A Successful Job Search Begins with Researching an Employer

Amtrak Career Site

By Wanda Parker-Smith, University Recruiting Program Manager

Applicants can fall short during an interview because they failed to do one important thing – research the organization. It’s important to be knowledgeable about the organization to which you are applying. A lack of knowledge could mean that you, the applicant, do not have an interest in the organization to which you are applying.

Do you have an interest in learning about Amtrak and career opportunities the company offers? If so, let’s get started. Visit Amtrak’s website to learn about its:

  1. History (who is Amtrak)
  2. Company Culture
  3. Commitment to Diversity and Inclusive Behavior
  4. Career Opportunities  and our commitment to hiring veterans
  5. Projects and/or Services
  6. 2014-2018 Strategic Plan

In addition to the company’s website, you can also gain valuable insight by connecting socially? Visit the company on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and join Amtrak’s discussion groups like the Amtrak Students or Amtrak Veterans groups and chat with #TeamAmtrak.

Don’t make the mistake of using up your valuable interview time by asking a question that can easily be answered by visiting the Amtrak website. Demonstrate to the interviewer that you’ve done your homework and Amtrak is a good fit for you.

Stand out from the crowd – research, research, research.