M. EDUCATION AND CAREER GUIDANCE

Almost all colleges and universities, United States and foreign, have homepages on the Internet with links to information for each institution. At an earlier time, there were a number of published guides to universities, providing basic data about all accredited institutions of higher learning. Most of these guides have not been updated in several years. A number of the same publishers now provide Internet sites for learning about specific colleges and universities, such as the Peterson’s site described below.

Education

General Sources

M1. ERIC. Available through TexShare.

This site contains full-text of over 2,200 digests, plus citations and abstracts from over 980 education and education-related journals. Information is from Resources in Education and Current index to Journals in Education, 1966 to date.

Colleges and Universities

M2. Peterson’s Colleges and Universities. (http://www.peterson.com/)

For each college or university there are basic facts and figures such as enrollment, costs, student statistics, financial aid majors, library, student life, athletics, admission statistics, entrance requirements, and other information. Links to each school’s Web site are also provided.

Financial Aid

M3. U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration. (www.doleta.gov)

This site provides links to financial aid information and other education related topics. Information on financial aid also can be found in Occupational Outlook Handbook (M4*)

Careers

M4. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Bureau of Labor Statistics. 1929 to date. Biennial. (2)

A nationally recognized source for career information, this biennial publication provides authoritative information on over 200 occupations. Information includes: a description of what the worker does on the job, working conditions, training and education needed, earnings, and expected job prospects. Arrangement is by broad occupational fields. Indexing is by occupational titles and industries. This basic work is a must for all public libraries. The Handbook is also available on the Internet at www.bls.gov/oco/.

M5. Petersons Top 2,500 Employers, 2000 Edition. Peterson’s, 1999. 734p. (2pa.)

In-depth profiles of the nation’s largest and fastest growing companies, public and private, comprise this useful work. Many are Texas companies. This is a useful source for the job seeker.

Resume Writing

M6. Jobsmart. (www.jobsmart.org/tools/resume/index.cfm)

This site offer sample resumes and cover letters as well as other resume sources on the Web, and tips for everyone from the first job seeker to the executive level.

M7. Resumes That Knock ‘Em Dead. 4th ed. Martin John Yates. Adams Media, 2000 (1pa.)

There are a number of very good guide to resume writing. This guide offers step-by-step suggestions for writing a wining resume from the basic ingredients to the final product. There also is a chapter on cover letters and information on job-hunting on the Internet. Since there have been many changes in the process, older books on resume writing should be replaced by newer works such as this one.

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