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Researching employers

Researching employers helps you to identify what kind of work is right for you, as well as being an important part of preparing for job applications and interviews.

What employers expect

Research the employer - Organisational structure, values and vision, strategies and goals. Read annual reports, investor reports, news articles not just information available on the company website.


Research the environment - competitors, economic conditions, political issues and regulatory issues that may affect the business.

  • Follow the news on sector related websites, blogs, magazines, Finimize gives you daily bitesize business information or use MarketLine Advantage and Nexis
  • Use professional bodies, trading unions and magazines for specific sectors - check job sectors

Research the role - typical activities, skills required, training, team size, related roles, realistic progression. Read the website but also: