The Employer Search facility here gives you special access to that huge database of information on over 500 Irish financial services employers to search for firms and/or groups of firms, using the yardsticks you set up - for example their business activity (choose from the three activity menus below) (clicking on any or all of the company activities listed), and further refining your search by listing companies by their size, and by their nationality. You can also simply enter the name of a company you wish to research specifically.
Knowledge is power - having knowledge about a potential employer gives you a competitive edge over other job seekers. When you're job hunting you'll want to learn as much about potential employers as possible. As well as giving you an edge, this knowledge will also help you when evaluating a job offer.
All the big companies know that and pour lots of money into research to gain the knowledge they need to be competitive. Companies commit extensive resources to conducting market research before selling their products. Many large companies have huge information centres where they employ staffs of professional librarians who are able to access information on clients, competitors, and customers. The amount of knowledge you have about a potential employer, and on the industry in which you hope to work, can assist you in your job search. This pertains both to making initial contact with employers and before going to interviews.
When you begin to make initial contacts with potential employers, through resumes or any other method you use, it is important to have some key facts about the company. For example, you should know the company's industry, what they do, and the names of some of the company's higher-ups, i.e. CEO, President, etc. You should also know who is in charge of hiring for the position you are seeking.
Before going to an interview is the time to do extensive research. Being armed with an arsenal of information can give you an edge over your competition, as you will be able to answer questions about the employer should you be asked any at the interview. It is not unusual to be asked the question, "What do you know about us?" It will also enable you to ask intelligent questions when you are given the opportunity, as job candidates usually are toward the end of the interview. Just as researching clients gives companies the ability to individually target sales presentations, knowing your potential employer will help you target your presentation to them.