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For career explorers, who are sick of getting overwhelmed by having to go to 5 different web sites, we offer free one-page solutions that are easy to navigate and don't require a log in. We provide thousands of active jobs, just like the major job boards, but we also provide comprehensive career preparation on the same page (everything you need), with multiple ways to get started - we make it easy! Scroll down to begin your journey... Here is a 4-minute Helper Video External Link

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There are key interrelationships among career factors. We developed the ConsultaPedia Career Framework © to guide you through career development. Although it initially might seem complex, we'll ensure you're fully equipped to handle this without feeling overwhelmed. Our process is designed to assist you to continually reflect on and possibly adapt your career direction. As your education, work experience, career preferences, and goals (short-term, long-term) change, so should your career development tasks. Here is specific feedback based on your responses and selections. We start with specific job-level resources, follow with career-level resources, then present goal resources (based on your selections and our recommendations), and finish with your networking activity selections:
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Building a successful career requires more than just finding a job that pays well. It takes careful planning, intentional action, and a commitment to continuous learning and professional development. However, navigating the career development process can be overwhelming, especially for college and university students who are just starting out in their fields. Here is a 5-step process for achieving successful career development without getting overwhelmed:
Career Development External Link


It can be very helpful to complete our careers test if we're not sure how to get started, or would like to explore multiple alternative careers based on our preferences. Our 60 question survey asks how much we'd enjoy performing very specific work tasks - and provides results with career recommendations that might be most appealing to our needs. Our Careers Test page also provides job listings, career preparation details and updated career-specific web resources to help us secure a job:
Careers Test External Link - 2-Minute Helper Video External Link


Due to layoffs, burnout or determining that we no longer find our existing career meaningful, we may be searching for a new career path. If we would like to change careers, how can we get moving? Use our Career Change Portal - it starts with searching thousands of specific job titles, and ends up providing active job listings and details for any of several related career paths and jobs:
Career Change Portal External Link - 2-Minute Helper Video External Link

Other Ways To Get Started

If we prefer not to use the 5-Step Career Development Process External Link, take the FREE Careers Test External Link, or use the Career Change Portal External Link, how can we move forward without getting overwhelmed? Simple - we just need to choose the most appropriate starting point. Use one of our pages (below) to explore the career(s) of choice.

Do you know what job title you seek?

If we already have a good idea about which specific job title(s) we seek, we may start our preparation with a search using keywords, and then diving into how to prepare for career(s) matched to the job(s):
Keyword Search Job Titles External Link - More Detailed 3-Minute Helper Video External Link

Would you like to discover careers that relate to a specific academic discipline/major?

Selecting an academic major (over 100 are listed) can help us to identify specific types of careers. Some degree programs are very specific regarding employment opportunities, while others offer a multitude of career choices. Please select an academic major for details:
College Discipline, Degree and Academic Major Careers External Link - More Detailed 3-Minute Helper Video External Link

Would you like to explore careers by level of academic achievement – in other words what you qualify for now or in the near future?

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 careers/jobs that we qualify for now, or in the near future. We can also identify careers that are related to our job choices, which allows us to fully explore our passions. We can explore careers and jobs predominantly filled by those with various academic degrees and levels of work experience:
Careers Based on Various Levels of Education and Work Experience External Link

Would you like to identify careers by examining job categories (SOC)?

Browsing careers based on categories (SOC Codes) can also help us to discover careers that we might never have considered. This tool provides a great way to explore careers from general to specific - using Standard Occupational Codes (SOC) as filters:
Explore Careers based on Category (SOC) External Link - More Detailed 3-Minute Helper Video External Link

Do you need a virtual or work-from-home career/job?

Here is a page to help you identify, prepare, apply for, and obtain a "virtual" or "stay at home" job:
Virtual & Work From Home Jobs External Link - More Detailed 3-Minute Helper Video External Link

Do you just need to see active job listings, without career preparation?

This page allows you to search for active job listings. You simply specify the title of the job you seek ("sales" is the default). You can also specify the U.S. city location (your city is the default), specify the distance from location, and specify when the job was posted:
Search Active Jobs Listings External Link

Suggest Additional Career Tools

We incrementally develop FREE interactive on-line tools to help you more effectively manage your career. Please feel welcome to suggest additional tools for this page:

Information Provided

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.
Professional Associations: Provides professional associations related to the job(s) you chose.
Links to Find a Job: Links to current and active job listings.
Job Listings: Provides current job listings for the job selected along with multiple similar job titles - this helps to truly explore the field.
Related Careers to Consider: Lists up to 20 careers that might be of interest to you (related to your initial choice - what they do, what they know, and what they're called), ranked by best fit.

Data Sources

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We use a variety of data sources to provide updated information specific to careers and jobs.
These pages include information from the O*NET 28.2 Database (Updated quarterly - most recently in February 2024) 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. has modified all or some of this information. USDOL/ETA has not approved, endorsed, or tested these modifications.

U.S. Bureau of Labor StatisticsWe include job and career statistical data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

CareerOneStop These pages also include certification and professional association data from

ZipRecruiterThese pages include job listings provided by

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:
Videos: Provides video resources that will introduce you to the chosen occupation.
Resumes: Sources for resume materials and techniques. This can help to get you started.
Job Descriptions: Sources that provide job descriptions, which are vital to resume and interview preparation.
Interviews: Provides links that can help you to prepare for and successfully complete the job interview.
Step by Step: Provides links to resources that can help to organize the career search and development process.
LinkedIn®: One of the best professional social media sites that provides links, opportunities, and networking specifically for careers and career development.

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