Finding and researching employers

Researching employers is an essential part of the job application process whether you are applying for a specific job or if you are looking to make targeted speculative applications to employers who may interest you.

All employers expect evidence of your knowledge in both written and online applications and at interview.

Find out as much as you can about employers before applying, such as:

  • what the employer does
  • current issues affecting the employer's business - what are the trends and developments in their sector?
  • what the job for which you are applying involves
  • the skills and experience the employer is looking for


Small, medium sized enterprises (SMEs)

Research and review employers through online business directories and guides

See also

Identify and research employers in free graduate directories

Google employer websites

Link to Google.Visit the website of an employer that you are interested in working for. They will usually have a separate careers and graduate section if they offer a graduate scheme, graduate internships and placement schemes.
More about graduate schemes


Link to YouTube.Some employers produce their own videos to promote their careers opportunities. Quite often available to view on YouTube.
Employer videos on YouTube (collated by Lancaster University careers service)

Explore types of industries

Explore an overview of the industry and typical employers, future trends and developments.

Employers in the news...

Keep up to date with the latest graduate recruitment and industry news - read business pages of national newspapers, and subscribe to their business news feeds and blogs

See also

Meet employers

Resources to help you make the most of researching employers