The Inside Scoop on Companies

SAN MATEO (06/05/2000) - The Vault (Vault.com Inc.) - www.vaultreports.comWhat you'll find: This site has a comprehensive selection of insider details on companies and industries, including message boards, topic channels, quality rankings, a job board, relevant news, and free newsletters.

What you won't: There aren't any details on very specific IT job titles or industries -- most descriptions are based on broader job categories and industries.

The essentials: As the appointment of former CBS news executive Eric Ober to CEO reflects, The Vault's strength is its editorial filter and carefully researched "insider" perspective -- covering more than 3,000 companies and 50 industries.

WetFeet.com - www.wetfeet.com

What you'll find: WetFeet has a variety of insider resources and exclusive content, such as discussion boards with expert moderators, profiles of real people by job title, in-depth industry and company profiles, news, and a free newsletter.

What you won't: WetFeet doesn't contain as many company profiles as The Vault (only around 1,000 now), and, as with The Vault, there aren't as many specific job titles in the IT arena.

The essentials: Targeted at students and experienced job seekers alike, the site provides a gamut of resources and an easy-to-use design that makes in-depth company and career track research a snap.

Graduating Engineer & Computer Careers Online - www.careertech.comWhat you'll find: This site contains company profiles that vary from in-depth to scant general data points, specialty lists such as "Companies that are a blast to work for," original feature articles, and peer columns.

What you won't: Not nearly as comprehensive as WetFeet or The Vault but more narrowly focused on IT job titles and industry trends, the site has no discussion boards and no information targeted at HR professionals, as do the others.

The essentials: Based on the CASS Recruitment Media publication, Graduating Engineer & Computer Careers magazine, Graduating Engineer Online provides original content targeted at recent engineering and computer science grads.

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