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Researching Employees, Clients and Suppliers

Current and former employees, clients and suppliers can tell you a lot about the company you’re interested in. Use your network to find people connected to employers you’re researching.

To use a social networking website to connect with people working for, or familiar with, a prospective employer:

  • Search for the employer’s name using the search function on the social networking website:
    • The search should bring up a list of names of people who have included their place of work (the employer’s name) in their profiles.
    • The search may bring up an employee group—people registered on the website who work for the same organization.
    • Check these lists for people you know and contact them directly.
  • If there’s no one you know on the lists, check the profiles of the people on the lists for mutual friends. When you find a mutual friend, ask that person to introduce you.
  • Be aware that employee groups are not always well regarded by employers.

To use a professional networking site to connect with people working for, or familiar with, a prospective employer:

  • Search for the employer’s name using the search function on the professional networking website. The search should bring up a list of names of people who have included their place of work (the employer’s name) in their profiles.
  • Check the list generated by the search for people in your contact list and contact them directly.
  • If there’s no one in your contact list with connections to the employer, you may be able to locate a contact using paid services offered by the website. For example, a Premium Account at LinkedIn allows you to see profiles (without names or contact information) of people who are not in your network. Using this service, if you locate someone connected to the company you’re interested in, you can contact them directly through the website’s email system.
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