Careers and Networking
Whether you are changing careers or just starting out, the Internet has many resources to help you choose a career wisely.
America’s Career InfoNet
Check out the job market trends, prevailing wages, and required skills for hundreds of occupations. Find the fastest growing and the highest paying jobs.
Career Development eManual
Are you just starting to consider a career? Unsure where to begin? This emanual will walk you through the steps to choosing a career.
Career Key Aptitude Test
Not sure what career is best for you? Take this free aptitude test that measures skills, abilities, values, interests, and personality.
JobStar Career Information
Originally developed for California job changers, this site includes articles on career information, links to resources, and lists of books to check for in your local public library. Definitely something we can all use. The link to Guides for Specific Careers is particularly useful ( http://jobstar.org/tools/career/spec-car.cfm).
JobStar Salary Surveys
Okay, money does matter. Check here to get an idea what sort of salary you can expect in your chosen career.
This database is available to Portland Public Library (All Cumberland County residents are eligible for a PPL card) cardholders at the Curtis Library or from home using a secure log in. LearnATest is a collection of practice tests for school, such as college entrance exams, or work, such as Civil Service and occupational licensing exam practice.
Library Science Degree
Includes a comprehensive listing of schools offering a Library Science degree as well as practical information on possible careers in the field.
Occupational Outlook Handbook
This longstanding U.S. government publication is now online. Look here to find out how much education is required for the job, what to expect for salary, and what the job conditions are likely to be. Great information for those considering a new career.
O*Net Resource Center
The Occupational Information Network – O*NETTM database takes the place of the Dictionary of Occupational Titles (DOT) as the nation’s primary source of occupational information. The O*NET database and related products will help millions of employers, workers, educators, and students make informed decisions about education, training, career choices, and work. The O*NET Project is administered and sponsored by the US Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration.
Highly rated by Library Journal as a leader in expert career, college, and job-search advice with nearly 4,500 pages of free content.
The Riley Guide
The Riley Guide has been called “the grandmother of resources for job seekers” on the Internet. It contains employment and career information sources and services on the Internet. It is primarily intended to provide instruction for job seekers on how to use the Internet to their best advantage.
Maine Career Portal
Smart career and business decisions start here! This site is a bridge to state and national employment, career, education, training and business resources and services.
Networking is an essential work search strategy that can help you access the over 80% of jobs are not advertised
Networking and why it’s important
64%-75% of all jobs are found using networking and personal contact. Employment networking accounts for between 2-3 times more jobs than all other employment sources combined.
How to Find Employment Through Social Networking