LearningExpress Library - A Learning Center for people of all ages and education levels pursuing extra skills for school or work. Anyone in the NWLS service area can create an account from a library or from home using a library card. A Learning Express Quick Start Guide is available to help you get started.
Job & Career Accelerator - A database to help you explore career options, find jobs, and get help with resumes, cover letters, interviews and keep track of your job search progress. To get started, set up an account.
Higher Education and Financial Aid
Academic360.comhttp://www.academic360.com/ - Academic360.com is a meta-collection of Internet resources that have been gathered for the academic job hunter. It includes links to faculty, staff, and administrative announcements and is not restricted to teaching positions. This is "one of the most extensive sites devoted to employment opportunities in higher education available on the Internet".
Access America for Studentshttp://students.gov/ – A Web portal produced by the U.S. Department of Education that provides easy access to any kind of federal service, agency or information of interest to college students.
College Board Online - http://www.collegeboard.org/ – Register for the SAT online. Once you've taken it, send your scores to schools. Plus lots of other information about applying to colleges, including a useful calendar. Includes a College Information Search -- you can search for a school by location, size, major, etc.
College Grad Job Hunterhttp://www.collegegrad.com/findjobs/ - Based on the book with the same title, this site includes preparation, job postings, resumes and cover letters, and interviews and negotiations.
Educational Testing Service - http://www.ets.org/ – Practice questions for AP, SAT, GRE, GMAT, TOEFL, and LSATs. Also includes information about financial aid, colleges and universities, and careers and jobs
FinAid: the Financial Aid Information Page http://www.finaid.org Guide to student financial aid sponsored by the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
GoAbroadhttp://www.goabroad.com/ - GoAbroad.com is the comprehensive on-line source for study abroad, language schools, overseas internships, international volunteer positions, teach abroad, jobs abroad, U.S. universities, eco-travel around the world, and much more! It includes thousands of international academic programs, university study abroad programs, overseas universities and travel guides.
Gradschools.com - http://gradschools.com/ – Search for graduate school programs by subject or by school. Includes distance education programs
Jobwebhttp://www.jobweb.com - This site from the National Association of Colleges and Employers is a springboard to career- and job-related sites that career services professionals from around the world have found helpful in working with college students and alumni. It includes: job listings, job search and industry information, professional associations, career assessment tools, career choice information, and more.
Kaplan: College - http://www.kaptest.com/ – Info about test-taking, choosing a college, and surviving your first year, among other things. From a test preparation company, so there are lots of ads
Federal Student Financial Aid: U.S. Department of Education – http://www.ed.gov/offices/OSFAP/Students/ Information about applying for federal student aid programs; includes a list of Title IV School Codes, the Student Guide, and a link to FAFSA On the Web.
Information on selecting a program, admissions, grad school success, and searching for jobs.
Princeton Review: Collegehttp://www.review.com/college/ – Provides information on exams, interviews, visits, essays, transcripts, and what colleges want.
Students.gov: Student Gateway to the U.S. Government http://www.students.gov/STUGOVWebApp/index.jsp Students.gov is a student gateway to information and services from the United States government. This site brings together all kinds of information and services that students and their families need: information on colleges, financial aid, military educational benefits, taxes, jobs, volunteerism and community service, military service, the branches of government, travel and more. Students.gov is a cooperative effort of many federal agencies working together, under the leadership of the U.S. Department of Education.
Teacher Certification Requirements for 50 Stateshttp://www.uky.edu/Education/TEP/usacert.html - Teacher certification requirements for all fifty states. Select a state from a pull down menu to link to pages with specific information about that state's requirements. Provided by the University of Kentucky College of Education.
CareerBuilderhttp://www.careerbuilder.com - Nationwide newspaper ads. Job listings searchable by job title or company name, also links to professional associations and online job fairs as well as a host of resources for the job seeker. Includes a salary calculator and resume assistance.
EmploymentGuide.comhttp://www.cweb.com/ – General career information, job postings, and recruiters listings.
FlipDog.comhttp://www.flipdog.com/ – Crawls the World Wide Web and links to job openings found on employer Web sites.
Indeedhttp://www.indeed.com/ - Searches national and regional job sites, newspapers, associations and company career pages. Search results can be emailed to you daily and/or received via RSS. Easy to limit to a particular location.
JobBankUSAhttp://www.jobbankusa.com/ – Specializes in providing career information including national job and resume database services to job candidates, employers and recruitment firms in the U.S. and worldwide.
JobWebhttp://www.jobweb.com/ – Job postings, career and industry information, career services; sponsored by the National Association of Colleges and Employers.
Jujuhttp://www.job-search-engine.com - A job search engine which provides access to jobs found on thousands of employer websites and job boards all around the web and offers features that will help you find the jobs you're looking for more efficiently.
LinkUphttp://www.linkup.com - A job search engine that only lists jobs taken directly from company websites.
Monsterhttp://www.monster.com – Search by company name, location, discipline, industry, job title, or combinations of these. Site also has a Career Advice Community, where users can post and answer each others' questions on topics including job search tips, changing careers, interviewing, networking, self-assessment, and many, many more. Featured boards are "hosted" by monster-designated experts.
Simply Hiredhttp://www.simplyhired.com - Allows you to have results of searches emailed to you daily and/or set up RSS feeds. Easy to limit to a particular location.
What Color is Your Parachute?: Job Hunting Onlinehttp://www.jobhuntersbible.com/ - This Net Guide by Dick Bolles is designed to be a companion to his book What Color Is Your Parachute? which is possibly the best-selling job-hunting book in the world. You will find up-to-date information about which Internet sites are most helpful with links to those sites. The Guide is presented as a free service to job-hunters and career-changers everywhere.
Yahoo Employmenthttp://careers.yahoo.com/ - Search by location, company, job title, or keyword or browse by location. Also includes Resume Post. The Yahoo Careers page includes links for specific jobs sites and search firms, Job Fairs and Seasonal and Summer Employment.
USAJOBShttp://usajobs.gov/ - Search federal job postings, apply online, and learn about federal employment. Provided by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, this site includes summer jobs. You can apply for these jobs on the Web site.
VetJobshttp://www.vetjobs.com/ - Anyone may apply to the jobs on this site, but to post a resume you must have served in the US military or been a member of a US military family.
Action Without Borders - http://www.idealist.org/ A project of IdeaList, offers a global directory of more than 8,000 non-profit groups and provides links to people and organizations in 120 countries.
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance - A directory of Federal programs, projects, services and activities which provide assistance to the American public.
Charity Navigator - Evaluates the financial health of America's largest charities.
The Foundation Center - An independent non-profit information clearinghouse established in 1956. It provides links to more than 150 grantmaker websites and informational materials such as application procedures, annual reports, and programs.
Give.org - http://www.give.org A National Charity Reports Index provides reports on charities and other soliciting organizations that solicit nationally. Reports on local charities that solicit regionally are also available via a link to local Better Business Bureaus. Reports provide contact information, evaluation conclusions, programs, governance, fund raising, tax status, and financials.
Grants.gov - http://www.grants.gov This is a one-stop source for the grant-seeking community, which includes state, local and tribal governments, academia and research institutions, and not-for-profits. Allows you to locate and apply for grant funds available from Federal grant-making agencies. Site includes a tutorial and links to types of grants, grant-making agencies, and related links. Search grants synopses by keyword, date range, funding activity category, funding instrument type, and agency, as well as by Funding Opportunity number and CFDA (Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance) number. Grant applications may be downloaded and complete forms submitted online.
Nonprofit Career Centerhttp://www.idealist.org/career.html - Includes jobs and internships in the U.S. and worldwide, other nonprofit job resources, professional associations, volunteer opportunities, and more.
All Nursing Schools - Find information about nursing schools. Search by location and degree sought. The FAQ section has useful information about nursing as a career, nursing education, and nursing specialties.
Artjobonline – Search for art jobs: full- and part-time employment, internships, grants, public art projects, residencies.
Black Collegian Online – Career resources including job search strategies, graduate school opportunities, career and industry reports.
Corporation for National Service - Working with governor-appointed state commissions, nonprofits, faith-based groups, schools, and other civic organizations to provide opportunities for Americans of all ages to serve their communities through volunteer programs. Includes information on AmeriCorps, Learn and Serve America, and National Senior Service Corps.
Great Green Careers - Connects employers and job seekers in the green jobs industries, including energy (wind, solar, geothermal, tidal, biomass, and others), environment (ecology, health and safety, parks, abatement, and others), skilled trades (heating and cooling, electrical, plumbing, building automation), and transportation.
Indeedhttp://www.indeed.com - This simple yet comprehensive job search engine searches national and regional job boards. Search results can be emailed to you daily and/or received via RSS. Easy to limit to a particular location.
Job Center of Wisconsinhttps://jobcenterofwisconsin.com/ - Search for jobs or employees, fill out applications, write resumes, file for unemployment benefits, and more.
Criminal Records and Employment - Information on how to read your record, how to explain your criminal record, what to put on a job application, and a list of fields you will not be able to work in if you have a criminal record.
LinkedIn - Profession focused network that allows you to link to people you know. Hosts its own job board and allows you to post a version of your resume. Has JobsInsider, a browser toolbar widget that can link you into someone at your targeted employer.
eResumes 101 - From the author of Electronic Resumes & Online Networking: How to Use the Internet to Do a Better Job Search, Including a Complete, Up-to-Date Resource Guide, this is an excellent site on online resumes. It includes a gallery of resumes, information about the book, and links to employment sites as well. (Note: be sure to scroll down to see information)
GCFLearnFree.org - The Work and Career section offers help and advice in resume and cover letter writing. Includes tutorials on career development, job interview and resume writing.
O*Net Online - Search using keywords or browse by industry. Find occupations that match your skills. Includes information on skills, abilities, knowledge, work activities, and interests associated with occupations.
The Riley Guide - Resources for everything from preparing for the job search to negotiating the salary. This site, created by a librarian, has been named the best guide to job-hunting sites on the Internet by both Yahoo! Internet Life magazine and by Richard Bolles, author of What Color is Your Parachute? Includes a good outline of types of electronic resumes and step-by-step instructions for preparing a mail version, a scannable version and an Internet version
GCF Global Learning - Free tutorials in English and Spanish, covering computer basics, the Internet, email, Microsoft and OpenOffice products, and resume building. Informative articles for job seekers and for everyday living.
LearningExpress - Courses and practice exercises full of helpful information on a wide variety of career and workplace subjects: choosing a great career, job hunting, interviewing, networking, writing your resume and cover letter, dealing with coworkers, achieving success on the job, and test preparation for the GED and career-specific exams.
America's Career InfoNet - Information on jobs, careers, wages, and employment trends. A "What It Takes" section of specific career requirements. The state profiles include basic demographic information, a list of the largest employers, and occupation rankings. Licensing information by occupation or state agency is also available.
The Career Key - Complete this assessment tool to learn which jobs match your personality.
CareerOneStop - U.S. Department of Labor-sponsored Web site http://www.dol.gov/ that offers career resources and workforce information to job seekers, students, businesses, and workforce professionals to foster talent development in a global economy. Includes America's Career InfoNet, which helps individuals explore career opportunities to make informed employment and education choices.
LiveCareer: - "LiveCareer identifies your career interests and then tells you what jobs are out there for you. Uncover the tasks, experience, education and training needed for your next career move." 100 question test. There are some advertising offers mixed in with the results. Look for the "No Thanks" button to skip through them. (You only need to fill out personal information before you start the test.)
ONet: - This site from the U.S. Department of Labor was created for the general public-to provide broad access to the O*NET database of occupational information on over 950 occupations. The O*NET database includes information on skills, abilities, knowledges, work activities, and interests associated with occupations. This information can be used to facilitate career exploration, vocational counseling, and a variety of human resources functions, such as developing job orders and position descriptions and aligning training with current workplace needs.
Occupational Outlook Handbook - This nationally recognized source of career information from the U.S. Department of Labor is designed to provide valuable assistance to individuals making decisions about their future work lives. It describes what workers do on the job, working conditions, training and education needed, earnings, and expected job prospects for each job discussed.
The Self-Directed Search - The SDS is a self-directed guide to career planning commonly used by career counselors. It is offered at this site, for a small fee. It can help you to discover which of six types (Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, or Conventional) you are most like and to determine which occupations or fields of study are likely to match your individual type. You can view information about each type and which occupations relate to it without taking the assessment. Tips on how to find a career counselor are included.
Wall Street Journal - Careers - Wall Street Journal news, features and trends on managing your career for growth, advancement or change. Next steps, second acts and advice on managing your job.
America's Career InfoNethttp://www.acinet.org/acinet/ - Provides a general outlook of the U.S. job market, wages and trends occupation-search, state profile search, and a career resource library.
Bureau of Labor Statisticshttp://www.bls.gov/ - Published by the U.S. Department of Labor. Includes information about all sorts of jobs and where those jobs are available in the United States. See the Occupational Outlook Handbook http://www.bls.gov/oco/home.htm for trends about specific job titles. Also includes information about wages and safety.
Career One Stophttp://www.careeronestop.org/ - Search for jobs, explore careers, look at trends. Offers tools to help job seekers, students, businesses, and career professionals. Sponsored by the US Department of Labor..
Dictionary of Occupational Titles Indexhttp://www.immigration-usa.com/dot_index.html - This is an index to the Dictionary of Occupational Titles from the United States Department of Labor. You can download the complete dictionary which is searchable.
EOP, Inc. (Equal Opportunity Publications) http://www.eop.com/ - EOP helps job-seekers from underrepresented groups (women, members of minority groups, and people with disabilities) find employment and aids companies and government agencies eager to recruit from this diversified workforce.
The Fun Works: For Careers You Never Knew Existedhttp://www.thefunworks.org/ - Middle school students can use this site to learn about jobs or careers that exist in fields that interest them. Students can browse careers in math or science or they can take a quiz to help them figure out their areas of interest.
Occupational Outlook Handbook - From the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this online government document is the primary source for in depth information about specific careers including: nature of the work; working conditions; employment, training, other qualifications, and advancement; job outlook; earnings; related occupations; and sources of additional information such as professional organizations and growth potential of over 250 occupations.
Quintessential Careers - Designed to provide jobs and career resources for every kind of job seeker. Includes resume, cover letter resources, and interviewing resources. Jobs can be searched by industry, location and specialty group (women, minorities, college students, teenagers, volunteers, and nonprofits).
Career Magazinehttp://www.careermag.com/ - Designed to meet the needs of online job seekers, this publication includes job openings, articles, a resume bank, and more.
Equal Opportunity Publicationshttp://www.eop.com/ - "Since 1968, Equal Opportunity Publications, Inc. (EOP) has led the way from affirmative action to diversity recruitment by publishing career magazines for women, members of minority groups, and people with disabilities." View web pages for Equal Opportunity, Woman Engineer, Minority Engineer, Careers and the Disabled, Workforce Diversity for Engineering and IT Professionals, and Information Technology Career World. Includes job searching and a resume database.
Job Choices Onlinehttp://www.jobweb.com/newsletter.aspx - An electronic magazine that presents career information and job-search advice to college students and recent graduates and sponsored by the National Association of Colleges and Employers.
Office of Personnel Management Salary Tableshttp://www.opm.gov/oca/07tables/index.asp - The U.S. Office of Personnel Management has salary tables for federal government jobs. Tables are available for previous years.
Salary.com - http://www.salary.com/ - This site includes a salary wizard which provides a low, median, and high salary for locations by zip code or name. It also provides a brief job description.
U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statisticshttp://stats.bls.gov/ - The principal Federal agency responsible for measuring labor market activity, working conditions, and price changes in the economy. It provides essential economic information to support public and private decision-making. Visit Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates (Federal and State) http://stats.bls.gov/oes/oes_data.htmfor information regarding national wage and salary surveys by occupation and industry and links to state level surveys.
BestPlaces.net - Compare cities, crime rates, climate, cost of living, and schools around the country. Use the interactive program to find your own best place to live. http://www.bestplaces.net/
The Best Places to Live (from Money Magazine) - search a database of America's 300 largest metro areas to find the best spot to live, work or play based on factors relating to weather, economy, housing, health, education, crime, transportation, leisure and arts and culture. http://money.cnn.com/best/bplive/
Homefair.comhttp://www.homefair.com/ - Tips and advice for moving and finding a new home. This wonderful relocation resource includes links for various tools and calculators (salary, mortgage), city reports (crime rate, etc.), school reports, moving services, and more.
Relocation Assistance (from Homefair) - Includes information to assist you with relocating including a salary calculator and moving calculator, community information (school reports, city reports, community comparisons), and consumer information (getting the best mortgage, buying a home, organizing to move, choosing where to live, etc.).
Virtual Relocationhttp://www.virtualrelocation.com/ - This wonderful site for people who are moving provides objective information, relocation tools, and resources that can help you accomplish your move, whether you're dreaming about a new place to live, moving, or settling into a new location. It includes categories for real estate, job search, children, schools, new construction, utilities, mortgage, moving and storage, insurance, local information, travel, and more.
COBRA (Continuation Health Insurance Coverage): Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Administration - http://www.dol.gov/ebsa (Click on "Health and Retirement Benefits After Job Loss" and/or "COBRA Assistance Under ARRA". For a free quote visit http://www.healthinsurance.info/
American Consumer Credit Counselinghttp://www.consumercredit.com/ - Provides credit counseling, debt management, debt consolidation and financial education services to consumers nationwide.
The Bee Hivehttp://www.thebeehive.org/ - Reaches out worldwide to help people connect to educational tools and services (money, health, jobs, school, and housing) that inform and empower people to improve their lives.
Federal Trade Commission (FTC) - http://www.ftc.gov/ Free Credit Report, etc. (Under "Quick Finder," click "Free Credit Reports." Click "Credit & Loans" for information about credit repair and credit generally.
GovBenefits.govhttp://www.benefits.gov/ - The official benefits website of the U.S. government. Check information and eligibility requirements on over 1,000 programs such as Career Development Assistance, Child Care, Education/Training, Energy Assistance, and more.
U.S. Department of Laborhttp://www.dol.gov/ - Dedicated to the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.
Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance - http://www.homeenergyplus.wi.gov/ This low income home energy and weatherization program includes assistance with heat, electricity, furnace repairs/replacement, payment plans, and more.