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Fortune 500 Employers by Rank

By Susan P. Joyce

The Fortune 500 are employers to millions of people and, for the most part, are consistent each year, although the position where a company ranks may change.  For example, this year Exxon is # 2.  Last year Exxon was # 1.

These headquaraters for these 500 companies are scattered across the United States, and most many have locations elsewhere which can make them good places to work if you want to change locations or careers but continue to work for the same company. 

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The Fortune 500

Each April, Fortune magazine publishes a list of the 500 largest U.S. companies, the Fortune 500.  They qualify to be on this list and are ranked based on their total annual gross revenue. Comprised of all different industries, from energy and petroleum, to retail and grocery, this is a comprehensive list of the "big league" US employers.

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, we provide you with the tools you need to add these to an effective job search.

Help Finding Employment with a Fortune 500

In the Fortune 500 Job Search column, we offer advice on finding employment with the Fortune 500 and also 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.

You may also want to check out the Fortune 500 by state.


According to Fortune, companies on the Fortune 500 & 1000 lists are "ranked by total revenue for their respective fiscal years. Included in the survey are U.S. incorporated companies filing financial statements with a government agency... " plus "companies and cooperatives which file financial statements with a government agency, and mutual insurance companies that file with state regulators."

Neither nor NETability, Inc. have any relationship with Fortune magazine or its parent company. We provide this information as a service to job seekers.

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 and a recent Visiting Scholar at the MIT Sloan School of Management, 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 Follow Susan on Twitter at @jobhuntorg and on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google+.

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