Do Your Research

Throughout your job or internship search, it is important to conduct research about the various opportunities and organizations you are exploring. Regardless of whether you’re searching for an internship, a full-time position, a graduate school program, or any other type of position, there is much to learn before you apply or interview.

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Finding the Right Questions

To get started with your research, here are some questions you may want to find the answers to:

Researching a position

  • What are the required skills and qualifications?
  • What position responsibilities are explicitly mentioned in the job description? What specific elements will be responsible for, such as programs, events or accounts?
  • Where does this position sit in the organizational chart?
  • Will this position work independently or as part of a team?
  • What opportunities are there for advancement?
  • What is the travel requirement?
  • What transferable experiences may you acquire from this role?
  • What are the goals (short and long-term) of the position?

Researching an employer

  • What is the organization’s size and structure?
  • What are the organization’s mission and vision statements and values?
  • What is the organization’s history?
  • Who are the organization’s stakeholders?
  • Has the organization received any awards or public recognition for specific works?
  • Is the organization involved in any legal cases: past, present, or pending?
  • What is the organization’s culture?
  • What is the financial health of the organization?

How to Spot Fraudulent Employers

When searching for positions, it’s important to be aware that fraudulent job postings may exist on job search databases.

Some signs that a job posting may be fraudulent include but are not limited to:

  • Application or employer requests your credit card, back account numbers or other financial documentation
  • You are asked to provide a photo of yourself
  • The link provided directs to you an unofficial domain that is slightly different than the organization’s
  • The contact email address does not match those listed on the organization’s website
  • The job posting is not available on the organization’s website
  • The position requires an initial investment from the applicant for various expenses, such as training costs
  • There are many spelling and grammatical errors
  • Position focuses on money to be received rather than responsibilities to be performed

If you are ever concerned that a job posting may be fraudulent, do not apply. Go directly to the organization’s website to see if the posting exists there or contact the organization’s Human Resources department to inquire.

If you are concerned that you may have applied to a fraudulent job, please contact the CRC at (352) 392-1601 for assistance.

Where to Search:

Organization’s Website

One of the best places to begin your research on an organization is their very own website. Browse through different pages to learn more about the organization, their services, and your prospective position. A great place to start would be the “About Us” page.

What to look for:

  • Organization’s values and mission and vision statements
  • Guiding Standards
  • Organizational Chart
  • Biographies of Current Employees
  • Corporate Blog
  • Annual Report
  • Professional Association Affiliations
Tip: In addition to searching the organization’s website, check out Gator CareerLink to see if the organization will be hosting an information session on UF’s campus.

Google

Often times a simple Google search can tell you a lot about an organization. Some things that may pop up when you search an organization are:

  • Reviews
  • News articles
  • Recent publications by the organization
  • Legal Cases

Social Media

Typically, each organization will have various social media accounts to round out their online presence. These accounts are a great way to gauge their engagement with the community and see what an organization prioritizes on a daily basis. Consider searching for their accounts on:

  • LinkedIn
  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • Twitter
  • Snapchat
  • WordPress

Personal Network

Your personal network is a great resource to learn “inside” knowledge. Your network may not always be able to give you a lot of insight about a specific organization, but they may know others who can. Some information you may be able to obtain from your network:

  • Organization goals and history
  • Organization’s reputation in respective industry
  • Reason previous employees departed
  • Organization culture
  • Competing organizations

Information Sessions

Remember, we bring employers to campus to help you connect with representatives and get a true sense of the organizations culture. Relating with representatives and fellow alumni who work within the organization can provide perspective about the way the organization functions and if it aligns with your values.

Graduate School Search

If you are interested in learning more about steps to finding the right graduate program for you, we can help.

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