potential employers)
- Company presentations on-campus (Learn about companies directly from company representatives)
- Career Services Organization on Bb > External Links
- Career Shift (Company information and contacts from a compilation of job boards)
- Going Global (Corporate profiles for worldwide companies in various industries)
- AWIN, Aviation Week Intelligence Network including the World Aviation Directory also called the WAD (Utilized to conduct company research)
- Embry-Riddle Hunt Memorial Library
- Hoover’s – ProQuest Central online database/Publications Search for Hoover’s (Company information)
- Business Insights: Essentials online database (Business profiles)
- Business Source Complete online database (Business profiles)
- AWIN -Aviation Week Intelligence Network including World Aviation Directory online database called the WAD (Utilized to conduct company research)
- Corporate Company websites
- Government Agency websites
- Networking, contacts and connections
- Social Media (LinkedIn-professional networking; Facebook; Twitter; Pinterest; Instagram)
- Google searches on companies
- Magazine articles
- Trade Publications (Employers industry activity; contributions related to their field and organization)
- Professional Associations (See how employers contribute to the profession)
- Advertisements (Marketing information may be a key to how successful a company is in business)
- Conferences (Opportunities to talk with company representatives attending professional conferences)
- Faculty (Connections to industry from research and prior careers)
- Databases (Targeted business profiles and information)
- Dun & Bradstreet
Now that you know where to search for companies and view their profiles, you’ll be able to decide with confidence whether the company culture, growth, strategies, goals, policies, values, and mission of the company align with your current and future expectations. Discovering additional companies outside your initial handful expands your employment potential and opportunity for success.
Once you’ve searched, researched, and concluded a company is right for you, hence, earn your paycheck from, you’ll still have to apply, interview and be selected for a position. Remember, it is 100% your choice to apply to companies in which you have an interest and it is also 100% your choice whether you accept a company or organization’s offer of employment. Your choice will be based on an educated decision!
Sally Richards has 30 years of experience in higher education with a proven track record in Career Services. Sally started her career with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Aeronautical Engineering Department. Currently as the Career Services Cooperative Education/Internship Program Manager, she manages and facilitates operations of the Co-op/Intern Program for the team of Program Managers and ensures adherence of Co-op policies and procedures while overseeing conflict resolution for co-op situations. Her credentials include aviation/airline industry experience in flight recruiting, maintenance planning and passenger service with two major airlines and one regional carrier, as well as studies at Kent State University in Ohio.