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Researching Companies

Now that you're ready to start job searching, you will want to start identifying some companies that you might want to work for. Geographic location, company culture, and reputation might be very important to you, whereas pay, company size, and company mission statement might be essential to someone else. When accepting a job, it's best to make sure it will be a mutual fit for both parties. Doing some research in advance will help ensure that you are applying at the right places.

Consider using these sources as you begin to research companies.

Company websites

The best place to find out information about a company is their own website. Here, you can find out information about their products and services, mission statement, organizational structure, and much more. Oftentimes, companies will also list open positions on their website.


Want to gain an inside look at companies? Glassdoor is a job and career website where you can learn about company profiles, typical interviewing questions and salary scales. All information is provided by current or former employees, job seekers or the companies themselves. This website also includes a job search feature. Use this website to make informed decisions about what companies might be a good fit for your future. Click on the icon below to access Glassdoor.

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Industry Related Journals and Magazines/Newspapers

Oftentimes magazines, publications, and newspapers will feature local employers and will provide insight into the company culture, latest news, and upcoming hiring events. Want to stay in Dayton? Look up the Dayton Business Journal and the Dayton Daily News to get you started. Your local library may also offer journals and magazines that feature employer information and industry news.

Attend a Job Fair

At job fairs you have the opportunity to talk to an actual representative of the company. The representative can give you information about the culture, potential job openings, what they look for in employees, etc. They can usually tell you things that you can't find on website, which could prove to be invaluable in your job search.