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About Career Research/Resources

In Career Research/Resources, you will come to know what resources can assist you with your career decisions. These resources include people, organizations, books, Internet sites, agencies, journals and professional associations.

For example, the OOH (Occupational Outlook Handbook) can give you descriptive information on accounting careers. At the same time, you could also read an accounting trade magazine (e.g., Journal of Business Finance and Accounting) for current information, do an information interview with someone employed as an accountant, and request career materials from a professional accounting association (e.g., American Accounting Association).

Career Research/Resources enables you to dive deeply into a career you're considering and become very familiar with what's entailed in that occupation. Doing research is like getting on a first name basis with a career that up to now you may have casually thought about without knowing all that much about. Becoming knowledgeable about your career interests will help you first expand your options before you confidently evaluate and narrow down your choices to one or two.

Places to Look for Occupational Information

Places to Look for Company Information

Places to Look for Occupational Information

  • Occupational Outlook Handbook
  • Learning Resource Centers/libraries
  • Internet Job Banks
  • The Encyclopedia of Associations
  • Career counseling services
  • O'NET
  • Department of Labor & Training
  • Computer guidance systems (e.g., Career Key)
  • Trade unions
  • Chamber of Commerce
  • Small Business Administration
  • MonsterTRAK
  • Career related websites
  • Colleges/Universities
  • People working in the field
  • Trade & professional journals

Places to Look for Company Information

  • Economic development councils
  • Directories of business firms
  • Directories of government agencies
  • Directories of service agencies
  • Yellow Pages
  • Business section of newspaper
  • Company websites
  • Moody's Manual
  • Dunn & Bradstreet Reference
  • Job Choices Journals
  • Annual reports of companies
  • Chamber of Commerce
  • The Riley Guide

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Last Updated: 7/21/16