Researching employers

Have you been waiting too long for the phone to ring for a chance to get an interview with a company where you submitted an application? It may be time for you to turn the tables and be the one to do the interviewing.

What color is your parachute? for retirement : planning a prosperous, healthy, and happy future
John E. Nelson and Richard N. Bolles.
Berkeley, CA : Ten Speed Press, c2010.
Plan Now for the Life You Want Today’s economic realities have reset our expectations of what retirement is, yet there’s still the promise for what it can be: a life stage filled with more freedom and potential than ever before. Given the new normal, how do you plan for a future filled with prosperity, health, and happiness? As a companion to What Color Is Your Parachute? , the world’s best-selling career book, What Color Is Your Parachute? for Retirement offers both a holistic, big-picture look at these years as well as practical tools and exercises to help you build a life full of security, vitality, and community. This second edition contains updates throughout, including a section on Social Security, an in-depth exercise on values and how they inform your retirement map, and the one-of-a-kind resource for organizing the sea of information on finances and mental and physical health: the Retirement Well-Being Profile. More than a guide on where to live, how to stay active, or which investments to choose, What Color Is Your Parachute? for Retirement helps you develop a detailed picture of your ideal retirement, so that-whether you’re planning retirement or are there already-you can take a comprehensive approach to make the most of these vital years.
What color is your parachute? for retirement : planning now for the life you want
by Richard N. Bolles and John E. Nelson.
Berkeley, California : Ten Speed Press, c2007.
Still the bestselling job-hunting book and a favorite of career changers for more than three decades, this gold standard of career guides ("Fortune") has been updated for 2008 with new examples, instructions, and cautionary advice.
What color is your parachute? for teens : discovering yourself, defining your future
Richard Nelson Bolles and Carol Christen, with Jean M. Blomquist.
Berkeley : Ten Speed Press, c2006.
Draws on the timeless principles of the best-selling career book to provide high-school students with a focused guide for choosing a career.

This type of interview is not to apply for employment. Rather it's one to gather information about the types of jobs in your career field and one to find places that hire in that field before you decide where you want to apply. You will be the one asking questions to the actual person doing the job, the 'worker', and not a manager or supervisor.

Search through the phone book or use an online business directory for the area where you wish to work. Look at the different headings in your career choice and start making appointments. Ask the 'worker' for 20 minutes of their time to discuss:

  • How they became interested in the job?
  • What their qualifications are?
  • What they like/dislike about the job?
  • Who else you can talk with in the field?

Other ways to research places

Ask friends and family if they know anyone who works there

Temp agency will place you according to your skills

Volunteer for a certain period of time

Ask everyone you talk with for a business card and be sure to take paper and pen with you to keep notes of names and organizations that are mentioned. Ask if you can use his or her name in contacting anyone else.

After the interview, consider if, and how, this helped you learn where you can use your skills.

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff