The internet is an essential resource for career-related information. You can find current employment listings on general sites that cover all occupations and geographical areas or go to specialized sites for individual industries and job categories. Expert advice is offered in areas such as:
- career selection,
- resume writing interviewing
- job hunting skills
In addition to these online resources, there are some excellent career services available through BCTC Career Development and Counseling Services
Take the MAPP (Motivational Appraisal of Personal Potential) test - a free online career aptitude and assessment tool - to discover which careers are best for you. Measures interests, aptitudes, skills, etc.
- The Career Key
Provides free tests designed to measure career aptitude. Includes advice about making career decisions.
- JobStar Central
Choose from a variety of short career and personality tests.
Resumes & Cover Letters
These sites provide a wealth of job hunting advice to help you to develop cover letters and print and electronic resumes, and help with interview and follow-up skills.
- Career Lab
Choose "How to Write a GREAT Letter" to take a look at some well-written sample cover letters, thank you notes, etc. Or, see "200 of the World's Best Letters" by category.
- JobStar Central
Learn more about the different types of resumes, and see many sample resumes and tips. Provides links to other resume resources on the internet.
- Writing in the Job Search
The links cover resume styles and content, and give abundant examples to follow on writing resumes, cover letters, and many other professional documents. A concise, well-organized guide to resume development.
- Occupational Outlook Handbook
Published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Occupational Outlook Handbook is a nationally recognized source of career information, designed to provide valuable assistance to individuals making decisions about their future work lives. Revised every two years, the handbook describes what workers do on the job, working conditions, the training and education needed, earnings, and expected job prospects in a wide range of occupations. Search by keyword for a specific career, or browse the A-Z Index or "cluster" categories.
- Occupational Outlook Quarterly
Also published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Occupational Outlook Quarterly contains articles with practical information about jobs and careers. A wide variety of topics are covered, including tips for job-seekers and salary trends
- JobStar Central
Find over 300 profession-specific salary surveys.
Use the Salary Wizard, which contains salary surveys and compensation reports on thousands of job titles in dozens of industries, to calculate salaries based on job title and geographic location. Features a job database and salary advice guide.
- The Salary Calculator
If you are considering a job, use the Salary Calculator to compare salaries in different locations. This resource can help you determine comparable salaries between states and cities (also countries).
- Salary Expert
Search by job title or by location (in 207 countries) to find compensation data, including the cost of living vs. salary comparisons.
Sites For Graduates
While they provide career information on many topics, these sites are particularly useful for those seeking first-time professional employment.
- College Grad Job Hunter
While this site does not include links to other sites and resources, it covers almost every aspect of the job hunting process on its own. It is intended for use by the first-time job hunter and college graduate. The College Grad Job Hunter takes you through the steps to successful employment, from preparation to salary negotiation including: resume development and posting, cover letters, job search preparation, entry-level jobs offered, interviewing success, and what to do when you get a new job.
Produced by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, this site is well-organized and contains quality information. Search for companies, career fairs, relocation resources, professional associations, and internships. Employment sites are classified by field. There is also a gateway to graduate and professional school guides, plus links to websites offering assistance with application essay preparation, testing, and financial aid. Especially useful for seniors and graduates.
Listing of thousands of on-line job hunting resources and services by category. Includes advice on starting your online job search. This site is managed by Stanford University and is one of the biggest gateways on the Internet. It offers links to general and specialized job-search engines, recruiting agencies, employer sites, resume banks, and newsgroups. Also gives access to background information on resumes and other aspects of the job-seeking process.
- Job Hunters Bible
Offers an interactive assessment test, and tips for using the internet as a job hunting tool. Serves as an update and supplement to the current edition of the classic career seeker's book, What Color is Your Parachute? by Richard Bolles.
- The Riley Guide
This site is authored by Margaret F. (Riley) Dikel, a Librarian and author of The Guide to Internet Job Searching. The guide is a directory of employment and career information sources and services on the internet that serves as a gateway to other sites - all of which offer free open access to position and job hunting information. The Riley guide excludes sites that advertise or sell employment services. It is primarily intended to provide instruction for job seekers on how to use the internet to their best advantage, but recruiters and other career service industry professionals will find information here to help them also. This site is different from others in that it provides a lot of helpful information on how to use the internet in a job search as opposed to just where to look for job resources. This is a very comprehensive site and should be your first stop on your job hunting trip.
Search the databases at these sites for all types of job listings. Many of the sites offer helpful career information as well.
- Career One Stop
Career One Stop is a service of the the U.S. Department of Labor that provides national, state and local career, labor market, and workforce information using online tools, videos, and maps to a range of local services, including state job banks.
- Best Jobs USA
Jobs seekers may search for jobs, post a resume, research the economic prospects of several states, as well as do salary research, and get career advice. See also career fair information, and links to products and services.
Includes resume and cover letter tips, background information on careers, including self employment and career transitions, and job listings with U.S. corporations. Find information about listed employers, including benefits, products, financial results, and workplace culture. Includes a searchable index of employment ads from numerous major U.S. newspapers and other large job databases. It also offers an online resume posting service, employer profiles, and other career resources. You have to register for some services, but it's free.
One of the biggest job sites providing a database of worldwide employment opportunities for all levels in all fields. It is an excellent source of information for all job seekers, with special "toolkits" for women, military and non-military members in career transition, older workers, and those who work or who want to work in non-profit organizations. Search for jobs by city or state or open your own career management account and let a Job Search Agent notify you about job openings via email. Explore job categories, post a resume, research a featured company, or read expert advice.
For more information
Contact BCTC Career and Counseling Services.