Jobs & Careers

CHOOSING A CAREER



links 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.

links Mapping Your Future
Aimed at college and high school students, this is a 10 step guide to planning your career, including assessing your skills and interests, researching occupations, and comparing your interests with occupations, as well as preparing a resume and finding a job.

links Occupation Profile
Occupation information by state including wages, tasks and activities, education, and web resources.

links Career Search
The CityTownInfo.com career directory presents information on hundreds of employment categories and thousands of schools, to help people find and pursue careers of interest to them. It includes real-world career descriptions on more than 200 different occupations written by people working in each profession.

links Online Accounting Degrees
A directory of every accounting education program in the country, the site is also constantly updated with the latest accounting news and insights into the industry.

PROFESSIONAL EXAM PREP



databases Learning Express
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



links 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.

links Glassdoor.com
Want to know which are the 50-best ranked companies? This site posts employee reviews of companies, interview comments and questions, and available jobs. Registration, which is free, is required for some of this content.

links JobHunters Bible.com
Created by the author of What Color Is Your Parachute, this site gives solid information and links for every phase of the job search. It is a well organized starting place that also has a special section for those who are new to using the internet.

links About.com: Job Searching
A good introductory site with links to information on the dos and don'ts of job hunting, resume writing, interviewing, and more.

links GCFLearnFree.org
Use the Work and Career module for advice about cover letters, interviewing skills, job applications and more. Brush up on computer skills in Technology and Microsoft Office modules.

links Monster.com
Check out the Advice Links for useful articles on getting your job search started and doing it right.

links Quintessential Careers
One of the premier career-planning web sites, with articles on finding a career for all types of job seekers: teens, minorities, mature workers, and many others.


RESUMES AND COVER LETTERS



links Job Central Resume Tutorial
A clear, easy to follow tutorial that presents all the major points of resume development and presentation with examples of every step.

links 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.



INTERVIEWING



links Job Interview Questions
Provides a broad range of topics that deal with job interviews in a variety of professions.

links Best-Job-Interview
Everything you need to know to succeed in job interviews.


NETWORKING



links LinkedIn
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.

links 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.

links The Riley Guide: Networking
Offers information and advice on how to network as well as links to useful networking sites and events.

links TSNN.com
Trade shows and conferences around the world searchable by industry and location.

links Upcoming Career Fairs - Lists career fairs in Connecticut.


LAYOFF AND UNEMPLOYMENT



links Connecticut Department of Labor
Links to state information about unemployment benefits, appeals, and taxes.

links Connecticut Law About Unemployment
Links to resources compiled by the Connecticut Judicial Branch Law Libraries.

links 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.

links CTWorks Offices and Services
Links to local offices and listings of classes and services they provide.

links Mortgage Crisis Job Training Program
This program provides customized employment services, job retraining, job placement assistance, and credit counseling to eligible Connecticut residents.

links Job-Hunt.org
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.

links 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.


JOB LISTINGS



Regional Internet Resources



links Fairfield County Jobs
links New Haven County Jobs
links CTJobs.com
links CT Job Central
links New York Times Daily Classifieds
links Hartford County Jobs
links New London County Jobs
links JobsInCT.com


National Internet Resources



links CareerBuilder.com List of 250,000 jobs searchable by keyword, category, or location
links Monster.com 350,000 jobs listed
links HireAbility.com Jobs in information technology including those for freelancers, telecommuters, and recruiters.
links New England Higher Education Recruitment Consortium The largest job board for higher education positions in New England compiled by the New England Board of Higher Education and the New England Higher Education Recruitment Consortium.
links Indeed.com Includes job listings from major job boards, newspapers, associations and company career pages
links Linkup Job listings directly from company web sites
links SimplyHired.com Job search engine that searches thousands of job sites and companies.
links Jobrapido.com Searches through over 2 million jobs posted on job boards, recruitment agencies, career and company websites.
links USAJOBS Listing of most federal jobs


SUPPORT GROUPS



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