When seeking positions, it’s important to not only look at the posted positions online, but to research the various companies and resources that the field has to offer.

Why do I want to research a company?

Researching companies within your field are important for multiple reasons:

  • To reach out to companies in your field to find out if they’re hiring or open to taking on an intern (see this link for help on writing an outreach letter)
  • To tailor your resume and cover letter to the specific company, industry, market or product
  • You can give yourself a better chance to make an impact in an interview if you are knowledgeable about the employer. You will be able to communicate your desire or interest in the company/industry
  • To ultimately make a decision if you want to work for that employer

What do I want to know about a company?

There are some specific things that are helpful to know about an employer, including:

  • Responsibilities of the Position
  • Promotion Opportunities
  • Long-term Income Potential
  • Locations of the Company
  • Direction of the Organization
  • Products/Services/Market
  • Organizational Charts
  • History of Company

Where do I get this information?

  • Reference USA is an internet-based reference service containing detailed information on nearly 12 million American businesses. This reference is accessible from any Delaware Valley College networked computer
  • ReferenceUSA Off Campus Access - you will need to input your Campus ID Number to access this.
  • MyPlan.com will assist you in obtaining industry information and career profiles.
  • Hoovers online offers company information, including business reports and profiles. 
  • Careeronestop uses an employer locator to find contact information about a specific employer or list of employers.
  • Glassdoor provides an inside look at jobs & companies, including salary information.