Searching the Net with Your Trusty Computer
What You will Find on This Page . . .
- Instructions on How to do Research Online
- Link to Job Banks
- Link to Job Search Engines
- Link to Video Career Clips
- Link to Occupational Profiles
- Link to Schools’ Search
With online research, you operate within the comfort zone of your own private space. One of the advantages of this kind of research is that you can have access to the most up-to-date information by searching the web. One caution however. Not everything online is ‘current’. Always check the dates on all information. Select your information sources wisely.
- Job Banks – job descriptions will give you info on what employers are looking for in employees today.
- Video Career Clips will give you a feel for the work being done in a job.
- Occupational Profiles – will give you the nitty-gritty details: duties, working conditions, personal characteristics, educational requirements, salary, etc.
While doing your Research Online, be sure and check the websites sponsored by colleges, universities, technical schools and other post-secondary institutions that you are interested in attending.
A Job Bank is a website that lists current job openings that job searchers can apply for. Job Banks can be used as Occupational Research Tools. Short of talking directly to the employer, they will tell you what employers are looking for, right now, in any particular field or occupation.
Sites like Monster.com will allow you to search internationally for jobs in North America, Europe, Africa, Asia, Australasia, Central America, the Middle East, South America and so on. One government website called JOB BANK lists jobs in Canada.
You’ll find jobs listed by category: Accounting, homeworkers, airlines industry, banking, biotech, broadcasting, call center work, child care, computer systems, construction. engineering, environmental eco jobs, executive, fitness & wellness, food service, government, healthcare & medical, hospitality & hotel, hourly, human resources, journalism, law enforcement, marketing, modeling, nursing, management & corporate, non-profit, pharmacy, publishing, sales, security, working after retirement, therapy, transportation, warehouse, voluntary jobs.
Cruise the job ads. Do you think you’d want to work in any of these jobs? Note down the titles of any jobs that appeal to you. You can use other tools to flesh out and confirm what you are finding there.
When you are finished doing your Job Bank Research, return here for your free Video Career Research Links in the next section.
Eluta.ca is a search engine specializing in finding new job announcements at employers across Canada.
Eluta monitors new job announcements at tens of thousands of employer locations across Canada each day, and lists them in a searchable database.
Do you have a skill you can advertise online. Employers are looking for talented freelance writers, programmers, accountants, web designers and more. You can advertise yourself under the title “contractor”. Sign up as a contractor at Elance.com
Open up your search and go worldwide. Guru.com lists jobs that can be done from anywhere in the world. They have a safe payment system, so you don’t have to be concerned about getting paid. Create your profile, find a project, do the job on your own time, and get paid. Take the tour and create your profile as a “freelancer”. Have a look at the jobs at Guru.com
Free Video Clips
Want to know what it’s like to work in a specific job in your Chosen Occupation? Another aspect of your Research Online is to check out these Video Career Clips to see real people in real work situations.
It’s the next best thing to talking to them yourself. You only need one or two good video resources for this kind of research. Below are two excellent sources to check out.
The Alberta Learning Information Service has some of the best Free Online Career Videos available. They show people in action on the job. Watching these people in videos gives you a good feel for that type of work. Clips run six minutes. (Best in a Windows Environment).
Note: Be sure to listen to the Help Video by clicking on the first tab called “ALIS Help Videos” – to learn how to use this site. Otherwise you may miss a lot of the information on this site.
The Career Cruising Multimedia Job Exploration System
There are over 450 video clips of real workers, talking about their likes and dislikes about their careers, on this site. Usually two interviews are offered for each job.
However, you can have free access to this multimedia job exploration system, through University and College Career Centers, Labor Market Information Centers, Employment Centers, and some libraries in major cities across the US and Canada.
Just to give you an idea of what it’s about, here is a video tutorial highlighting how Career Cruising helps you to create a resume, based on your answers to a questionnaire, and how to decide which courses to take in High School to support your career choice.
For more information. See Career Cruising.
Now that you know about this great resource for doing your PC Research, call around and find out where “Career Cruising” is available to the public in your area. It’s well worth the effort to find it. It can save you a lot of digging for information in libraries and online.
Searching Occupational Profiles
No Research Online is complete without checking out the Occupational Profiles of Jobs you are interested in. These are quick summaries of the essential requirements for each job. They include a listing of common duties performed, expected working conditions, personal attributes that are useful in the job, educational requirements, salary range, related occupations, and high school subjects related to this kind of job. You will also find these occupational profiles in ‘Career Cruising’ (described above).
This Learning Information Service provides detailed and up-to-date information on more than 500 occupations (types of work) in a format called occupational profiles. Includes duties, working conditions, personal characteristics, educational requirements, salary. Search by: Title, Interest, School and College Subject Areas, Industry, Occupational Code.
The College Board Online’s College Majors and Career Profiles provides detailed information on hundreds of careers in major occupational groups if you’re thinking of getting a college degree or you already have one.
Colleges and Universities in the United States
Try 50States.com – This site helps students find schools by state and by type: colleges, universities, nursing, art/design and community college.
Looking for a School in Canada?
Try SchoolFinder.com – This site is a listing of schools across Canada.
Looking for a School in British Columbia, Canada?
Check out EducationPlanner.ca
Set up your program search using search filters on: field of study, subject area, region, institution, length of program, co-op/work experience, etc.
This Link Will Take You Through Steps 1, 2, 3 and 4 of the Program
Step 1 - Discovering Who You Are
- 1. Your Work Style Preferences
- Your Work Style Preferences Overview
- 4. Your Central Motivations
- Your Central Motivators - An Overview
- 5. Your Multiple Intelligences
- Multiple Intelligences - An Overview
- Multiple Intelligences Descriptions
- 60 Ways to Boost Your Intelligences
- How to Develop Your Intelligences
- The Quick Job Analysis Guide
- Career Chart
Step 2 - Exploring Your Career Options
- Get the FAQs About Career Exploration 9 Frequently Asked Questions on Job Searching
- Researching the Major Occupational Groups How to Do Job Research - Your Search Tool Links
Step 3 - Doing the Research For Your Dream Job
- Paper Research
- Help For Doing Paper Researching
- Online Research
- Help For Doing Research Online
- People Research Links
- Help For Doing People Researching
- How to Prepare for the Information Interview
- 20 Interview Questions for Informational Interviews
- Sample Phone Scripts for Information Interviews
- Writing the Interview Thank You Letter
- Participation Research Links
- Help For Doing Participation Researching
- Open Houses in the Workplace and at Schools
- Job Shadowing
- 21 Sample Job Shadows in the Workplace
- Temping & Volunteering as Participation Research
- 50 Basic Questions Checklist For Job Researching
Step 4 - Managing Your Career - Doing Career Planning
- Taking Care of Your Career - Building Your Toolkit
- Arriving in Your New Career - 8 Workable Career Management Options
- Preventing Burnout: The Burnout Checklist
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