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5 Overlooked Resources Candidates Can Use to Research Employers

5 Overlooked Resources Candidates Can Use to Research Employers
From Recruiter - October 15, 2017

1. Talk to a Near-Peer

Talk to a near-peer (would-be peer or one-level above) at the company. Find these near-peers by asking social network connection for names and introductions. You can also look on LinkedIn for titles and connect, or find names on company websites and send cold emails asking for conversations to learn more about their worknot about a job.

Ask near-peers questions about the company or culture with no obvious right answers like How does conflict get resolved in meetings, if at all? or Whats the energy like on Friday night at 5 p.m.? Are people packing up to leave, or is it still buzzing?

Elissa Kuykendall, ArcVida

2. Get on Google, But Be Smart About It

Google has some nice, easy-to-use functions that many people dont know about. For instance, using quotation marks around keywords generates a list of results that only include those exact words in the exact order you typed them out. This is a great way to cut out
some of the riffraff thats unavoidable on the internet.

You can also try the following:

site:targetcompany.com charity

This allows you to only search through your target companys website, in this case for specific instances of the word charity. Using this strategy will help you find the precise information you need without wasting too much time.

Geoff Scott, Resume Companion

3. Social Media Is Good for More Than Just PR

Social media gives a job seeker insight into what the companys culture appears to be, which has replaced mission statements that were just thatstatements. It will impress the interviewer to know that you have done your due diligence by looking at the companys social media sites. Make sure you validate your perception by asking great thought-provoking questions during the interview.



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