Links:Planning Your Career and Education, Updated Job Search Strategies


Career Research

Personality Type, Matching Careers and Majors has a general description of each type and suggests some matching careers and majors.

My Next Move for Veterans is a new O*Net site that helps veterans search for careers based on key words, industries or careers similar to their military jobs:
http://www.mynextmove.org/vets/ 
 

The Occupational Outlook Quarterly is one of the best up-to-date references on occupational outlook and new careers.  It is published by the US Government Bureau of Labor Statistics.  This publication is now available online.
http://stats.bls.gov/opub/ooq/ooqhome.htm

The Occupational Outlook Handbook is one of my favorite sources of information on career outlook and salary.  It is useful for your career research paper. Click on Keyword Search which brings up a list of specific occupations.  Click on the occupation you are interested in and you will find a description of the career, educational requirements, salary and outlook.  Figures on salary and outlook are national figures.  Regional salary figures vary. 
http://www.bls.gov/oco/

The O*Net Online site produced by the Bureau of Labor Statistics is one of the best sources of career information.
https://www.onetonline.org/

O*Net Online provides a list of careers that matches Holland's categories.  This information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics includes career information, salary and outlook.   http://online.onetcenter.org/find/descriptor/browse/Interests/

Learn How to Become is a comprehensive site for career exploration including steps for reaching your goal, career information, colleges offering your degree, courses required, components of a successful career, salary information, employment statistics, and related careers. The Get Hired Tool Kit at this site has information that helps with the job hunt, interviewing tips, how to write a resume, and the veteran's guide for getting hired. The Career Resourcs features careers by categories such as green jobs, jobs with animals, outdoor jobs, and others.  

Interview with a . . .
This Occupational Outlook section asks current workers about their jobs, challenges, possibilites for advancement and advice for students who would like to enter the occupation.

You're a What?
Looking for new ideas? This Occupational Outlook section asks workers in unusual occupations about their jobs, rewards, challenges, requirements and pay.  

The site, How to Become: Find Your Dream Career, has good information about job descriptions, education required, salary, job growth and resources.  It also contains a feature to search for colleges offering the degree in which you are interested. 
www.learnhowtobecome.org 

Visit the Career One Stop Center for occupational information.  Click on Occupational Information,  Occupational Profile and the career group that interests you.  
http://www.acinet.org/

The Sloan Career Cornerstone Center is a good resource for career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, computing and healthcare:
http://www.careercornerstone.org/

The Bureau of Labor Statistics is also available online at:
http://www.bls.gov/home.htm

The HigherSalary.com has good job descriptions and salary information:
http://www.highersalary.com/about/  

Type in a career and location and find salaries for various occupations.  This site also includes job openings and online resume posting.  
http://salary.aftercollege.com/

Find out what salary you will earn in your chosen occupation.  The salary wizard calculates your salary based on geographical area.  Links to job boards are included.  
http://www.salary.com/

The Career Profiles site has information on career exploration, job search, resumes, interviews, career outlook and recession proof jobs.  It also lists the top jobs for 2014:
http://www.careersearchdatabase.com/

The Career Profiles, Career and Job Search Guide has information on career profiles, salaries, job search, resumes and interviews: http://www.careerprofiles.info/

 

STEM Careers (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)

Careers for Numbers People: STEM, Silicon Valley and Beyond has examples and salaries for students who are studying math.
http://www.learnhowtobecome.org/careers-for-numbers-people/

College Success for Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) has scholarships, organizations and programs to help women in science fields:
http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/women-in-stem/    

 

Majors

Personality Type, Matching Careers and Majors has a general description of each type and suggests some matching careers and majors.

Payscale has a page, "Majors that Pay You Back," which lists the majors with the highest paying careers for 2015-2016:
http://www.payscale.com/college-salary-report/majors-that-pay-you-back

Here is an article on the best majors for 2013-2014: 
 The Best Jobs of 2014

What can I do with this major? This site has a comprehensive list of career for most majors: http://www.isu.edu/career/majors/default.html

What Can I Do With a Major in . . .
http://whatcanidowiththismajor.com/info.html

What can I do with a major in ___?   
Find what careers match your major from the Career Center at the University of North Carolina.
http://uncw.edu/career/WhatCanIDoWithaMajorIn.html 

UC Berkeley has a very comprehensive site which contains "What Can I do with a Major in . . .?" and  "Career Exploration Links." 
http://career.berkeley.edu/Info/CareerExp.stm 
 

Future Trends

This issue of theOccupational Outlook Quarterly contains a special report on Employment Projections from 2012-2022. 

Page10: Fastest growing occupations
Page 11: Occupations adding the most jobs
Page12: Occupations with the most job openings
Page13: Job growth and openings by education assignment

From U.S. News & World Report:

The O*Net Bright Outlook feature enables users to find occupations with a good outlook for the future.  Search for occupations which are expected to grow rapidly, have large numbers of openings, or are new and emerging occupations.
http://online.onetcenter.org/find/bright

O*Net provides extensive references about the green economy and related green jobs.  It includes articles, books, trade publications, technical reports, and websites:
http://www.onetcenter.org/reports/GreenRef.html  

For an overview of the green economy and emerging occupations, read "Greening of the World of Work: Implications for O*Net-SOC and New and Emerging Occupations:"
http://www.onetcenter.org/dl_files/Green.pdf

Learn about Cog, the humanoid robot mentioned in this chapter:
http://www.ai.mit.edu/projects/humanoid-robotics-group/cog/cog.html

See the article, "Top Jobs for the Future" at this site:
http://www.careerplanner.com/Career-Articles/Top_Jobs.htm

See the article, "20 Predictions for the Next 25 Years" including predictions on wildlife, the economy, nanotechnology, politics, sports, neuroscience, space travel, the Internet, and fashion:
http://www.theguardian.com/society/2011/jan/02/25-predictions-25-years

See the article, "What Can We Expect from the Next Decade of Technology":
http://www.forbes.com/sites/gregsatell/2013/06/29/what-can-we-expect-from-the-next-decade-of-technology/
"The Next 25 Years in Technology" at this site:

See the article, "Ten Future Web Trends" at this site:
http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/10_future_web_trends.php

The Stem Equity Pipeline Organization is devoted to expanding options for women and girls in science, technology, engineering and math:
http://www.stemequitypipeline.org/

Internships

Choose your area of interest and location to search for internships:
www.internships.com

You may be able to find additional internships at:
http://www.vault.com/wps/portal/usa/internships

Here are some additional internship sites:  

www.InternQueen.com 
www.YouTern.com 
www.InternMatch.com 
www.CollegeRecruiter.com 
www.InternJobs.com 
www.Idealist.org 
www.Experience.com 
www.Mediabistro.com (Search for internships.)
http://www.chegg.com/app-preview/internships

Volunteering

The site, "Making a Difference through Volunteering and Nonprofit Careers," describes the importance of volunteering, provides tips on how to get started, and has links to volunteer opportunities such as Americorps, the Peace Corp and much more. http://www.learnhowtobecome.org/volunteer-and-nonprofit-careers/   

Resume and Cover Letter Templates

The Canva Resume Maker offers many free resume designs and is easy to use.

Hloom provides 279 professional resume samples in Word. The site also has free resume templates, resume formatting and includes a resume builder.

Resume Help offers to help you write a resume with a professional resume builder for free. This site has free resume examples and resume writing tips along with helpful links to other resume writing sites.

CVfolio contains resume, cover letter and portfolio templates for Microsoft Office.  They have professional, modern, creative and functional styles.  They are nicely designed, but cost from $10-$20.  Take at look at:
www.cvfolio.com  

Choose your template from a variety of examples and then create or upload your content:
http://www.myperfectresume.com/

This site has 114 templates depending on your experience and career.  You can upload your current resume into a suggested template and add suggested improvements.
http://www.resume-now.com/

Select templates and view samples of cover letters:
http://www.cover-letter-now.com/

Create a resume and set up a resume webpage:
http://www.jobwinningresume.com/

View sample resume templates and create your resume.  
http://www.everymanbusiness.com/human-resources/resume-template/

Create and post your resume online at Dick Bolles’ Job Hunter’s Bible site. He is famous for writing the career book, What Color is Your Parachute? Visit this site at:
http://www.jobhuntersbible.com/

The article, "Tips for Writing a Resume in an Online World" has good ideas for developing your online resume:
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203922804578080543455774854.html

Personal Branding

About.me is a free service that you can use to create your own personal website with tools to connecting to other social media.  
https://about.me

Brand Yourself is a free Google service for creating your own personal website.  
https://brandyourself.com

Backgroundcheck.org has an excellent article, "Reputation Management for Students."  They note that 79% of hiring managers view online information about candidates that influence interviewing and hiring decisions.  The give tips for cleaning up your online presence and establishing a personal brand that will help you achieve your career objectives.
https://www.backgroundcheck.org/reputation-management/students

Haiku Deck can be used to make presentations online, including about yourself:
www.haikudeck.com

Is the Traditional Resume Obsolete?  This article gives tips for personal branding as an alternative to the traditional resume.   

Interviews

10 Unusual Interview Mistakes and 6 That Are All Too Common
Hiring managers reported these mistakes to Career Builder.  It is humorous reading, but makes some serious suggestions about how to avoid mistakes in the interview process. 

Decision Making

Learn more about effective decision-making techniques at:
http://www.mindtools.com/pages/main/newMN_TED.htm

The University of Waterloo has a good overview of the steps in making a career decision:
https://uwaterloo.ca/career-action/resources-library/how-guides/career-decision-making 

The University of California Berkeley has some useful tools for career decision making including the Decision Making Worksheet that relates values to making a decision about  career, a Pros and Cons worksheet and a Visualization exercise for intuitive types.  
https://career.berkeley.edu/Plan/MakeDecisions.stm

Looking for a Job?

The Crushing the College Employment Hunt site has links to part time jobs, internships, jobs while studying abroad, jobs for graduates, and information on work study as well as balancing work, school, and life: http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/college-resource-center/student-employment/

Students can begin preparing for their career and finding a job after graduation by using LinkedIn. View a video about how LinkedIn can help and find information about these topics: Profile Checklist, Using LinkedIn to Find a Job or Internship, How to Network on LinkedIn, Building Your Personal Brand on LinkedIn, Finding Your Career Passion, Building a Professional Network, Researching and Prepping for Interviews
https://university.linkedin.com/linkedin-for-students

The Indeed website lets you enter the job you are seeking and the city and it lists available jobs:
http://www.indeed.com/

The Neuvoo site also lets you enter the job you are seeking and the city to find available jobs: http://neuvoo.com/en

Find a job using a job search engine.  Click this link for Best Job Search Engine Sites:
http://jobsearch.about.com/od/jobsearchengines/a/jobsearchengine.htm 

Should you love what you do or worry about paying the bills?  This article has some good tips finding the job you are passionate about versus a job that pays the bills.  It is possible to make a bridge between the two options. 

Find job listings by city or postal code at www.salary.com

Looking for a part time job while in college? For online applications and interview tips go to: http://www.job-applications.com/      

California Careers and Labor Market

At the California Career Zone site, you can assess your interests, explore job families, and plan your finances for the future:
https://www.careerzone.org/

Looking for a job in California?  The Indeed website lists California cities and jobs available:
http://www.indeed.com/find-jobs.jsp?state=California

The California Community Colleges Virtual Career Center offers career assessments, information, links, professional associations, internship information, resources, and help on writing your resume and getting a job.  Great new site! 
http://www.cacareercafe.com/

Who Do U Want 2B? This site has information on California high school and community college courses and career options.  It has videos of students talking about different majors and interviews with people in a variety of careers:
http://www.whodouwant2b.com/

Find information about the California Labor Market at:
http://www.labormarketinfo.edd.ca.gov/

Also use the California Labor Market site to research career information:
Occupation Explorer

This site has job outlook information for California Community College Occupational Education Programs:
http://www.labormarketinfo.edd.ca.gov/CommColleges/

Visit this site for additional self-assessment, a career matching assistant and a comprehensive list of careers and requirements:
http://californiacolleges.edu/ 

The California Occupational Information Site has videos, job descriptions and salary information for many occupations.  If you have trouble downloading the videos, they are also available in the Career Center.   Ask for the Golden State Career Videos on CD Rom.  This site also has a career planning guide, labor market information, career assessments and help with resume and interview preparation.  
http://www.californiacareers.info/
 

The California Job Search Guide from your public libraries is another good source of information on job trends, growing occupations, good pay without a BA, best places to live and what careers you can enter with different majors.
http://www.jobsmart.org/tools/career/career.htm

Another of my favorite sources is the Employment Development Department website.  This site has California information which should be more accurate for San Diego and is a great resource for your career research paper.  Click on Occupational and Career Information and then California Occupational Guides.  You will find a description of the career, working conditions, California employment outlook, training required, salary and addresses for more information on the career.  
www.labormarketinfo.edd.ca.gov/     

Podcasts from Salary.com

The Salary Talk Podcast

Episode 42: How to Get Your Way in Business & Life
Episode 41: 7 Bad Work Habits That Masquerade as Virtues
Episode 40: How to Land Your Perfect Nursing Job
Episode 39: How to Find Your Next Job in 1 Day
Episode 38: Job Interview Secrets That Get You Hired
Episode 37: Secret Salary Negotiation Tips No One Taught You
Episode 36: How to Get Along with (Almost) Everyone at Work
Episode 35: Are You Likeable Enough to Succeed?
Episode 34: How to Pay Off Student Loans Faster
Episode 33: Debate: Putting a Monetary Value on Moms
Episode 32: A New App to Help Close the Pay Gap
Episode 31: Leadership Lessons from the Soccer Field
Episode 30: Why You Procrastinate & How to Stop
Episode 29: Dream Jobs: TV Producer Sherali Najak
Episode 28: Hiring for Attitude
Episode 27: Social Networking for Career Success
Episode 26: 12 Bad Habits That Hold Good People Back
Episode 25: 360 Degrees of Influence
Episode 24: Headhunter Hiring Secrets
Episode 23: How to Get Hired in a Tough Market
Episode 22: Get Anyone to Say "Yes" in 8 Minutes or Less
Episode 21: Dream Jobs: Fantasy Sports Expert Dave Richard
Episode 20: Why Women Don't Get Paid Like Men
Episode 19: HARD Goals
Episode 18: An Inside Look at Salary.com
Episode 17: How to Work for an Idiot

Episode 16: Bad Bosses, Crazy Coworkers & Office Idiots
Episode 15: Dream Jobs: Executive Chef Ed Glebus
Episode 14: Developing a Successful Work/Life Blend

Episode 13: Self Promotion for Introverts
Episode 12: Mike Rowe Talks Dirty Jobs
Episode 11: Women Don't Ask: The High Cost of Avoiding Negotiation
Episode 10: Dream Jobs: Voice Actor Jennifer Hale
Episode 9: Looking Like a Success on a Ramen Budget
Episode 8: Tips on Talking When Stakes Are High
Episode 7: How to Get Paid What You're Worth
Episode 6: Get Ahead by Being Yourself

Episode 5: Getting More RESPECT at work

Episode 4: Who Gets Promoted, Who Doesn't & Why
Episode 3: Negotiating Your Salary
Episode 2: Getting More
Episode 1: The Career Coward's Guide