This guide is designed to help you in your career search. It includes books on choosing a career path, creating resumes and cover letters as well as links to online resources. If you have any trouble finding these sources, or need help narrowing your job search, please ask a librarian for help. Good Luck! Any comments or suggestions are welcome!
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Look for career books in the Career section, near the student computers. Those with CAREER on the book spine may be borrowed. Those with CAREER REFERENCE on the spine may be used in the library.

Career Guidance

Consult these resources for career planning and development, choosing a career path or beginning your job search:

Circulating Books

Snyder, Thomas.The Community College Career Track : How to Achieve the American Dream Without a Mountain of Debt. Hoboken: Wiley, 2012. Print.
Call Number: LB2328 .S61 2012.

Carter, Carol. Keys to Success: Building Analytical, Creative, and Practical Skills. Boston : Pearson/Allyn and Bacon Publishers, 2012. Print.
Call Number: LB2343.32 .C37 2012

Kaye, Beverly L. Help them Grow or Watch them Go: Career Conversations Employees Want. San Francisco : Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2012. Print.
Call Number: HF5549.5.C35 K39 2012

Moore, Dorothy P . Womenpreneurs. New York : Routledge, 2012. Print.
Call Number: HD6072.6.U5 M663, 2012.

Henle, Michael J. Hired! : the job-hunting/career-planning guide. Boston: Pearson/Allyn & Bacon, 2011. Print.
Call Number: CAREER HF5382.7 .H366 2011

Ryan, Daniel J. Job Search Handbook for People with Disabilities. Indianapolis, IN : JIST Works, 2011. Print.
Call Number: CAREER HV1568.5 .R93 2011

Bolles, Richard Nelson. What Color is your Parachute? : a Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers. Berkeley: Ten Speed Press, 2014. Print.
Call Number: CAREER HF5383.B56 2009

Farr, J. Michael. 150 Best Jobs for your Skills. Indianapolis: JIST Works, 2008. Print.
Call Number: CAREER HF5382.5.U5 F3634 2008

Electronic Books

Career Development and Counseling : Putting Theory and Research to Work
Brown, Steven D. and Robert W. Lent. Career Development and Counseling: Putting theory and research to work. 2nd ed. Hoboken: Wiley, 2013. Web.

Cracking the New Job Market: The 7 rules for getting hired in any economy
Holland, R. William. Cracking the New Job Market: The 7 rules for getting hired in any economy. New York: American Management Association, 2012. Web.

If Not Now, When?: How to Take Charge of Your Career
Arnold, Camilla. If Not Now, When?: How to take charge of your career. London: A & C Black, 2010. Web.

10 Career Essentials: Excel at your Career Using your Personality Type
Dunning, Donna. 10 Career Essentials: Excel at your career using your personality type. Boston: Nicholas Brealey Pub., 2010. Web.

Active Interviewing: Branding, Selling and Presenting Yourself to Win your Next Job
Kramer, Eric P. Active Interviewing: Branding, selling and presenting yourself to win your next job. Boston: Course Technology, 2011. Web.

Streaming Video

Films on Demand

Evaluating Career Options (28 minutes)
This video illustrates how to evaluate career options based on the Three C’s: content, conditions, and compensation. It expands on the Personal Career Profile and explains how to use information gathered from occupational research.

For other videos from this series:
Career Advantage (26 parts, 27–29 minutes each)
This 26-part series guides students through the three phases of career development: self-knowledge and exploration, career and educational exploration, and career planning and implementation. As students create a step-by-step work-search strategy based on personal background, life goals, and current and potential skills, they will also observe a variety of people in the workforce who describe their experiences, decisions, and ambitions. Commentary from What Color is Your Parachute author Richard Bolles tops off this powerful set of tools for navigating a challenging future. Designed according to National Occupational Information Coordinating Committee (NOICC) Guidelines. Recommended by the National Employment Counseling Association (NECA). .

6 Ways to Boost your Career Prospects (16 minutes)
This program will help you become more empowered in your career with development tips, practical techniques, and useful advice. Watch your prospects grow!

What Will I Say at the Interview? (30 minutes)
Looking for work in a down economy raises the interview experience to nerve-wracking new heights! This program provides tips and solid strategies to boost a candidate’s chances of being hired. Beginning with effective resume writing, it stresses the importance of being fully prepared before meeting with the potential employer. Having a list of questions ready to ask the interviewer, practicing answers for both factual and behavioral questions, knowing how to turn negatives into positives, and even honing listening skills are all part of a confidence-building process that ensures candidates will put their best foot forward during the interview.

How Will this Help Me Get a Job? Making Every Skill Count (22 minutes)
Young people seeking employment usually do not have a great deal of job experience, yet they have probably already built up an impressive array of transferable skills without realizing it. This program helps students understand that skills they have acquired at school and in their personal lives may help them land their first job. Planning outings with friends, raising money for charity, and playing video games are some of the activities that enable teens in the video to develop proficiency in communication, problem solving, and using current technology—all valuable abilities with which to enhance their resumes. A viewable/printable worksheet is available online.

Online Resources


Ferguson's Career Guidance Center
This database contains detailed career information on more than 3,300 jobs in 94 industries. Also includes sections on employment skills and resources.

CareerOneStop: Career Cluster
Over 300 career videos.

Web Resources

O*Net Online: Occupational Information Network
O*Net contains in-depth definitions for hundreds of job titles and includes many individual position descriptions.

CollegeSource Database
Use this database to research colleges. Provides college profiles, full-text course catalogs and allows you to search for colleges by degree program.

Web site from the Massachusetts Division of Career Services, Massachusetts Career Information System (MassCIS). Provides occupational and educational information.

Occupational Outlook Handbook
Published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job descriptions, outlooks, salaries and more.

Resumes and Cover Letters

Use these resources to develop, edit or perfect your resume:

Circulating Books

Boldt, Arnold G. Resumes for the rest of us : secrets from the pros for job seekers with unconventional career paths. Franklin Lakes: Career Press, 2008. Print.
CAREERS HF5383 .B54 2008

Krantman, Stanley. The Resume Writer's Workbook: Marketing yourself throughout the job search process. Clifton Park: Thomson Delmar Learning, 2008. Print.
Call Number: CAREERS HF5383 .K723 2008


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Top Secret Executive Resumes
Provenzano, Steven. Top Secret Executive Resumes: Create the perfect resume for the best top-level positions. 2nd ed. Boston: Cengage Learning, 2012. Web.

101 Great Resumes
Fry, Ronald W. 101 Great Resumes. 3rd ed. Boston: Course Technology, 2009. Web.

Killer Consulting Resumes
Wet Feet. Killer Consulting Resumes. San Francisco: WetFeet, 2008. Web.

Streaming Video

Films on Demand

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Before You Apply: Resumes, Portfolios, and Your Online Persona (28 minutes)
Job hunting is about selling yourself—but to make a sale, you have to advertise. From traditional paper resumes to new-media methods of self-promotion, this video explores the best ways for applicants to showcase their talents, accomplishments, and potential value to employers. An in-depth discussion of resume strategy highlights objectives, structure, formatting (both hard-copy and electronic), and proofreading, followed by read-aloud examples that help clarify what employers do and don’t like to see. Next comes a detailed look at creating work sample presentations, from basic notebook and photo-album layouts to digital and online portfolios. Visual demos show what might work in industries such as marketing, construction, and culinary arts. Finally, viewers are reminded that social networks like Facebook and LinkedIn are powerful promotional tools, if used wisely and professionally. A Cambridge Educational Production. Part of the series Get Hired and Go: The Complete Guide To Getting a Job and Doing It Right.

Web Resumes (30 minutes)
There are cell phones, emails, faxes, multi-telephone conferencing, video conferencing...the list goes on and on. This is also true in the job search. The resume has undergone several changes in the past ten years. In some cases, a basic cover letter and resume are no longer enough to attract an employer’s attention. This video program takes a look at various resume alternatives and how to best utilize these nontraditional formats to your advantage.

Resumes and Job Applications (20 minutes)
This program demonstrates how resumes and job applications can be used effectively to find satisfying employment. Popular types of resumes are presented, with an emphasis on those that are more effective for ex-offenders. In addition, specific ways to incorporate prison education programs and to handle time gaps in employment history are discussed. Resumes and job applications are vital job-hunting resources, so having skill in preparing them can make a real difference. Featured experts include Linda Manson, Charles Fleming, and Janet Ginzberg. A Cambridge Educational Production.

Resumes: A How-To Guide (35 minutes)
Jeff wants to work in the information technology field. Cindy dreams of being a gourmet chef. Over the course of this program, these students learn how to write functional, chronological, combination, and newsletter-style resumes using information on their skills and experience that they identify through two exercises: Personal Inventory (to capture the “what”) and Showing Your COLORS (to uncover the “how”). Ways to get a resume in front of a decision maker’s eyes are also addressed, and insightful snippets of commentary by a career counselor and an HR professional are interspersed throughout. Engaging and informative, Resumes: A How-To Guide is an excellent introduction to resume writing for students with little or no job experience. A viewable/printable instructor’s guide is available online. A Cambridge Educational Production.

Online Resources

Online Job Banks

Use these sites to search for jobs.

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General Library Information

Research guide prepared on 10/15/08 by Kathleen Keleher, updated by Katharine Dunn 6/14/10, updated by Mallory Wilson 6/4/13. Updated by Katie Bliss 03/29/14.