Career Research, Planning, and Trends
Research and Planning
- A-Z Career List Index from Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
- Career Key
- Career Resources Toolkit – Quintessential Careers
- How to Become . . .
- Job Star Central
- Job Profiles
- Jobstr Ask people anything about their jobs
- Occupational Outlook Handbook
- Projections of the labor force, 2016-26
- The Career Project
- Vocational Information Center: Trade, Career and Technical Schools
- What Color is Your Parachute: The Job-Hunter’s Net Guide
- You’re a WHAT?
Major and Career
Career and Salary Trends/Statistics
Career Newsletters, Magazines, and Articles
Informational Interview Resources
Job Search & Employment Enhancement
- Job Board for Cypress College Students — Cypress College Career Connect
- Glassdoor — company reviews, interview questions, & salary information for thousands of jobs.
- LiveCareer: one-stop source for latest career tools
- Skills & Keywords > Listed by Job
- Step Ahead: Career planning for people with criminal convictions
- The Riley Guide — How to Job Search
- ZipRecruiter — job search advice for college students
- Americans with Disabilities — Resources
- GettingHired.com: Careers & Community for Talented People with Disabilities
- IMDiversity: where careers, opportunities, and diversity connect
- Jobs that Hire Felons
- Orange County 211: support for formerly incarcerated individuals and their families during the transitioning from custody to community
- Orange County Re-Entry Partnerships:(OCREP) for formerly incarcerated individuals trying to re-establish healthy, productive, and rewarding lives
- The Resource Page: links to education, employment, and other resources for ex-offenders
- Veteran and Military Transitioning: a one-stop website for employment, training, and financial help after military service
- Workforce 50: Employment and Career Change Resources for People Over 50
Adult Reentry and Personal Growth
- CareerOneStop: good news and tips for getting a job if you are an older worker
- How to Survive (and Excel) as a Middle-aged, Re-entry College Student
- LiveCareer: Job and Career Resources for Mature and Older Job-Seekers
- Back2College: Back to College information
- Options for Life Long Learning
Newsletters and Articles
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Labor Market Trends
Keep the following trends in mind as you search for your next job and consider the journey on your career path. They will give perspective and help you make realistic decisions about your future.
Lifelong employability – Strive to be employable, to have the skills that employers value, so you can find work easily even if you are laid off. Do not expect to have lifelong employment, especially with one company.
Diversity – Appreciate and work with cultural differences. Employers value this skill because the labor market has more women, older people, and people of different races and ethnic groups than ever before.
Computer skills – Develop strong computer skills and update them regularly. Every industry requires workers who do have these skills and the ability to critically think through issues that may arise in regards to technology.
Math, Science, and English – Develop strong math, science, and communication skills. Employers always need people with these skills.
Customer service – Always demonstrate a positive, helpful attitude toward customers, supervisors and coworkers. Employers value this attitude because gaining and maintaining customers is crucial, especially in a weak economy.
Economy awareness – Pay attention to the local, national, and global market. Jobs are created and destroyed because of technological advances, the economy and corporate restructuring. Prepare for it.
Post high school education – Obtain an education beyond a high school diploma. It is the number one way to achieve and maintain a middle class lifestyle or, in many cases, to be self-supporting. With an advanced education, you can remain employable.
Continuous learning – Constantly upgrade your skills. While holding a degree is important, employers want to know that you are still able to keep up with the latest trends in the industry.
Education costs – Find employers who will help train you. Since the price of college and technical education will continue to rise faster than inflation, academic help is valuable.
Flattened wages – Be aware that many organizations are willing to replace long-term employees with younger, less-expensive workers. This practice has kept wages flat.
Doing what you love – Focus on work that fulfills and interests you once you begin long-term employment planning. Since job security doesn’t exist, you might as well enjoy what you do while you can do it!
Not just 9-5 – Be aware of the pressure to work long hours. Flex time, telework, and cell phones have blurred the lines between work and home. Today, Americans work more hours than people in any other industrialized country.
Employer as client – Embrace the new relationship employees have with employers, one that resembles a professional athlete’s free agency: “I’ll provide my knowledge, skills, and abilities in exchange for wages and benefits as long as it suits both of us. The relationship ends when one of us wants out or the contract expires.”
High turnover – Expect to have many jobs and in several different occupational areas over a lifetime of work. The old career ladders no longer apply in most occupations, which means you have to make your own decisions about what sort of career path (and therefore training) you need.
Contingency workers – Realize that you may become part of the temporary and contract workforce, now the norm at many companies. That means you will have lots of flexibility but few benefits and absolutely no security.
Global competition – Prepare yourself to compete with people worldwide for certain jobs. With the Internet, companies can hire people overseas to work for them but remain in their homelands. It is a small, small world!