Awesome, 44 Million Company Job Search Tool

Reference USA, a free 44-million employer on-line database, is a big data job search dream.

It’s an almost complete directory of U.S. businesses and government entities. It is searchable by several fields, including:

  1. Industry.
  2. City.
  3. State.
  4. Zip code. 

Reference USA will return a list of employers that match your search terms. It will also let you drill down on each employer for more detailed info and a link to the company’s website.

Reference USA Access

How do you get access to Reference USA? About 85% of public libraries nationwide subscribe to Reference USA.

Online Access

Most subscribers provide remote on-line access to their patrons. Get online, or on the phone, to your local library to see if they offer Reference USA.

If not, ask your reference librarian to help you get access to Reference USA via a partner library.

It’s Easy to Learn How to Use Reference USA

Reference USA is very easy to use. You can teach yourself, or you can ask your reference librarian to walk you through logging onto Reference USA and doing a search.

Don’t hesitate to ask for help. Your reference librarian is there for you and has a great deal of job search expertise you can call on.

If you’re a DIY type, watch this helpful video on the basics and then have at it:

 

Guidestar, a Similar Database for Nonprofits

If you’d rather work for a nonprofit, check out Guidestar.org, an equally comprehensive database that lists most of the nonprofits in the US. You will find it here.

Happy hunting!

I write executive resumes and LinkedIn profiles. Save time. Get hired. Email me at donnasvei@gmail.com for more information.

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Updated September 2018

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  1. Any job seeker that is glued to the chair in front of their pc and not utilizing their local public library is missing out. I think using ReferenceUSA for that reason alone is enough. Very good resource article and I will be sure to pass along the information.

    Derek Dostal
    Founder
    YouStartMonday.com

  2. Thanks Donna! We’ve had the opportunity to work with local libraries all around the country and share ‘best practices’ when using ReferenceUSA as part of a Career Search Strategy. If your local library has not sponsored one of these FREE! workshops, you may want to contact them. In the interim, we host a regularly scheduled webcast that specifically addresses folks who are new to using ReferenceUSA or anyone who might want to hone their skills.
    These hour-long, interactive presentations are open to anyone and are also FREE! – all anyone would need is internet access and a dedicated phone line.
    These are held every Friday at 11 AM Central (Noon EST/ 9 AM PST).
    To register: simply follow this link http://tiny.cc/ReferenceUSAEssentials
    or call 800 808 1113 for more information. Seating is limited!

  3. Thanks for the info Rick. I’m posting it to #jobhuntchat, #careerchat, and #hfchat this week. My job search clients invariably discover target companies they’ve NEVER heard of when they use RefUSA. I’m an evangelist for your wonderful, FREE database!

    Donna

  4. At BJM, we’ve been Teaching all our job seekers that “The Modern Public Library will make what you can find on Google look pathetic.”
    Of course, very few know about the Google Advanced Search box, which does help people search more effectively. (https://www.google.com/advanced_search) But even so, we always stress – “Get to know your local Reference Librarian.”
    I’ve seen people use SIC or NAICS codes and Reference USA to find employers doing their specific kind of work. We had one Operations Manager who was very depressed, until we got him to go the library. On Reference USA using NAICS codes, he found 130+ companies within 10 miles who could be employing an Operations Manager. Within six weeks he was hired full time at a great job.
    Ironically, we had the Reference Librarian from the Harris County Barbara Bush Library presenting to our Senior Manager’s Group…. Yesterday morning and she was singing the praises of Reference USA.

  5. Rich,

    Truer words were never spoken! Thank you for sharing your testimonials for ReferenceUSA and reference librarians.

    Now that ReferenceUSA has partnered up with Indeed it’s a more powerful job search tool than ever.

    Donna

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