Hot Research Tools for your Job-Search Toolbox!

My Career Manager readers,
I greatly appreciate your emails of support and encouragement during my hiatus! I've been consulting and working on projects including: building a career blog-site and writing an International Business Careers chapter for a global website. Very interesting work, but I've greatly missed my readers and my own blog! 

As a gift to you, here are some of my favorite business research tools - for your job search toolbox!

your Career Manager,

Sharon C.

Once you’ve organized yourself for the search, it’s time to learn more about the industries, companies and roles that interest you. Utilize the business research databases and resources of your local library. If you are an alumni of a major Business School you can get an alumni library card and access and even wider array of specialty databases which will help launch your job search. For your convenience, I've added URL's and/or Library of Congress Reference codes.

Online Business Research Tools
CareerShift: Database containing company and industry research information. Comprehensive industry guides, interviews and case interview guides.
Library Databases and Business Career Guides. These databases are cost prohibitive for the average individual and cost from $300-$500 each. FREE access through the Business link on most major, University Library websites. Use these tools for initial research about the labor market, conditions and the hiring outlook in a particular industry or research a career path (e.g. accounting or marketing).
Occupational Outlook Handbook This is the American Occupational Outlook Handbook. You can learn about a wide range of jobs, working conditions, employment, education requirements, earnings, and outlook.

O'NET online. This is the Canadian version of the Occupational Outlook Handbook.

The career guide: Dun's employment opportunities directory 
Parsippany, N.J.: Dun's Marketing Services [ Ref. HF5382.5.U5 D85 ] Updated each year, this directory lists major U.S. companies that expect to have openings.
Harvard Business School Guide Harvard Business School publishes career guides for business majors (ie: guide to finance careers, marketing careers, consulting careers, non-profit careers). Most online, book retailers will have both new and used versions. Boston, MA: Harvard Business School Pub.[ Ref. HF5415.35 .M48 ]
Remember, career research should be about 50% of your job search time. Using diligent research tools, you will uncover hidden jobs, great career opportunities and wow employers during interviews! Keep me posted about your career progress.

Author: © 2008-present - All Rights Reserved - Sharon B. Cohen, MA,CPRP, NCDA. Virtual Career Counselor and Career Transition Specialist.

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