Reference Information Resources
These resources contain information and tips on how to conduct a job search, write resumes, etc., and may not necessarily have actual job offerings listed.
You can also use these resources to research and identify potential employers.
- AnnualReports.com - free research resource - company annual reports by company name, by ticker symbol, by exchange (NYSE, AMEX, NASDAQ, OTC, etc.), by industry (aerospace/defense, automotive, etc.), or by sector (basic materials, capital goods, energy, etc.).
- Answers.com/Business - find several business-related dictionaries (marketing, economics, and investment) as well as a directory of companies (by name).
- Chamber of Commerce - Find the local Chambers of Commerce in the Resource Directory. Think of the local Chambers as collections of small and medium sized businesses, organized by city within stategeographically.
- Grammar, Punctuation, and Spelling Purdue University's OWL (Online Writing Lab) offers a wonderful resource for everyone with this section of their site. You don't want to sabotage your job search with grammatical and/or spelling errors in your resume, cover letter, and other correspondence. Brush up on your knowledge here. It can't hurt, and it will probably help.
- Hoover's Online - company profiles, "business people" lookup, plus free access to records on public and private companies. Good source of "official" contact information. A limited amount of information is free, but much of the information is available only for a fee.
- JobStar - THE California Job Search Guide. Regardless of your location, this is a very well-organized site with the best on-line collection of salary information and lots of other useful information on how to hunt for jobs on-line!
- KnockemDead.com - lots of free advice and information from the guy who wrote the "Knock 'em Dead" job hunting books. Really extensive and helpful information about networking including the new "social networking" sites. And, of course, you can buy his books, but he's not in-your-face about them.
- My Future - career, education and finance guide from the military career magazine Futures.
- Occupational Outlook Handbook - from the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, an amazing and very useful collection of information on thousands of jobs - what training is requried, projected employment needs for each job, and what tasks usually comprise the job.
- Price's List of Lists - categorized list of hundreds (if not thousands) of employer/company lists compiled and published by various magazines. Excellent place to find a list of top employers or "movers and shakers" in an industry.
- Quintessential Career and Job-Hunting Resources Guide - lots of information about the job search process, as well as links to many employment-related Web sites, focused mostly on college students and entry level jobs.
- RefDesk - need to know some obscure facts, check out an atomic clock, etc. If there's a Web site that has that information, it's on this site, somewhere.
- ThomasNet - Thomas' Register has been used for decades (maybe centuries) by manufacturers, dealers, and exporters to find the items they needed to build their products or to sell to their customers. Now, ThomasNet is online with over 650,000 suppliers in 67,000 searchable categories. Think of this as a giant searchable catalog of potential employers since it now includes services, like consulting, as well as products.
- USNews Career Center - great information for new graduates, job seekers, and career changers.
- What Color is Your Parachute: The Net Guide - Richard Nelson Bolles, author of the popular What Color Is Your Parachute? books, has brought his career and job-hunting expertise on-line in this supplement to his famous books.
- Wishcraft.com - discover your strengths and skills and build a buddy group to help you reach your dream with this free book in PDF format (also free)! Wishcraft, written by Barbara Sher (with Annie Gottlieb) in 1979, is wonderful. Don't be put off by the date. It's excellent advice and free!