The Pros and Cons of Making a Target Company List

The Pros and Cons of Making a Target Company List

pros and cons of making a target company list when job searching

Typically, people start a job search by defining what kind of job they want. Another approach, though, is making a target company list of those you might like to work for. There are pros and cons of making a target company list.


The pros include: 


Creating a list can help you hone in on companies with the right balance of logistics and culture to suit your skills and style


It can also enforce a sort of focus as you approach networking and sculpting your resume


It gives you a specific direction for conducting research


On the other hand, there are drawbacks to a specific focus on a shortlist of companies. 


If you’re overly focused on specific companies, you could miss the perfect opportunity with a company you hadn’t thought about or heard of before


By the same token, fashioning your CV around a very specific focus could make it too niche


In my work with job-seekers at Prestige Scientific, I often advise that a hybrid approach is best: Have some companies in mind. Be open to others.


By Michael Barros, Managing Partner Prestige Scientific

Prestige Scientific specializes in all phases of drug development from discovery through commercial (learn more about our expertise). Whether you’re looking for your next career move, or someone to help your company invent and innovate, Prestige Scientific is here for you. Get in touch via email ( or reach out to me on LinkedIn.

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