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Career/Occupational Resources

Materials on careers or occupations may be found in the HF5381 - HF5386 call number range or by seraching the library catalog. Subjects that may be searched for occupational information include vocational guidance, occupations, careers, and names of specific careers (e.g. nursing — vocational guidance or health careers), job hunting and resumes.


Reference Works

The Big Book of Jobs Ref HF5382.5 U5B53
The Career Source Encyclopedia Ref HF5381.C267
Career Information Center Ref HF5382.5.U5C32

The College Majors Handbook: The Actual Jobs, Earnings, and Trends for Graduates 60 College Majors

Ref HF5382.5 U5F64
The Encyclopedia of Careers and Vocational Guidance Ref HF5381.E52
Occupational Outlook Handbook Ref HB2595.23
VGM’s Career Encyclopedia Ref HF 5382.5U5C337


You may access the following databases from any computer workstation on campus. For off-campus access, please follow the instructions found on the library’s homepage under “Off-Campus Access Instructions”or click here for an online tutorial.

Academic Search Complete is a general database containing full-text articles on a variety of subjects.

MasterFILE is composed of full text journal and magazine articles reference books, biographies, primary source documents, and an Image Collection.


Career Exploration

  • JobHuntersBible.com is designed as a supplement to “ What Color Is Your Parachute ?”, the best-selling job-hunting and career-changing book in the world.

Occupational Information

  • Virginia Career View provides information on careers, occupational fields, career assessments, and other related information within the state of Virginia.
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook, a nationally recognized source of career information, describes what workers do on the job, working conditions, the training and education needed, earnings, and expected job prospects in a wide range of occupations.
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics provides a wealth of statistical and occupational related information including national, regional, state, and metropolitan area wage information. This site is particularly good for wage, earnings, and benefit information.
  • America's Career InfoNet provides wage and employment trends, occupational requirements, state by state labor market conditions, nationwide employer contacts, and an extensive online career resource library.
  • O*NET OnLine, Occupational Information Network, is a database of comprehensive information on job requirements and worker competencies.

Searching for Jobs

Resume Writing/Interviewing Skills

  • Resume Tutorial guides you through the step-by-step process of writing a resume.
  • The library has numerous resume writing guides with the call number HF 5383 that you may check out in additon to several ebooks that can be viewed from the library catalog.

Researching Potential Employers

  • Try searching by company name in a business database such as Mergent Online, Factiva , or Business Source Complete. Each of these databases may also be accessed via the Library website.

  • Try the company name in an Internet address www.[companyname].com (i.e. www.volvo.com) If that doesn’t work, try a Google search with the company name as your search term.

If you have questions regarding any of these resources or need assistance
finding additional information, please Ask a Librarian .