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Explore, Prepare and Take Action

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Explore Career Options - Identify appropriate careers without becoming overwhelmed.
Prepare - Detailed resources to prepare for chosen career(s).
Take Action - Resources and links necessary to move forward and take appropriate action.

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How can we get started without getting overwhelmed? Simple - we just need to choose the most appropriate starting point. Use our career pages to explore the career(s) of choice.


If we know which career we want

If we already have a good idea about which career we seek, we may start our preparation by searching using specific keywords. We can search for either:
General Career Terms External Link or
Specific Career Terms External Link.


If we don't know which career we want, but know the general discipline

If we don't know which career we seek, we can start our preparation by exploring disciplines that interests us. We can browse and search the following disciplines:
Accounting External Link
Information Technology & Programming External Link
International Business External Link
Law/Paralegal External Link
Management External Link
Real Estate External Link


If we don't know which career we want, and don't know the general discipline - explore careers based on our educational level

Browsing careers based on various levels of educational achievement can help us to discover careers that we might never have considered. This may help us to identify jobs that we qualify for now, or in the near future. We can also identify career ladder possibilities by checking "Similar Jobs" and "Similar Occupations - Change a Career" in the results area. We can explore careers and jobs predominantly filled by those with the following academic degrees:
Associate's Degree (Entry Level Jobs) External Link
Associate's Degree Jobs External Link
Bachelor's Degree (Entry Level Jobs) External Link
Bachelor's Degree Jobs External Link
Master's Degree Jobs External Link
Doctorate Degree Jobs External Link


Information and Resources we provide

Detailed Job Information

We use official U.S. Department of Labor data sources to provide updated information specific to particular jobs and careers.

Information includes:
Core and Supplemental Duties: Lists the worker-related tasks performed for the job.
General and Specific Work Activities: Summarizes the broad and more specific types of job behaviors related to the job.
Knowledge Required: Represents the necessary acquisition of facts and principles about types of information
Skills Required: Provides basic skills and cross-functional skills for a job.
Preparation Required: Provides a summary of the required experience and education for a job.
Educational Requirements: Detailed breakdown of the prior educational experience required to perform in a job.
Work Experience Required: Detailed breakdown of the prior work experience required to perform in a job.
Local Salary Information: Provides national and local salary ranges for the job.
Certifications: Provides government and private-sector certifications and/or credentials required for a job.
Links to Find a Job: Links to current and active job listings.
Similar Job Titles (with links to jobs): Provides many job titles similar to the one chosen, along with current and active job listings.
Career Start: Provides links to the top 10 occupations with similar capabilities and interests (for starting a similar career)
Career Change: Provides links to the top 10 occupations with similar skills and Experience (for changing a career).

O*NET in-it

These pages include information from the O*NET 24.2 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA.


Additional Web Resources

Our proprietary web search resources include specific links that never get old – always updated … The resources you see in the afternoon may be different than the resources you saw this morning. Accessing continually updated informational resources is vital in today’s rapidly changing environment.

This information includes:
Occupational Profiles: Provides resources that can help you to identify which occupation might be a great fit for you.
Resumes: Sources for resume materials and techniques. This can help to get you started.
Cover Letters: Sources that can help you to draft an appropriate cover letter during the job hunt.
Interviews: Provides links that can help you to prepare for and successfully complete the job interview.
Salary Data: Sources that can provide detailed salary and wage data.
Raises: Advice is provided on how to negotiate a raise with your current employer.
Jobs: Directs to job banks and resources. There are many options available to identify job openings.
Classifieds: Provides links to job classifieds, often broken down by specific industry.
Step by Step: Provides links to resources that can help to organize the career search process.
Career Change: There are many issues involved when planning a career change process, and these resources will help.
LinkedIn®: One of the best professional social media sites that provides links, opportunities, and networking specifically for careers and career development.
Career Path: These resources will help to identify career paths and career progression.


Once we have identified career(s) of interest and noted how we will need to prepare (in detail), we will need to take action. Here is a brief list to get us started:

  • Use any of the links in the "EXPLORE" tab (above) to identify a career. Once one is selected, and we scroll down the results page, we will see the "Prepare for a Job" Result areas. Please see the screenshot (below) as an example of the "Prepare for a Job" Result areas.
    • ConsultaPedia - Prepare for a Job Result Areas
      Spend time using each of the areas to properly prepare, as below:
    • Begin to develop experience performing the key job duties and work activities. Examine the areas of Core Duties, Supplemental Duties, Work Activities, and Specific Work Activities.
    • Develop the required knowledge, skills, and abilities. Examine the areas of Knowledge Required and Skills Required.
    • Choose jobs that are appropriate to our current level of educational achievement and prior work experience. Examine the areas of Education Required and Work Experience Required.
    • Obtain the appropriate certifications and credentials. Examine the area of Certifications
    • If starting our career - prepare a list of occupations that have similar general capabilities and interests. Examine the area of Similar Occupations - Start a Career
    • If changing our career - prepare a list of occupations that have similar general skills and experience. Examine the area of Similar Occupations - Change a Career
  • As above, once we have selected an occupation, and we scroll down the results page, we will see the "Job Specific Resources" Result areas. Please see the screenshot (below) as an example of the "Job Specific Resources" Result areas.
    • ConsultaPedia - Job Specific Resources Result Areas
      Spend time using each of the areas to properly prepare, as below:
    • Download and browse the Occupational Profile document.
    • Prepare our resume (or C.V.)
    • Prepare a generic cover letter and prepare customized versions for each job application. Please see Qualifications Briefs External Link for more details on how to do this.
    • Prepare for our interview (use our interview web resources)
    • Obtain salary data and prepare for negotiations
    • Examine internship and job openings
    • Conduct informational interviews (use LinkedIn® and other social networks for contacts)

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