Career Planning and Resources (Fall 2011)

Professor Drolet - College Writing and Research

Guides to the Rod Library Career Collection

UNISTAR--Finding Books

·         Most of the Library’s recent books on specific careers are located in the Career Collection.  Access UNISTAR, click on the Advanced Search tab, type the name of the career of interest in the Any Field window, then scroll down to the Location window, click on the drop-down arrow and highlight UNI Career.

·         Also try searching UNISTAR using the phrase vocational guidance with your career of interest as a Keyword search, for example, business and vocational guidance. You may also find information by using a specific job title, for example, marketing and vocational guidance.

o    Occupational Descriptions

o    Keyword search (i.e. Career* AND medicine)

o    Subject search (i.e. “vocational guidance”)

§  Suggested Subject search terms

§  Cover Letters

§  Interviewing

§  Job Descriptions

§  Job Hunting

§  Employment Forecasting

§  Occupations

§  Resumes

o    Journal Title search (i.e. career*)

Electronic Books (Found in UNISTAR)

 Databases/Online Resources (Databases A-Z)

Career/Occupational Resources

·         Occupational Outlook Handbook. U.S. Department of Labor.
UNI Career Reference, Career Circulating, Reference HF 5381 A1O36
A good starting place for current occupational information. The nature of the work, working conditions, training and/or educational preparation, job outlook, and earnings are provided. While limited to roughly 250 occupations, these represent 7 out of every 8 jobs in the United States economy. Consult the alphabetical index to find your occupations of interest.

·         O*NET Dictionary of Occupational Titles
Career Reference, Reference  HB 2595 O16
O*NET OnLine
Describes the typical work required in each of 20,000 professional, white-collar, trade, and other occupations. Consult the alphabetical occupational index at the end of the volume to find the page numbers for the occupations of interest. You may  search O*NET OnLine by occupational name as a keyword, by the Standard Occupational Code number, by job family (e.g., business and financial operations), and in other ways. By clicking on the Details report view you will obtain more information than given in the print O*NET Dictionary of Occupational Titles. Another advantage of the online version is that you may obtain employment forecasts and salary information for the states and nation.

·         Occupational Briefs. Chronicle Guidance Publications
Available online as Chronicle Career Library of Occupational Briefs
UNI Career Reference HF 5382.5 U5O33
Informative career reports ("Briefs" and reprints) on over 650 occupations. Each Brief defines the occupation; describes the work performed, typical requirements, working conditions, employment outlook, and related occupations; and identifies sources for additional research. To identify relevant Briefs online click on Alphabetical List of Occupations, then scroll the Alphabetical List or use the A-XYZ list.  To see the full-text Brief, click on View the Occupational Brief.  The paper version also includes career reprints.  The paper copy is organized in notebooks by Brief number; use the Alphabetical List of Occupations in volume 1 to identify the brief numbers for the occupations of interest.

·         Research. Careers booklet series
UNI Career Reference HF 5381 A1I5
Nearly 400 research reports, each providing information about a specific occupation. Each report discusses the work within the career, its history, job settings, education, earnings, opportunities, and sources of additional information. These reports, in contrast to other sources described in this Guide, highlight the attractive and unattractive features of the occupation, discuss the personal qualities needed, and describe a typical work day. To find reports on occupations you are interested in, consult the Careers list posted on the bulletin board at the Career Collection entrance. This series covers occupational specializations which may not be covered by other sources.

·         The Encyclopedia of Careers and Vocational Guidance
UNI Career Reference HF 5381 E52; earlier in UNI Stacks
Profiles of over 90 career fields or industries (for example, biology, human resources, or social services) are given in volume 1 to help you understand the basic structure of the field and typical career paths in it. Volumes 2-5 consist of information on specific occupations, including their training requirements.


·         $alary $urvey. National Association of Colleges and Employers
UNI Career Reference HD 4975 C5726 (most recent 2 years); earlier in UNI Stacks
Starting salary offers and number of offers made to new graduates by employing organizations. Data compiled from over 350 career planning and placement offices on campuses across the U.S. Organized by major and by job function area regardless of degree held or employer type. Base salary only; does not include fringe benefits, overtime, or bonuses.

·         Salary Survey. Midwestern Region (MCPA). National Association of Colleges and Employers
UNI Career Reference HD 4975 C5727; earlier in UNI Stacks
Reports compiled from salary offers made to students graduating from Midwestern colleges and universities. Organized by major and by job function area.

·         Salary Facts Handbook: The Definitive Source of Pay Information on 800 Jobs
UNI Career Reference HD 4975 S253

Job Banks

·         JobStar
Provides links to information about careers, jobs, and more.  Under the Get Smart heading, click on the Career Guides link for links to information on career decision-making and on specific careers.

·         Career OneStop  
This "one stop" for career, education & training, and resume & interviewing information is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor.  Components of the Explore Careers section are information about self exploration and links to free assessment tools, including an interactive Employability Checkup.

Location of Materials in the Rod Library

·         First Floor: Periodicals (journals, magazines, newspapers), Microfilm, and Course Reserves, Youth Collection

·         Main (Second) Floor: Career Collection, Reference Desk, Reference Collection, Government Documents, Maps, InterLibrary Loan, Circulation, and Browsing Room

·         Third Floor: Stacks collection (A-K range), Special Collections

·         Fourth Floor: Stacks collection (L-Z range), Art & Music Collection








GG/BA September 2011