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contain information and tips on how to conduct a job search,
write resumes, etc., and may not necessarily have actual job offerings
You can also use
these resources to research and identify potential employers.
- 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.).
- find several business-related dictionaries (marketing, economics,
and investment) as well as a directory of companies (by name).
Wire - keep up to date with the latest business news, find an
international trade show calendar, or research a potential employer.
Guide to Industries - from the U.S. Dept. of Labor's Bureau of
Labor Statistics, a terrific source of information on different job
groups in various industries. Select any industry that interests you,
and you'll find extensive information about the industry, including
working conditions, employment, occupations in the industry, training
and advancement, earnings, etc. Very useful if you are looking for
a change or just trying to figure out where to start.
Voyages - launched by the U.S. Federal Government in 2003, this
impressive site contains a wealth of information for identifying where
good jobs are, education and training required, salaries, and more.
- Chamber of Commerce - TFind 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.
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
Online - company profiles, "business people" lookup,
plus free access to records on public and private companies. Some
information is free, but much of the information is available only
for a fee.
HotSheet - short, dense, limited, but well-organized source of
the top sites on the Web, organized on one "sheet" by category
- 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!
- 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
Future - career, education and finance guide from the military
career magazine Futures.
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.
- Pam is a journalist and radio "columnist" who has done
very impressive research about online privacy, including important
resume-privacy tests on over 500 job sites. Check out the reports
and information available here, particularly about scams targeting
- an amazing compendium of press releases from business, and an excellent
source of information on a particular company or on an industry.
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.
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.
- 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,
- Salary Calculator - from HomeFair, part of Move.com, will show you an estimate of the median salaries for different jobs in different locations. Many considerations go into determining an appropriate salary, like education, years of experience, as well as the employer's budget and the salaries paid to other employees.
- 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.
- To Boldly Go...A Practical
Career Guide for Scientists - a career guide written specifically
for scientists and graduate students in the sciences who are considering
Immigration for Canadian Businesses and Professionals - Contains
information about temporary and permanent U.S. immigration work permits
for Canadian businesses and professionals. For Canadian companies
doing business with the U.S., and U.S. companies hiring Canadians.
Maintained by the Law Office of Joseph C. Grasmick, Business Immigration,
Buffalo, NY, USA.
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.
- Publishes and sells "Insider's Guides" on management consulting,
high tech, finance, and many other industries and companies. Also
offers job search advice (e.g. Killer Consulting Resumes, and Job
Hunting in NYC, etc.) and a portal into the CareerBuilder job site.
Both free and fee-based information.
- discover your strengths and skills and use 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!