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Jumpstart Your Career:
Business Employment Resources

Compiled by Prof. Martha Cooney
mcooney@liu.edu, 516-299-2310
July 2006

Company and Industry Information

Targeting Companies

Employment Directories

Career Information

Resumes and Cover Letters

Salary Guides

Center for Business Research

During your employment search we invite you to use the Library's extensive business collection. Our business librarians can help you locate and use the resources you need to jumpstart your business career.

Company and Industry Information

Company and Industry Information Sources. This CBR research guide will link you to Library databases and print resources for finding company and industry information.

Frequently Asked Questions for Business. A CBR guide for finding company, finance, industry/marketing, and small business information in a question and answer format.

Targeting Companies by Location and Industry

The following directories will be useful for locating companies by type and by location, both in the local area and across the country.

General Directories:

Hoover's Online. [Library databases] Use Hoover's "Build A List" feature to find companies in any location by industry, size, financial characteristics, type and many other search parameters. Excellent sort features are also available.

D & B Regional Business Directory. Long Island, New York Area. [Bus HG 4057.N7 D86] Find companies in Nassau, Suffolk, Queens, and Kings counties listed alphabetically, geographically, and by industry classification. Ranked lists by sales size and employee size are also included.

D & B Regional Business Directory. New York Metropolitan Area. [Bus HG4058.N56 D86] Find companies in the five boroughs of New York City listed alphabetically, geographically, and by industry classification. Ranked lists by sales size and employee size are also included.

Business Rankings. [Bus HG4057 .A237] Use this Dun & Bradstreet directory to locate top public and private companies ranked by sales volume and employee size, nationally and by state. Industry rankings are also available.

Career Guide: Dun's Employment Opportunities Directory. [Bus HF 5382.5 .U5 .D86] Find career opportunities by state using the index "Disciplines Hired Geographically."

Directory of American Firms Operating in Foreign Countries. [Bus HG4538.A1 D5] For those looking for off-shore career opportunities, this directory provides an alphabetical and geographical list of companies operating abroad.

Industry-Specific Directories:

Advertising Red Books. Agencies. [Bus HF 5805 .S72]

Healthcare Reference Book. [Bus HD 9994.U5 D86]

O'Dwyer's Directory of Public Relations Firms. [Bus HM 263 .O37]

Sports Market Place Directory. [Bus HD 9992 .U5 S667]

Plunkett's Almanacs:

The following specialized guides include employment profiles of the top companies, and provide trends and statistics for each industry. Useful geographic indexes list companies by state, region, and country.

Plunkett's E-Commerce & Internet Business Almanac. [Bus HF 5548.325 .U6 P59]

Plunkett's Health Care Industry Almanac. [Bus RA 410.53 .P56]

Plunkett's InfoTech Industry Almanac. [Bus HD 9696 .C63 U5287]

Plunkett's Investment & Securities Industry Almanac. [Bus HG 4907 .P58]

Plunkett's Sports Industry Almanac. [Bus GV 716 .P58x]

Employment Directories

Almanac of American Employers. [Bus HF 5382 .75 .U6 A45] This directory analyzes 500 of the largest corporate employers in America. In addition to a brief summary of the company, each entry includes information on salaries, benefits, contacts, minority employment, and type of personnel hired. Indexes for specific types of job seekers and opportunities for minorities and women are also provided.

Career Guide: Dun's Employment Opportunities Directory. [Bus HF 5382.5 .U5 .D86] Prospective employer information is provided on 10,000 leading companies. Entries include a brief company profile and a list of the occupations that are hired. Indexes by state and city, industry, branch location, and disciplines hired geographically make this a comprehensive employment guide.

Directory of Executive Recruiters. [Bus HF5549.5 .R44 D58] Executive recruitment firms are a useful tool for locating top positions. This directory provides lists of firms by job function, industry, recruiter specialty, and geographic area.

Career Information


Gateway to Associations Online. [http://www.asaecenter.org/Directories/AssociationSearch.cfm] Use this search engine to locate professional and trade associations by keyword or location. Associations can be a good source of information about a career field and can provide invaluable networking opportunities. Many professional associations have local chapters.

Occupational Outlook Handbook. [http://www.bls.gov/oco] This comprehensive resource provides detailed profiles with information on working conditions, qualifications, outlook, earnings, related occupations, and sources of additional information for each occupation. Links are also provided to state and local information including long-term and short-term occupational projections.

JobStar. [http://jobstar.org] This is an excellent website that provides much useful information for the job search. See especially the links for resumes, career guides, and salary information, and also the links to California job information.

JobWeb. [http://www.jobweb.com] Owned and sponsored by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, this very useful web site for college students and new college graduates, offers excellent employer profiles and job-search advice.


CareerJournal.com. [http://careerjournal.com] This comprehensive Wall Street Journal website offers salary information, job and career advice, and a database of more than 100,000 available positions. Many career-related articles are also available.

Careers in Business. [http://careers-in-business.com] Use this website for information on accounting, consulting, finance, marketing, and non-profit sector careers.

Careers in Marketing. [http://www.marshall.usc.edu/web/marketing.cfm?doc_id=2890] Marketing career paths and descriptions are provided at this useful website from the University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business. Links to many marketing websites are also provided.

Vault. [http://www.vault.com] This website offers insider information on featured companies and industries, advice, and career management services. Vault's Electronic WaterCooler is a collection of company-specific message boards that share news and offer networking opportunities. Although some content is for sale, much free information is available.

Resumes and Cover Letters

See also LIUCat, the Library's online catalog, for books on resumes and cover letters. Sample resumes and cover letters can also be found on JobStar.org and JobWeb.com.

Ebrary. [Library databases] Thousands of full-text electronic books are available on many subjects, including books on writing resumes and cover letters.

Cover Letters. National Business Employment Weekly Premier Guides Series. [Bus HF 5383 .B434] Practical tips and techniques for developing effective letters that grab a potential employer's attention.

Resumes. National Business Employment Weekly Premier Guide Series. [Bus HF 5383 .B435] Techniques for writing focused resumes for a competitive edge in the job market. Covers specialized resume categories, including first-time job seekers and seasoned professionals.

Salary Guides

JobStar. [http://jobstar.org] This excellent general job search guide provides links to over 300 general and profession-specific salary surveys.

Salary.com. [http://salary.com] Use the Salary Wizard to locate job descriptions and salary by zip code or metropolitan area. Other features of the website include searching jobs by salary range, tips on salary negotiation, and career planning information.

U.S. Department of Labor. Bureau of Labor Statistics. [http://www.bls.gov/bls/wages.htm] The BLS provides comprehensive and detailed information on wages, benefits, and compensation trends. The following publications will be particularly helpful in locating data for all occupations by state and metropolitan area. See the BLS website for many more links.

Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates. [http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oessrcma.htm]

National Compensation Survey. [http://www.bls.gov/ncs/home.htm]

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