A number of career resources are available to students at the Counseling Office. Read through books on choosing a major, resume writing, interview techniques, job searching, as well as career resources specific to students’ field of interests. Students will also find the career resource area to have a number of handouts that can be taken with them to get them started on writing their first resume or preparing for their next job interview.
Career Services Library
The Career Services Library contains a wide selection of books on career related topics. Stop by and take a look at some of these featured items. All items are available for checkout.
General job search
Do What You Love, The Money Will Follow is the classic step-by-step guide to finding the “work” that expresses and fulfills a person’s needs, talents, and passions. Internships lists more that 2000 organizations worldwide which offer paid or unpaid internships. The guide is cross-indexed by field of interest, geographic area, required academic level, and possibility of permanent employment.
Some of the organizations listed include The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, PA; The Antarctica Project; and the Native American Health Education Resource Center. Best Jobs for the 21st Century for College Graduates has organized data from the US Department of Labor into very readable lists and descriptions.
Looking for a list of fastest-growing jobs for college graduates aged 20-29? It’s here. The second part of the book features “The Best Jobs Directory”, which provides complete job descriptions, occupational types, required skills, college majors, and supporting courses for nearly 300 jobs.
Civil service careers
Civil service career Starter provides information about the most popular entry-level Civil Service jobs, and includes Civil Service exams, complete descriptions of hiring procedures, and an extensive Internet resource section. Federal Jobs – The Ultimate Guide features very concise profiles of every federal agency with valuable information entry-level jobs, salary ranges, the application process, and special hiring procedures.
Specific career areas
Barron’s guide to law enforcement careers provides detailed information on law enforcement duties and conditions of employment, job requirements, suggested education paths, and internships. Also includes excellent information on federal law enforcement agencies, and a guide to the federal application process.
Health care job explosion describes a wide variety of health related occupations, including office nurse, health information technician, prosthetist, athletic trainer, gerontology aide, and many, many more. Also includes very detailed information on working conditions, training and qualifications, and job outlook.
Getting interviews provides very specific suggestions on how to market yourself, including the most effective ways to reach a target audience, follow-up strategies beyond the traditional thank-you letters, and how to develop a high-impact two-minute pitch that tells who you are and what you have to offer.
101 Great Answers to the Toughest Interview Questions gives a preview of the questions applicants are most likely to face during an interview, and helps prepare winning answers for each of them. Be sure to check out “How to ‘Ace’ Any Interview” on page 45.