The Internet – We use the internet for all kinds of aspects in our lives. The job search is no different. By googling whatever your looking for you will have access to websites that can filled with lots of helpful information that can help you. Whether it a company website, a blog, educational site, reviews etc you will find the information you need.
Professional Organisations – There are organisations that either specialise or can provide you with the information you need. Whether private or charity organisations, there will be places that are there to help you. They may also provide someone you can speak to who can help you answer the questions you need asking e.g. about certain types of careers. Don’t be afraid to use these helpful organisations.
Networking – Your networking efforts should not just be about looking for a job/opportunities. It should have multiple purposes and one of these is about getting the information you need whether it about companies, job roles or about certain industries. Make sure you have varied contacts, ones who can help you when you looking for information that can help you.
Career Services – You can receive information about the industries that either interest you or if you are looking at maybe switching careers. It is a source that is often forgotten about after our educational life (schools/colleges/university) but it can still provide you with helpful material that can help.
Industry Publications – Looking to know more about the trends of an industry, then these are a great source of that. Not only do they keep you up to date with the trends but also will provide you with informational about the leading individuals in the industry and all the news.
Informational Interviews – Events, fairs etc you will have opportunities to speak to various individuals who could maybe provide you with helpful advice. Informational interviews are simply conversations you have but you are using that conversation to gain information. Sometimes you will find out news, information that maybe not either public knowledge or gain understanding from others personal experiences. The difference from your networking is you not asking for help but getting the information out by the way you steer the conversation.