Career Information

Don't Forget! The campus office of Career Services has lots to offer!

Not sure what you want to do?

Through a US Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA) a grant to the North Carolina Employment Security Commission has created O-Net Online offering career paths and possibilities to professional success through a variety of links. Take their Interest Profiler quiz to see the right path for you!

Occupational Outlook Series

Produced by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, the
Occupational Outlook Handbook provides statistics on the full range of jobs in the U.S. Training and education needed, earnings, expected job prospects, what workers do on the job, working conditions and other data is compiled annually and freely accessible on the web.

Lane Library also has it in book format in the Reference Collection: REF HF 5381 .A1.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics also publishes the journal: Occupational Outlook Quarterly which provides detailed articles on professions. To search for articles in this journal, use: ProQuest's ABI Inform.

For Health Professions

Explore Health Careers provides up-to-date, comprehensive information on all facets of work for most careers in the health industry.

Professional Literature

Each profession has its own "literature" in which research is reported and issues are discussed. Professional journals, often published by associations, are a good way to learn the nature of a profession. Some examples:

Databases for searching the professional literature


Vocational and Career CollectionGALILEO logo from EBSCOhost
Provides full text coverage for 400 trade and industry related periodicals including American Machinist, Contemporary Longterm Care, Pediatric Nursing, Wireless Week, Drug Store News, Video Business, Reeves Journal, Hotel and Motel Management, Restaurant Business, Advertising Age, and many more. Use this to search for articles in a magazines and journals from many disciplines. Use the Advanced Search, and specify the profession as a subject term: physical therapy (subject) + profession (keyword)


Education: ERIC
Psychology: PsycINFO
Nursing: CINAHL


Find the web presence for the professional organizations related to you field. These provide authoritative information. Locate them with, or see listings in The Encyclopedia of Associations: REF HS 17 .G333 2003

Savannah Now Features job postings for Savannah and the Coastal Empire.

Interested in moving to another city or state? Run a Google search for the local newspaper. Find their web site and browse positions available in that location.

Finding Books in Lane Library

Browse the HF 5382 area of the Reference Collection for general books on resume's, cover letters, and descriptions of jobs for broad areas such as liberal arts, finance, and retail. Books more specific to a profession are located in the call number assigned to that discipline. For example:

Use GIL, Lane Library's online catalog, to search for books on specific professions. Search for books with vocational guidance or career in their subject headings:

Selected Books in Lane library

Reference Books
College Majors Handbook with Real Career Paths and Payoffs:
The actual job, earnings, and trends for graduates of 60 college majors.
REF HF 5382.5 U5 F644 2004
Career Cross Roads REF HF 5382.7 .C75 2002
The Guide to Basic Cover Letter Writing REF HF 5383 .P735 2004
The Guide to Basic Resume Writing REF HF 5383 .G727 2004
Resumes for College Students and Recent Graduates: Includes sample cover letters REF HF 5383 .R434 2005
Resumes for First-Time Job Hunters: With sample cover letters REF HF 5383 .R4367 2005
Circulating Books
The Career Chronicles: An insider's guide to what jobs are really like:
Good, bad, and ugly from over 750 professions
HR 5382 .G733 2008
Career Wisdom for College Students:
Insights you won't get in class, or on the Internet, or from your parents
HF 5381 .V58 2007
Careers for Courageous People & Other Adventerous Types HF 5382 .G65.2005
Careers for High-Energy People & Other Go-Getters HF 5382 .E23 2005
How'd You Score That Gig?:
A guide to the coolest jobs and how to get them
HF 5381 .L3563 2008
McGraw-Hill's Career's for Nature Lovers S 945 .M55 2008
Opportunities in Overseas Careers HF 5549.5 .E45 C32 2005
24 Hours to the Perfect Interview HF 5549.5 .I6 D448 2004