Uncle Sam wants you … to have a great career!

By Paul S. RSS Wed, October 14, 2009

Yes, Uncle Sam has free online resources for career planning and job searching. Over the next few blogs, I’ll discuss some of these resources and how they can help you to develop and reach your career goals. Whether you are young and trying to choose a good career, or an older worker making a career change, the United States Department of Labor has tools and resources for job seekers of any age. Career development requires you to know your interests, skills, abilities, and values. Once you complete these self assessments, you can explore careers using your knowledge of yourself to help you to make a good choice. Check out the resources below and explore your interests, identify your skills, and learn about new career paths!

O*NET Resource Center
Consider and plan your career options, preparation, and transitions more effectively. Some of these self-directed career assessment tools available from the O*NET Resource Center are listed below.

  • O*NET Interest Profiler: This self-assessment tool can help you discover work activities and occupations you enjoy. Identify and learn about interest areas most relevant to you, and use your results to explore the world of work. The O*NET Interest Profiler is available in a paper and pencil version and an online version. www.onetcenter.org/IP.html
  • O*NET Skills Search: The Skills Search function is designed to help you use your skill set to identify occupations for exploration. By selecting a set of skills from six broad groups, you can create a customized skill list.

Career Voyages is a collaboration of the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of Education. It targets four groups: Students, Career Changers, Parents, and Career Advisors. Career Voyages has several components, one of which is Career Compass, a helpful resource that uses your interests to find occupations that might be right for you.

  • Career Compass links to America’s Career Resource Network, which features the Career Decision Making Tool (CMDT). The Career Decision-Making Tool helps you to: select a suitable career direction; identify the kinds of occupations within your chosen career direction; and pinpoint the kinds of learning you will need to qualify for and perform selected occupations. Anyone looking for a step-by-step process for choosing a career path will find this a valuable resource. Not only does it provide a process for choosing a career path, it helps you to understand how the world of work is organized.
  • Other features of Career Voyages are Career Videos; Green Jobs; Tools and Technology (used in high demand occupations); and Worker Reemployment.

If you visit these sites, you will be impressed by the range and quality of information the government has to offer. You’ll also believe that Uncle Sam does want you to have a great career! Stay tuned, on my next blog, I’ll introduce you to the government resources about the world of work.

Don’t forget: this week’s WORKPLACE Wednesday covers interviewing tips, and next week's program will be held in the Tech Lab on the ground floor and feature computer and internet resources for jobs and careers.

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That is great advice! I never knew those resources existed. thank you for such helpful information. I really appreciate this service!
Merle - Philadelphia
Thursday, October 15, 2009

I attended a great workshop that could also be helpful for other Philadelphians. It's called "Job Searching from the Inside Out", through Point to Point Career Counseling. Participants are able to identify, understand and eliminate the blocks that prevent them from starting and sustaining a job search or from accessing the work life they want. Visit Point to Point at www.valeriehicksashley.com
Samuel - Philadelphia
Saturday, October 17, 2009

nico - miami
Friday, November 20, 2009

College student, recent grad, or entry level? Choose your career channel to search job openings, post your resume, and research companies and industries. The site http://www.EmploymentCrrossing.com is an online job search that includes jobs from almost every industry retail jobs healthcare jobs sales jobs finance jobs engineering jobs. They have huge list of available jobs for many countries. They also offer assistance for anyone who will apply abroad. My brother landed a job to UAE from this website. If you are looking for opportunities abroad you should visit this site and you will never leave it broken hearted. They also have plenty number of employers which are continously seeking people who needs work from almost every category. Aside from the five listed above they also have human resources jobs and legal jobs. This site offers many job postings from well-known companies. The best thing about this site is that it is completely free. It has job searching capabilities, Career Resources, University Resources, Resume Writing tips, and the ability to upload your resume for Employers to view! Unlike other big sites, this site is neat, easy to navigate and everything is available in a few clicks. The best part about this web site is they have almost all the things that a job seeker may need. What I really like this site is the job description page. While created by the employer, they offers special information for job seekers. There are links on the page where you can learn about the company, its profile, locations, news about it, and investor information.
kates - utah
Friday, November 20, 2009

Nice post. This is a useful information. Thanks a lot to all for sharing with us.
Shubh - kolkata ,India
Thursday, January 7, 2010

I hope this program can decrease the an employment rate in US. Cheers, Mik3 @
Mikey - California
Saturday, January 9, 2010

Employment With the Commonwealth of PA is the topic Friday, April 9, 2010 from 1:30 to 3:30 at the Northeast Regional Library, 2228 Cottman Ave., Philadelphia, at Bustleton Ave. A Human Resources Analyst will describe their employment process and job openings. Registration is not required. For questions, please call 215-685-0522.
Bob, Librarian - Northeast Regional Library
Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Very Interesting article. Thanks. If anybody has interesting articles you can share with me.
Law Jobs - US
Saturday, November 27, 2010

Career planning and job both are related by the way thanks for important advice.
jeson mart - usa
Sunday, March 13, 2011