Recommended Career Resources

Below are some useful links and resources to support you in your transition into a new job, and to help you be the best you can be. This page brings together in one place the career resources available in this Career Assessment Program.

What You will Find on This Page . . .

  1. Resources for Online Research
  2. Education & Training Resources
  3. Sharing “Life Together” During Your 1st Year at College
  4. Finding a School
  5. Resources for Personal Development
  6. Resources for Building a Resume



ONLINE RESEARCH



THE CANADIAN CAREER HANDBOOK – provides global ratings assigned to ten occupational groups. They lay out the skills, worker characteristics and other indicators related to occupations, that you need to know about to make an informed career decision. This site is constantly changing it’s access link. Look for the list of Occupational Descriptions.

THE U.S. OCCUPATIONAL OUTLOOK HANDBOOK is published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
It lays out 23 SOC or Standard Occupational Classification Groups from 00-0000 to 53-0000. The graphic below shows you what the page should look like. Just click on the links and you will be taken deep into this database, which is a wealth of information.

PERSONALITY PORTRAITS – One of the most comprehensive sites about Personality, illustrating the sixteen distinct personality types in the currently most widely-accepted Personality Type model. Each type has its own characteristics which can be identified in individual personalities.

ALBERTA LEARNING INFORMATION SERVICES (ALIS)
500 occupations by Title, Interest, Subject, Industry and NOC Code – giving you all the details, from working conditions, salaries, and advancement opportunities to personal characteristics and educational qualifications.

AVERAGE WAGES AND SALARIES FOR JOBS IN CANADA BY PROVINCE
Scan the list of jobs under these categories: Health And Medical Average Salaries, Business and Finance Average Salaries, Sales and Service Average Salaries, Scientific and Engineering Average Salaries, Social and Education Average Salaries, Trades and Transport Average Salaries, Arts Average Salaries. You can compare wages across the country.



EDUCATION AND TRAINING RESOURCES


COLLEGE MAJORS AND CAREER PROFILES
If you’re thinking about college, it’s also time to start thinking about college majors and careers. Here’s the place to explore all the possibilities.

Before searching for colleges by the majors they offer, take the time to learn about some of the over 600 majors and careers profiled at the above link.

IS COLLEGE RIGHT FOR YOU?
The facts about Getting a College Education will help with making an informed decision.



SHARING “LIFE TOGETHER” DURING YOUR 1ST YEAR AT COLLEGE


The resources below were contributed by Kathy, who thought they would make “good additions” to this page. If you are in residence in college, or sharing a “dorm suite” with others, you might like to take a look at these. They could provide some useful tools that will empower you in all your relationships.

There are some “life skills” here that you may find yourself using long after your graduation. You’ll learn how to handle those “unpredictable moments” that sometimes arise in getting along with others. Thanks to Kathy for these really helpful resources!

THE ULTIMATE FRESHERS’ WEEK SURVIVAL GUIDE
Here are some great tips that apply to all students no matter where you live, including some you’ll want to use all year round. What not to forget: The Essentials List and the Non-Essential List, plus Completing Your Registration, Taking Advantage of the Many Guided Tours Available, Dropping by the Students’ Union, The Best Ways to Socialize, Moving into Residence – Your Room, The Communal Areas, Bathroom Etiquette, The Shared Kitchen, Quick & Easy Meal Ideas, How to Manage Your Money, and Your Personal Health & Safety. Maybe, there is something on this site that you need to know. See for yourself.

COLLEGE ROOMMATES: THE BASICS
During your first year in college, you will meet many of your best friends. However, sharing a living space together will test your resourcefulness, at times. To smooth the rough patches and get you off to a good start, this site will show you some Strategies for Success in communication, and how to get along more easily with others. Be sure to watch the video of Holly describing her first year.

6 SURVIVAL TIPS FOR DORM LIFE IN A SUITE
Living in a “Dorm Suite” offers more privacy than the “traditional” dorm set-up, because you do have your own room, but share a bathroom, kitchen and common living area. It’s really living in a shared apartment with a number of other students. Here are some suggestions for making your life together more enjoyable, and easier to be supportive and helpful to each other.

Your first years in college and university can be some of the best years of your life. These resources will show you how to make life together more comfortable and secure, and perhaps allow you to develop some lasting friendships, as you learn to negotiate the challenges of living together.



LOOKING FOR A SCHOOL


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. Unfortunately, this site, which is the only comprehensive list of schools across the country, has not been kept up-to-date. But it is still useful for a listing of major schools across Canada. Just take the name of the school and Google the school’s website for current information on programs.

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.



PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT RESOURCES


SELFGROWTH.COM
Designed to be an organized directory, with articles and references to thousands of other Web Sites on the World Wide Web, it is one of the most complete guides to information about Self-Improvement, Personal Growth and Self-Help on the Internet.

WORLD CENTER FOR EFT
Gary Craig is the father of EFT. Emotional Freedom Technique’s official website provides detailed information on how EFT can be used as a surprising natural healing aid. Surprising results have been found when using it for almost everything that has an emotional basis.

HOME BASED BUSINESS HUB
– a Hub of information for Home Based Business owners – for starting and running a successful home business.
Building from two points of view – 1) instinctive entrepreneurship and 2) academic business theory.
Offering advice and support for those who choose to work from home.



RECOMMENDED RESUME BUILDING RESOURCES


These resume resources came to my attention from a visitor to this website, who thought they should be included on this Resources Page which has helped her so much. Many thanks for the “heads up” on these top notch resources!

Never underestimate the power of The Resume or CV (Curriculum Vitae) in getting a foot in the door of the interview room. This is the key to being selected for any interview. It must present a strong profile of your best career self. It should highlight what you’ve achieved and what your career goals and objectives are. Taking the time to construct a professional looking resume is time well-spent. It will set you apart from the crowd, and also get you past those software scanners that some companies use to sift through the pile of applicants. Never overlook working on this step when applying for any job.

Remember the employer receives hundreds of resumes from hopeful job applicants. Your resume has to stand out not only in appearance and layout, but with suitable keywords, if you are to get a positive response – i.e. a call for an interview. These pages take you step by step through the whole process, giving you tips and pointers that you need to get selected by the scanners. They are indispensable guides for getting you into the interview. The rest is up to you. Good Luck!

THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO BUILDING YOUR CV
This site is your step by step guide covering the procedure of putting together a clear and concise profile of your best career self.

Using a combination of written and video presentations, this site gives you a straightforward introduction to CV basics, the key elements of a CV, shows you sample CVs and motivates you to keep your resume focused on exactly what your potential employer is looking for, so you will know how to target the job you want to get.

HOW TO WRITE A RESUME
Do you need a clearer understanding of how to write a resume? This site takes you there. From the initial purpose of why write a resume to resume templates to follow, you will learn how to construct a resume that is polished and professional looking. It answers questions like: What does a resume demonstrate to an employer? How long should a resume be? Should I change my resume each time I apply for a new job? What should I not include on my resume? What order should I place the information in to be most effective? Plus how to handle references, testimonials, and the best keywords to get your resume selected by the software scanners.

This site is your reference tool of essential information to creating a resume that will target the job and give you the confidence to know what you are doing during the creative process.


Contributions Welcome!


If you have found some great resources and would like to share them with others, feel free to contact me with your suggestions and, if they are suitable, I will list them on this page, with credit to you.



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