Learn about your prospective employer by doing some advance research.
Create a list of companies you are interested in and periodically check for new positions or sign up for email notifications of new positions.
Use the Web. See the listings in the job openings section in this guide. Search the Web for a specific firm name by placing it in quotes; for example, "Hellmuth Obata and Kassabaum."
Check the newspaper(s) of the city where the firm or organization being researched is located. See News Databases for Internet access to a variety of national and international newspapers, or visit Newspapers & Microforms, 40 Doe Library.
Use journal indexes to find articles about specific architectural and design firms and planning organizations, as well as job market information. See also the Environmental Design Library for guides to additional periodical indexes in planning, architecture, and landscape architecture.
Potential employers of design professionals usually require a portfolio of your work as part of the application process. Refer to these sources to help you prepare an effective portfolio.
Use professional and specialized directories. For example: