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How can the library help you?
It's not always about finding books and articles- our job is to connect students with the resources they need!
Career and Job Hunting Advice, News
Information, news, and trends for job seekers and professionals.
Occupational Outlook Handbook (Bureau of Labor Statistics)
Great resource from the U.S. Department of Labor on the current and projected job market, average education and skill requirements by profession, and other useful information.
"CareerOneStop is the flagship career, training, and job search website for the U.S. Department of Labor. The website serves job seekers, businesses, students, and career advisors with a variety of free online tools, information and resources."
O*NET Resources Center
"A tool for career exploration and job analysis. O*NET Online has detailed descriptions of the world of work for use by job seekers, workforce development and HR professionals, students, researchers, and more....(O*NET) is developed under the sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA) through a grant to the North Carolina Department of Commerce."
U.S. News - Money: Careers
Good for exploring tips on managing and developing professional skills, as well as browsing job titles by industry/career (see "Best Jobs of 2018," "Best Business Jobs," etc.)
My Next Move
"My Next Move is an interactive tool for job seekers and students to learn more about their career options. My Next Move has tasks, skills, salary information, and more for over 900 different careers. Users can find careers through keyword search; by browsing industries that employ different types of workers; or through the O*NET Interest Profiler, a tool that offers personalized career suggestions based on a person's interests and level of work experience."
Employment Data, Trends, and Issues
Want to dig deeper? These resources may help identify current or future skills required of the workforce as a whole, as well as other employment-related issues (inequality, increasing education requirements, etc.).
To get the most from these resources, you will need to think critically and approach your topic from a different angle. For example, if the Occupational Requirements Survey tells us that in 2017, the average manager sat 68% of their workday, or that sales agents dealt with a higher percentage of schedule changes in comparison to others, what does that mean to a job seeker or new professional? Are there skills to acquire or advice to pitch that would help one better navigate these conditions?
U.S. Dept of Labor: Occupational Employment Statistics (Bureau of Labor Statistics)
Provides annual employment and wage statistics. Data is available by city/area, state, country-wide (US), or by occupation/industry. Under OES Data, browse Occupation Profiles. Also check out the OES Publications page for tips on how/when to use these datasets (salary negotiations, inequality analyses, trends in education requirements, etc.)
Career Outlook (bls.gov)
"Career Outlook articles provide data and information on a variety of topics—including occupations and industries, pay and benefits, and more. These articles are helpful for students, career counselors, jobseekers, and others planning careers."
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