Organizations of all kinds want to hire students and alumni who have done their research and understand how they might be a good fit with the company. Take the research skills you’ve developed in school and apply them to your job search. Your detective work will pay off!
Identify potential industries
Before you find companies you may want to think about what industries are appealing. Some occupations have fairly specific industries. For example, the medical imaging occupation is done in the health care industry but there is a difference between a hospital environment and a clinic environment. Some occupations can be done across a wide variety of industries. One can work in operations in a wide variety of businesses, in even in some non-profits, government and educational settings. Thinking about what type of industry might be appealing will help you be focused.
Identify potential organizations of interest
There are many criteria you may use to identify companies you may want to work for, and many places to look. Use LinkedIn to research companies where alumni work. Check out “people also searched for…” to see related companies. Interested in the Silicon Forest? Check the Wikipedia entry for a list of companies. Glassdoor can also be useful. Use job boards like Indeed.com to see who hires in your industry (you don’t need to limit the geography if you are just researching companies).