Company and Employer Research

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Accelerate Your Career 2012

Saturday, May 12, 2012, Central Library

Company and Employer Research
1–2pm • Third Floor Open Area •
Register online or call 403-260-2620


On Saturday, May 12th, the Central Library is hosting its annual all-day Accelerate Your Career Event. Join us on Saturday, May 12, 2012, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. on the Third Floor of the Central Library our Company and Employer Research program. Janice Parker, Information Specialist at the Calgary Public Library, answers a few questions about the importance of research during any job search:

Janice Parker, Calgary Public Library

1. Why is research important for job seekers?

Doing your homework when you are looking for work or going to an interview can save you time, trouble and increase your chances of getting the right job. Most Calgary employers fully expect that potential candidates will have done their homework and can confidently show a hiring manager, in their cover letter, resumé, and during any interviews, that they have a clear understanding of the employer and the job and why they are the right person for a position.

2. What types of research can help someone looking for a new job?

Once you really know what type of work you would like to be doing, you need to narrow down the types of employers or workplaces that would suit you best. Do you want to work for the government? Small, medium or large company? Non-profit organization? Which industry and work culture or environment? Figuring out the answers to these (very individual) questions will help you better target your job search and write cover letters and resumés that are more likely to catch the eyes of hiring managers.

If you get called for an interview, you had better do your research. Not only do you want to find out as much as possible about the employer, including being aware of any recent new items related to the employer or the industry, you also want to research any people working there already—particularly the person or people conducting the interview.

3. This sounds like a lot of work. Is it difficult?

Career experts always tell us that finding a job is more difficult and time-consuming than keeping a job. While the Internet has made it much easier to do this research, most people aren't trained researchers and may not know what information they should look for and how to find it. However, there are many tools online and elsewhere that make this type of research easy once you know where to look. Fortunately, you don't need to be an expert to learn how best to research the right job, the right employer, and how to impress during an interview. This is a huge part of the service we offer at the Calgary Public Library: assisting job seekers with their research.

If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it? Albert Einstein


Janice Parker has been helping job seekers with their research needs for over fifteen years at the Calgary Public Library.


Accelerate Your Career 2012

Saturday, May 12, 2012, Central Library

Career Conversations • 11am–3pm • Main Floor • Sign up during event
Resume Help • 11am–3pm • Main Floor • Preregister: call 403-260-2782
Career Serving Agencies • 10am–3pm • Main Floor • Drop-in
Interview Strategies and Techniques • 10:30am–12:30pm • Third Floor • Register online or call 403-260-2620
Company and Employer Research • 1–2pm • Third Floor Open Area • Register online or call 403-260-2620
Power Networking • 2:30–4pm • Third Floor Open Area • Register online or call 403-260-2620
Enhancing Your Job Search through Social Networking • 10:15–12:15pm • Bsmt Rm #2 • Register online or call 403-260-2620
Work Search on the Internet • 1–4pm • Third Floor Learning Lab • Register online or call 403-260-2620

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