Info Resources

6 months ago Jack Hoffman Comments Off on Info Resources

Your goal should be to become an expert on the job or career you are searching for. These resources can help you do that.


  1. Encyclopedia of Careers and Vocational GuidanceThis four-volume set brings the greatest amount of information about occupations to your fingertips. You can look up an occupation and find three or four pages of detailed information, from the history of the job to the chances for advancement.
  2. The Occupational Outlook Handbook- Published annually by the U.S. Dept. of Labor, this book describes 250 jobs in detail. You can find job descriptions, education and training requirements, earnings, and employment outlook.
  3. The Jobs Rated Almanac- To quickly see how specific jobs stack up compared to others in terms of salary, stress, benefits, travel, physical demands or other characteristics, look at this book. For example, if you’re interested in the low-stress job, stay out of politics: the most stressful is President of the United States. The least stressful is musical instrument repairer. If employment outlook is important to you, look for financial aid: software engineer has the best and requires significant education. Shoe repair has the worst.
  4. Online Searches- Use any of the online search engines to find information about a job or company of interest.
  5. Contacts Influential- Available at the library, this book lists thousands of businesses of all different types, including retail stores, service companies, wholesalers, manufacturers, public agencies and more.
  6. The Yellow or White Pages– You can find names and phone numbers and other valuable information.
  7. Friends, relatives, family members, past employers– It is truly amazing how many people you’ll find who know just the right person for you to call.
  8. Chamber of Commerce– A stop here can provide you with directories and listings as well as names of contact people.
  9. Back issues of newspapers– Go to the library and look at the want ads from one or two years ago. Since one to two years is a typical turnover rate, you may find a number of these positions open again. Make a list of employers who advertised jobs that you want.
  10. Call the company- Talk with people other than the person who interviews– receptionist, public relations, another worker.
  11. Talk to workers – at the company as they are leaving for the day. If the company is open to the public, a store for example, spend some time there observing and listening.
  12. Look at company advertisements. Do they push an image, low prices, and fast service? Study ads in the Yellow Pages, newspapers, magazines, radio, TV and online. How does the company sell itself?
  13. Check the library for books or articles about the position you are seeking. There are books on just about every job or industry. Study them.
  14. Check local newspapers and magazines for articles on the company, its competitors. and the industry in general.
  15. HR Skills Training– HR work training that we are offering in practical & ready to use an approach that will get you several steps ahead of your competition.