Job Resources

from the SCC Library and the World Wide Web

What Color is Your Parachute? A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers

HF 5383 .B56 2014

"What Color Is Your Parachute? is the world’s most popular job-hunting guide with more than ten million copies sold. Now, no matter what your circumstances, every job-hunter can find help with up-to-the-minute information on what has changed about the job-market, plus strategies for finding jobs even when everyone tells you there are none. And if you are a returning vet, there is a new twenty-page appendix this year, specifically addressing your unique needs.

This 2015 edition includes up-to-date research and tips about writing impressive resumes and cover letters, doing effective networking and confident interviewing, and negotiating the best salary possible. But it goes beyond that, in helping you to better know who you are, with its classic self-inventory—called “The Flower Exercise”—because the best answer to What shall I do? flows from knowing Who you are." --from publisher

Online Resources: Databases and Websites

Ferguson's Career Guidance Center

Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center features exclusive, wide-ranging content. Known for its unprecedented depth of coverage and variety of user-friendly content formats, this comprehensive career research database is broken down into three main sections: Job and Industry Profiles, Job-Hunting and Workplace Skills, and Career and Industry Resources. The material is drawn from a range of authoritative sources and is extensively indexed. This database includes 94 industry profiles, more than 3,300 job articles, and over 55,000 resource entries.

How to access Ferguson's Career Guidance Center

  1. On the Shawnee Community College Library website, click "Online Databases and Periodicals Access."
  2. Click "Off Campus Access."
  3. Enter the current semester's library username and password. To get the username and password, ask your teacher or email the Shawnee Community College Library at from your school email address. Tip: if you're having trouble logging in, make sure you're using the backslash key in the username--this key is found above the enter key on most keyboards.
  4. The databases are in alphabetical order. Scroll down to Ferguson's Career Guidance Center and click on the title to access the database!

Recommended Online Resources from the World Wide Web

  • Occupational Outlook Handbook, Describes training and education required, earnings, job prospects, job tasks, and working conditions for hundreds of jobs. From the Bureau of Labor Statistics, US Department of Labor.

  • Illinois Department of Employment Services, In addition to job seeking information, includes information for unemployment services, training programs and job fairs, veterans’ services, youth services, legal services, and more.

  • Work4Illinois, Employment opportunities with the State of Illinois. Includes job postings, application procedures, career counseling opportunities, and more.

  • O*Net Online, Offers information on many careers, and helps users find jobs that need the skills they possess. Created for the U.S. Department of Labor.

  • CareerOneStop, . Offers help to explore different careers, find education and training, search for a job, get information about salaries and benefits and more, for job seekers, students, businesses, and career professionals. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.

  • Riley Guide, Created by a librarian. Offers tips and links to other sites. Recommended by Library Journal.

Compiled by Christina Faith, 2016