If you are conducting a search in a highly defined career field such as engineering, medicine, human resources, or sciences, you need to know what sites are the best sites for people in your field. A first place to start is at websites devoted to linking job hunters to resources on the net.
An excellent starting place is www.job-hunt.org, where you will find links to specialized job search sites for individuals in specific professions, industries, or job functions, including the following:
- Academia and Education Jobs
- Computers and Technology Jobs
- Engineering Jobs
- Entry Level, Internships, and Seasonal Jobs
- Finance, Accounting, and Banking Jobs
- Freelancing, Consulting, Contracting, and Temping
- Law and Law Enforcement Jobs
- Marketing and Sales Jobs
- Medicine, Biotechnology, and Pharmaceutical Jobs
- Science Jobs
Another good way to find information and job listings for specific fields is to contact the professional association(s) affiliated with your career field. For example, the Society of Human Resource Managers (SHRM) provides a site for its members, www.shrm.org.
If you don't know what associations serve professionals in your field, stop by the library and ask for a copy of the Encyclopedia of Associations published by The Gale Group. It lists more than 23,000 nonprofit associations and organizations. On the web, an impressive collection of associations is provided by the Internet Public Library, www.ipl.org.
Are you are looking for specific information on jobs and careers? Would you like to explore other career options? Consider browsing the Occupational Outlook Handbook provided by the U.S. Department of Labor, at www.bls.gov/oco/. This on-line handbook is a nationally recognized source of career information, designed to provide valuable assistance to individuals making decisions about their future careers. It offers extensive information about the nature of the work, employment statistics, education and training requirements, employment outlook, and earnings for multiple career fields and jobs.
Below is a list of additional sites that offer specialized job search and career services to job hunters.