Company Research: Tools for the Job Search
It is time to think beyond Google when conducting company research! VCU has so many different resources for you to utilize to help you develop a strong strategy for conducting research within the engineering industry.
To Get Started:
Start your research with a company profile in a source like Hoover’s. You may not find everything you need, but it should at least answer some key questions including:
- What is the complete, official name of the company? This can be more difficult than it sounds sometimes. Try a search and note the stock ticker (if it has one) or the exact name for additional research.
- Is the company a subsidiary? It may be a subsidiary of, wholly or partially owned by, a parent company. If so, you may only find information on the parent company.
- Is the company publicly-held? Private companies aren’t subject to the same regulations as publicly-held companies, and therefore don’t have to produce the same documentation. There may be less information in traditional sources, and you’ll have to try alternative search strategies.
- Is the company a U.S. company? Unless the foreign-owned company is traded on a U.S. stock exchange, you’ll have to try some alternative sources.
Dig Even Deeper:
Visit the VCU Libraries Company Research website for more information. You can even set up an appointment with librarian, Bettina Peacemaker, to talk through your research strategy. Bettina’s contact information is listed below: