“I need a list of schools in New England that have pharmacology programs.”
“Do you have information on scholarships and financial aid?”
“Help! I need to write a cover letter!”
The college and career collection, located in the Magazine and Newspaper Room, is aimed at students (and their families) choosing schools and job seekers of all ages. The reference collection includes 150 volumes covering undergraduate and graduate schools, private secondary schools, financial aid, scholarships and loans, study abroad, job banks, encyclopedias of careers, executive recruiters, and corporate internships. Reference materials are shelved with the rest of the reference collection on the main floor near the Reference Desk. We also have a circulating collection of almost 700 books on job hunting, resume writing, cover letters, interviewing, career changing, test preparation, financial aid, college profiles, and much more.
Career One Stop is the suite of web-based products funded and developed by the U.S. Department of Labor. It provides data from a variety of federal and state sources, including the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) at the U.S. Department of Labor; the U.S. Department of Education; the Bureau of Economic Analysis at the U.S. Department of Commerce; the Bureau of the Census at the U.S. Department of Commerce; and other Federal, State, and private institutions.
O*NET Online is the nation’s primary source of occupational information. Central to the project is the O*NET database, containing information on hundreds of standardized and occupation-specific descriptors. The database, which is available to the public at no cost, is continually updated by surveying a broad range of workers from each occupation. Information from this database forms the heart of O*NET OnLine, an interactive application for exploring and searching occupations. The database also provides the basis for Career Exploration Tools, a set of valuable assessment instruments for workers and students looking to find or change careers. O*NET is developed under the sponsorship of the US Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration
Careerbuilder.com is one of the country’s largest online job sites, with links to more than a million online and print job listings, as well as as career guidance information.
Monster.com, headquartered here in Maynard, MA, is one of the oldest and biggest online job sites, with more than a million worldwide job postings and 150 million online resumes.
The Riley Guide is another popular online job search site, with a directory of employment and career information sources, created by librarians to serve as a gateway to online employment resources.
Massachusetts Career Information System (MassCIS) (http://masscis.intocareers.org) – The Massachusetts Division of Career Services (DCS) offers the Massachusetts Career Information System (MassCIS) free on-line to all Massachusetts residents. MassCIS is designed to provide occupational and educational information to help people make better-informed career and school choices. Division of Career Services (DCS) holds the Massachusetts license for the Career Information System (CIS), a comprehensive, interactive system developed by intoCareers, a division of the College of Education at the University of Oregon. Thousands of schools, state agencies, and individuals throughout the United States use CIS products. DCS provides the occupational and school information for Massachusetts. A Username and Password is necessary to create and access a user Portfolio.
Massachusetts’ One-Stop Career Centers (http://www.detma.org/WScareercenters.htm) – Full-service One-Stop Career Centers are located in major cities in Massachusetts. Many centers have satellite or branch offices in additional communities. The closest center, which covers Wakefield, is the Career Place in Woburn. You can check out the Career Center Profile to find the center’s address, telephone number, directions, list of available services and other information by selecting a location nearest you.
Job-seekers registered with a local career center have access to the New Perspectives Program, which includes couples’ counseling and referrals.
Massachusetts Division of Employment and Training DET Forms and Publications
Training DET Forms and Publications
(http://www.detma.org/forms/Default.htm). – Information for businesses, self-employment, job searching, career planning, industry and occupations, as well as unemployment insurance from the Massachusetts Division of Employment Training resides on this very easily navigated site. Every form you may need to do business with the Commonwealth under these categories should be located here.
Massachusetts Division of Employment and Training MassStats
MassStats (http://www.detma.org/MassStatsIntro.htm). – This is a labor market information system that gives you a wide variety of economic data for the state of Massachusetts and its local areas. It is useful for anyone who wants to make business decisions, to plan, to make career choices. Designed expressly for the layman.
Manpower Employment Outlook Survey Manpower.
Massachusetts Job Listing Services
Massachusetts JobBank (http://www.jobsearch.org/MA). – This web site for the Massachusetts Division of Employment and Training (DET) allows job seekers to search a state-wide database. It is necessary to register to view and to use this site’s resources. America’s Job Bank (http://www.ajb.dni.us), the U.S. Department of Labor’s Web site, is also accessible which has menu, occupational code, and keyword searching capabilities. The Career Resource Library at America’s CareerInfonet (http://www.acinet.org/acinet) is chock full of excellent resources.
(http://bostonworks.boston.com/). – In The Boston Sunday Globe’s job listings, job seekers may search by keyword and job title, look for employers’ profiles, and connect to other career resources.
The Career Place (http://www.careerplacejobs.com/). – This Web site brings together the resources of Massachusetts’ Regional Employment Boards and offers job searching tips, education and training opportunities, labor market information, and a variety of databases to search for jobs. The One-Stop Career Center provides employers and job seekers with publicly funded core services, in addition to other fee-based services.
JobFind (http://www.jobfind.com/). – The Boston Herald’s database allows job-seekers to use a menu or keywords, search many company profiles and post resumes. Also now includes the Townonline database which was a division of Community Newspaper Company and its 120 newspapers (The Tab, etc.).
America’s Career Infonet (http://www.acinet.org/acinet/). – This site offers information from wages and trends to a database of 10 million employers. An employment outlook section allows you to explore careers according to industry forecasts, salaries, and required education. The resource library contains 3,500 career-related web sites.
CityTownInfo.com (http://www.citytowninfo.com/employment). – Launched in early 2005, CityTownInfo.com (CTI) is owned and operated by Moving Traffic, Inc., a Massachusetts-based company. CTI is dedicated to providing its site visitors with comparative information about local U.S. communities, careers, and colleges. The site contains over 50,000 pages of information including statistics, articles, and user-provided information.
Inside Career Info (http://www.insidecareerinfo.com). – a searchable collection of hundreds of candid career reports written by “insiders”, successful professionals who are actually doing the job. Each of the 600 reports on the site contains a description of what actually happens in the job, what each professional likes and dislikes about his/her career, tips and advice for getting into the career and succeeding, and education and previous experience relevant to the career.
JobBank USA MetaSEARCH (http://www.jobbankusa.com/search.html). – With at least 20 or more employment search engines for vacancies on one page, this site includes job advertisements in over 30 large city newspapers.
LinkUp.com (http://www.linkup.com). – is a job search engine that specifically searches over 22,000 company web sites for jobs that may not be posted elsewhere.
Search.com First click on more over the Search box; then from the menu choose Job Search under Employment. (http://search.cnet.com). – This site lists over 30 employment-related search engines for job seekers.
Federal Jobs Digest (http://www.jobsfed.com/). – Absolutely up to the minute federal government vacancies (2,000 to 4,000 on a typical day) are found on this site. Among other features, there are also helpful salary charts.
Dice.com: Information Technology Industry (http://www.dice.com/). – Dice Inc. is the leading provider of online recruiting services for technology, engineering and security-cleared professionals.
Google’s Deja.com (http://groups.google.com/). – Job seekers who want the inside track can scan newsgroup career opportunities for New England, specific professional groups, and bulletin boards on an assortment of topics. Use the Search Groups feature for keywords featuring your interests.
Vault.com (http://vault.com). – Want information on any aspect of your career change or job search? Find it out at Vault.com here human resource specialists are ready to tell you everything you need to know about the workplace.
JobProfiles.org (http://www.JobProfiles.org/index.htm). – Experienced workers discuss rewards, stress, skills, and challenges of their jobs, and offer advice on entering their fields (from agriculture and nature to arts and sports).
Salary.com (http://salary.com/). – Salary advice runs rampant at this site. The Salary Wizard allows you to put in your job title and zip code, and see how your compensation compares to others’.
SalaryExpert.com (http://www.salaryexpert.com). – A free comprehensive salary site offering salary, benefits, and cost-of-living information. Find salaries quickly by selecting Job Title and Zip.
Occupational Outlook Handbook (http://www.bls.gov/oco/). – The Occupational Outlook Handbook is published every two years by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. 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.
Career Overview.Com (http://www.careeroverview.com/). – This non-profit resource also compiles information on careers and professions including educational requirements and salary expectations.
Career Magazine (http://www.careermag.com/). – CareerMag provides industry specific career channels with a wealth of information tailored to your career goals. Select a career channel to research industry information, search jobs and build your portfolio. Other resourses include free industry magazines, continuing education, free personality test, career consultation, resume writing help, search career-related articles, upcoming career events, career videos, career assessment, and a background check.
Jobstar.org (http://jobstar.org/). – Even if you do not want to go to California, the resources on this site are excellent. This product of the California library system has over 17,000 visitors a day. Check out the Career Guides, Salary Info, and Hidden Job Market.
College Grad Job Hunter (http://collegegrad.com/). – This very helpful site is geared to college students, recent graduates and young professionals. One unique features is Ask the Hiring Manager which is an online career forum offering a Q & A format for common job search questions among entry-level professionals.
Monstertrak.com (http://www.monstertrak.com). – This department of Monster.com’s mission statement boasts “successfully connetcting employers with college students, recent grads, and career centers.”
College Journal from The Wall Street Journal. (http://www.collegejournal.com). – A cornucopia of resources and information for the college grad looking for employment.
Campus Career Center. (http://www.campuscareercenter.com). – Campuscareercenter.com (CCC) is the world’s leading campus recruiting company.
Experience.com (http://www.experience.com/). – An excellent source for students and young professionals beginning their careers, this site includes articles, advice, workplace trends, as well as company and industry profiles.
Wetfeet.com (http://www.wetfeet.com/asp/home.asp). – This site guides you through every possible career-related issue or question. Company interviews, people profiles, hot industries, career links, city profiles, and a salary calculator from Salary.com.
Career Counselors’ Consortium
(http://www.careercounselorsne.org). – This site provides referrals and information about career counselors in your area, click on “Who We Are” and at the top of the next screen “Search Our Database.”
(http://www.business2.com/b2/webguide). – Resources on company information and careers.
National Center for Learning Disabilities (http://www.ld.org/). – This site is a great place to begin when looking for resources to understand and deal with learning disabilities.
Learning Disabilities Association of America
(http://www.ldanatl.org/). – This site is another excellent source when looking for resources to understand and deal with learning disabilities.
LD Online (http://www.ldonline.org/). – This resource is particularly helpful to adults and college-bound students. Try this
link (http://www.ldonline.org/ld_indepth/postsecondary/index.html) for specific college advice.
College is Possible (http://www.collegeispossible.org). – This advertising-free site is clearly geared to those who are new to the college planning process and need basic guidance on how and where to begin.
U.S. News Online/Education. (http://www.usnews.com/usnews/edu/eduhome.htm).
U.S. News and World Reports college and university information and Best Colleges issue resides on this site. Handy information and direct links to schools’ web sites, as well as financial aid information for undergraduate and graduate school programs. All About College (http://www.allaboutcollege.com/).
– This site contains links to home pages of thousands of colleges and universities in the Untied States and abroad. The page on college admissions is well organized and richly annotated (http://collegeapps.about.com).
Collegenet (http://www.collegenet.com). – Search 2- and 4-year colleges, institutions offering MBA programs, vocational/technical, business, or medical schools and display the results in a variety of useful ways. Also contains CollegeBOT, an education-specific search engine with sections devoted to financial aid and scholarships, and assorted college-related resources.
Students.gov (http://www.students.gov) – The most detailed source for government information on higher education.
The College Board (http://www.collegeboard.com). – Most of the information on this site can be found elsewhere; however, The College Board publishes several major college preparation print guides and implements the SAT, CLEP, and Advanced Placement Tests. This is the only place students can register for the SAT I and SAT II online, as well as seek information on their tests.
Peterson’s (http://www.petersons.com). – Though this site does not replace the undergraduate and graduate college guides published by Peterson’s, it offers updated information and direct web links to the colleges.
The Undergrad Zone (http://www.undergradzone.com) is a general site with information for high school students on how to plan and prepare for college, including testing, financial aid, college life, and more.
College & University Campus Crime Statistics (http://campussafety.org/crimestats/index.html). – This site gives crime statistics by state to colleges & universities. This links to the U.S. Department of Education’s Campus Statistics Search Page which will eventually be a more complete listing. Other sites of interest are included like the text and explanation of the Jeanne Clery Act which mandates the collection and publication of campus crime statistics.
www.Savingforcollege.com (http://www.savingforcollege.com/). – Comprehensive source of information on states’ 529 plans. Each state’s plan is reviewed, including administrative costs, and contribution limits. College planning resources are also provided, but registration is required.
www.Studentaid.ed.gov (http://www.studentaid.ed.gov). – The government’s web site for for federal student aid resources. It provides in-depth information on federal student aid programs, applying for financial aid, and repaying student loans, how to conduct college and scholarship searches, estimate college costs, and track and compare financial aid award letters. There are also related videos available on YouTube, and tips info and links on Facebook.
There are three ways to get a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid):
1. Apply online at www.fafsa.gov – Here you can get a free Application for Federal Student Aid and other resources from the U.S. Department of Education.
2, Download and complete a PDF version of the FAFSA at www.federalstudentaid.ed.gov. Note: PDF forms must be mailed for processing.
3. Call to request a paper FAFSA from the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243) or 1-319-337-5665.
College Board’s PROFILE Online
(http://profileonline.collegeboard.com/index.jsp). – Along with the College Board’s PROFILE Online, check out the EFC (Estimated Family Contribution) calculator and other financial aid calculators.
Citizens’ Scholarship Foundation of Wakefield, Inc. (http://www.wakefield.org/csf/index.htm). – Providing scholarships for Wakefield, Massachusetts students for over 41 years, the form is now online: Just look for Scholarship Applications on the page.
(http://scholarships.com). – Conduct a scholarship search for free money for college or investigate education loans.
2006 Colleges, College Scholarships, and Financial Aid Page (http://college-scholarships.com/). – This site offers college bound students, parents, and counselors easy access to information on colleges and universities throughout the United States, free college scholarship and financial aid searches, SAT and ACT test preparation tips, and more.
FinAid! The Smart Student’s Guide to Financial Aid. (http://www.finaid.org).
Teri (The Education Resources Institute)
(http://www.tericollgeaccess.org). – TERI, The Education Resources Institute, promotes educational opportunities for all people of all ages and backgrounds. We pursue this goal through the administration and guarantee of loan programs for students at all education levels, and through our sponsorship of college access programs targeting underserved individuals, who are often the first generation in their families to go to college.
College Answer: The Planning for College Destination from SallieMae. (http://www.Collegeanswer.com).
Students.gov from FirstGov. (http://www.students.gov).
Fastweb. (http://www.fastweb.com). – Lots of good information on financial aid, loans, scholarships, calculating aid, and related links.
Massachusetts’ Board of Higher Education (http://www.mass.edu). – Information on financial aid with a Massachusetts spin to it, as well as general information.
Kiplinger.com. (http://www.kiplinger.com/planning/college). – Helpful hints, plus Kiplinger’s EFC (Estimated Family Contribution).
Salliemae (http://www.salliemae.com). – Information on paying for college costs from Sallie Mae, the leading provider of educational loans.
Globewide Network Academy – The closest thing to a gateway site for long distance learning, the nonprofit Globewide Network Academy (GNA) contains course information from a wide array of distance learning providers from the U.S. and abroad, from certificate programs to graduate degress. The course catalog focus may be more useful for those searching for one course rather than a program.
Online University Consortium (http://www.onlineuc.net) – This site assesses the quality of online degress. Online UC was established to ensure adult learners receive quality education and that organizations employing these professionals maximize investments made in online education and degree programs.
Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council (http://www.detc.org) – The Council was founded in 1926 to promote sound educational standards and ethical business practices within the correspondence field. The independent seven-member Accrediting Commission of the DETC was established in 1955; shortly thereafter it gained the approval of the U.S. Department of Education as the “nationally recognized accrediting agency” under terms of Public Law. The Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) also recognizes the Accrediting Commission. Recently DETC has emerged as a leader in global distance learning.
Get Educated.Com – The Guide section includes a list of undergraduate and graduate programs with phone numbers, Web sites, email addresses, and articles about distant learning.
About.com’s Distance Learning – This site provides a great deal of information about the subject of distance learning, including original articles and links to online resources. Many users will want to start with the Essentials (top of menu to the left) section on the homepage which links to an introduction with links to several glossaries and guides, a discussion board, advice on evaluating programs, and information about continuing professional education. Go to other sources for better course listings.
New England Opporunity NOCS Nonprofit Organization Classifieds – Classified nonprofit job listings for the New England area with a free email newsletter.
Idealist.org – Information about organizations, internships, and events as well as jobs and volunteering resources.
nonprofit Oyster – As it says, dive in and find your pearl–this site is for jobseekers in the nonprofit sector for both employers and those seeking employment.
The Chronicle of Philanthropy – The newspaper of the nonprofit world with job listings and the latest news on the philanthropical front.
HSpeople.com – HSpeople is a human services recruiting site that helps human services professionals find and fill social and human services jobs for the New England area. You can easily search by state.