Meet & Research Employers
Throughout the academic year, the Career Center offers numerous events to help you meet employers and assist you in your job/internship search.
Workshops are offered throughout the semester at the James W. Stuckert Career Center. Select workshops will feature employers such as Practice Interviews with Employers.
The Stuckert Career Center offers additional non-workshop events throughout the year to assist you in meeting employers and polishing your job search skills. Some of these events include a networking events, Resumania, as well as employer panels. To view all Stuckert Career Center events, go to Wildcat CareerLink and click on the EVENTS tabs.
View Workshop Schedules (PDF).
- Expand your network of professional contacts for the future.
- Polish your resume with advice from recruiters, employers, and career counselors.
- Ask questions about upcoming career fairs.
- Help prepare for your job or internship search.
Employer Information Sessions
Employers schedule information sessions to interact with students for recruiting purposes. This is an excellent chance to learn more about the company than what you can read on the website. Information sessions are often conducted by recent UK alumni. After a presentation on the company, there is usually time for brief conversations with the employer. At some information sessions, companies will conduct brief screening interviews at the end of the presentation. Take advantage of the information session to make a personal connection with the recruiter or company representative. Registration may be required and can be completed through Wildcat CareerLink.
Tips to impress at an information session:
- Take the initiative and meet 1:1 with a recruiter or human resources representative.
- Remember that first impressions matter!
- Introduce yourself, highlighting your accomplishments and interests that match the opportunity.
- Dress appropriately — business casual or nice campus casual preferred.
- Bring a copy of your resume and work samples if appropriate for your field.
- Expand your network of professional contacts for the future.
Information sessions scheduled through the Career Center are posted under the EVENTS tab in Wildcat CareerLink.
It's very important to learn about a company, its culture, and its mission to help you determine if it would be a good fit for you, and to learn what opportunities it might offer you. Before an interview, it's useful to do research on a company in order to enter the interview informed and prepared to answer questions that relate to the company. It also allows you to be able to identify an organization's needs and relate your skills to the organization's needs.
How do I begin researching employers?
There is one rule to remember while conducting company research — consider the source of the information! Information generated by the organization tells you what that organization wants you to know. Information gathered from additional sources will help fill in the blanks. Learn to weigh the value of the information.
There are many places to gather information about employers! Check out the company's own website, annual statement, or do an internet search to gather information. Face to face communication with someone who knows about the company is a good way to gather in-depth information. Considering doing an informational interview with someone who works for the employer. Talk with employers at career fairs held on campus and network with recruiters by attending information sessions arranged through the career center. You can use online sources available through the career center such as Vault and Wildcat CareerLink to assist you in your research.
University and public libraries are invaluable resources. The downtown branch of the Lexington Public Library maintains company clippings and annual reports for many Central Kentucky employers, a large collection of periodicals, an index of Lane Report articles, and directories of regional and national businesses and manufacturers. Review the Greater Lexington Chamber of Commerce Business Directory.
If you are considering employment in another city, visit the local public library and university libraries in that city for reference materials. Chambers of Commerce often have lists of major employers available upon request. Look at Dun & Bradstreet Regional Directories and job bank books for various cities.
The Katherine Kemper Career Center Library located in the Stuckert Building has a variety of print and electronic resources which describe career possibilities, company information, education required for various careers, and the job outlook in different fields.
The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) publishes magazines every year called Job Choices, which contain company profiles, employer contact information, and salary survey results. Planning Job Choices, Volume l, has excellent articles on job market trends, resumes, interviewing, researching employers, and evaluating job offers. These magazines are available at the Career Center.
The NACE Salary Survey is published four times each year. This is a report of the salaries from job offers made to new college graduates from over 330 universities and colleges in the United States. As a NACE member, the Career Center receives and makes the Salary Surveys available through your career counselor. A sample of the information available in the NACE Salary Survey.
Look for books which discuss the reputations of various companies and what happens behind the scenes, like The 100 Best Companies to Work for In America by Levering, Moskowitz, and Katz.
Keep up with items in the news by reading newspapers and magazines, such as the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Business Week, Fortune, Harvard Business Review, New York Times, and U. S. News and World Report.
Many cities in the United States have local or regional business publications like:
- Business First (Louisville)
- The Lane Report (Lexington)
- Cincinnati Business Courier Book of Business Lists
- Atlanta Business Chronicle
Remember that it is always easier to find information about publicly owned companies (shares of stock in the company are available for purchase) than privately owned companies, and the same is true of national companies when compared to local companies.
Some of the resources available at the William T. Young Library that are well recognized sources of business information include:
- Wall Street Journal
- Dun & Bradstreet's Million Dollar Directory
- Dun & Bradstreet's Principal International Businesses
- Dun & Bradstreet's Who Owns Whom
- The Online Career Library, powered by Vault, is available to U.K. students only through the Career Center. The library contains 18 Vault guidebooks; 2,500+ company profiles; 2,500+ company discussion areas; industry and occupational profiles; career advice; job search tools; and salary information.
- MonsterTRAK - provides job listings for over 280,000 employers, links to employer web sites, and a graduate school guide. The UK password is wildcats.
- JobWeb - website for the National Association of Colleges and Employers. Includes the information from the NACE Salary Survey.
- Rebecca Smith's eResumes & Resources - information about Web-based resources and electronic resumes.
- The Riley Guide - the premier guide to employment opportunities and resources on the internet.
- JobHuntersBible.com / What Color is Your Parachute - a net guide to job hunting online based on the best-selling job-hunting book by Richard Nelson Bolles.
- JobStar - career information, resume writing, 200 salary surveys and job opportunities with special emphasis on California.
- The University of Kentucky Library Subject Guide - See headings for Jobs & Careers
- CareerBuilder.com - Search for jobs as well as find job search related advice and articles.
You may find job descriptions and salary statistics for various career possibilities by using SIGI PLUS, an interactive, electronic database at the Career Center. Ask your career counselor about using this resource.Check the Occupational Outlook Handbook or in the Katherine Kemper Career Library in print. The OOH has information about jobs, salaries, educational requirements, and sources of additional information.The William T. Young Library has other sources of information in an extensive electronic collection available to UK students, faculty and staff. Check the University of Kentucky Library for complete information and links to the following:
- EDGAR - SEC Filings and Forms. The Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval system performs automated collection, validation, indexing, acceptance, and forwarding of submissions by companies and others who are required by law to file forms with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
- Factiva - searchable fulltext to continuously updated newswires, trade magazines, & newspapers from around the globe. From Dow Jones Reuters Business Interactive LLC.
- Thomas Register of American Manufacturers - database of North American manufacturers; access by company name, product, service, or brand name. Includes links to catalogs and websites.
- Wall Street Journal (1984 - ) Updated daily. Fulltext (with abstracts) from Proquest.
With any of the electronic resources that you use, be sure to use the online help that's available. Read the Help screens on any web search engine which you use to improve your searching techniques. Electronic resources are often more entertaining to use so be sure to start your company research early so if you get caught in the web, you'll still have enough time to do a proper search.