Fortune 500 Job Search
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The Fortune 500 are employers to millions of people and, for the most part, are consistent each year. These companies' headquarters are all across the United States, and many have locations elsewhere which can make them accessible sources of employment. Both accessibility and consistency are often viewed as reasons to seriously consider employment in one of the Fortune 500.
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Each April, Fortune magazine publishes a list of the 500 largest U.S. companies, ranked by total annual gross revenue. This list is comprised of all different industries, from energy and petroleum, to retail and grocery, this is a comprehensive list of the "big league" US companies.
The Fortune 500's Importance
The companies on the Fortune 500 list are important to job seekers for three primary reasons:
- Employment Figures -
There are many different positions, necessitating many different backgrounds to keep a Fortune 500 company strong. ExxonMobil, at the 2012 #1 spot, employs over 82,000, about 32,200 being US jobs. Their commitment to gender balance is also an admirable trait as 44% of management and new hires were women in 2011 (excluding the XTO Energy Inc. acquisition);
- Accessibility -
Many companies have locations all across the United States and it is not out of the ordinary to "find one around every corner". These locations can be large contributors to jobs in small areas and can provide an accessible source of employment;
- Resume Advantage -
Having one of these names on your resume is often perceived as an advantage, an indication that you have "played successfully in the big leagues."
Many positions in these very large companies are highly specialized and, often, more sophisticated in their practices than other companies. Because of the level of financial support usually (!) available, employees may be using advanced technology and other tools and techniques not yet used by - or, perhaps, known by - smaller companies;
- A Company to Work For -
Some of these companies are so consistent with their annual revenues that they understand that their workforce is a key to their success. Twenty-one of the Fortune 500 for 2012 made it on the CNN Money's list of 100 best companies to work for. Each company has its own culture and mission, and being a part of something like these workforces can be rewarding, both mentally and fiscally.
If the Fortune 500 were a country, their combined revenues of $11.8 trillion would create the world's second largest economy, second only to the United States. The Fortune 500 are home to millions of jobs of many diverse backgrounds, many different locations, and in many different industries.
In this section you will find:
- Links to the Fortune "profile" which offers an over-view of the company’s financial performance and also lists the major competitors;
- Links to the company’s home page;
- Links to each company’s recruiting pages;
- Links to the company’s internship listings, if available; and,
- The city and state where the corporate headquarters is located.
A Fortune 500 company could be a viable option for employment, and whether you are a new grad, or a seasoned professional, with this section in Job-Hunt.org, we provide you with the tools you need to add these to an effective job search.
Help Finding Employment with a Fortune 500
In this Fortune 500 Job Search column, we will profile recruiters, HR leaders, and others in a position to hire from Fortune 500 companies around the world. We will “get into their heads” to help you understand their perspective on the recruiter process.
Your guide through this section of Job-Hunt is Rosa E. Vargas. Learn more about Rosa E. Vargas, Fortune 500 Job Search Expert.
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