Thursday, September 13, 2007

Career Advancement Tools and Resources

There are a number of online resources that can help you find a job, negotiate the right pay and to help you with your overall career objectives. Many of these resources are free. Below are a selection of Web sites and library subscription databases that can assist you as you look for a new job or career path.

On the Web...

Monster.com -- Search for jobs, post your resume for potential employers, access career-related videos and articles and even find schools to help you achieve your career goals. Probably one of the most popular career sites out there. Includes a Diversity & Inclusion job search with listings from employers that are actively seeking qualified diversity candidates.

Salary.com -- Includes popular tools like a salary wizard, jobs by salary range, articles on creating a resume, etc., even a job assessor if you're faced with multiple job offers. The downside to all this information is that you have to put up with a lot of advertising and upselling for premium ($$$) personalized salary reports.

At the Library...

Aside from items you can check out such topics as Cover letters, Occupations, Resumes and Vocational guidance, the library also subscribes to Peterson's Testing and Education Reference Center, which includes a specialized search for vocational schools, career colleges, information technology programs, executive education programs, and private secondary schools, as well as test prep for job skills assessment, civil service and licensing, military entrance and career placement. You can log on from home with your library card or use the high-speed connection on the library's computers and wireless network.

Offline Resources...

Lord Fairfax Community College -- Check out their Workforce Solutions site, which includes information on local courses and programs that provide personal and professional enrichment.

Culpeper Career Resource Center -- With a satellite office (the Workplace) located on Main St. in Warrenton, aims to help job seekers and small business owners in the county by providing a full line of job and career services, including job listings, internet access, computers with resume-building software, typewriters, fax and copy machines, telephone use, instructional videos on interviewing for employment.