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Comprehensive Career Information
JobHuntersBible: This site is basically a clearinghouse of well-organized links, based on
Richard Bolles' book, What Color is Your Parachute? A student can get the "skinny" on
assessment tests, create a resume or cover letter, or discover an article on the five uses of
the Internet for job seekers. Mr. Boles uses fairy godmother reports to show how well
your ideas/dreams of Internet search stack up with reality. A good place for a student to
start looking for information.

“Get Me Out of Here” is a webquest by Jessica Garnett. It takes high school students
step-by-step through a process leading to the writing of a resume and of a post-graduation
plan. It covers getting ideas for a career and writing a resume, writing a post-graduation
plan, filing out an application for either a college or for a job, and finally setting up an
interview, either a real one for a college or a job, or a simulated one for practice. While
the webquest was set up for one of her classes, any high school student wishing to
explore his/her career path can use it. Excellent teaching device.

The Next Step Magazine: This winner of the 2001 Distinguished Achievement Awards
for Excellence in Educational Publishing from The Association of Educational Publishers
(AEP) bills itself as the ultimate website for life after high school. Its articles are intended
to help juniors and seniors in high school to explore potential careers, research college
options and make educated decisions about their futures. It has search capabilities for past
articles on specific topics. It is written with high school student in mind with their
concern with college, careers, and their lives.

Mapping Your Future: This site is a one-stop site for information on career options,
college planning, and financial strategies designed for middle and high school students,
parents, middle and high school counselors, financial aids advisors and others. It is
divided into eight sections with ten steps for each person to follow in order to help plan
their education or their child/client’s education. The steps have links to sources to further
understand aspects of the career planning process. The links are excellent and a Spanish
version of each page is only a click away.

Jobstar: A job search guide from the public library. Although the name implies that this
is only a guide to job listings, the site also includes career guides, links to many career
assessment tests, help for riding resumes, and much more. A comprehensive site for
careers and related topics.

Selecting a Career Path

        Choosing a Career
Jobs for Kids Who Like . . This site links major interest areas, such as math or
science, to related careers. This is an easy to understand and use site, which
provides career information, such as what the job is like, what the worker will do,
the future, similar jobs, preparing for the job, and where to find additional
information.

Fastest Growing Careers: This web page has a link that allows the user to view
the fastest growing careers by educational level requirements.

World of Work 1996-2006: Slideshows on Trends in US Employment and
Industry.

Cool Works: If you are looking for employment alternatives, especially during
summer, this can offer some exciting possibilities. Information on seasonal and
permanent positions in national parks, ski jobs, cruise jobs, resort jobs, camp jobs,
and more.

Assessments: Tools to match your interests and abilities to careers


Self Assessment: This site contains articles about different aspects of planning a
career. From these articles are links to sites that develop the subject of the article.
The self-assessment article with links to tests of skills, interests, personality and
values is particularly good. A good place to get an overview of self-assessment.

Temperment Sorter II Personality Instrument: The most popular online
personality test, used for both career and personal development.

        Keirsey Temperment Sorter scores according to Myers-Briggs personality
        system. Dfines the various temperment types and relates to relationships
        and careers. Use in conjunction with the Temperment Sorter II personality
        Instrument.

        Type Profiles describes the 16 Myers-Briggs types. Relates them to
        careers for each of the Myers-Briggs types. Use in conjunction with the
        Temperment Sorter II personality Instrument.

Life Colors Questionaire: What Kind of Person Are You? What makes you tick?
Do people know the real you? Find the answers to these questions and more
when you take this free test.

Your Career Profile Answer 24 quick questions to find out what careers would
be right for you.


Occupational Information
     Occupational Outlook Handbook: From the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of
     Labor Statistics. Use this guide to find career information on occupations, as well
     as job Search alphabetically, or by cluster groups. This handbook also includes a
     link about opportunities in the Armed Forces and information about tomorrow’s
     jubs. Infomraiton about each occupation includes nature of the work, working
     conditions, employment, training and other qualifications, advancement, job
     outlook, earnings, and related occupations. Handook includes a separate guide to
     industries and how they differ. Excellent source for finding the qualifications
     needed by tomorrow’s workers.

     Dictionary of Occupational Titles (DOT): This publication is a standard
     document used by employment and placement offices to define jobs. The last
     update was in 1991, and has now been replaced by O’NET and O”NET Online.
     O”NET is a unique, powerful source for continually updated occupational
     information and labor market research. In depth career source, which
     includes links for Youth and Job Seekers.

     California Occupational Guides: The California Occupational Guides are a series
     of about 300 information sheets covering individual occupations or groups of
     related occupations. The guides provide statewide information about job duties,
     working conditions, employment outlook, wages, benefits, entrance requirements,
     and training. Site includes links to a wealth of statistical information related to
     California.


College/Educational Links

     Comprehensive College Sites

     Peterson’s: This is one of the most recognized and used educational sites on the
     web. Peterson’s is a comprehensive site, which includes information about
     colleges and universities, career schools, graduate programs, distance learning,
     executive training, private secondary schools, summer opportunities, study
     abroad, financial aid, test preparation, and career exploration.

     Princeton Review: The Princeton Review is a comprehensive guide to colleges
     for students and parents. The site is designed to assist students in finding the best
     school to meet their needs, how to raise their test scores, and explore tools for
     financing higher education. Over 700 online applications are also available.

     Hobson’s College View Guide: This site claims to be your career, college, and
     financial aid solution. This site is not only a comprehensive career site, but a
     comprehensive college site as well. The career section includes information about
     deciding on a career, as well as links to writing resumes, interviewing, career
     basics, and a career directory. A link to military careers is also found in this
section. The college section is unique, in that links for special interest groups are
included, such as links to Christian colleges.

College is Possible: This site is a resource guide for students, parents, and
educators. This site will guide you to the books, websites, and other resources that
admissions and financial aid professionals consider most helpful. This site also
had links specifically for middle school students regarding planning for college at
the middle school level.

Adventures in Education: This site has excellent Internet resource links for
developing career goals, finding the right school, applying to college, and
financing one’s education, etc. While orientated toward going to college, it does
have links to getting a job and various job banks. Pages are also in Spanish.


Colleges and Universities

University Of California Pathways: Pathways is the University of California's
online undergraduate admission information and application network. The site
includes information about admission requirements, high school and community
college courses that meet the UC requirements, links to all the U.C. campuses,
and information about financing a UC education.

CSUMentor: The CSUMentor is a comprehensive guide to the California State
University College system. The site not only include links to the 23 CSU
campuses, but provides information to help students and their families learn about
the CSU system, select a CSU campus, and apply for admission. Additional
information is provided on financing a CSU education, and a link for planning for
college for both middle school students and high school students.

California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office: This site is a guide to the
largest system of higher education in the world, the California Community
College system. Links to all 108 campuses can be accessed alphabetically or by
region. In addition to general information, the site also includes a complete list of
the certificates and degrees offered by the California community colleges, as well
as proposed programs. This

The Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities: site
provides information designed for students and parents regarding 76 Private
Colleges in California. Links include information about planning for college,
selecting a school, financial aide, and online applications. The link to selecting a
school includes a comparative view of independent colleges and universities in
California, campus tours, and a matching assistant, which allows the user to view
campuses that match students specific requirements.
California Colleges: The purpose of this site is to assist students in finding and
applying to a college in California. This site is clearly organized, with many tools
for students and parents to use in making their college decisions. A tool link
gives the user easy access to these useful features. A link to careers is also
included, providing assessment tools as well as information on the fastest growing
careers. Typical links to financial aide, admissions, and exploring colleges are
available.

IPEDS College Opportunities Online: The U.S. Department of Education has
prepared this site to bring you links to over 7,000 colleges and universities. The
importance of this site is that it also includes links and information about
specialized colleges, community colleges, career or technical colleges and trade schools
throughout the United States.



Financing Higher Education

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid): No matter what college you
are planning to attend, this is the site to apply for federal student aid, including
student loans. The application process can be accessed as many times as
necessary before submitting. Deadlines are also included.

California Student Aid Commission: This site is a program summary to Cal
Grants. The program has undergone some changes and should be explored by all
students to see if they qualify for these grants. Requirements, as well as the
application process are detailed. Site includes information about entitlements as
well as competitive grants for eligible students.

Fast Web Scholarships: This is a free scholarship search. The site will help you
search a database of over 600,000. scholarships worth over 1 billion! The site
also includes a college search, which will match colleges to students personal
needs.

EdFund: EdFund, which is non-profit, has a mission statement, which is to
maximize benefits to borrows by being the premier service provider in the student
loan industry. Site includes financial aid and college planning tools for students
and families. Sections are included on college planning and career exploration.
A useful section on managing student loans is included.

Scholarships 101: This site has a free version for students and parents to use.
Site not only includes a scholarship link, but a link to government programs as
well. A useful feature of this site is a link to a glossary of terms used in the
financial aid and scholarship arena. Additionally, a link to other sites related to
financial aid is included.

College Entrance Tests
     ACT: Link for the ACT test. Register online and locate sites. This site also has
     links for preparing for college.

     SAT: CollegeBoard.com: Register online to take the SAT tests, Check dates and
     locations. Site also includes links for planning for college, financing higher
     education, selecting a college, and much more

     TOEFL: The official site for the Test of English as a Foreign Language.


Job Seeking Skills

     Comprehensive Employment Sites

     The Riley Guide: The Riley Guide is a directory of employment and
     career information sources and services on the Internet. It is primarily
     intended to provide instruction for job seekers on how to use the Internet
     to their best advantage, but recruiters and other career service industry
     professional will find information here to help them also.

     Resumes and Cover Letters
     200 Free Cover Letters - From CareerLab, includes sample letters
     to send with resume, to say "thank you" for an interview, to
     negotiate a pay raise, and more.

     Job Star Central: Resumes: Comprehensive site on resumes. Links include The
     Right Resume for Me, What is a Resume, Resume Samples and much more. A
     good place to start writing your Resume!

     Interview Skills

     Two Minute Crash Course on Interviewing: This link covers what to do before
     an interview, during an interview, and after an interview.

     Adams, Bob, The Everything Job Interview Book: Answer the Toughest Job
     Interview Questions, Holbrook, MA: Adams Media Corporation, 2001,

     This book takes the reader through the steps that should lead to successful
     interviewing. It discusses the need for a strategy, talks about different interview
     types and how to handle the beginning, middle and end of an interview. Then, it
     goes on to interview questions that may be asked and some good options on how
     to handle them.

Employment Opportunities
Employment Through the Internet and JobTrak: The Riley Guide to Employment
Opportunities and Job Resources on the Internet. These two sources can guide you
through using the Internet for your job search. Use the Riley Guide first, then JobTrak.

CareerMart: This site includes information about jobs, careers, and training. User can
learn more about a particular employer. The Newsstand allows user to browse through
information and home pages about newspapers and magazines related to your career.

Volunteer Match: Find a volunteer opportunity to match whatever you like doing.

Internet Volunteer Initiative: This site asks for information about the volunteer, interests,
geographic area, e-mail address, type of job, etc. and then matches volunteer requests
with his/her profile and sends an e-mail when there is a match.

Summer Jobs for Students: Where the Jobs Are and How to Get Them, Canada:
Thompson Learning Corporation, 2000.

This listing of job types and a state-by-state guide helps a student focus on possible
summer jobs. Sample resumes and cover letters help the student put his/her best foot
forward.

								
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