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Employment & Career Resources


Choosing a Career

The Job Hunt

Resumes and Cover Letters

Preparing for the Interview

Organizations That May Help

Choosing a Career

Search the library catalog using the following search terms to find the most current print materials in the library's collection: vocational guidance and  vocational interest.

 

Internet Resources

O*Net Online. Explore occupations, identify your job skills (and get a list of occupations that match them), discover related occupations, and get a snapshot of the skills and knowledge required for your selected occupation.

CareerOneStop. The US government's main web site for job seekers.

Occupational Outlook Handbook. Employment outlook, educational requirements, salary to expect -for most occupations.

Career Guide to Industries. Reviews the nature of each industry, working conditions, careers available, education required.

Washington's Workforce Explorer. Look up wages in your area, educational facilities, the fastest growing occupations and a company directory.

Licensed Occupations Database. Find out what it takes to get licensed to work in a certain occupation.

Best Jobs USA. Career guides, lists of job opportunities, company profiles, etc.

 

Salary Information

Washington State's Workforce Explorer gives wages for jobs by county/region in the state.

Salary Expert.com. Gives the mean salary, total compensation, and equivalent "renter’s buying power" for a job title by zip code, metro area, or international.

Salary.com. The Salary Wizard tool searches for salary ranges by occupation and by region.

 

Changing Your Career

Search the library catalog using the following search terms to find the most current print materials in the library's collection: Career Change

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The Job Hunt

Search the library catalog using the following search terms to find the most current print materials in the library's collection: job hunting

 

How to Job Hunt Online

The Riley Guide: Employment Opportunities and Job Resources on the Internet. Excellent resources for using the Internet for finding a job. Introductions to, and annotated links for, job resources in these categories: Work Opportunities, Salary Surveys, Researching Career Options and Help.

Job Hunter's Bible Excellent advice and reviews of resources in three major sections: job listings, resumes and career counseling. Supplements the job hunting book, What Color Is Your Parachute.

 

Networking

Search the library catalog using the following search terms to find the most current print materials in the library's collection: business networks, social networkingAlso, take note of the local business organizations that provide networking opportunities.

 

National Job Listing Web Sites

Monster.com. The largest online jobs database on the Web. More than 400,000 job opportunities,worldwide. You can search by company name, location, discipline, industry, job title, or combinations of these.

Career Builder. Has a Personal Search Agent that searches for new postings. Has postings from a variety of resources, including ads published in print newspapers. A job seeker can also search by salary requirements.

JobBank USA. Good site for jobs in many fields. Search by company name or by a specific field.The meta-search page lets you search 18+ other job listings sites.

Idealist.org. A large directory of positions in the nonprofit and community organizations available in 153 countries. There are also volunteer opportunity postings and internship information. It is organized by country,state and organization.

 

Newspapers and Magazines

These magazines and newspapers list job openings. They are available at the Downtown Library.

Spokane Spokesman-Review. Spokane's daily newspaper, kept on the 3rd floor. Job listings are also available on their web page.

Valley News Herald, a weekly newspaper serving the Spokane Valley. Kept on the 3rdfloor.

Methow Valley News, a weekly newspaper serving Twisp, Winthrop, etc. Kept on the3rd floor.

Davenport Times, a weekly newspaper serving Davenport, WA. Kept on the 3rd floor.

Newport Miner, a weekly newspaper serving Newport, WA. Kept on the 3rd floor.

Cheney Free Press, a weekly newspaper. Kept on the 3rd floor.

Seattle Times. Kept on the 3rd floor.

Puget Sound Business Journal. Kept in the Career area.

Olympian, serving Olympia, WA. Kept on the 3rd floor.

Portland Oregonian. Kept on the 3rd floor.

Idaho Statesman, serving Boise, ID. Kept on the 3rd floor.

New York Times. Kept on the 3rd floor.

To find other newspapers on the internet, visit OnlineNewspapers.com.

 

Local Job Listings:

Washington WorkSource Washington state’s official site for online employment services.  Find a job, get job search help, locate workforce services in your area, access career information and more.

spokane.craigslist.org An extensive range of local classified listings.

 

Federal Job Listings:

USAJobs.gov. The US Government’s official source of job openings and employment information

Federal Job Classifications. Job descriptions.

Salaries and Wages for Federal Jobs.

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Resumes and Cover Letters

Catalog search tip: For a list of the most current titles available, search the library catalog using resumes as a subject heading.

 

Preparing for an Interview

Catalog search tip: For a list of the most current titles available, search the library catalog using employment interviewing as a subject heading.

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