Researching employers

Perhaps you're about to meet an employer at a fair or presentation, submit an application or you have an interview. Whatever stage you are at, finding out more about the company will help to make your application stand out. Here are our top tips for researching a particular employer:

1. Employer information

Start with information provided by the employer:

  • Familiarise yourself with the employer's graduate recruitment website.
  • Look for their latest annual report which is often available online.
  • Like and follow organisations on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube to keep up to date with news and recruitment.

2. External information

Go beyond the employer website for information from different sources to increase your commercial awareness about the employer and sector:

  • Use Lexis Library and sites such as Google NewsBBC News and Reuters to see if an organisation has been in the news recently.
  • Check out professional bodies for news, developments and current issues. Our sector pages have details of the professional bodies in your sector.
  • Search the Abintegro employer database for employer details and news feeds.
  • Browse our books and journals and sector guides for industry information and specific company information.
  • Browse WetFeet, a database with downloadable insider guides about selection processes, job hunting, industries and employers.
  • Look out for blogs written by experts and leaders in your field.
  • Look at TARGETjobs employer hubs for company-specific, in-depth information as well as opportunities, news and information about selection processes.

3. Employee information

For an inside view on working for an employer, talk to employees: