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Counseling & Career Planning

Job Projections & Outlook
The Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012–13 Edition helps you find career and educational and training requirements by occupation, provides indepth information by profession, and also offers career information by state. The Dictionary of Occupational Titles Index is an alphabetical index to the Dictionary of Occupational Titles (DOT). O*Net (The Occupational Information Network Resource Center) helps you find occupations by keyword or job category. CareerOneStop provides information on employment trends, salary information, and education and training needed. State Occupational Projections also assists in making informed career decisions with information on projected employment growth by occupation and state.

Occupational Employment Statistics reports employment and wage estimates for more than 800 occupations. Information is available for individual states or the nation as a whole. Salary Expert is a free comprehensive salary site offering salary, benefits, and cost-of-living information. Find salaries quickly by selecting job title and zip code. If your profession requires licensing, State Education Agencies is a good place to start.

Occupational Outlook Handbook
10 Fastest Growing Occupations
2004-2014
Projected Growth
Bureau of Labor Statistics

Career Planning & Development
Choosing a major involves several aspects. Job outlook and potential salary are important issues, but look for a career you will truly enjoy and that fits your life goals. My Road from The College Board Career Center offers a validated personality assessment with a detailed report on personality types. You can explore a list of suggested careers and majors that fit your personality and strengths. For additional help, see Choosing a Major and 5 Steps to Achieving Maximum Benefit from Your Degree.

Personality Testing and Assessment
Several personality tests are available for those entering the job market or career changers. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI) is available online and is the unofficial version of this well known personality inventory. It will take about 30 miniutes to complete the questionaire and receive an evaluation. PersonalityType is the shortest version and will provide the most popular career choices (Humanmetrics is the more comprehensive and personalized version). You can order the official version of the Myers-Briggs Indicator in printed form but it needs to be administered and evaluated by a trained professional. You often can take the Myers-Brigg assessment through your college or university counseling center.

Two other personality tests are available. The Kiersey Temperament Sorter is similar in results to the Myers-Briggs as an indicator of temperament. The Strong Interest Inventory® provides a profile that identifies personal characteristics, and assists in the career exploration process.

Resumes and Portfolio Preparation
If you need to prepare a resume, Write Your Resume the Easy Way is clear, four step guideline to writing an interview winner. The Accomplishments Portfolio will help you develop a portfolio demonstrating your skills and experience. As candidates today no longer rely on a traditional job search, Put Your Resume on the Web will help increase employability with an electronic resume.

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