Information on the Internet changes daily, even hourly, so sites listed here can quickly become obsolete. To get the most current information, you can do your own research online. Surfing the Internet is fun and educational.
You might also try your local bookstore or library. There are many books that, like traditional phone books, provide current Internet addresses, commonly referred to as URLs (Universal Resource Locators).
In the interest of getting you started, here are the URLs for some of the top sites related to job hunting and careers, valid at the time of this book's publication:
America's Career InfoNet (http://www.acinet.org/acinet/)
ACINet displays a variety of occupational, demographic, and labor market information at the local, state, and national levels. It also includes an extensive collection of links to other Internet resources through its Career Resource Library.
America's Job Bank (http://www.ajb.dni.us/)
America's Job Bank features federal and state government jobs as well as those in the private sector. The job openings come from all over the country and represent all types of work, from professional, managerial and technical to blue collar, clerical and sales.
America's Learning eXchange (http://www.alx.org/)
ALX connects users to career development, training and education, and employment resources important to remain competitive in today's workforce. It offers a searchable database of profiles on courses, seminars/workshops, degree or certificate granting programs, and training materials.
Career Builder (http://www.careerbuilder.com)
CareerBuilder features jobs from many different career sites, personalized job hunting tools, skills certification, and informative career articles.
CareerMag lets you post your resume and build a personal portfolio or website. Search jobs from among their thousands of listings.
At CareerShop you can search jobs, post your resume and also receive personalized assistance on revising your resume.
CareerSite offers thousands of job postings and allows you to post your resume. Also features informative articles on various career subjects.
EmploymentGuide is a recruitment site. Features thousands of help-wanted listings. Post your resume online or fill out a search agent form to have new jobs e-mailed straight to you.
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Federal Jobs, Career Central is the database for federal job openings. In addition, it provides job seekers with advice and how-to information for landing government positions.
Hotjobs is a popular career website. Post your resume online, search job databases, and use other career resources available on this website.
Monster.com is the leading global online network for careers. Peruse classified ads, post your resume online, chat with other job hunters, and read articles about job hunting at this website.
Occupational Outlook Handbook (http://www.bls.gov/oco/)
Operated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this website offers career information by occupation. It describes what workers do on the job, working conditions, training and education needed, earnings, and expected job prospects.
Peterson's Guide (http://www.petersononline.com)
Peterson's is a comprehensive education resource. Search for colleges, graduate programs and financial aid.
The Riley Guide (http://www.rileyguide.com)
The Riley Guide is a directory of employment and career information sources and services on the Internet. It provides instruction for job seekers on how to use the Internet to their best advantage.
To conduct your own search for useful career websites and also to research industries and individual companies, use a search engine. Below are some of the most popular databases.