Current economic conditions and projections for the future indicate that most people will have more than one career in their lifetime. Locating jobs within a chosen field can be a bewildering process, especially with the quantity of information now available online. Finding a job can be a full time job!
This listing is meant to give you a jump start as you begin your exploration of the current career market. The following list suggests some of the best sites to find online information and the best text resources in the library (not available on the Internet) about job opportunities, occupations, and careers. All locations and call numbers provided for books are for the California State University, Northridge Library.
Career and Occupation Websites
- Occupational Outlook Handbook. (Print version also available in the Reference Room, ref HD8051 .A62). Describes, with working conditions, salaries, education and experience requirements, hundreds of occupations in detail and gives summary information about another 129. Also includes information about conducting a job search and more. California's Labor Market Information web site is a similar resource with occupational profiles and other California labor market information.
- Career Guide to Industries (Latest print version available in the Reference Room, ref HD8051 .A62). Discusses 45 industries which accounted for 3 out of 4 wage and salary jobs in the United States in 2004. Provides information on the nature of the industry, working conditions, employment, occupations in the industry, training and advancement, earnings and benefits, and outlook.
- O*Net Online updates and replaces the earlier Dictionary of Occupational Titles and Dictionary of Occupational Titles Index.
- State Occupational Projections has short and long-term projections of occupational employment growth.
- California State University Northridge Career Center offers workshops and much more.
- The Riley Guide: Employment Opportunities and Job Resources on the Internet
- What Color is Your Parachute:The Net Guide (JobHuntersBible). The print version is available in the Reference Room, ref HF5383 .B56.
- Other Oviatt Library Subject Guides about careers and occupations
A Few Additional Very Good Books
- Career Information Center. :New York, NY : MacMillan Reference USA, 2007. (Latest copy Floor 2, HF5382.5.U5 C32 2007). Volumes 1-12 are organized by occupational interest areas. Volume 13 offers employment trends and a master index.
- The Encyclopedia of Careers and Vocational Guidance. Chicago, IL: J.G. Gerguson, 1967- (latest copy is 2011; Reference Room, ref HF 5381.E52). Volume I, "Career Fields," describes more than 90 industries. Volumes 2, 3, 4 and 5 contain over 500 individual job descriptions.
- Professional Careers Sourcebook. Detroit, MI: Gale Research, 1990- (latest copy is 2002, Reference Room, ref HF 5381.A1 P76). Provides concise job descriptions, employment outlook, and salaries for 118 careers. Lists reference materials (some of which are available in the Oviatt Library) and professional associations offering additional information about careers covered.
- Vocational Careers Sourcebook. Detroit, MI: Gale Research, 1992- (latest copy is 2000, Reference Room, ref HF 5381.V52). Provides brief job descriptions, salary information, and employment outlook for 135 vocational occupations. Lists reference materials and associations offering additional information about occupations covered.
- Job Hunter's Sourcebook. Detroit, MI: Gale Research, 1991- (latest copy is 2010, Reference Room, ref HF 5382.75.U6 J63). Lists sources of job-hunting information for specific professions and occupations in part 1 and general job-hunting information in part 2.
- Check the library catalog under subject Careers for subdivisions such as Occupations, Professions, or Vocational guidance for the many resources available from Oviatt Library in print or electronically.
Once you have determined what occupations interest you, your job hunt begins. The following web sites and print sources contain information that can help you find out about job openings.
- California State University Northridge Career Center provides the university's students access to job openings, employment interview opportunities, and more. Students should register with the Career Center and take advantage of their services.
- Use your favorite internet search engine to find appropriate job listing websites. As you search, think about what kind of site will list the type of job you want to find. Is it a job that is likely to be advertised in a local newspaper or one that would be advertised via a jobs-available list at the website of a professionial association for people in a specific field that have specific credentials, qualifications, or academic degrees? If the job you want is industry-specific, are there websites for people who work in that industry which include employment opportunity listings? Be prepared to search at more than one website, as employers will make different choices about where to list job openings.
- If you know of specific companies you would like as an employer, check their websites for job openings. Directories of companies and information about specific companies is also available in sources shelved on the Business Index Table in the University Library Reference Room and via the Business links in the Business section of the Library's Databases by Subject page.
- If you want a job in a specific geographic area:
- Check to see if there also are websites featuring jobs in that area. Examples of such websites for Los Angeles include
- Use national job listing sites that allow you to limit your job search by geographic area.
- Public libraries often have web pages that feature local resources for those seeking a job in the geographic area served by that library, including resources that are not internet-based. A local example is the Los Angeles Public Library's Job Hunting Guide.
- The Career Guide: Duns Employment Opportunities Directory. Parsippany, NJ: Dun's Marketing Services, 2008. [Reference Room, ref HF5382.5 .U5 D8]. Brief descriptions of leading U.S. companies having at least 1,000 employees. Companies are listed alphabetically, geographically, and by industry.
- The National Job Bank. Holbrook, MA: B. Adams, 1983- [latest copy, Reference Room, ref HF 5382.5 .U5 N38]. Brief descriptions of about 16,000 companies. Companies are arranged by state and the volume has an industry index and a section on how to write resumes and cover letters.
- The Los Angeles Job Bank. Holbrook, MA: Adams Media, 1988- (latest copy, Reference Room, ref HF 5382.5 .U6 C23). Brief descriptions of larger employers and listings of smaller employers within each industry. The book also contains information about basic jobseeking techniques.
- Resumes from JobStar
- OptimalResume.com includes career services
- Career Advice: Resumes & Letters from monster.com
- Damn Good Resume
- Resume Place-Federal Resumes
- Riley Guide: Resumes and Cover Letters
- Resumes and Cover Letters from JobHuntersBible.com
- Additional books about resumes and job-related correspondence may be found in the Library Catalog under the subject headings "resumes" or "cover letters". (Tip: To see the newest titles first when viewing a list of books in the Library Catalog, change the box near the top of the page from "system sorted" to "date" and press the sort button).
- U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics studies include:
- Earnings By Occupation and Education (U.S. Census Bureau)
- Salary Information (JobStar)
- Salary/Cost-of-Living Data (Datamasters)
- Salary Guides & Guidance (The Riley Guide)
- Salary Search (Indeed.com)
- Career Advice: Interview Tips (monster.com)
- Interviewing Information (CollegeGrad.com)
- Additional books about interviewing may be found in the Library Catalog under the subject heading "employment interviewing". Other titles, such as The First Five Minutes: How to Make a Great First Impression in Any Business Situation (floor 2, HF 5381 .M558 1998), will also be useful.
- Your references and you: 11 tips for job hunters (Metropolitan New York Library Council)
Originally created by Mary Finley
Updated by Charissa Jefferson