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Instructor: J. Damato
Business Careers

Purpose: To introduce you to the various sources on business career research

     If you work an 8-hour day from the age of 22 to the age of 62, and never work overtime, you will still spend 400,000 hours at your job. That’s a long time to be miserable, so it’s really important to choose a career that you will enjoy.
     When many people think of business careers, they often think of jobs in large wealthy corporations. All business-related career-seekers need to be aware of communication issues. Every company needs people with strong overall communication skills that can be applied to business-type careers.
In this economy, job seekers wonder where on earth they will find work - and it if will stick.
Here are some places to begin your search. We've pulled together a few good books, databases and online resources for use in your job quest.

General Reference websites

  • Occupational Outlook Handbook (Ref. HF5381 .O3 1998-1999 ) In Print
    Find more detailed information about your career choice through a keyword search in the
    Occupational Outlook Handbook. The Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook is a nationally recognized source of career information. It describes what workers do on the job, working conditions, the training and education needed, earnings, and expected job prospects in a wide range of occupations.
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook  is available online version of the book listed above.
  • ***Occupational Outlook Quarterly unique careers and "You Are a What?" You're a what from past issues
  • Encyclopedia of Careers and Vocational Guidance (Ref HF 5381 E52)In Print


California Jobs on the web

Federal and state jobs

  • Federal Jobs listings
    An exhaustive list of federal job openings for all skill and age levels

  • FirstGov (Lists government jobs.  Be sure to type in the keyword "Careers")

    Clicking on a state will bring you to a page of links for public and private job resources, along with qualifications or tests needed to apply for the jobs.
    Clicking on a state will bring you to a long list of links related to that state.   Everything from the state homepage, online newspapers, climate and fun facts.


  • Resumes and Interviews websites
    There are numerous publications that provide tips and templates from writing resumes and cover letters, as well as advice for job interviews and follow up letters.  At a Cuyamaca Library, check under the call # number HF 5383.

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