Topic Guides: Career Exploration

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The following library databases provides information about careers and industries, as well as helpful tips for job hunting, such as resumes and cover letters.

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For more books about exploring careers, use the following subject keywords in the library catalog. Books in the second floor reference collection are for in-library-use only; books in the third floor circulating collection may be checked out.

Recommended Titles


  • Best Jobs for the 21st Century --- REF HF5381.15 .F37 2009 (2nd floor) [2006 ed. is eBook (click to read)]
    Be prepared to make a successful life for yourself in a field that will be burgeoning in the new century.
  • Bound-for-Career Guidebook: A Student Guide to Career Exploration, Decision Making, and the Job Search --- HF5382.5.U5 B874 2010
    While the American workplace affords many varied career options, the process of determining what to do with one's life remains a significant challenge. This guidebook views career identification, selection, entry, and progression as part of a larger developmental process, the career development process.
  • Career Errors: Straight Talk About the Steps and Missteps of Career Development --- HF5381 .B7923 2014
    This book examines the career development encounters that people experience across their life-span. The book begins with a comprehensive examination of the career development process and why these eight phases must be understood in order for career satisfaction and success to be achieved. This analysis is followed by a meticulous treatment of 25 things members of the workforce “do wrong” or “don’t do” in pursuit of our career ambitions.
  • Choose on Purpose for Twentysomethings: Finding Work You Love, Places to Grow, People Who Care --- HF5381 .B374 2009
    Career planning to avoid crises and maximize the benefits from your career choices.
  • College Majors and Careers: A Resource Guide for Effective Life Planning --- HF5382.5.U5 P445 2008 (2nd and 3rd floors)
    Match your school favorites with specific jobs. Another way to find an appropriate job is to match the classes you like with a career especially requiring the skills you prefer to use. An excellent starting place.
  • Dig This Gig: Find Your Dream Job—Or Invent It --- HF5381 .D497 2011
    Introduces an array of young people who provide their firsthand views of entirely new fields taking off, and features advice from Jeffrey Sachs and Dan Rather.
  • Encyclopedia of Careers & Vocational Guidance --- REF HF5381 .E52 2014 (2nd floor)
    Quick 3 page articles are easy to find alphabetically. Covers the education needed, job outlook, work environment, pay and benefits, and organizations to contact for more information. The newest copy in is reference but an older edition can be found in the circulating collection on the third floor.
  • Graduate to a Great Job: Make Your College Degree Pay Off in Today's Market --- HF5382.7 .D414 2013
    More than 50% of recent college grads are unemployed or doing jobs that don't require a college degree. How can you make sure you score a good job and launch a career you're excited about? Succeeding in today's job market means knowing what works--and what doesn't. Based on more than 30 case studies of recent grads who have successfully landed good jobs, this book shows how to: focus your search on jobs you really want; maximize the value of internships; use social media technologies to stand out from the competition; build a great network that produces promising job leads; immediately become a stronger candidate.
  • Great Answers to Tough Career Dilemmas: Test Your Aptitude, Be Inspired and Discover Your Ideal Career --- eBook (click to read)
    Beginning with a startling insight into the current job market with emerging trends and new opportunities, such as working for the super-rich and media technology, it provides a complete aptitude test and analyses to give you a clear picture of which jobs you would excel at. It then provides 900 career solutions along with routes to study, links to resources and potential employers.
  • I Got My Dream Job and So Can You: 7 Steps to Creating Your Ideal Career After College --- HF5382.7 .L45 2012 & eBook (click to read)
    Outlines practical strategies for landing a dream job as well as career advancement advice for after getting hired, covering such topics as acing an interview, using social media, and networking.
  • Leave Your Mark: Land Your Dream Job. Kill it in Your Career. Rock Social Media --- HF5381 .L453 2015
    This book delivers personal and professional guidance for people just starting their careers and for people who are well on their way. With a particular emphasis on communicating and building your personal brand, something she knows a thing or two about, Aliza is your sassy, knowledgeable guide to the contemporary working world, where personal and professional lines are blurred and the most important thing you can have is a strong sense of self.
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook --- REF HF5382.5.U5 O23 (2nd floor)
    Yearly handbook covering occupations, including earnings, outlooks, responsibilities, and required education. Also available online through the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • Overnight Career Choice: Discover Your Ideal Job in Just a Few Hours --- HF5381.5 .F37 2006 & eBook (click to read)
    Use checklists to determine your career compatibility. You don't have to know what you want to do—use the lists in this book to discover your likes and dislikes and what kind of jobs you will like and in which you will succeed.
  • This is How to Get Your Next Job: An Inside Look at What Employers Really Want --- HF5382.7 .K39 2013
    This guide offers advice on how job hunters should present themselves to potential employers. Even in a bad economy, companies have job openings they can't fill. Considering the millions of people who are out of work or unhappily employed, how can that be? What are job seekers doing to turn off employers? And what is it that employers want but aren't finding? The author, a career expert and syndicated columnist asked employers one simple question: Why didn't you hire the last ten people you interviewed? What it came down to, every time, wasn't a matter of skills or experience, but how applicants seemed based on what they said or did. From lack of preparation, to pushiness, to a subtly defensive attitude, it's the simple behaviors prospective employees exhibit before, during, and after interviews that stand between them and job offers.
  • Top 100 Careers Without a Four-Year Degree: Your Complete Guidebook to Major Jobs in Many Fields --- REF HF5382.5.U5 F375 2009 (2nd floor)
    Covering different careers for those without four-year degrees, including trends in employment.
  • Working in Your Major: How to Find a Job When You Graduate --- HF5382.7 .G45 2012
    The author highlights the critical factors in every step of the job-hunting process, including searching for openings in your major, using social media, communicating college experience on a resume, understanding what employers are seeking, preparing for employment testing, choosing the right job offer, and thriving in your profession.
  • You Majored in What? Mapping Your Path from Chaos to Career --- HF5382.75.U6 B755 2010
    Nationally known career counselor Dr. Katharine Brooks dispels the myths and the old-fashioned thinking that can make your transition to the "real world" so daunting and chaotic.
  • Young Person's Guide to Getting & Keeping a Good Job --- HF5382.7 .F38 2013
    Covering topics including identifying skills, writing a resume, contacting employers, completing applications, and excelling in job interviews.

Specialized Career Paths

  • The Acting Bible: The Complete Resource for Aspiring Actors --- PN2055 .P69 2010
    Professional acting is both an art and a business, and this book advises beginning actors on how to cope successfully on both fronts.
  • The Best Jobs in the Music Industry: Straight Talk from Successful Music Pros --- ML3795 .R414 2013
    Each description of a job starts with a short summary designed to help you decide right off the bat whether this might be something you want to explore further, followed by the real stories, paths to success, and challenges you may confront-all in the words of real pros. Read and learn from these people who have lived the music industry, navigated it well, and been successful.
  • Careers in Healthcare --- REF R690 .C66 2014 (2nd floor) & eBook (click to read)
    Covering a wide variety of health care careers, including allied health.
  • Careers in Law, Criminal Justice & Emergency Services --- REF KF297 .C375 2014 (2nd floor) & eBook (click to read)
    Examines twenty occupations in law and criminology, including courts and court administration, law enforcement and investigation, computer security, and more.
  • Careers in Psychology: Opportunities in a Changing World --- BF76 .K88 2013
    This book gives you exposure to careers in each of the areas of psychology and prompts you to explore whether or not a major and career in psychology is a good fit for you. Salary and career information, advice on getting a job after graduation, and information on applying to graduate school in psychology help you make decisions about the career that is right for you.
  • The Comprehensive Guide to Careers in Sports --- GV734.3 .W66 2009
    As more students enter the growing field of sports management, there is a greater need for information informing them about their career choices. The Comprehensive Guide to Careers in Sports provides an overview of what students should consider and expect from the varied career options available to them. This book answers the questions students are most likely to have, including what courses they should take, what areas are available to them, what salary can they expect to earn after graduation, and how they can get the job of their dreams.
  • 101 Careers in Education --- LB1775.2 .C38 2015
    An introduction to traditional and non-traditional careers within the field of education.
  • 101 Careers in Healthcare Management --- RA971 .F745 2013
    Covering a variety of careers in the healthcare business field.
  • 101 Careers in Mathematics --- eBook (click to read)
    Explore a multitude of careers involving math.
  • So You Want to Be a Scientist? --- Q180.A1 S338 2009
    What does it take to be a scientist? Equally important, what does it take to be happy as a scientist? Drawing on thirty years of experience, Philip Schwartzkroin offers the budding scientist an invaluable glimpse into the day-to-day life of the researcher, filling a huge hole in the education of most would-be scientists--whether undergraduates or high school seniors.
  • Starting Your Career as an Artist: A Guide for Painters, Sculptors, Photographers, and Other Visual Artists --- N6505 .W644 2011
    This book covers topics essential to the emerging artist, such as building community through networking, collaborating, and finding mentors; setting up a studio; health and safety for artists; artist's resumes and CVs; developing marketing plans; finding alternative exhibition venues; and refining career aspirations. In addition, the book includes inspiring and insightful interviews with professional artists and well-known players in the art scene.
  • Top Careers in Two Years: Business, Finance, and Government Administration --- HF5382.5.U5 S447 2007
    Asserting that 43 percent of college graduates are underemployed, this guide describes ten office jobs requiring only an associate's degree for entry into the field. Each career profile lists salary and employment statistics, describes the typical job duties and work environment, identifies necessary skills, and provides tips on choosing a college and looking for a job after graduation.

Career/Workplace Advice for Specific Groups

  • Asperger's Syndrome Workplace Survival Guide: A Neurotypical's Secrets for Success --- HV1568.5 .B547 2013
    In this guide, the author, a career development coach and former business executive explains what it takes to succeed in a workplace dominated by neurotypicals. It covers everything from choosing the right career to deciding whether disclosure is the right option. It features realistic strategies for meeting employer expectations and effectively resolving problems. Examples from coaching clients are used to illustrate common employment challenges and how various techniques are applied in actual circumstances. Situations are described from both the Asperger's and neurotypical point of view so that readers understand why problems occur and how to avoid them in the future.
  • The Encore Career Handbook: How to Make a Living and a Difference in the Second Half of Life --- HF5384 .A43 2013
    Nine million baby boomers have already skipped retirement to enjoy meaningful work instead, and another 31 million are hoping to join them soon. Covering everything those readers will need to know, this road map points to passion, purpose, and a paycheck in the second half of life.
  • Down Range: A Transitioning Veteran's Career Guide to Life's Next Phase --- UB357 .M384 2014
    Written by veterans who have successfully made the transition, "Down Range" offers career planning guidance to U.S. military veterans coming off active duty. This is NOT simply a guide to transitioning from the military to the civilian world. This is NOT a guide to getting a job. This book IS a guide to developing a post-military career, not just for the first few days, weeks, or months after active duty, but for the rest of your employed life.
  • Job Search Handbook for People with Disabilities --- HF5383.7 .R93 2011
    This complete career planning and job search guide for people with physical and mental disabilities has been completely updated to reflect the newest job search technologies and techniques. It will help readers identify their strengths; explore career options; find job openings; explore the hidden job market; write resumes, cover letters, and follow-up letters; and perform well in interviews. The author shows readers how to tell potential employers about their disabilities and ask them for reasonable accommodations, and helps readers understand and navigate employment law as it applies to them.
  • Out of Uniform: Your Guide to a Successful Military-to-Civilian Career Transition --- UB357 .W64 2012
    This guide will help military personnel as they prepare for and adjust to civilian employment, regardless of service, branch, rank, rating, time in service, or specialty.

Professionalism / Business Etiquette

  • Business Class: Etiquette Essentials for Success at Work --- HF5389 .W46 2005
    Business etiquette is a powerful, practical, and profitable skill you can use when it most counts to get a job, keep a job, or succeed on the job. It is a set of rules and guidelines that makes your professional relationships more harmonious, productive, manageable, and meaningful. International etiquette expert Jacqueline Whitmore provides tips, tactics, and cautionary tales.
  • The Essentials of Business Etiquette: How to Greet, Eat, and Tweet Your Way to Success --- HF5387 .P333 2013
    Whether you're eating lunch with a client, Skyping with your boss, or meeting a business partner for the first time—it's all about how you present yourself. The Essentials of Business Etiquette gives you 101 critical tips for improving behavior in any business situation—all delivered in a quick, no-nonsense format.
  • Miss Manners Minds Your Business --- HF5389 .M3755 2013
    A witty guide to managing a real life wisely in a work-centered world.
  • Poised for Success: Mastering the Four Qualities That Distinguish Outstanding Professionals --- HF5389 .W485 2011
    In order to be poised for success, you must cultivate what the author calls the four "P" qualities: Polish, Presence, Professionalism, and Passion. Whitmore has discovered, over her 20 year career as a lifestyle and etiquette expert, that when people acquire these skills, they become more self-aware, more confident and comfortable in their own skin, and better able to communicate with others in a credible, authentic manner.
  • The Power of Nice: How to Conquer the Business World with Kindness --- HD57.7 .K367 2006
    Turning the well-known adage of "Nice Guys Finish Last" on its ear, The Power of Nice shows that "nice" companies have lower employee turnover, lower recruitment costs, and higher productivity. Nice people live longer, are healthier, and make more money. In today's interconnected world, companies and people with a reputation for cooperation and fair play forge the kind of relationships that lead to bigger and better opportunities, both in business and in life.
  • Quarterlife Crisis: The Unique Challenges of Life in Your Twenties --- BF724.5 .R55 2001
    When young adults emerge at graduation from almost two decades of schooling, during which each step to take is clearly marked, they encounter an overwhelming number of choices regarding their careers, finances, homes, and social networks. Confronted by an often shattering whirlwind of new responsibilities, new liberties, and new options, they feel helpless, panicked, indecisive, and apprehensive. Quarterlife Crisis is the first book to document this phenomenon and offer insightful advice on smoothly navigating the challenging transition from childhood to adulthood, from school to the world beyond.
  • Reply All ...: And Other Ways to Tank Your Career --- HF5389 .F75 2013
    Frieman, host of the "Modern Manners Guy" podcast on the Quick and Dirty Tips network, wants to help his fellow young professionals navigate the waters of office life and create a hazard-free career. His approach alternates between the buddy-buddy and tough love approach: "Say it with me: The world doesn't owe me anything." Complete with tips from celebrities and successful businesspeople, such as the cofounder of Warby Parker and the owner of Magnolia Bakery, the author covers job interview etiquette, the art of making a good impression, the best way to handle a first day on the job, dealing with co-workers and office politics, socializing at work, handling social media at work, not losing it at work events, business travel etiquette, and workplace relationships.
  • The Simple Art of Business Etiquette: How to Rise to the Top by Playing Nice --- HF5389 .S44 2015
    Climb the corporate ladder without stepping on others. From ethics columnist and Harvard lecturer Jeffrey L. Seglin, discover practical tips for succeeding professionally by succeeding socially. Featuring real-life stories, plus workplace scenarios with fun multiple-choice questions--How do you handle a close talker? Or introduce yourself to the colleague you already met?--this text guides you through the tricky territory of office manners.
  • The Young Professional's Survival Guide: From Cab Fares to Moral Snares --- BJ1725 .G86 2012
    Imagine yourself in your new job, doing your best to make a good impression--and your boss asks you to do something that doesn't feel right, like fudge a sales report, or lie to a customer. You have no idea how to handle the situation, and your boss is hovering. When you're caught off guard, under pressure from someone more powerful, it's easy to make a mistake. And having made one, it's easier to rationalize the next one. The Young Professional's Survival Guide shows how to avoid these traps in the first place, and how to work through them if you can't avoid them.

Last Updated: August 2017

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