Job Search Readiness Resources

  • The Occupational Information Network (O*NET) is the nation’s primary source for occupational information, developed by the U.S. Department of Labor.  This robust database is available at no cost and contains in-depth intelligence about industries and occupations.  It is a great resource for exploring and researching occupations that match your skillset.
  • Vault – Career Intelligence is a website for researching industries, job titles and potential career paths.
  • Pivotplanet allows you to explore a new career . . . from acupuncturist to toxicologist and much more! For an hourly fee, you can hire an expert in a career field of interest to mentor you and offer advice on the ins and outs of his/her field of expertise.
  • idealist is a great site for those looking for mission-driven careers.  It contains jobs, internships, volunteer opportunities, networking opportunities, and career advice.
  • Designing Your Life is a website, book, and workbook on how to approach career exploration at any age, and with an emphasis on wayfinding and growth mindset.
  • What Color is Your Parachute?, August 2013, Richard N. Bolles.  This practical guide will help identify your passions and careers through which you can embrace them.  It is also full of job search tips and guidance.
  • What’s Next? Follow Your Passion and Find Your Dream Job, April 2010, Kerry Hannon.  This book is filled with inspiring stories from real people who have changed careers mid-life.
  • The Institute for Career Transition (ICT) partners with experienced professionals, providing private coaching and cohort-based learning opportunities to navigate a changing economic landscape.
  • Career Anchors: The Changing Nature of Careers Self-Assessment, May 2013, Edgar H. Schein.  Schein uses a career assessment instrument to help individuals identify their anchors and to think about how their values relate to their career choices.
  • ME 2.0, October 2010, by “personal branding guru” Dan Schawbel.  This book offers a 4-step process for discovering, creating, communicating and maintaining your personal brand.  It also shows how to use social media for job search and career development.
  • O’Net Interest Profiler is a free self-assessment tool that is a part of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Information Network (O*Net).  The profiler will identify your  broad interest areas so you can use the results to explore the world of work.  This tool is especially useful to job seekers re-entering the workforce or looking to change careers.
  • University of South Carolina Personal Qualities Worksheet will help you narrow down your top 3-5 traits that you consistently convey, no matter the job or activity.
  • Philadelphia University Functional Skills Worksheet will help you identify your top transferable skills that you bring to the table no matter the job.
  • Stanford University Values Worksheet  will help you understand what motivates you.  Use this worksheet to identify what is important to you in the world of work.
  • Stanford University Work Environment Worksheet will help you identify your work environment preferences.
  • What Are Career Values? June 10, 2015 by Alison Doyle is a useful tool for determining your top Career Values.
  • TypeFocus is a leading developer of online personality type resources. For a fee, individuals can receive a personalized report to gain insights into your personality, interests, and values and how these impact career choices.
  • Career Planner is yet another fee-based on-line resource to help assess careers, personality type, values, and skills.
  • YouScience is a combination aptitude assessment and insight tool for matching your skillset with in-demand careers. As an added bonus, your assessment includes tips for talking about your strengths on a resume or in an interview.
  • Clifton Strengths Talent Assessment (formerly Strengthsfinder) is a book and online tool that helps you identify your strengths across 34 areas to discover what you naturally do best, and help you maximize your skill areas. A basic report is included with the book or upgrade for an expanded report.
  • Resume Formatting and Editing Tips, FlexProfessionals, LLC.  This is a useful one-page tickler to help you properly format and edit your resume.
  • Profile Samples, FlexProfessionals, LLC.   It is a good idea to start your resume with a profile or summary of what you bring to the table.  Assume no one will read anything but this.  Let the reader know what your top skills and personality traits are.  Add an accomplishment to make it sizzle.
  • List of the Best Skills for Resumes, January 2017, Alison Doyle. This is the most comprehensive list of skills, including soft skills, that we have found. Well organized and includes both hard and soft skills.
  • Action-Verbs-for-Resumes, source unknown.  Use the strongest action verbs possible to appropriately reflect what you have done.  Here are some action verbs to get you going.
  • Sample Resume 1 – Re-Entry, FlexProfessionals, LLC.  This is a simple, succinct one-page resume of a re-entry candidate.
  • In Job Search, Good References Are Key, February 2011, Laurent Belsie, Christian Science Monitor.  Having good references — and making sure that they aren’t undermining you —  is an overlooked but important step in the job search.
  • Mobile Apps Galore for Managing Business Cards, July 2014, Heather Clancy for Small Business Matters.  A list of the latest mobile apps that make organizing business cards easier.
  • 25 Ways to Make Networking Less Dreadful, October 2014, Unstuck.  A great article with lots of practical networking strategies for you to try.
  • Want a Job? Learn How to Work the Room!, March 2014, Mary Eileen Williams. Some useful tips for working a room at a networking event.
  • Target Employers for an Effective Job Search, YouTube Video presented by  This video highlights the importance of being proactive in your job search and targeting the employers you want to work for.
  • The Jimmy Falon Effect: 10 Qualities of Great Networkers, November 2014, Ariella Coombs, CAREEREALISM.  A fun article with some good points about what makes someone successful at networking.
  • Why Your Bio Is More Important Than Your Resume, undated,  Your bio – short, sweet, and easy to read – is a great networking tool.  When you meet someone, follow up by sending your bio.  This makes it easy for the person to send it to others who might be in a position to hire you.
  • BranchOut connects business professionals.  Users utilize their social network from Facebook to discover inside connections for jobs.
  • Twitter might be used by your kids to learn about the latest party, but you can use it to follow bloggers, journalists, companies, and experts in the industry in which you want to work. You don’t even have to tweet!
  • Glassdoor lets you see what real employees have to say about companies that you are targeting.  Find salary and other information too.