Research the industry you are about join.
Consider the following:
Ask yourself smart questions (and be prepared to answer them in a networking or interview situation):
Industry profiles identify leading companies and provide market forecasts, market segmentation and industry trends.
For freely available information, check out consulting firm (Deloitte, Ernst & Young, PWC, KPMG) websites to see if they have industry reports. You can often search offices by region. Also check bank websites; law firms may have reports for industries like mining or M&A industry reports; government industry and statistical data sites are also good sources of information.
To generate lists of companies within a certain industry (as well as additional criteria such as location, revenue, etc). Try Nexis Uni (includes private companies) or Mergent (public companies).
Don't forget to also look through the resources on the Company Research page.
Industry associations and trade groups are an excellent source of industry statistics and reports, generally available on their websites or through their publications.
Google or your preferred search engine is the most efficient way to find relevant associations in your desired industry. Try using search terms like "industry association," "industry group," "trade group," "trade organization," etc.
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