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Guide to Fortune 500 Job Search

By Susan P. Joyce

Every year, FORTUNE magazine picks out the 1,000 largest companies in the USA, based on gross sales, and the top 500 are published in the magazine and listed on the magazines website. 

In this section in, we provide you with the tools you need to find a job with one of these major employers.  These major employers, several of whom employ hundreds of thousands of people, across the USA and, often, across the globe.  Walmart, # 1 in 2013, employs over 2,200,000 people in many countries.

Job-Hunt's Guide to Finding a Fortune 500 Job

  • Why Work for a Fortune 500 Company
    A job with a Fortune 500 employer is a different world from most other employers.  These are the largest companies, although not always extremely large employers, and their names are usually very well-known, across many states or the globe.  That can be very good for your career. 
  • Shaping Your Online Presence for a Fortune 500 Job Search
    Whoever you are, whatever your age, and whatever you do, know that strategically sculpting your digital image is an advantageous job search effort. Fortune 500 employers and recruiters will search your name online.
  • Your Fortune 500 Job Search Arsenal
    While a job search isn't a war, you do need to have the appropriate tools - or weapons, given that you are fighting the competition - for your job search, particularly if your target is a Fortune 500 company.
  • Behavioral Interviews in a Fortune 500 Company
    Behavioral Interviews have been increasing in popularity with HR professionals and recruiters over the last 5-10 years, and are generally seen as one of - if not the most - effective interview procedure.

  • Benefits of a Fortune 500 Internship
    Smart companies hire interns. And, Fortune 500 companies hire more than most (in fact, statistics show that approximately 80% of the top 100 Fortune 500 companies employ them).
  • Fortune 500 Career Fair Success Plan
    Career fairs have recently been seen as a colossal waste of time for both job seekers and hiring organizations. But regardless of the moans and groans from both job hunters and recruiters, they still remain as a strategy on both sides.
  • Fortune 500 Job Fair: Beyond "Please Apply Online"
    How can you - an eager, qualified, savvy job seeker - get more benefit out of this opportunity and, hopefully, circumvent the "black hole" known as the corporate Website that Fortune 500 companies appear to be so dependent upon?
  • Recovery from Being Fired
    Before we dive into some actionable steps you can begin today in order to inch closer to employment status, it is necessary we reframe your thinking and "'jolt those heart muscles." Without the right mental shift, your job search steps will not yield optimal results.

Interviews with Fortune 500 Recruiters

  • Fortune 500 Gatekeeper Interview
    Rosa E. Vargas interviewed an agency recruiter who recruits for several Fortune 500 companies to find out what works now with these very large employers, and she has several recommendations.
  • Fortune 500 Recruiter Interview - Time Warner Cable
    Laura Labovich's interview with Seth Feit, Regional Vice President of Human Resources, Carolina Region, of Time Warner Cable.  Read this to find out what he recommends.
  • Fortune 500 Recruiter Interview - Western Union
    Laura Labovich's interview with Chris Brabec, Director of Leadership Talent Acquisition, and Julie Rulis, Senior Corporate Recruiter, Western Union. Learn what they recommend.

Fortune 500 Job Search Contributors

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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