The following post is courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap:
"It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see." - Henry David Thoreau
And what you see is not always what you get (not to be confused with "you don't always get what you want").
The Fortune 500, long a measure of successful companies, is not always what it seems. This is an excellent list to leverage in your job search, but be careful and do your homework.
Conduct research on the company, not just its financial soundness, but its public image and what its employees think as well.
I kick-off today's post with two research links in addition to links to the career sites of some of the Fortune 500.
- Jobvent.com – Basically set-up as “I hate my job” versus “I love my job”, you rate a company across set categories and the site will list the rating. The site seems to have quite a few companies listed. I’m assuming that the ratings are weighted based on the number of reviews. As the title indicates, this is more of a “venting” site than a site that provides value added information. Still, it is worth a look to get a view of what people think. You should note the number of reviews for any one company (some have only one or two while others have 30 or 40).
- Company Research - This list of company research sites is provided by Jobstar.org and will get you started in your company background research. There are links to both public and private companies as well as links for regional and national research. If you region is not listed, leverage the same methodologies (like your local newspaper).
- HCA - Ranked 88 on the list, HCA owns and operates approximately 163 hospitals in the US and England. Their careers page has a brief overview, followed by links for "Find a Career Now", "Where do you fit", "Who is HCS" and Questions. Clicking on "Find a Career Now" leads directly to their search page where you can register and search for job openings using job field and location. There were 5,993 job opportunities when I checked the site.
- Tyson Foods - According to their website, Tyson Foods is "is the world's largest processor and marketer of chicken, beef and pork, the second-largest food production company in the Fortune 500 and a member of the S&P 500" and is ranked 89 on the list. Their careers page has a brief overview center page, with links on the left hand side for Search for a Job, Campus Recruiting, Search for an Internship and more. Clicking on Search for a Job leads to a page where you can search for jobs or upload your resume. Clicking on the search for jobs leads to the search engine where you can enter your criteria. There were 35 job opportunities when I checked the site.
- Alcoa - Located in 34 countries around the world, Alcoa’s main business is the production of aluminum. From the careers page, you can search openings, find out about the company or visit the student section which is dedicated to recruiting for college students. To register on the site, you must select search openings, select your country and then create your account. You need to search by country. For the US, there were 27 job opportunities when I checked the site.
Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap, a content exchange service sponsored by CollegeRecruiter.com, a leading site for college students looking for internships and recent graduates searching for entry level jobs and other career opportunities.
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