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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. 4-minute Helper Video External Link



Virtual & Work From Home Jobs

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 - 2-minute Helper Video External Link


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:
Keyword Search for Careers and Jobs External Link - 2-minute Helper Video External Link


If we don't know which career we want, but know the academic major

Selecting an academic major (over 66 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:
Academic Major Careers External Link - 2-minute Helper Video (Accounting) External Link


If we don't know which career we want, and don't know the academic major - explore careers based on an 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 - 2-minute Helper Video External Link
Bachelor's Degree Jobs External Link
Master's Degree Jobs External Link
Doctorate Degree Jobs External Link


If we would like to explore careers based on 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 - 2-minute Helper Video 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.
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.
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 25.2 Database (Updated February 2021) 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. ConsultaPedia.com has modified all or some of this information. USDOL/ETA has not approved, endorsed, or tested these modifications.

CareerOneStop These pages also include certification and professional association
data from CareerOneStop.org.



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:
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.


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.
    • 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.
    • Spend time using each of the areas to properly prepare, as below:
    • View an introductory video about our chosen occupation.
    • Use the links to 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.
    • Begin to prepare for our interview (use our interview web resources)
    • Conduct informational interviews (use LinkedIn® and other professional social networks for contacts)



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