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Researching Career Opportunities

Job Hunting Research @ CSULA

Looking for a job is tough work. The best job hunters and most successful candidates use information to their advantage. Researching industries, job related sources and companies including competitors can really make the difference between an OK interview and a GREAT one. Same goes for cover letters and even on-line resumes and job applications.


Invest some time in your future by researching the industries, jobs and companies that you'd like to see yourself working in or at. It can really make the difference!


Job Hunting Research Databases

Library Databases and Internet Sites

The following databases and internet sites can be useful for researching industries, jobs (description, working envronment, likeliness of openings over the coming years etc) and more. Use information like this to polish resumes and cover letters as well as to sound informed and knowledgeable in interviews and when writing thank you notes or emails after interviews. Also, don't forget to visit the CSULA Career Development Center for more help or individualized consultation on resume/cover letter writing, interview preparation and job hunting strategies. Good luck!

  • Bureau of Labor Statistics
    The job searchers bible! This free database is full of relevant information about salaries, occupational outlooks for fields and positions and geographic hiring trends.
  • The Glass Door
    Amazing site that gives reviews of companies, typical interview questions/formats, salaries and more.
  • IBIS World Industry Reports
    Easy to use industry intelligence that can really help you understand the challenges and obstacles businesses face. Single best source for interview preparation since it will help you understand the organization, how it operates and it's competitive environment. Just search line of business (or non-profit) and review the report.
  • Company Profiles
    Have an interview with a large company? Start by getting an authoritative overview of the company including strategy and recent financial performance.
  • LexisNexis
    LexisNexis has multiple job hunting applications. You can search news to see what's going on with a company or industry. You can also use the company list feature under researching companies to get a target list of companies in a certain zip code or city that meet your needs (for example all of the small companies that provide accounting and auditing services in Los Angeles).
  • Plunkett
    Plunkett is a library database that provides access to recruiters and HR personnel at thousands of companies!

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