ReferenceUSA: Job Searching & Company Profiles Accessible with Your Library Card

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Did you know that you can access ReferenceUSA using your Plano Public Library card? ReferenceUSA contains business directories, company profiles, and job postings. While there are many job posting sites (many of which we have talked about on this blog), ReferenceUSA’s advantage is that it allows you to take your research about a prospective employer to another step before you submit an application such as number of employees, industry, annual revenue, and more. Do you have an interview with a company and want to do research beforehand? ReferenceUSA can help provide information that is often not on a company’s website.

To access ReferenceUSA, visit our list of databases on the library’s website. Click on the “O-Z” tab to find ReferenceUSA as databases are organized alphabetically by title.

Three Ways to Use ReferenceUSA

  • Job/Internship Search
    • Quick Search – Search by job title, keyword, company name, or location.
    • Advanced Search – Limit your search by job type (full-time, part-time, contract, internship, temporary), keyword(s), company, salary range, location radius, or posting date.
  • Company Profiles (U.S. Businesses)
    • After you find a company in the Job Search, you can click on the company’s name in the search results to pull up the company’s profile.
    • If you have the name of a company and you want to know more, you can go to the U.S. Businesses from the main ReferenceUSA screen and search for the company. You can narrow your results by indicating the company’s location.
  • Search for Companies by Your Chosen Parameters (U.S. Businesses)
    • If you are looking for a job in a specific industry, with a certain number of employees, or other characteristics, click on U.S. Businesses from the main ReferenceUSA screen. In the Advanced Search, checking off a box in the menu on the left will open new search tools.
      • If you want to search for a specific type of company, try using one of the Business Type tools like “Keyword/SIC/NAICS.”
      • Are you looking for a job in a specific area? Try the geography tools.
      • There are many other ways to limit your search depending on your interests. Each time you add new search criteria, click on “Update Count” to see how many companies match your parameters. If the record count number is very high, try adding other search criteria until the list of companies is a manageable size for you to evaluate.

Post Author: Brie Walsh