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Career Research


Finding Opportunities

 

Professional Association Job Boards
For example, the American Library Association's JobLIST. Associations often discount membership fees for students, so consider joining before you graduate! 

The Company's Website
To find companies, visit the tabs called Make Lists of Companies and/or Get Popular Lists of Companies.
 

Handshake
Access: UCI
UCI's job and internship listing platform (from UCI Division of Career Pathways).

 

GuideStar 
Access: UCI
Geography: US & Global

Search for nonprofit companies and organizations by size, cause, and location  Also includes a directory to search for people in leadership roles at nonprofits.

 

Job Search Sites
Examples include LinkedIn, Indeed, Monster, CareerBuilder, etc.


Make Lists of Companies

 

To make a list of companies in an industry, you'll sometimes need an NAICS (rhymes with "cakes") industry code. 
Mergent Intellect and Uniworld are two databases that use NAICS codes.  

Quick How-To:

  1. Learn about NAICS codes.
  2. Find your NAICS code(s).

Mergent Intellect
Access: UCI
Geography: Global

Public and private company information (as available) for companies worldwide. Advanced Search allows for creating a custom Excel spreadsheet of companies based on criteria like industry, location, size, etc.

  • Learn this search!  < sample search for "medical device" manufacturers in Orange County

 

Uniworld
Access: UCI

Geography: Global
A global directory in which every company within the database has at least one foreign subsidiary. Finds both US firms operating in foreign countries, and foreign firms operating in the US. Searchable on criteria including: industry, employee count, and revenue. Uniworld also features a "career postings" search option, which is a yes/no indicator that the company has a link on its own website for its own career opportunities.   

 

​PitchBook
Access: UCI - Authorized Affiliates
Geography: US & Global

Especially useful for finding up-and-coming companies in emerging industries. Generate custom lists using criteria such as: location, industry/vertical, year founded, number of employees, and more.

  • Users must create an account with their UCI email address. Download limits apply.
  • Learn this search! < sample search for companies by industry and location.

 

GuideStar 
Access: UCI
Geography: Global

Nonprofit company database with a directory to search for nonprofits by size, cause, and location  Also includes a directory to search for people in leadership roles at nonprofits.


Get Popular Lists of Companies

 

Orange County Business Journal: Book of Lists
Access: UCI
Geography: US

The Book of Lists supplement issue is simply a compilation of all lists published by OC Business Journal during the previous year.  OCBJ produces 50+ industry-specific lists of companies located in Orange County.  

 

Business Source Complete
Access: UCI
Geography: Global

This database includes Fortune magazine. This custom URL finds the issues with "Largest U.S. Corporations" in the title, i.e. what Fortune officially calls its Fortune 500 list. 

  • Select "PDF Full Text" to explore inside the magazine. Fortune magazine also breaks down the 500 by industry and by state. 

 

INSEAD Libraries: Company Rankings Lists
Access: UCI
Geography: Global

INSEAD Libraries offers an excellent compilation of company rankings, produced by many different entities. Lists are organized by region and sector/industry.


Find Gov. & Military Opportunities

 

State Government Jobs
You can find these by going to a state's job portal.  For example, a search in Google for: California jobs site:.ca.gov returns the CalCareers website.
 

USAJobs.gov
Access: Public
Geography: US

The United States' Federal Government’s official employment site.  Connects job seekers with federal employment opportunities across the United States and around the world.
 

Occupational Outlook Handbook: Military Careers
Access: Public
Geography: US

From the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the OOH has information on opportunities, duties, qualifications, education and training, pay, and outlook for those interested in a career serving the U.S. military.
 

DOD Civilian Careers
Access: Public
Geography: US

Find employment opportunities for civilians with the Department of Defense (DOD). Find jobs by career, location, and employer (DOD includes 33 Agencies and Components).


Pro Tip: Networking is your friend!

While most job opportunities eventually get posted publicly, networking helps you hear about jobs before they hit public sites!