How To Build a Company Lead List

In an earlier post, I demonstrated how I would use Copyscape to find additional companies to pursue in my jobhunting efforts. In this post, I want to show you another way to accomplish the same thing. Let me show you what I mean, step-by-step.

1. First step is to hop over to Yahoo Finance’s Industry Browser – Sector List. As you can see, Yahoo has been nice enough to divide Business Industries into 9 categories: Basic Materials, Conglomerates, Consumer Goods, Financial, Healthcare, Industrial Goods, Services, Technologies and Utilities. For the sake of this example, I am going to click on the Basic Materials link.

2. The Basic Materials is divided into sub-sectors such as Copper, Aluminum and several others. Let’s click on Gold because… I like Gold.

3. What comes up is a list of companies that deals in Gold. For the sake of this demo, let’s go with Company #1 – Agnico-Eagle Mines.

4. Clicking on that company name brings up a company profile with LOTS of good info, but for our purposes, we are clicking on the
“Competitors” link.

5. And you know what returns? A chart comparing Agnico-Eagle Mines with its biggest rivals.

Pretty cool, huh? No? Well, in case you are not grasping the obvious…

A. Use Yahoo Finance to find companies in a particular industry.
B. Find the rivals of the companies you find and build a list.
C. Look up the competitors of those rival companies and add to the list.

Is that it? No, but its a start. More to come…


Who is (really) hiring now?

In this episode of The Jim Stroud Show, Jim shows you how to find out which companies are doing the most hiring – now. Download the show notes:

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How to Get a Job Using iTunes

Did you know that DJs know a lot of singers? (In case you are wondering, that was a rhetorical question.) Why do they know so many artists in the industry? They do a lot of interviews! How many times have you heard a recording star like um… Beyonce’ being interviewed on the radio when a new album is launched? All the time! So, if you wanted to break into the music industry and network your way in, it would seem logical to me that you would chummy up to a DJ. Make sense? (I know nothing about the music industry, but work with me.)

Okay, you can use that same rationale with any industry. How? Simply find someone who interviews people in that industry and network with the interviewer, since they are the one who know everybody. One way to do that is to find podcasts focused on your industry and reach out to the star of the show. For example, if you have an interest in Chemistry, you might want to check out Distillations. Distillations is an award-winning science podcast hosted by Meir Rinde. At this writing, he has produced 109 episodes, so guess how many people he knows? Wouldn’t he be a great contact to network with? (Yeah, I’m being rhetorical again.)

To find podcasts for networking purposes:

A. Do a search on iTunes
B. Look up Podcast Directories and search them individually
C. Do some fancy Googling to find podcasts in your niche.

Here are a few Google examples for you to consider:

Happy hunting!


Where else can I look for a job?

I was thinking about something the other day, actually the other night, but that doesn’t really matter. I was wondering if I were interested in working for a particular company, wouldn’t I also have a notion to work for their competitors? And if I did, how would I go about finding those competitors? Hmm… one thing I would do is track down where they had their jobs posted. Why? I assume that if they post their jobs on a niche website that there may be similar jobs from their competitors. At least, it sounded logical, but how would I put it to the test? Um… Copyscape.

Copyscape is a website designed to protect copyrighted material by giving you a heads up on who has swiped your text and posted it on their site (presumably without your permission). I put it to the test and it seemed to work okay. Let me show you what I mean. I looked online and found a job to use as an example – Lead Developer. The URL for that job is:

I cut and paste the URL into Copyscape (as shown below), then click the “Go” button.

I search the results and see the various websites that have posted the same job I was interested in. I pay close attention to the URLs and build a list.

So based on what I have found, here is a list of websites that I may want to consider searching.

Make sense? Let me know what you think?


How To Automate Your Job Search (Part 1)

Which is better? To constantly look for a new job at various jobboards, or to look for a job only once and sift through new information? I prefer the latter method! No, make that the automation method. Wait. That’s kind of the same thing. Wait. Am I rambling again? I hate it when I do that. Okay, let me show you something.

One common function of jobboards is that they have (not all, but most) some sort of email notification system. Typically, they are referred to as “job alerts.” If you can find a job board that serves your niche industry and they have a job alert system, then you’re golden. Simply sign up for it and review the job leads as they hit your email (or SMS if that’s your choice). They’re not hard to find. Check out the examples below…

Happy hunting!