Jobs/Careers

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

NETWORKING

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.

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.

TSNN.com
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.

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.

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

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

National Internet Resources

CareerBuilder.com List of 250,000 jobs searchable by keyword, category, or location
Monster.com 350,000 jobs listed
HireAbility.com Jobs in information technology including those for freelancers, telecommuters, and recruiters.
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.
Indeed.com Includes job listings from major job boards, newspapers, associations and company career pages
Linkup Job listings directly from company web sites
SimplyHired.com Job search engine that searches thousands of job sites and companies.
Jobrapido.com Searches through over 2 million jobs posted on job boards, recruitment agencies, career and company websites.
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