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CAREER RESOURCES

We’ve put together several career exploration resources so that you can have an easier time finding relevant information. This is a sampling of resources, but there are many others available right at your googling fingertips!

Feel free to set up an appointment with a career counselor (315.443.3616 or via OrangeLink) if you have questions about any of these sites or if you’d like to discuss your career exploration.

(Click on a topic below for a sampling of resources.)


  1. RESEARCHING CAREERS

    After you know the things you like to do and the things you do well, the next step is to begin exploring careers that incorporate your interests, skills, and education.
    • The Occupational Outlook Handbook is an informative publication from the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The OOH presents 2-3 page summaries of jobs and career paths, complete with typical duties, work settings, preferred academic and experiential preparation, earnings, growth trends, occupation outlooks, and additional information and resources. Want to know what employers are looking for? Start here!
    • O'NET Online provides career information and ways to identify career options based on your skills, interests, values and other characteristics.
    • America's Career InfoNet is a valuable collection of career-related information.
    • “What Can I Do with This Major?” is a helpful web resource with printable summaries of fields that people in a variety majors often pursue.
    • Vault Career Insider is the premier resource for career, industry, and employer research. View and download insider reports on employers, participate in online forums, prepare for interviews, and learn about searching for opportunities, thanks to scores of articles.
    • Career Info is a valuable resource that highlights top careers and allows for a search of career information. It includes links to professional and trade associations, sites that provide even more career and networking potential and even job postings!
    • WetFeet.Com is a robust site that profiles career fields, industries, companies, and employer recruiting practices.
    • The Riley Guide to Job and Career Resources on the Internet is a guide to the best the Web has to offer for job search, career exploration, and school informtion.
  2. RESEARCHING INDUSTRIES & ORGANIZATIONS

    Knowledge is power! Researching industries and oraganizations gives you an idea of what the company culture is and whether you’d like to work there or not.  

    • SU Libraries’ Business & Industry Collection has a great Career Research section. You can even create your own targeted list of companies you might want to work for. The collection includes D&B's Million Dollar Database, Hoover's Company Profiles, Uniworld and others, all of which are useful in researching employers.
    • CuseConnect use Syracuse University's LinkedIn group to do informational interviews with SU Alumni listed as current or past employees.
    • Vault.com is the premier resource for career, industry, and employer research. View and download insider reports on employers, participate in online forums, prepare for interviews, and learn about searching for opportunities.
    • GlassDoor gives access to employee reviews, salaries, and interview questions on over 280,000 companies to help prospective employees make important career decisions.
    • The Riley Guide is a guide to the best the Web has to offer for job search, career exploration, and school informtion.
    • WetFeet.Com profiles career fields, industries, companies, and employer recruiting practices.

    This is a small sampling of organization and industry resources, but remember to search individual organizations' websites as well. Keep an eye out for industry information, product or service details, and management information. Most organizations' sites will list company age, size, partners, and leadership details.

  3. FIELD-SPECIFIC RESOURCES

    Government/Public Administration/ Non-Profits/NGO’s


    Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)


    Art, Architecture  and Design

    • Syracuse Artists Panel Discussion video from Nov. 8, 2012 Featuring 5 local artists specializing the following areas: Dance, Choreography, Visual Art, Acting, and Musical Directing who candidly discuss their careers in the Arts and provide advice for students.


    Business Administration/Management

    Entertainment/Mass Communications/Media/Sports


    Health and Human Services

    • Healthcare from the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center
  4. SPECIALIZED RESOURCES

    Employers are committed to having their workforce reflect the diversity of the overall population.  They consequently establish channels through which this diversity can be achieved.  This collection of resources is intended to assist the following groups to gain access to opportunities.

    Persons With Disabilities

    International Students
    • My Visa Jobs is an especially valuable compilation of information including lists of employers with past records of sponsorship activity that are searchable using industry and geographic criteria.
    • Going Global access via your OrangeLink account. This resource includes many kinds of information on working in a country other than one's home, and includes information on H1B sponsoring employers in a database that is searchable geographically or by industry.  Additional country profiles include resume/CV writing and job searching resources for students focused anywhere in the world.
    • International Job Opportunities is an extensive collection of country-by-country resources provided by the wide-ranging Riley Guide to Job Opportunities and Career Resources on the Internet.
    • Adapting to Cultural Differences is a British resource featuring valuable discussions of work style and cultural norms for different countries.
    • Asian Life is a job board with career fairs and other resources.
    • GoldSea is for Asian Americans looking for employment opportunities.
    • Asian Jobs.com provides positions for bilingual people with English and Asian language proficiency.

    LGBT Students 

    • OUT for Work has jobs, internships, career conferences and more.
    • ProGay Jobs consists of a job board, resume postings, and other resources.
    • Out Professionals offers networking, events and a job bank portion.
    • National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals  is a national organization of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people (and their advocates) employed or interested in scientific or technology fields.
    • Federal Globe focuses on gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender employees of the Federal Government.
    • LGBT Professional Associations is a list of associations from the human Rights Campaign.
    • Best Places to Work shows results of an industry-by-industry survey to find the top companies that support equality for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) employees, from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.
    • HRC Workplace is a versatile resource about employment practices, policies and benefits, from the Human Rights Campaign.

    Multicultural Students 

    Women

  5. SALARY RESEARCH

    Knowing your worth is important.  Use the resources below to find the going rate for your professions in the cities of your choice.
    For example: What's the going rate for a marketing professional in New York City versus the same position in Houston?

    • NACE Salary Calculator is a program that will ask you for information relating to your education, employment history, and other factors, to create the most accurate compensation and employment guidance available.
    • Occupational Outlook Handbook is a source to consult for general information on salaries for specific career fields.
    • Career Onestop / America's Career InfoNet allows you to search for state and national wage and salary information using occupational families.
    • Jobstar is a guide to all kinds of recent information and profession-specific data.
    • Salary.com, a guide to many issues connected to salaries, includes information about salaries in specific geographic locations. 
    • Glassdoor.com offers salary information for specific employers.
    • Pay Scale.com has salary information plus other career elements.
    • Indeed.com Salary Search is the salary section of this job search engine.
    • Pay Check City features a number of salary calculators.
    • Relocation Salary Calculator is offered through Homefair.com and draws on information furnished by Salary.com. Other calculators are available for cost-of-living, relocation and related issues.
    • The Riley Guide to Job and Career Resources on the Internet is a guide to the best the Web has to offer for job search, career exploration, and school informtion.
    • State labor departments.  Local offices frequently maintain a Labor Statistics Division that monitors earnings in specific geographic areas as well as information on the supply and demand for many occupations. Such offices are listed in the government section of phone books and may have information online.
    • Specialized salary surveys. Finding survey information on specific fields takes some effort. If released for the public, survey results are frequently summarized by certain publications, i.e. large newspapers, the Wall Street Journal, and trade periodicals. Professional associations occasionally make salary information available as well.