Bridgeport CTWorks Center
This office, a branch of the CT Department of Labor, offers job counseling, resume critiquing with nationally certified resume writers, employment workshops, veteran services, and information on unemployment compensation.
Connecticut Career Fairs
The Connecticut Department of Labor organizes career fairs throughout Connecticut, with the goal of connecting skilled and qualified job seekers with employment opportunities that local companies have to offer. This site offers a schedule of career fairs and attending employers, and resources on resume writing, interviewing, and making the most of your fair visit.
Job Radio is an internet radio station that airs podcasts of career advice and interviews with the industry’s best, including career coaches, company executives, and headhunters. Founders Chris Russell and Peter Clayton have been publishing career content on the web since 2005, and their podcasts have been downloaded over 1 million times. This is the only internet radio station dedicated to providing career advice.
Occupational Outlook Handbook
This U.S. Department of Labor website describes 822 occupations in detail, outlining the nature of the job, working conditions, employment outlook, pay, education and training required, and organizations or associations to contact for further information. Also in print (see below, this section for print details).
O*Net Online (Occupational Information Network)
O*Net, created for the U.S. Department of Labor, is a valuable source of occupational information. Explore occupations in categories such as 'high growth','in demand', or 'little or no training needed'. Use the Skills Search survey to match your skills and interests to a variety of occupations, and read a complete description of matching jobs.
The Riley Guide
The Riley Guide is a directory of employment and career information sources and services on the internet. Topics covered include: how-to’s on resume writing, cover letters, researching and targeting employers, networking, interviewing and negotiating, and how to use the internet to job search. No job listings or resume postings may be found here, although links are provided to many job banks.
A current and complete summary of competitive salary and cost-of-living information in a database that is updated every quarter. Salary.com collects thousands of privately published compensation surveys, and analyzes compensation data on specific benchmark jobs from the following sources: Chambers of Commerce, trade associations, consulting firms, the IRS, and the SEC. Search by job title and zip code, find a complete job description with average base salary for your zip code versus the national average. Also evaluate cost-of living for various geographic areas to assess a relocation offer.
Click here to search the Fairfield Public Library’s online catalog with subject terms such as resumes, cover letters, career changes, job hunting or occupations. A few of the Library's newest titles are listed below.
Farr, J.M. (2008). Top 100 careers without a four-year degree: Your complete guidebook to major jobs in many fields. Indianapolis, IN: JIST Publishing.
Bolles, M. E., Bolles, R. N., & Bolles, R. N. (2008). Job-hunting online: A guide to job listings, message boards, research sites, the UnderWeb, counseling, networking, self-assessment tools, niche sites. Berkeley: Ten Speed Press.
Location: JOB 650.14 B, Rotary Job Collection
This guide, written by the author of What Color is Your Parachute? will help you navigate through the vast amount of job information on the internet. Topics covered include: Job listings, message boards, research sites, networking, and self assessment tools. Learn how to make the internet an effective part of your overall job search strategy.
Location: JOB 311.702 F, Rotary Job Collection
Research 100 careers that don’t require a four-year college degree. Find job descriptions, pay, employment outlook, required skills and training, and match them to your skills. Practical, results-oriented advice is written by an expert in the field.
Ferguson Publishing. (2008). Encyclopedia of careers and vocational guidance. New York, NY: Ferguson
Location: JOB R 371.42 E 2008 V 1-5, Rotary Job Collection
This 5 volume set, now in its 14th edition, examines 1000 occupations in 26 major industries, provided career paths, outlook for the industry and job classification, job descriptions, salary, education and training required, and sources for additional information.
Hansen, K. (2008). A foot in the door: Networking your way into the hidden job market. Berkeley, Calif: Ten Speed Press.
Location: JOB 650.14 H, Rotary Job Collection
Aimed at recent grads or those new to the job market, this guide offers advice on how to land your dream job. Tips include using social networking sites like discussion groups and online forums, blogging, and posting your portfolio online. Chapters also cover building your confidence and handling the interview.
Kennedy Information (Firm). (2006). The Directory of executive recruiters, 2007-2008. Peterborough, NH: Kennedy Information.
Location: JOB R 658.31 K, Rotary Job Collection
Published since 1971, the famous "Red Book" details over 16,500 executive recruiters at 8,200 search firms - with all the contact information you need to start networking right away: address, phone, fax, email, web address and much more! An in-depth index makes it easy to find recruiters that work in your area of expertise.
United States. (2008). Occupational outlook handbook 2008-2009.Indianapolis, Ind: Jist Works. Occupational Outlook Handbook
Location: JOB R 331.7 U, Rotary Job Collection
This U.S. Department of Labor publication describes 822 occupations in detail, outlining the nature of the job, working conditions, employment outlook, pay, education and training required, and organizations or associations to contact for further information.