Resource Topic: Career Planning and Jobs

Guide from our Librarians: Job Search Help

Manage Your Job Search

  • Job & Career Accelerator (Library card number and PIN/password required)
    This online "career coach" will guide you step-by-step through the job search process. Their skill assessment function will help match to your skills with occupations. Try this site to create a resume, find job listings and track your progress
  • Workforce Partnership
    This organization supports job seekers by providing free access to computers/ printers and services; individual career assessments;  workshops on a variety of topics (writing resumes, interviewing); job listings and more!
  • Job Search Workbook from KansasWorks
    This online workbook will help you define and market your skills, as well as provide helpful information to assist you in your job search.(A print version is available from Workforce Partnership.)
  • Job-hunt.org
    This site provides useful information about job searching and career management at every level. Whether you’re looking for your first job or are a seasoned professional ready to advance, you’ll find articles and advice about managing your search online, protecting your privacy, expanding your network and more.

Research a Potential Employer

Companies do their research on you before you arrive for the interview, and you should do the same. Start with the company's website, specifically their careers section, and investigate their values, leadership, employee testimonials and social media channels. You can also use LinkedIn to identify people who work for a specific company or in a particular industry.

  • Video on Job Interview Research Resources
    From Expert Village.
  • ReferenceUSA
    Provides detailed information on more than 53 million U.S. businesses and nearly 2 million Canadian businesses.​
  • Book of Lists from Kansas City Business Journal
    Find lists of top area organizations in a variety of industries and fields. Published by the Kansas City Business Journal. Find it under the "Resources" section.
  • Glassdoor.com
    Glassdoor gives an inside look at jobs and companies including salary details, company reviews and interview questions. All reviews are posted anonymously by employees and job seekers.
  • Kansas City Star
    See if the company has been in the news lately or if top executives have been mentioned.
  • Mergent Intellect (Library card number and PIN/password required)
    ​Find public and private companies in the U.S. and internationally. Company profiles include sales, number of employees, contact and location information, and executive information.
  • S & P Global NetAdvantage
    Offers access to stock reports, company reports, industry surveys, and fund reports, including features and commentary from Standard & Poor’s on topics such as the economy, daily stock market activity, industry sectors, stocks, bonds, funds, and investment strategies.​
     

Prepare Your Resume and Cover Letter

Network & Make Connections

Check with Your Alma Mater

Colleges and universities have career centers that provide job search assistance to their current students and alumni (regardless of how long it's been since you attended). Give them a call and see how they might be able to help alums.

Get help with your resume and cover letters and see networking tips.