Where to Search:
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:
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.
- Organization’s values and mission and vision statements
- Guiding Standards
- Organizational Chart
- Biographies of Current Employees
- Corporate Blog
- Annual Report
- Professional Association Affiliations
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:
- News articles
- Recent publications by the organization
- Legal Cases
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:
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
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.