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Career Planning & Labour Market Research Tools

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The Internet places powerful career planning research tools and labor market information at your fingertips. Whether you are just starting out or considering a mid-life career change, check out these Net resources to learn about career prospects in specific industries or to discover which fields are predicted to be the next hot occupations. Complete an aptitude test, skills assessment, or career questionnaire. Research the salary potential, job description, working conditions, opportunities for advancement, and training needed for your prospective new career. Below are some places to start. When you're done, get resume help or check out our freelance and job-finding tools.

Labor Market Research (US)

America's Career InfoNet Occupational Outlook Handbook 2000-01 DOL: US Industry at a Glance DOL: US Economy at a Glance ETA.gov O*Net ACINet: Explore by Occupation FlipDog Job Opportunity Index Hoovers' Industry Snapshots WetFeet FirstGov for Workers America's Learning Exchange Princeton Review: Career Snapshots FedStats

Labour Market Research (Canada)

B.C. Work Futures B.C. Stats (PDF format reports) Canada WorkinfoNET Regional Canadian WorkinfoNETs HRDC: WorkDestinations HRDC: Destinations Travail HRDC: National Occupational Classification HRDC: Jobs, Workers, Training & Careers Govt of Canada: Jobs, Workers, Training & Careers Gouvt du Canada: Emplois, travailleurs, formation et carrières HRDC: Labour Market Information HRDC: Information sur le marché du travail HRDC: What Trends Will Affect Me? Career Consortium: Work Handbook

The IT Industry

C|Net: How to Build Your Online Career About: Web Careers Techies: Breaking Into IT Vault: Getting Into Dotcom About: Careers in the Internet Industry

Predicting the Future

DOL: FutureWork DOL: Hot Jobs for the 21st Century About.com: 21st Century Careers US News: Hot Jobs for the 21st Century About.com: Fastest-growing Occupations About.com: Highest-paying Jobs High-Earning Workers Without a Bachelor Degree Good Pay Without a BA? Monster: Hot Career Trends for the 21st Century West Texas Jobs Net (closed)

Assessing Your Interests & Aptitudes

Myers-BriggsTM Test CAPT.org KeirseyTM Temperament Sorter CareerStorm HRDC: Career Quizzes HRDC: Work Search Program HRDC: Career Awareness NextSteps.org Queendom Career & Other Tests Monster.ca Tools & Quizzes Career Interests Game Workopolis: Assessing Career Fit CareerWeb: Employment Readiness Inventory Are You a Potential Luke Skywalker? Princeton Review: What Can I Do With a Career In ...? Princeton Review: Top 10 Jobs for People Who ... Princeton Review: Career Quiz The Career Interests Game CareerPath Career Planning Toolkit

Salary Potential & Cost of Living Calculators

Salary.com SalaryExpert WageWeb JobStar Salary Surveys & Negotiation Strategies JobStar's Profession-specific Salary Surveys Hoovers Salary Wizard Economic Research Institute Wage/Salary Trends Vault: excellent collection of compensation articles JobOptions: Salary & Compensation Links A Mistake that Could Cost You Thousands Per Year HomeFair Salary Relocation Calculator (US) WorkWaves: Toronto Advertised Salaries AvailableJobs.com: Salary Surveys Yahoo Salary Wizard Good Pay Without a B.A.?

Permanent & Contract Rates, IT Industry

ComputerJobs.com 2000 Salary Survey Dice.com IT Salary Trends

Researching Potential Employers (US)

Vault Company Research Hoovers Company Directory Hoovers Top Employers CompanySleuth (News and Profiles) CorporateInformation WetFeet Company Profiles Fast Company: A to Z Fast Companies FlipDog Employer Research Monster Company Research America's Career InfoNet: Employer Locator Yahoo: Company Job Listings (International) WebLens: More Company Finders Gateway to Venture Capital Firms

Researching Potential Employers (Canada)

Sedar Hoovers Company Directory Strategis: Canadian Company Capabilities CorporateInformation Canada Monster Employer Profiles CanadaIT Company Directory MultiMediator New Media Company Directory Toronto Stock Exchange Canoe.ca Company Profiles GlobeInvestor Company Snapshots Yahoo: Company Job Listings

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