Thursday, August 7, 2008

Getting a Job Week - Researching a Company

You may not need to get to the microscopic level, but it’s pretty impressive when you can say, “I noticed that your net profit rose last year, and this kind of corporation is exactly where I’d like to put my fabulous skills to use". Or words to that effect. Many large companies have web sites chock-full of information. But if you’re applying at a small and/or local business, Google may not do the trick. To research your company:

The Reference USA database gives some detail for smaller companies and local businesses. You can access this from home with your Des Moines Public Library card number and PIN. Click here, then click on ‘ReferenceUSA’ .

The Des Moines Register and Des Moines Business Record often profile local companies. To find out if yours was featured, go to our newspaper index and do a search here. If your company appears in the index, contact us about how to find the full-text article. Or if you need help with any of this call us at 283-4152 and press 3 and we’ll help you. It’s what we do.

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