Occupational Outlook Handbook
Produced by the U.S. Department of Labor, this online handbook gives in-depth information on about 250 occupations, including descriptions of what each job entails and the work environment, education and training requirements, earning expectations, and anticipated job market in the near future.
CT Labor Market Information
What’s hot! What’s Not! – State of Connecticut Occupations in Demand.
PROFESSIONAL EXAM PREP
Prepare for a career exam, explore occupations, and improve your workplace skills here. See a list of tests, careers, and skills that are included.
Connect to Learning Express Career Center
STARTING THE SEARCH
The Riley Guide
This is a comprehensive career search resource which includes resumes, networking, interviewing, negotiating, and more. It also offers links to quality sites for advice and job searching.
15 Best Job Search Sites
Learn How to Become offers a comparison of features of 15 of the top job search sites along with positives and negatives for each service.
RESUMES AND COVER LETTERS
US National Labor Exchange Resume Tutorial
A clear, easy to follow tutorial that presents all the major points of resume development and presentation with examples of every step.
Career OneStop Resume Tutorial
Provides a complete resume tutorial including an explanation of various resume types, essential resume features, different technologies for delivery, and links to other resume assistance sites.
Job Interview Questions
Provides a broad range of topics that deal with job interviews in a variety of professions.
Everything you need to know to succeed in job interviews.
LinkedIn is an interconnected network of experienced professionals from around the world, representing 170 industries and 200 countries. You can find, be introduced to, and collaborate with qualified professionals that you need to work with to accomplish your goals.
College Career Fairs
Tips and tricks for navigating college career fairs; from what to wear to how to prepare.
Networking for Professionals
A business networking organization that combines online business networking and real life events. Post your member profile to network online with other members. Create a profile to include a photo, articles you’ve written, and a video if you want. Bookmark other members’ profiles, create contact lists and an address book.
The Riley Guide: Networking
Offers information and advice on how to network as well as links to useful networking sites and events.
Trade shows and conferences around the world searchable by industry and location.
Upcoming Career Fairs – Lists career fairs in Connecticut.
LAYOFF AND UNEMPLOYMENT
Connecticut Department of Labor
Links to state information about unemployment benefits, appeals, and taxes.
Connecticut Law About Unemployment
Links to resources compiled by the Connecticut Judicial Branch Law Libraries.
CTWorks: Your Resource for Employment and Career Opportunities
CTWorks offices offer a variety of free employment services to support every aspect of your job search. Servives include: job listings, resume preparation assistance, job search workshops, computer and internet access, assessment and testing, and career counseling.
CTWorks Offices and Services
Links to local offices and listings of classes and services they provide.
Mortgage Crisis Job Training Program
This program provides customized employment services, job retraining, job placement assistance, and credit counseling to eligible Connecticut residents.
Has Layoff Help links that offer advice about how to prepare when you know a layoff is coming as well as what to do once you have been laid off.
Trade Adjustment Assistance
Services and benefits for individuals certified by the Federal Government as having lost their jobs or reduced their hours of work and wages due to increased foreign imports, or a shift in production to certain countries.
Local Unemployment Support Groups
Re-Employment Group at Newtown Methodist Church – 92 Church Hill Rd. in Sandy Hook. Confidential meetings every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Choir Room. Discussion topics cover the emotional stress of dealing with unemployment and finding the tools to launch a successful job search. All are welcome. For more information, contact the church office at (203) 426-9998 or Jay Thomas at (203) 426-6542
Non-Denominational Job Networking Support Group at St. Rose of Lima Church – 38 Church Hill Rd. in Newtown. Meets Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. in the Religious Education Building. Positive support and council as well as networking ideas. All ages welcome. For more information, contact Harry Diek at (203) 426-3386 or Michael Ronan at (203) 733-9186