Tuesday, June 9, 2009

The Shareholder Advantage...

If there is a particular company that you've targeted for employment, and you've done all you can to learn about the company, it may be time for you to step your game up. If you don't already have a Scottrade account, set one up, and buy a couple shares of stock in the company. You'll officially be a 'Shareholder' in the company, and can involve yourself at a much deeper level than an outsider looking in.

For example, many companies have quarterly Investor Conferences (simply check the 'Investor Relations' section of the company's Web site for upcoming dates). Attending the Investor Conference is a great way to make Executive-level contacts (CEO, CFO, etc.) and learn about the financial status and strategic direction of the company. Further, they'll usually staff people in the Investor Relations department, whose job it is to keep investors happy and provide any and all information to Shareholders. This is your goldmine for contact information and working your way inside the company.

Give it a shot. You'll be surprised how easy it is to get in through the back door.

Have you become a Shareholder in a company and conducted reconnaissance work?

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