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Career and Employment Research
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Online Tutorials
  • Ace the Job Search
    Use this tutorial to see examples of how databases for occupations, companies, industries, and articles are used for job prospecting and background information on potential employers.
Careers & Occupations
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook
    Overviews of occupation and industries compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Covers work environment, salaries, job outlook, similar occupation, and professional associations.
  • Career Outlook
    Articles on career fields, career planning, education and training, pay and benefits. Updates with statistics for states with the largest shares of employment.
  • CareerOneStop
    U.S. Dept. of Labor created CareerOneStop in partnership with the states of Minnesota and New York. This powerful suite of national electronic tools includes - America's Job Bank for postings of jobs, America's Career InfoNet, or wage and employment trends, occupational requirements, and state-by-state labor markets and America's Service Locator to find nearby services for workers and employers.
  • GuideStar: The National Database of Nonprofit Organizations
    Information and directory of nonprofit organizations in the United States. Search to find nonprofits by mission, location, income, keywords and other criteria. Includes IRS 990 forms which are tax returns showing operations and other financial information. Licensed for 3 simultaneous users
  • Foundation Directory Online
    Over 80,000 foundations that list job openings, publications and key staff affiliations. Program details and guidelines for funding applications are provided, as well as links to foundation websites.
Salary Guides
  • National Compensation Survey
    The most widely used statistics are produced by the U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. This link is to their National Compensation Study. Detailed statistics on earnings, employment and other trends in compensation also found at
  • National Science Foundation
    Science and engineering labor force outlook and salary data.
Resumes, Interviews, and Job Hunting Advice
  • Cost of Living Wizard
    Considering a new city?'s cost-of-living calculator will compare living-cost indexes and salary differentials to help you make an informed comparison. Learn how your disposable income will be affected by a relocation between any combination of 300-plus U.S. cities. The Cost-of-Living Wizard also reports the salary adjustment needed to maintain your standard of living, and what salary increase or decrease is likely given local market factors.
Job Listings
  • GoldPASS
    University of Minnesota service for students to post resumes, view job listings, and register for interview.
  • Indeed.Com
    Useful for searching jobs by location.
  • LinkedIn
    Professional networking site.
  • Academic 360
    Listings of job hunting services for administrative, teaching, and research positions in colleges and universities. Includes job listings by geography for other kinds of positions that require certification.
  • Network for the Chronicle of Higher Education
    Online version of the job listings for the Chronicle of Higher Education, the weekly new source for higher education. Current job listings for positions available in post-secondary institutions and some non-profit organizations.
Library Business Databases
  • Company Directories
    Create lists of companies and other organizations by location or industry. Learn basic information about any company.
  • Comany Profiles
    Get a quick overview of large companies, their operations, and competitors.
  • Industry Databases
    Get background information about industries, leading companies, and emerging trends.
  • Business Article Databases
    Articles have the latest information about company activities, industry

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