Alumni Career Services

Employer Research

There are many online sites you can use to develop a targeted list of potential employers and to dig deeper for employment information.  The most obvious place to start in researching a particular company is its own web site.  When looking to increase your knowledge of a particular market segment, geographic area or industry you should use broader tools.  Sites that provide competitive analysis, reports and even employee-reported data can all be useful.    

The biggest challenge in using the internet for research is avoiding the inevitable distractions that arise from access to too much unrelated information as well as figuring out which resources contain useful and valid content.  We provide a list below of recommended online resources as a starting point.  While some of these resources also provide job postings, our intent is to list those sites most useful for pure research; a more comprehensive list of job postings sites can be found in the Active Marketing section of our site.  

Remember that many of the fee-based, hard-copy forms of these resources can be found in your local library. The Darden School Camp Library is a resource for Charlottesville-area alumni, and the Camp Library Staff have compiled a list of librarieswhich are open to the public.

Note that many additional resources are referenced in at HoosOnline, from UVA’s Alumni Career Services office (and free to you as a Darden alum).  

Features Descriptions (used in chart below):

Org Info
Get Detailed Info about an Organization
Employer Lists
Develop a List of Employers
Regional Info
Get Local or Regional Information
Industry
Deepen Industry Knowledge
Interview Prep
Prepare for an Interview
Networking
Find Networking Contacts
Salary Info
Research Salaries

Site

Access

Features

American City Business Journals
Features local business & industry news from each of 41 different markets around the nation.

Free

Regional InfoEmployer Lists  Industry

Book of Lists
Book of Lists is a yearly compilation of local business rankings produced by over 150 regional business journals.

 Fee/Library

Regional InfoEmployer Lists

Careers-In-Business
Excellent site for exploring various career paths including consulting, finance, marketing and operations.

Free

Regional InfoEmployer ListsIndustrySalary Info    
Chamber of Commerce
The Chamber of Commerce Directory leads you to local and regional Chambers, each with its own site, programs and resources.

Free

Regional Info
Darden Community
Searchable directory of Darden Alumni includes contact information as well as past and present employment information on all graduates of the school. Easily searched by location, industry, function, company name, class year and keywords. Groups also enable connection by affinity 

Free

Employer ListsNetworking
Forbes Lists
Forbes publishes many ranking lists, including "America's Best 100 Small Companies" and "The Best Places for Business and Careers"

Free

Employer Lists
Fortune Rankings
From CNMoney this site includes the Fortune 500", "Global 500" (world's largest corporations), the "100 Top MBA Employers","100 Fastest Growing", "100 Best Companies to Work For" and other useful ranking lists.

Free

Employer Lists
Glassdoor.com
Provides great information about jobs, salaries, company reviews, and interesting interview questions for thousands of companies, worldwide.

Free With Registration

Salary InfoInterview Prep
Going Global
Provides country-specific and USA city-specific career and employment information in both online and printed guidebook formats.

Through HoosOnline.com Career Center

Regional InfoEmployer ListsOrg Info
Google News Alerts
Provides email updates of the latest relevant Google results (web, news, etc.) based on your choice of query or topic.

Free

N/A

Inc. 500
Lists the fastest growing private companies and ranks fastest growing industries, entrepreneurial companies and their founders.

Free

Employer Lists
Libraryspot.com
A virtual library resource center, this site links to a vast number of library and reference sites.

Free

Employer ListsIndustry
LinkedIn
As of Nov. 2011, LinkedIn operates the world's largest professional network on the internet with 135+ million members worldwide.

Free; fee upgrades for more features

Employer ListsNetworkingOrg InfoInterview Prep
Manta
Searchable database of millions of businesses; helpful in identifying small businesses.

Free

Employer Lists
Standard and Poor's
Provides credit rating, indices, investment research and risk evaluation
.

Free With Registration

Salary InfoIndustryOrg InfoInterview Prep
Vault
Provides employer profiles and rankings, industry blogs, job board, etc., plus over 120 print and digital career guidebooks.Free Industry Newsletters and Job Postings, subscribing members get access to Employer Research, Salary reports, Employee Reviews, and more
.

Free/Fee

Employer ListsIndustryOrg Info
Working Mother 100 Best Companies
Surveys and ranks companies with policies that support working families.

Free

Employer Lists
Zoom Information
A site to identify contacts by keywords, industry terms, job titles, Zoom uses a combination of web crawler technology and user contributed data
.

Free

Networking

Non Profit Sites

Access

Features

Guidestar

 

Free 

 

Employer Lists
Idealist

 Free 

Employer Lists
Non Profit Job Seeker 

 

Free

 

Employer ListsSalary Info
The Center for Association Leadership

 

Free 

 

Employer ListsSalary InfoIndustry

Private Equity Sites

Access

Features

Pratt's Guide to Private Equity and Venture Capital Resources

 Free

Employer Lists

Sustainability

Access

Features

Greenbiz    

Free

Salary InfoIndustry
Sustainable Business    

Free

Employer ListsNetworkingIndustry
Net Impact

Free

Networking  Industry

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