We know that diving into the realm of jobseeking can be nerve-racking, especially if it’s been a while since your last interview.
Find some great tools and resources for exploring careers/career exploration — whether a student searching for your first career or an established jobseeker considering a career change.
Quintessential Careers Exploration Resources:
- Career Assessment Tools & Tests — offers reviews and links to the best career and self-assessment tools on the Web. A must stop for those searching for a direction and a measure of your personality, skills, abilities, and interests.
- Career Research Checklist — as you begin researching career paths, using this checklist will help you take advantage of the many resources available for learning about different careers.
- Developing a Strategic Vision for Your Career Plan — a great article that takes job-seekers through exercises and plans for both short-term and long-term career planning.
- Choosing a College Major: How to Chart Your Ideal Path — a great article that takes you through the steps of a journey of self-discovery leading to a choice of major(s) and possible minors, from Quintessential Careers.
- Quintessential Careers: Search the Occupational Outlook Handbook — use career and occupation keywords to search the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ handbook for all types of information, including future potential, salaries, education required, and much more.
- The 10-Step Plan to Career Change — most job-seekers will change careers several times over your lifetimes. This article will help you prepare by taking you through a 10-step plan to successful career change.
- Using a Personal Mission Statement to Chart Your Career Course — guides you in the development of your personal mission statement, a useful tool for self-discovery and career planning.
- Using a SWOT Analysis in Your Career Planning — shows how a key strategic planning tool can be successfully applied to marketing yourself and advancing your career.
- What Can I do With a Major in…? Real Jobs for Real Majors — where you’ll find real jobs and careers for each college major. What are you doing with your life? Start here and find real jobs that match your college major!
Other Career Exploration Resources:
- Becomeopedia — a career exploration site that offers information on “how to become a ______” on hundreds of career fields in almost every imaginable career field, from the arts to the trades, including numerous professions, as well as careers in government. Details include job descriptions, education requirements, and salary information. No cost to job-seekers.
- Career Guide to Industries — provides information on available careers by industry, including the nature of the industry, working conditions, employment, occupations in the industry, training and advancement, earnings and benefits, employment outlook, and lists of organizations that can provide additional information. From the U.S. Department of Labor. Free to job-seekers.
- CareerLaunch — from the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, a very useful career and college site, with resources and links to help teens with self-assessment, summer opportunities, college search, career development, and more. No cost.
- CareerThoughts.com — providing students with tools you can use to help identify careers that match your skills, interests, and abilities. This is a site for people who have a strong passion or interest, but aren’t sure exactly how to turn that passion into a career… into a career you will love. No cost.
- EUREKA — a great tool for students — and your families — to learn more about yourself, as well as career exploration, career information, skills and career assessments, and a search system for locating colleges, universities, and trade schools that best match your needs. Take a spin on the site’s True Colors assessment test. Membership required to use most of the resources.
- Inside Jobs — a place designed to help simplify career exploration — where people can explore what job and career opportunities exist and learn what paths can take them there. As the sites says, find “inspiration, information, and awesome shortcuts for your career exploration. No cost to job-seekers.
- TheCoolCareer.com — a career exploration site for teen girls and twenty-somethings, where you can find all sorts of career tools and information, including self-assessment tools, streaming MP3 interviews with people in various career fields, and much more. Also includes college resources. No cost to job-seekers.
- MyPlan.com — designed to help students and professionals plan more fulfilling lives by making well-informed decisions about education and careers. Resources to help with deciding on what college to go to, choosing a major, planning for your first career, and making a career change. No cost to job-seekers.
- Uvisor — offers job-seekers a five-step process for finding the right career and right job, from “Define Yourself” (where you provide basic information about yourself) to “Get Hired” (an automated job matching service based on your personal data). Job-seekers can also search for job listings directly (using keyword, location, industry). No cost to job-seekers.
Job, Occupation, and Career Profiles:
- Majors and Career Profiles — browse specific jobs within general career categories and learn about working conditions, job forecasts, and related professions. From collegeboard.com.
- Careers & Industries — where you’ll find overviews, outlooks, and compensation reports on a wide variety of careers, as well as job descriptions and tips on numerous industries. From WetFeet.com.
- Career Girls — a great career site for young women who are searching for an ideal career path, helping bridge the connection between you and female business leaders and role models from a wide variety of career fields. Monthly interactive sessions, along with a growing video library. No cost.
- InsideJobs — a career exploration site where folks looking for a new careers can learn details about thousands of potential new careers — and the paths that can get you there (including degrees required and schools offering those degrees). No cost.
- Occupational Profiles — get the inside scoop on the compensation, career path, skills required, and other key information of “hot” occupations. From Vault.com.
- Sloan Career Cornerstone Center — a comprehensive resource center for those interested in careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Detailed career information, career profiles, and much more. No cost to job-seekers.
Job Shadowing Resources:
- Research Companies and Careers Through Job Shadowing — Learn how to discover more information about jobs, employers, industries by shadowing professionals in this article.
- Quintessential Careers Directory of Life and Career Coaches — when you need help with exploring career choices. No matter what your career situation, just about any job-seeker can use a guide in handling life and career issues occasionally. Use this directory.
Note: While career exploration is one part of job-hunting, be sure to focus on other aspects and documents of your career search by using the following jobseeker tools:
- Guide to Job Interviewing Resources and Tools
- How to Write a Resume: Expert Answers 19 Common Questions
- LiveCareer Free Resume Builder
- 13 Best Resume Designs of 2018