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Employer Research

In your job search, you must learn as much as possible about potential employers so that you can target those that are the best match for you and so that you can stand out among other applicants. Learn about their mission, products, services, and their clients. Find out about their organizational structure and the workplace culture. This will put you in an excellent position to make clear connections between your skills and their needs when you prepare your resume and cover letter, or in an interview.

Other Sources for Researching Employers

CollegeGrad: Top Entry Level Employers
Step-by-Step Guide to Researching Companies
Career Insider - Vault

Company Rankings

Best Places to Work in the Federal Government
JobStar: Best Companies
Working Mother's 100 Best Companies List
Fast Companies Directory of Innovative Companies
Philanthropy 400

Diversity Resources

The following resources provide career-related information (such as online journals, job banks, etc.) specifically geared to people of color, individuals with disabilities, LGBTQQIA people, or to women in male-dominated fields.

Black Enterprise
Diversity Link
Diversity Working
Minority Executive Search, Inc.
National Association for Female Executives
National Business & Disability Council
Saludos Hispanos
Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering
Transgender at Work
Pro Gay Jobs
Out Professionals
Pride at Work