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Why Do Labor Market Research?

Labor Market Research is the process of gathering, sorting and using information to assist in the identification of potential job or career opportunities. Armed with this information you gain momentum and become more empowered and confident while conducting your search, and exploring the hidden job market.

The web sites listed below are the basis for conducting secondary research. This information gathering stage serves to inform, educate, explore and identify potential employment opportunities. Once an information foundation is in place you are ready for primary research where you meet with contacts for informational interviews and networking.

These activities have enabled you to strengthen, narrow and define your job target in order to proceed with an effective job search.

 

Industry Career Research Sites

Economic Data - Department of Labor and Workforce Development http://lmi2.detma.org/lmi/FPlmiforms1.asp
The Riley Guide www.rileyguide.com
America's Career Infonet www.acinet.org
Occupational Outlook Handbook www.bls.gov/oco
High End Professional Career Site ($) www.vault.com
Database of 50,000 High Tech. Companies ($) www.CorpTech.com
Hoovers Directory of Companies ($) www.hoovers.com
Wet Feet.Com www.wetfeet.com
Corporate Annual Reports (Wall Street Journal)
http://wsjie.ar.wilink.com/cgi-bin/start.pl

 

Salary/Compensation Research

JobStar Salary Surveys www.jobstar.org/tools/salary
Career Journal (Wall Street Journal) www.careerjournal.com
Bureau of Labor Statistics www.bls.gov

 

TIP: Another approach is to research companies at investment-related sites, which includes most search engine sites (e.g.,Yahoo, Netscape, Excite, Lycos), online trade sites (e.g., Ameritrade, e-Trade), stock exchanges (e.g., NYSE and NASDAQ) and the Wall Street Journal (www.wsj.com).