The Second Best Source of Employer Information

This resource is also valuable, yet can be more difficult to come by. This source of information goes by a variety of names, but typically it is titled "Employment Opportunities with…" or something similar. Sometimes the information is geared specifically toward the college market and lists the entry level jobs and corresponding departments (or business units). Larger employers may also have this information online as a "College Careers" link under the "Careers" section of their website. There is a detailed listing at CollegeGrad.com of the Top Entry Level Employers with links to each employers home page, careers page and college page, which is a good place to start.

Ironically, most students do not read this valuable information until after their first interview with the employer. Take the time to access the information ahead of time. If it's not available online, your Career Center may have this information in its employer files, in which case all you need to do is make some copies. But if the information is not there (these materials have a tendency to sprout legs and disappear—make sure you make copies only if there are no extras), call the company directly, ask for the Human Resources Department, and use the following script with the first person who answers (usually a secretary or receptionist in the department):

"Hello, my name is _____. I am planning to interview with your company in the near future and would appreciate it if you could send me some information about your company so that I am better prepared for that interview. Can you help me?"

Unless you reached "Fraulein Frieda, Guardian of the Gate," the person will usually send you the information. Once they have agreed to supply you with the basic information, feel free to ask for additional information. If you do happen to get shut down by Fraulein Frieda, read the information in Getting Inside Hiring Companies to learn how to get past her (or any other Guardian of the Gate).