Developing a cover letter or prepping for an interview? Be informed - do your research!
Job hunting can often be more difficult and time consuming than we think. The resources identified on this guide can assist you with the job (and internship) process - identify industry trends, locate a call sheet, or generate a list of potential employers! This guide is intended to supplement the services afforded by WVU's Career Service Center and the College of Business & Economics' Center for Career Development.
As you prepare for the job search and interview process, it is helpful to understand the larger (marco) trends of a given industry. Industry reports (from databases including IBISWorld and Mergent Intellect's First Research) provide such data as performance indicators, product and service segmentation, key buying and selling industries (i.e. supply chain), business challenges, and the like.
The North American Industry Classification System is the standard (numeric code) used by Federal statistical agencies in classifying business establishments for the purpose of collecting, analyzing, and publishing statistical data related to the U.S. business economy. Look up your industry's code using the link below.
Trade publications :
- Cover current issues related to the field or specific trade
- Written for professionals in a specific field using some technical terms
Public Company Research
Privately held Company Research
Small & Mid-sized Company Research
Don't have a particular company in mind? Would you like to generate a list of all companies operating in a specific industry? And limit the list to companies located in a particular geographic area? Or companies of a particular size? Use the ADVANCED search in the Mergent Intellect database to combine a NAICS code with an additional limiter (location, size, type, etc.) OR the COMPANIES search in LexisNexis to generate targeted lists.