Occasionally, people already know the type of companies that they want to work for and don’t mind what sort of job they do inside the company, once they have an opportunity to develop their career. If this is the case for you, make a list of your favourite companies and then, make a list of their direct competitors. This will increase the amount of opportunities you have for finding the right job.
For example, if you would like to work for a leading computer company, perhaps you would also be happy to work for some of their competitors. In other words, if you’d like to work for Facebook, perhaps you’d also like to work for Twitter or LinkedIn. I give famous companies as examples because everyone knows them, but you can do this with any company or organisation.
The other option for expanding your opportunities is to search for indirect competitors with your target company. In other words, this is a company that fulfils the same need but in a different way. For example, if you would like to work for computer company, perhaps you’d also be interested in working for a phone company or an Internet company. These are just two simple ways of expanding your options.
It’s easy to find information about the bigger companies online, however how do you find out about competitors or indirect competitors for smaller companies? A good way to do this is to use their social media accounts like Twitter, to find who is following them. Smaller companies tend to have their competitors following them to see what they are doing and this is a good way to find them.
Another good way of find companies is go through the Irish Times Top 1000 companies list. It will help you discover the best companies to work for and will also expand your knowledge to include some of lesser known companies.