Careers and Job Search Research Guide

 

Career Information @ Your Library

Finding the Right Career for You -- The Research Process

Just as you would do research using books, journals, and other Library materials for any research assignment at the university, it is necessary to approach your career search in a similar manner, examining a wide array of material in order to determine which career choices are best for you.

The Library collection includes books and articles which provide insight into marketplace trends, and many more, in print or online, that provide information – including education and training, compensation, working condition, prospects for employment, etc. – about many careers.

In addition, Library databases and other materials provide complete and up-to-date information about specific careers and specific companies.

Books and ebooks on resumes, resume writing, interviews, interview questions, and relocation information.

If your career plans include relocation, the Library can provide information on different areas of the country and beyond.

Start thinking about your career choices early and develop a plan that includes Library research.

  • Career Corner @ Giovatto

For your convenience, the most current books on careers, job search, and employment trends are shelved in the Reference Reading Room, next to the New Books.

  • Giovatto Library Online Research Guide prepared by Giovatto librarian Paul Dunphy

http://view2.fdu.edu/metropolitan-campus/libraries/giovatto-library/giovatto-library-research-guides/careers-and-job-search/

  • Selected Library Databases

Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center provides general information on many careers.

Hoover’s Company Profiles provides information on specific companies

LexisNexis Academic and Proquest National Newspapers Expanded provide information on business and other events and trends.

  • Selected Books and Journals

A recent search of the online Library catalog for “career” as a title keyword returned 869     results, including 211 ebooks. A search for “resume” returned 57 results, and a search for “interview” returned 226 results. A recent search of Journal Locator for “career” returned 53 titles.

In addition, there are many books and articles about specific careers.

  • Selected Websites

Cost of living: How far will my salary go in another city? http://money.cnn.com/calculator/pf/cost-of-living/

Federal Jobs Digest http://www.jobsfed.com/

New Jersey Government Jobs http://www.state.nj.us/nj/employ/

The Occupational Outlook Handbook http://www.bls.gov/ooh/

Public Service Careers with NYC http://www1.nyc.gov/jobs

Salary.com http://www.salary.com/

USAJOBS https://www.usajobs.gov/ Federal Government Jobs

  • Library Contact Information

For research assistance, contact the Giovatto librarians @

Phone -- 201-692-2100

Emailhttp://view2.fdu.edu/metropolitan-campus/libraries/email-an-fdu-librarian/

Chat -- http://view2.fdu.edu/metropolitan-campus/libraries/giovatto-library/chat-with-a-giovatto-librarian/

Website -- http://view2.fdu.edu/metropolitan-campus/libraries/

 

 

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The library has great resources for job hunting and researching companies and careers.    To begin your job search, you’ll need to assemble a resume. Resume formats can vary and be of different lengths. You will also need to include a cover letter with your resume.

On the Fairleigh Dickinson website, go to the drop-down box on the left and select “Libraries”.   Select “Search Library Catalog” at the top left.   In the search box, type in “resumes” or “cover letters”.    Among the books titles  are:

·         How to prepare your curriculum vitae / Acy L. Jackson and C. Kathleen Geckeis HF5383 .J24 2003

·         Resumes for dummies / by Joyce Lain Kennedy HF5383 .K424 2011

·         Real resumes for nursing jobs : including real resumes used to change careers and resumes used to gain federal employment / Anne McKinney, editor RT86.7 .M425 2003

·         The quick resume & cover letter book : write and use an effective resume in only one day / Michael Farr HF5383 .F32 2011

·         Best resumes for college students and new grads / Louise M. Kursmark  HF5383 .K867 2006

When your resume and cover letter are ready, it’s time to search for a position. To obtain the latest information on a particular career,  a great place to start is Ferguson’s  Career Guidance Center.   On the Library webpage select “FDU Online  Library” at the top left. Under the heading “Business, Economics &Management”. Select “Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center”.   Enter the career which you desire and you will be able to obtain a wealth of information on that particular field. If you are looking for a particular company, under the same heading, you may want to search “Hoover’s  Company Profiles” and “LexisNexis Academic” to find information on various companies.

You may also want to look at some of the following websites:

Cost of living: How far will my salary go in another city? http://money/cnn/com/calculator/pf/cost-of-living

Federal Jobs Digest http://www.jobsfed.com/

New Jersey Government Jobs http://www.state.nj.us/nj/employ/

The Occupational Outlook Handbook http://www.bls.gov/ooh//

Public Service Careers with NYC http://www.1.nyc.gov/jobs

Salary.com http://www.salary.com

USAJOBS http://www.usajobs.gov/Federal Government Jobs

 

 

Now that you have an idea of what you’re looking for and what to expect from the career, it’s time to start looking. There are a number of websites which not only have job listings but also more general information on how to search and what to expect . Some of the more popular sites are:

http://www.indeed.com/

http://www.monster.com/

http://www.careerbuilder.com/

Be sure to also check the websites of individual companies offering positions in your field. Many times they will post openings there as well as on more general websites.

Also, for your convenience, the most current books on careers, job search, and employment trends are shelved in the Reference Reading Room, next to the New Books. Look for the sign that says Career Corner

You have an interview!  The library has the right sources to help you with  all aspects of handling the meeting and getting hired. Go back to “Search Library Catalog” and enter “job interview”.    Some of the books available are:

·         The everything job interview book / Bob Adams. HF5549.5.I6 A28 2001

·         Best answers to 202 jobinterview questions : expert tips to ace the interview and get the job offer / Daniel Porot and Frances Bolles Haynes HF5549.5.I6 P676 2008

·         Knock 'em dead jobinterview : how to turn jobinterviews into job offers / Martin Yate HF5549.5.I6 Y373 2013

·         The first 60 seconds : win the jobinterview before it begins / Dan Burns HF5549.5.I6 B87 2009

 

 

 

 

As always, please see the Reference Librarian with any questions you have or assistance you may need.

Phone: 201-692-2100

E-mail: http://view2.fdu.edu/metropolitan-campus/libraries/email-an-fdu-librarian/

Chat: http://view2.fdu.edu/metropolitan-campus/libraries/giovatto-library/chat-with-a-giovatto-librarian/

Website: http://view2.fdu.edu/metropolitan-campus/libraries/

 

Paul A. Dunphy

pdunphy@fdu.edu

February 2014  (updated March 2015)