6. Track breaking business news on the internet: Has a company just received a new round of venture capital or are they headed for bankruptcy? Knowing this information can help you separate hot prospects from sinking ships. Google has a wonderful news alert feature that can automate this process for you.
7. Sign up for online newsletters: Companies, industries, special interest groups and associations all publish online newsletters that contain juicy, up-to-date tidbits on emerging trends, challenges and recent news. Use this information to distinguish yourself from the competition in your cover letters and interviews.
8. Read reliable print publications online: Reliability of the information on the internet can be a problem. A way around that is to read online versions of print publications, such as The Wall Street Journal or Fortune.
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