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Job Market and Research Tools

Use the resources below to identify target companies, learn more about various industries and job functions, and research the cost of living in a new city along with expected salaries.

Once you have identified companies in your geographic location of choice, you should research those companies before applying (or at least before interviewing). Do not rely on the job description alone for your research; there is so much more in depth research can uncover.  For example, you may know that Ralston Purina makes pet food, but are you aware the company also makes cereal for humans, owns a major tuna fish company, owns and operates resorts and restaurants and also manufactures Eveready batteries? You may be talking with a subsidiary of a much larger company and not realize it if you don't do your research.

Facts to Know About the Organization

  • Market share (size of organization in an industry) and competitors
  • Products and services
  • Potential growth
  • Annual sales growth, long term and short term
  • Organizational structure
  • Type of training program
  • Recent developments via news stories
Business and Company Research Tools
Company and Industry Information Access comprehensive information by industry and company, including industry guidebooks, company profiles and much more. The most recommended are Glassdoor and Vault.
Functional Area Business Resources Search these Web-based resources by concentration or functional area (accounting, finance, marketing, etc.). Provides links to professional orgnizations, employment information and more. The most recommended for finance are One Wire and Street of Walls.
UB Libraries' Business and Management Resources This includes Factiva, Hoover’s, IBISWorld, Standard and Poors, Wharton Research Data Services, journals, books, databases, company and industry information. Learn how to Build A List [PDF] in Hoover's.
Job Market Research Tools
Salary, City and Relocation Information Information about cost of living, city journals, salaries and more. The most recommended are UB School of Management employment statistics, Glassdoor and the cost of living calculator on
Recent Recruiters Learn about the hundreds of employers who recruit UB School of Management student through campus visits, résumé referrals, Web postings, job fairs and off-campus programs.
Graduate and Professional Schools