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Researching Companies


Keeping an eye on the competition? Researching a prospective employer? Getting the inside scoop on a company isn't as hard as you'd think.

Start with the Obvious

Start with the most obvious resource, a company's Web site. Many companies offer press releases, product information, organizational charts and demographic data from their sites. If you have difficulty locating a company's site, try a business directory. Hoover's Online is a great launchpad for company facts and figures. For basic contact information, try SuperPages.com.

Public or Private?

Is the company public or private? Publicly-held companies (those that sell stock to the general public) are required to disclose financial information to their shareholders and to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Their annual reports provide a great synopsis of performance over the last year. From the Public Register's Annual Report Service, you can request a copy of more than 3,600 public companies' annual reports free of charge.

What's In the News...

Business Wire and PR Newswire are two of the best resources for keeping track of company news. Both allow you to search by keyword or industry. For general business news, try magazines like Fortune and Bloomberg Businessweek. Local newspapers can also provide valuable information. To track down a paper, consult the directories listed at LibrarySpot.com Newspapers.




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    Search the vault for candid profiles of companies and careers. (Get the scoop on corporate culture and more).

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    Browse the 100 largest corporations on the Web.




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