Thursday, December 4, 2008

Career Resources on the Internet

Fauquier County Public Library's reference department has put together two (2) new brochures on career and job hunting resources on the Internet. This post focuses specifically on career resources. I will list the job hunting sites in my next post.

NOTE: See also my previous posts on Ferguson's Career Guidance Center and Career Advancement Tools and Resources.

Career Resources
General/Gateway Sites - The following "Über" sites provide a number of resources, including job descriptions, career paths, educational requirements and more.
  • CareerOneStop - This umbrella site offers a vast array of information on careers, job openings, labor trends and job services.
  • Career-Intelligence.com - Geared toward women, this site has numerous articles on job-hunting, self-assessment, career management and balancing work and personal life.
    Career Voyages - Produced by the U. S. Departments of Labor and Education, this site offers infor-mation on high-growth, in-demand occupations and the skills and education required.
  • Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center - An extensive database for exploring careers and planning a job search. Find detailed descriptions of over 3,300 jobs and 94 industries, career paths, skills assessments, educational requirements, schools and financial aid. Download sample resumes and cover letters, watch videos and get interviewing tips. Free access with your FCPL card.
  • Job-Hunt.org - Lists numerous sites offering job searches by industry or profession, location and networking possibilities.
  • JobHuntersBible.com - A supplement to Dick Bolles’ book What Color is Your Parachute?, this site offers extensive advice and web links for job hunters and career changers.
  • O*Net — Occupational Information Network Resource Center - The Department of Labor’s O*Net replaces the Dictionary of Occupational Titles. Search occupations by keyword, job family, level of preparation and other variables; link to O*Net Online for complete job descriptions.
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook - This U. S. Department of Labor publication gives detailed information on many occupations, including job prospects, working conditions, educational requirements and pay. Link to the companion publication, Career Guide to Industries, for similar data by broad industry groups.
  • States’ Career Clusters - The official website for the States’ Career Clusters Initiative (SCCI), which helps states as they connect career technical education (CTE) to education, workforce preparation and economic development. Find career pathways, plans of study and skills charts.
  • Wetfeet.com - Career and industry profiles, job-hunting strategies and resume and interviewing tips.

Career Assessment

Salary Information

  • Salary.com- Its Salary Wizard calculates salary ranges for various experience levels and geographic locations.
  • Salaryexpert.com - Basic salary and cost of living calculators are free; purchase premium reports for personalized information.

Careers in Virginia

  • KnowHowVirginia.org - Explore occupations with links to VirginiaView and locate educational programs.
  • Virginia Career VIEW - “Virginia’s Career Planning System” gives extensive information on many occupations, with sections for students, parents and educators. Find job descriptions, duties, working conditions, earnings and employment projections, with emphasis on Virginia.
  • Virginia Workforce Connection - "Your doorway to employment and labor market information in Virginia.” Assess job skills, research careers, find industry and company data and search for jobs and training opportunities.

Offline, check out the following career resources from your local library:


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