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Finding Your Next Job in 8 Steps     Printable PDF Version

Step 1. Explore Personality, Skills and Interest Assessments.

Who am I? What do I want to do? What are my skills, values, and qualifications. What type of work do I want to do that makes me happy? Which companies would hire a person with my skills and interests? Use the following books, databases available through the SCPL website with your library card and PIN, and recommended websites to start your search.

  • Do what you are discover the perfect career for you through the secrets of personality type Do what you are discover the perfect career for you through the secrets of personality type
    by Tieger, Paul D.

    The book leads you step-by-step through the process of determining and verifying your Personality Type. Then it provides real-life case studies of people who share your Type and introduces you to the key ingredients your work must have for it to be genuinely fulfilling. Using workbook exercises and explaining specific job search strategies, Do What You Are identifies occupations that are popular with your Type and offers a rundown of your work-related strengths and weaknesses. It also shows how you can use your unique strengths to customize your job search

  • What color is your parachute? a practical manual for job-hunters and career-changers What color is your parachute? a practical manual for job-hunters and career-changers
    by Bolles, Richard Nelson

    Still the bestselling job-hunting book and a favorite of career changers for more than three decades, this gold standard of career guides" ("Fortune") has been updated with new examples, instructions, and cautionary advice. Multiple editions are available.

  • America's Career InfoNet
    Includes labor market trends, salary information by job and geographic location, required skills, career tools. Use the Skills Profiler under "Assess Your Options" area to create a list of your skills and match them to job types that need those skills.
  • CA Employment Development Department
    lncludes the Interest Profiler test (requires Adobe Reader) for creating a list of occupations matching yourprofile at no cost.
  • Career Onestop
    A Federal website from for exploring careers, assisting in getting a job. includes self-assessments and many other job search tools.
  • Riley Guide: Employment Opportunities and Job Resources on the Internet
    The "Before You Search" section provides an overview of self-assessment tools on the Internet and links.

Last updated May 22, 2009 by BS

Step 2. Identify Career and Vocational Fields

Match Interests, Skills, and Personality to the Workplace. Learn how to narrow a job search. Find out what types of jobs exist in the workplace that match skills and interests. Learn what your skills and personality type is and what job is best for you.

  • Career information center Career information center
    by Thomson Gale Staff,
    R 371.42 CAR
    This 13-volume set presents the tasks involved, skills required, and potential employment possibilities for jobs in the U.S. today. The volumes are organized thematically, allowing the reader to browse among related jobs in a given field. Volume topics include agribusiness, environment, communications, computers, construction, engineering, health, hospitality, manufacturing, and transportation. Each volume begins with an essay providing an overview of the fields it contains and a lengthy section of practical advice on how to gain the education and access to get a job in one, with tips on how to write a cover letter, fill out an application, and other basic skills. The sections on individual professions contain a description of the job, education required, employment outlook, working conditions, earnings and benefits, and a list of organizations to contact for more information. Volume 13 contains essays on employment trends and a comprehensive index.

  • Occupational Outlook Handbook Occupational Outlook Handbook
    by U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor
    OVERSIZE 371.42 OCC
    The "Occupational Outlook Handbook" is a nationally recognized source of career information, designed to provide valuable assistance to individuals making decisions about their future work lives. Revised every two years, the "Handbook" describes what workers do on the job, training and education requirements, earnings, and job prospects in hundreds of occupations. The link to the electronic version is given below.

  • Career Planning at About.com
    Site covers how to plan your career, including job search, including advice on how to choose a career, explore occupations, make a plan, and get the skills you need
  • Clean Energy Jobs
    This website provides resources to promote jobs in areas as recycling, clean transportation, and renewable energy. It lists 48 programs that provide training offered through organizations as community colleges, local workforce investment boards, and private industries. The training program is a collaboration of a number of environmental and employment agencies, including the California Energy Commission and the Employment Development Department.
  • Job Descriptions
    A free resource providing over 13,000 job descriptions, divided into major categories, then divisions and finally into groups. The site has a Google site search box. Users can view jobs by title or industry.
  • Job Star Central: Job Search Guide from your Local Public Library
    A well organized and annotated guide to Internet sites for many careers in all areas. Packed with information about planning a career, as what kind of training or education is required, what can you earn, what kind of environment will you work in, and what's hot.
  • O*NET OnLine
    Comprehensive database includes information on skills, abilities, knowledge, work activities, and interests associated with occupations. Has up-to-date wage data. Use a list of your skills to find matching O*NET-SOC occupations. Use tools and technology to find high demand occupations. Learn about related skills important to employers and educators. This U.S. Department of Labor database replaces the Dictionary of Occupational Titles (DOT) from the Occupational Information Network.

Last updated May 19, 2009 by BS

Step 3. Find Job Openings

Which specific companies and organizations match my values and work ethic? Which job openings match my skills and interests? What specific resources are available to help me complete a job application?

  • Greenjobs: a guide to eco-friendly employment Greenjobs: a guide to eco-friendly employment
    by Llewellyn, A. Bronwyn
    650.14 LLE
    The first green employment guide from America's #1 career publisher features profiles of hundreds of lucrative positions. With this comprehensive guide, readers can find the job of their dreams--and know they're making a difference.

  • Job surfing: working abroad: using the Internet to find a job and get hired Job surfing: working abroad: using the Internet to find a job and get hired
    by Olson, Erik
    650.14 OLS
    For today's college graduates, hunting for a job in the newspaper classifieds is a thing of the past. Everything from job listings to company profiles is online and just a click away, and The Princeton Review's brand new Job Surfing series tells you exactly where to find the right information on today's hottest careers and job trends. Research jobs and salaries in a specific field, contact employers, design and post a resume and more!

  • The right job, right now: the complete toolkit for finding your perfect career The right job, right now: the complete toolkit for finding your perfect career
    by Strayer, Susan
    650.14 STR
    "The Right Job, Right Now" effectively bridges the gap between "What do I want to do?" and "How do I do it?" by presenting a complete plan for long-term career satisfaction using self-assessment, self-marketing, and a comprehensive job search and career development strategy.

  • CalJobs
    California's Employment Development Department's (EDD) job service. Free, although registration is required. Also provides information on services for employers, job seekers, people with disabilities, veterans, and others. A Spanish language component is available. Lists resources by geographic areas, including job fairs, resource workshops, and career expos.
  • Career Builder
    Search for jobs by job title, geographical area, job category, companies, industry, international jobs, or a combination search. This site also offers advice and resources.
  • CareerOneStop
    Operating as a Federal-State partnership, this site provides nationwide information on job listings, wage and employment trends, licensing requirements by state and profession, resume advice, wage and benefits information, and much more.
  • Santa Cruz Jobs
    Free for local job hunters (registration is required). Employers can post job openings for a fee. Some postings will be out of the area.
  • Shoreline Workforce Development Services
    Shoreline Workforce Development Services is an education, training and employment division of Goodwill Industries of Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Luis Obispo Counties, Inc. that provides workforce development services designed to assist people with barriers to employment to maximize the use of their abilities in the competitive labor market. They also assist people who may be vocationally disadvantaged due to changes in the labor market, job loss, etc. Services include evaluation, situational assessment, vocational exploration, classroom and on-the-job training programs, placement assistance and supported employment. Computers and one-on-one assistance are available for job searches and resume writing.
  • USA Jobs
    The official job site of the United States Government. USAJOBS is provided at no cost and offers information on thousands of U.S. Government job opportunitites worldwide.
  • Wall Street Journal - Careers
    Has free registration for both employers and employees. Also features information on news and trends, a section on reinventing one's self, career strategies, the juggle, and office life. There is also a section on finding $100K+ jobs, free resume critique, executive recruiting, and WSJ Featured Employers.

Last updated Aug. 7, 2009 by BS

Step 4. Networking Sources

Who can confirm my findings and help me learn more about this occupation/company/field for an informational interview? How can friends and business associates assist me in my job search?

  • How to succeed in business using LinkedIn: making connections and capturing opportunities on the Web's #1 business networking site How to succeed in business using LinkedIn: making connections and capturing opportunities on the Web's #1 business networking site
    by Butow, Eric
    025.0665 BUT
    A practical guide to LinkedIn, a Web site designed to connect business professionals to share information, get answers, and promote themselves and their businesses. Coverage includes signing in and changing account settings, creating a profile, searching for people, adding and managing contacts, finding and recruiting for jobs, looking for and becoming a service provider, adding recommendations from others to your profile, using LinkedIn Answers to connect with other members in your network to exchange information, options for contacting other members, and other business networking web sites

  • Never eat alone and other secrets to success: one relationship at a time Never eat alone and other secrets to success: one relationship at a time
    by Ferrazzi, Keith
    658.409 FER
    Do you want to get ahead in life? Climb the ladder to personal success? The secret, master networker Keith Ferrazzi claims, is in reaching out to other people. As Ferrazzi discovered early in life, what distinguishes highly successful people from everyone else is the way they use the power of relationships - so that everyone wins. In Never Eat Alone, Ferrazzi lays out the specific steps - and inner mindset - he uses to reach out to connect with the thousands of colleagues, friends, and associates on his Rolodex, people he has helped and who have helped him.

  • Relationship economics: transform your most valuable business contacts into personal and professional success Relationship economics: transform your most valuable business contacts into personal and professional success
    by Nour, David
    650.13 NOU
    Success comes from learning how to invest in people for an extraordinary return. Understanding and developing the three types of relationships - personal, functional, and strategic - will ultimately help you hone critical skills to not only develop a nose for identifying great opportunities, but which relationships to tap for execution, performance and results.

  • Seven days to online networking: make connections to advance your career and business quickly Seven days to online networking: make connections to advance your career and business quickly
    by Sautter, Ellen
    650.1302 SAU
    Online networking : what it is and why you should be doing it -- How to stand out in the cyberspace crowd -- Seven ways to network online : a technology for every day of the week -- Social networking sites : six degrees of separation on steroids -- Blasting your way through the blogosphere -- Beyond linkedIn and blogs : more ways to connect online -- Day seven and beyond : keep it going and growing.

  • Why should extroverts make all the money? networking made easy for the introvert Why should extroverts make all the money? networking made easy for the introvert
    by Balzano, Frederica J
    650.13 BAL
    The founder and president of Effective Management Resources, Inc., explains how introverts can sell themselves, offering scenarios, scripts, and visualization tips for them to use in successful networking.


(Library card and PIN required from outside the library)

  • Gale Directory Library
    Online reference that includes Encyclopedia of Associations: International Organizations, Encyclopedia of Associations: National Organizations of the U.S., Encyclopedia of Associations: Regional, State, and Local Organizations, and National Directory of Non-Profit Organizations

  • Associations and Societies
    Seven out of 10 people in the U.S.A. belong to at least 1 organization, and 25% are members of 4 or more. So, local and national organizations, associations, and societies are great places to make connections to your next job - even your child's school parent-teacher organizations.
  • Findaschool
    A free and open resource database of links to higher education facilities worldwide for researchers, students and others, hosted and sponsored by Simple End User Linux. Certain types of schools are currently separated from this list: International Language Schools, International Flight Schools.
  • Jobvite
    The only recruitment platform tied into social networks to match a company's jobs to referrals from social networking sites as linkedin and facebook. Referrals come from employees who happen to communicate with job seekers on social networking sites and know them well enough to refer them to a company seeking good employees, helping those companies more likely find good employees and keep down hiring costs. Article in the New York Times, May 30, 2009, "Finding New Employees, via Social Networks."

Last updated Aug. 12, 2009 by BS

Step 5. Develop Resumes and Letters

What resources are available to assist in writing a resume? What resources are available to assist in writing a cover letter? As well as the websites listed below, there a books in the library. A few are listed below. The Dewey Decimal call number for books on resumes generally is 650.14. There are also books on resumes for specific occupations under other call numbers.

  • CareerPerfect.com
    While this website offers fee-based resume writing services, there is also expert advice and FAQs on resumes, e-resumes, vitas, and CVs, professional resume and cover letter examples, an electronic resume tutorial, and resume distribution service to the largest database of recruiters on the Internet that allows the user to target industries, positions, and geographic locations.
  • GotResumeBuilder.com
    This site offers a free and easy to use resume building tool, which allows users to create, format, and store multiple resumes, and download them in a variety of formats. (Registration required.) In addition, it features a resume tutorial, resume samples, and context-sensitive resume writing tips.
  • JobNow
    JobNow is a unique service that features expert resume assistance, live interview preparation and career coaching. Users can draw from a carefully-selected library of interview tips, resume templates, career assessments, and other valuable resources.
  • The Damn Good Resume
    Offers resume advice, sample resumes, cover letter help, job search tips and 52 job-search Q&A's, 25 tough resume problems, a section on finding your skills & talents, and other career center tools. Also available are professional resume writers with background and contact information.

Last updated Jan. 19, 2011 by JT

Step 6. Interviewing Tips

How to prepare for an interview. What type of interview questions might be asked. How to respond to interview questions, especially tough ones.

  • 101 great answers to the toughest interview questions 101 great answers to the toughest interview questions
    by Fry, Ron
    650.144 FRY
    Tough interview questions are inevitable in today's competitive job market. Ron Fry's 101 Great Answers to the Toughest Interview Questions has helped more than 500,000 job seekers pinpoint what employers are really asking with every question, and more importantly, what they want to hear in response. Now in its 5th edition, this no-nonsense guide will prepare you to leverage the trickiest questions to your advantage.

  • Sweaty palms: the neglected art of being interviewed Sweaty palms: the neglected art of being interviewed
    by Medley, Anthony
    650.144 MED
    It is always important to interview well, and especially in this very poor economy, where you'll need all the help you can get to in order to land a job. Sweaty Palms sets itself apart from just about every other one on the market. It's full of sensible advice, and it teaches you how to act naturally during a job interview. This book covers everything from where to look when in an interview to the best time to send a resume and the best time to schedule it.

  • JobNow
    JobNow is a unique service that features expert resume assistance, live interview preparation and career coaching. Users can draw from a carefully-selected library of interview tips, resume templates, career assessments, and other valuable resources.
  • Quinessential Careers
    The interview question section has a wide variety of interview questions and many tips for successful interviewing. Also included in this site are many other sections; as college choice, career, resume, job search alert, and a salary wizard. This organization has been in operation for 13 years, has more than 4,000 pages of free content aimed at success in college and a career.

Last updated May 19, 2009 by BS

Step 7. Explore Salary Resources

What is the average salary for the position I am seeking? How much money do I need to pay my expenses and save for my retirement?

  • Dynamite salary negotiations: know what you're worth and get it! Dynamite salary negotiations: know what you're worth and get it!
    by Krannich, Ronald L.
    650.14 KRA
    Offers analysis and clear prescriptions for salary success, discussing major factors in determining salaries, such as secrecy, salary history, salary requirements, and negotiating tactics. Dispels numerous myths, outlines key salary mistakes, and reviews major compensation trends. Tells how to acquire salary information and figure your own worth, how to respond to applications requesting salary history, how to handle tough interview questions, and how to negotiate a higher salary and terms of employment.

  • Get paid what you're worth: the expert negotiator's guide to salary and compensation Get paid what you're worth: the expert negotiator's guide to salary and compensation
    by Pinkley, Robin L
    650.14 PIN
    Begin getting paid what you're worth-today! -Learn why there may be more money available for you than you think -Find out how to "expand the pie" so you earn higher compensation -Get the confidence to turn your strategic thinking into specific action -Benefit from a panel of negotiations experts and their decades of experience

  • Negotiating your salary: how to make $1,000 a minute Negotiating your salary: how to make $1,000 a minute
    by Chapman, Jack
    650.14 CHA
    For 15 years, "Negotiating Your Salary" has been the bible for salary negotiations and, updated for the new millennium, this career classic is back to coach a new generation of job hunters.

  • California Occupational Guides - Wages and Salaries
    This section of the California Employment Development Department website gives wages and employment by occupation. Occupations are groupings of the jobs performed by millions of people every day. These data provide the wages and the number of people employed in those occupations. Among information given is wages for an occupation in any CA county or California, wages and employment for all occupations by geography, an advanced search method for wages or employment by multiple occupations or areas, and prevailing wages for foreign workers or Government contracts.
  • Salary.com
    Offers a Salary Wizard for either personal or business/HR, as well as other salary and information on number of jobs in your category, average salary and education, and some data by area. Also sells more detailed salary information and analysis.
  • SalaryExpert.com
    Provides free salary and benefits information for over 30,000 jobs. Also sells other employment reports and analysis. Can be used geographically to find salary and benefits statistics as well as buying power comparisons, compares local data with national norms. Pay access is available for data from 207 countries around the world.

Last updated May 22, 2009 by BS

Step 8. Checking the Details

Does my prospective employer provide a pension plan? What do my options for health benefits mean? What do I need to know about retirement plans? Are fair labor practices followed?

Last updated May 22, 2009 by BS