Pick Your Employer
If you've been laid off at least once (and most people already have, or will at some point in the future), try a pro-active, rather than a re-active, approach in your next job search.
First, develop a list of potential employers, based on the apparent quality and future prospects of the organization as well as the salary and benefits, the location, and the potential career path. Then, look for a job in those organizations. The links below should help you identify good potential employers.
Remember that, statistically in the U.S.A. over the past decade, the large companies have had a decline in the number of US-based jobs. The greatest job growth has been in small and medium sized companies, as the large companies "down-size."
- Network, Interview, & Negotiate - from Margaret Dikel and the RileyGuide
- Finding Jobs Online - sources, resources, and techniques
- Social Media & Job Search - how-to information plus resources
- Job Search Networking - how-to on face-to-face meetings
- The Art of Schmoozing - GREAT ideas from Guy Kawasaki's HowtoChangetheWorld.com Blog
- Pursue Companies, Not Jobs - find a job by picking your next employer first, and then the job (from AsktheHeadhunter.com)
- The Target, The Target, The Target - how to get the job once your have identified the employers your want (from AsktheHeadhunter.com)
- A Good Network Is A Circle of Friends - the basics of good networking (AsktheHeadhunter.com)
- Tapping the Hidden Job Market - finding potential co-workers and employers (from Job-Hunt)
- Networking Your Way to Your Dream Job - great advice from Forbes (a "Welcome" screen may appear first)
Links to Employer Websites
- Fortune 500 by rank and Fortune 500 by state - links to the job postings of the 500 largest companies in the U.S. Also includes links to the home pages, the FORTUNE analysis, and internship postings (if any).
- Job-Hunt's Jobs-by-State Listings - links to over 8,300 employer recruiting pages on the employer's websites, by state.
- Technology Fast 500 - Deloitte's list of the fastest growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences, and clean technology companies in North America.
- Academic360 - links directly to the employment pages of most College and University Web sites [For the top schools in the U.S., see the annual U. S. News "America's Best Graduate Schools", "America's Best Large Universities", and "America's Best Liberal Arts Colleges" lists.]
- BankDirectory - links to bank Web sites, in alphabetical order by state
- USHospitals.info - links directly to the Web sites of hundreds of hospitals by state within the U.S. [Also see the annual U. S. News "Best Hospitals" and "Best Health Plans" lists.]
- ThomasNet - directory of manufacturers and other businesses in the U.S.; all listings are paid listings, from the Thomas Directory company.
- USAJobs - the U.S. Federal Government's job site. [Also see the annual U.S. News "Best Places to Work in the Federal Government" list.]
- See Job-Hunt's Google-ize Your Job Search article for help on using the search engine Google to find additional employer Web sites.
- Shopping for a New Employer - collection of lists of of best employers, across the globe
- Finding the Best Employers - collection of company lists, from the Fortune 1000 through the Branham Group and Universum Group's of best employers lists and AARP's best employers for 50+ job seekers to Deloitt's Technology Fast 500 list and Latina Style magazine's top 50 list
- Employer Locator - a searchable database of 12,000,000 employers, from America's Career InfoNet. Search by Zip Code, industry, occupation, or by employer name. The most difficult part is navigating through the categories (would web development be in communications or services or ???), but the resulting information is easily worth the effort. This is the place to start when you are drawing up your list of potential employers. Our tax dollars put to good use!
- DMOZ list of company rankings
- Fast Companies Database - from Fast Company magazine, a great research source for hundreds of companies - link to the company Web sites, to Fast Company's articles about the company, and to other research sources about the company.
- Hoovers Reports - great "capsule" information for free, along with industry news, the competitors for each company listed, and much more. For a fee, more detailed information is available.
- SuperPages - a Yellow Pages directory that allows you to "browse" through the category listings (e.g. Internet Services, Web Site Design, etc.) for something apppropriate to your search, and then select the city and state.
Additional Job-Hunt resources:
- Company/Military/Government Alumni Groups - Job-Hunt's extensive list of employer "alumni" groups.
- Associations and Societies - originally from Job-Hunt's newsletter (Online Job Search Guide), over 1,100 associations for professionals in: computers and technology, engineering, law and law enforcement, finance and accounting, healthcare and medicine, media and journalism, and organizations for women
- Job Fairs - job and career fairs where you can meet with employers or recruiters
- Reference Material - Job-Hunt's research resources category
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About the author...
Online job search expert Susan P. Joyce has been observing the online job search world and teaching online job search skills since 1995. A veteran of the United States Marine Corps, Susan is a two-time layoff “graduate” who has worked in human resources at Harvard University and in a compensation consulting firm. Since 1998, Susan has been editor and publisher of Job-Hunt.org. Follow Susan on Twitter at @jobhuntorg and on Google+.