Jobs and Career Planning Resources

Career Planning Puzzle

Books                                                           Internships
Gateways                                                     International Jobs
All Purpose Sites                                           Job Openings
Career Information                                       Salary/Relocation Information
College Majors                                              Graduate/Professional School
NVC Online Databases


The purpose of this guide is to lead the beginning researcher to the most important and useful sources in the Reference Collection and online for job and career planning resources.  The list of sources is not exhaustive; please consult with a Reference Librarian for additional suggestions. 


Bay Area Employer Directory by James R. Albin (1994).  Call no.: R331.128.

Ferguson's Encyclopedia of Careers and Vocational Guidance, Fifteenth Edition (2011).  Call no.: REF 331.702 Encyclopedia v.1-5.

New Guide for Occupational Exploration:  Linking Interests, Learning and Careers by Michael Farr and Laurence Shatkin.  Call no.: REF 331/702 Farr.

Occupational Outlook Handbook 2010-11 Edition by the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.  Call no.: REF 331.702 Occupational 2010-11.

Occupational Projections and Training Data, 2008-2009 Edition by the U.S. Department of Labor.  Call no.: REF 331.702 United.

Occupational Projections and Training Data, 2006-07 Edition by the U.S. Department of Labor.  Call no.: REF 331.702 United 2006-2007.

O*Net Dictionary of Occupational Titles (2002).  Call no. REF 331.7 O*Net

Peterson's Internships (2005).  Call no.:  REF 331.259 Internships.

The Top 100:  The Fastest Growing Careers for the 21st Century, Fourth Edition.  Call no.: REF 331.702 TOP.

Online Databases

Learning Express Job & Career Accelerator
This all-in-one online resource will guide you through the job search process.  Using Learning Express tutorials, you can explore occupations, improve your chances of getting hired through several tips, find out about jobs you are interested in, create a resume and cover letter as well as track your job search.  Create a user name (your library card number) and a password to use this excellent resource.

Learning Express Library
"Learning Express Library offers practice tests, exercises, skill-building courses, eBooks, and information you need to achieve the results you want -- at school, at work, or in life.  If you're looking to land a job, the entire Learning Center is dedicated to helping you find one that is right for you!"



Employment Opportunities and Job Resources on the Internet
Also known as the Riley Guide, this comprehensive list of job links includes informaton on using the Internet for a job search.  Locate information by profession or geographic area.  Find government positions and international opportunities, Co-ops, internships and summer jobs are also included.

Napa Valley College Career Center
NVC's own Career Center has a web page that will lead NVC students, alumni and their potential employers to valuable career and job information.   Links to Twitter keep students appraised of the latest local companies with job openings.  Find information on part-time and full-time jobs and internships, as well as educational and career planning.  The site contains links to Eureka Career Information System, an online career assessment service available to NVC students at no charge.  Find descriptions of over 800 careers and over 1500 career specialties.

All Purpose Career and Job Sites

California Career Resource Network
The focus of the California Career Resource Network is "to provide all persons in California with career development information and resources to enable them to reach their career goals."  Download the California Career Planning Guide to get started!

A gateway to career information for both recent graduates and experienced job seekers, sponsored by the National Association of Colleges and Employers.
This site is tops with many college job seekers.  Post a resume or use the search engine to browse job list by industry or location.

Career Information

California Career Zone
California Career Zone is designed especially for students to locate information on over 900 occupations from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) database. 

California Colleges Career Education Website is the state's official website that provides information about higher education in California for students, counselors, and parents. It has been developed in collaboration with the California State University (CSU), University of California (UC), California Community Colleges (CCC), the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU) and the California Department of Education.

Career Clues
Brought to you by the California Community College Chancellor's Office Grant Project, "provides 16 short learning opportunities to help students gather and interpret important information about themselves and what they want from their lives.  It contains tools, strategies, and practical suggestions."  Video clips help students to explore career options available to them.

Career Planning and Placement Center, UC Berkeley
An excellent site to begin thinking about decision-making career planning and job search strategies.  Even though this site is designed for use by UC Berkeley students, the information contained herein is not limited to UC students only.

Occupational Outlook Handbook Online
The handbook is the U.S. government's premier publication on careers, providing information about changes in the world of work and the qualifications that will be needed by tomorrow's workers.

O*NET Career Assessments
Use O*NET'S self-directed career exploration/assessment tools to identify your work-related interests, what you consider important on the job and your abilities.   Match your job skills with the requirements of occupations in the local labor market.

RoadTrip Nation
RoadTrip Nation is a group that travels the country in a Green Class "A" RV inteviewing inspirational people who have defined success on their own terms and who love what they do for a living.  The site contains videos as well as interviews.  Students can apply to be a team member and take the road trip in the months of June, July and August (The 2011 deadline has closed, but 2012 trip is open).  The manifesto  of RoadTrip Nation is "It's up to you to define your road in life based on what you are truly passionate about.  By discovering that path, you'll end up contributing to the world in your own distinct way."

College Majors

Major Finder
Sacramento State Career Center has created a helpful handout relating personality types with areas of study and careers.  Download and fill out this great tool to see what college major to consider!

Presented by the California Community Colleges, this lively video gives tips and provides resources to explore choosing a major.  While not designed to deliver a comprehensive career assessment, it will point you in the right direction (toward you college's career resources) to get the help you need.

The College Board
The College Board is a not-for-profit organization that provides students a path to college opportunities, including financial aid and scholarships.  Use their "major and career profiles" to search for your area of interest.

Choosing a Major
Keene State College has put together a useful summary of strategies for choosing a major.

Internships/Summer Jobs

Links to 40,000+ jobs for the summer in national parks, resorts, camps, ranches, cruises, and more.  Search by location or skills.
A top website for internship seekers.  Research and apply to hundreds of internship programs from this site.

International Jobs

World Abroad Web Sites Directory
A guide to overseas employment sites of all kinds, prepared by the Univerity of Michigan.  Includes volunteering, teaching, short and long-term employment, plust profession and region specific sites.

One Small Planet
Contains links to work, study, volunteer and travel opportunities for virtually every country.  Also provides information on visa requirements as well as links, when available, about the countries' history, culture, literature and more.

Transitions Abroad
Includes articles and other information about work, study, travel and living abroad.  Lots of practical advice for both novices and experienced travelers and dozens of links to related information on other websites

Resources for Study Abroad
From the University of Southern California, an excellent source of web links covering work, study and travel overseas.

Job Openings

America's Job Bank
A service of the U.S. Department of Labor, this site connects both state employment offices and thousands of job openings nationwide from professional to clerical.

Search job ads placed in major newspapers across the U.S. in the last two weeks.  Remember that classified ads traditionally are not the most effective way to find job openings.

Federal Jobs Digest
Thousands of jobs with the federal government listed in 17 broad categories.  Register your resume online for federal employers to browse.

The U.S. government's official job announcements site from the Office of Personnel Management.  Updated daily.  Many federal agencies also list job openings on their individual websites.

Job Bank USA
Specializes in providing job and resume services to job candidates, employers, and recruitment first in the U.S. and worldwise.

Military Career Guide Online
Describes training, advancement, and educational opportunities with each of the five military branches.  Includes details of over 150 military occupations.

Napa Valley College Career Center
Links to Twitter keep students appraised of the latest openings with local employers.  A great resource!

North Bay Business Journal
This publication provides a great list of different industries in the North Bay Area.

San Francisco Jobs:  The California Local JobNetwork
Whether a job seeker or an employer, this site connects the two together.  Describing themselves as "the premier online network for California jobs and careers", San Francisco Job connects the most progressive companies with the most qualified career-minded individuals."

Salary/Relocation Information

JobStar Central
A comprehensive listing of salary survey sites linked to specific professions can be found here.

The Salary Calculator
Imagine an offer of $50,000 a year in Napa -- would it cover your expenses?  Find answers by exploring salary and cost-of-living calculations at this website.  Also has information about cities, finding a home or apartment, and planing a move.
Offers in-depth coverage of salary information for thousands of job titles--both base pay and salary ranges for specific locations and much more.  Probably the best salary site on the Web.

CNN Money's Best Places to Live in America
Based on Money magazine's annual list of the best places to live in America, has statistical snapshops and cost of living comparisons.

Graduate/Professional School

Peterson's Education Center
Useful for researching graduate school programs, including links to schools and programs.  Also included is information on graduate programs at foreign universities.

Graduate School Rankings
From U.S. News & World Report, the annual rankings.  Professional debate their value, but students love them.  Use with caution!

GRE Online  GRE Online
Contains information about GRE test dates and answers questions about the electronic version of the test.
From the Graduate Management Admission Council, features information about applying to graduate business school and financing an MBA.  You can register for the GMAT and review more than 400 graduate management programs.

AAMC Website
Comprehensive site including information on medical schools, the Association of Medical Colleges and applicant information.


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Last updated: Feb. 5, 2013                                                                     Questions & Comments: Nancy McEnery