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Career Information

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Fall and Spring semesters.



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Business Library
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Schreyer Business Library
3rd Floor, Paterno Library
University Park, PA 16802


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Research Hub
2nd Floor, Paterno Library
Phone: 814-865-4861

Career Resources for all Majors


Exploring Careers & Internships

There are a number of excellent websites including Penn State's Career Services. Below are some of the best:

    • Companion site to What Color is your Parachute? by Dick Bolles
    • Reviews on-line career interest and personality tests
    • Assesses resume-writing sites
    • Effective use of the internet
    • How to research companies, places to live, salaries, etc.
  • Jobstar
    • Guides to career information
    • Writing and posting resumes
    • Profession-specific salary information
    • Hidden job market
    • National site with strong California emphasis
    • Tips and strategies for job searching
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook
    • Covers hundreds of types of jobs, accessible by job title or general occupation areas
    • Training and educational requirements
    • Salaries
    • Expected job growth
    • Job descriptions
    • Working conditions
  • Major Resource Kits (University of Delaware)
    • Based on major course of study
    • Includes related professional associations
  • Vault Online Career Library
    • Company profiles
    • Descriptions of occupations
    • Occupational surveys
    • Career articles
    • Industry guides
  • WetFeet Guides
    • access available at Penn State Career Services

      • Career requirements
      • Geographic Search capability
      • Interviews with recruiters
      • Articles
      • Job Search Strategies
  • Penn State Internship Information (PDF)



Job Search Preparation

Job Openings
    • Matches recent college graduates to entry level positions
    • Excellent articles on resumes and interviewing
  • America's Job Bank (AJB)
    AJB is one of three components of This "integrated suite of national web sites" is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor in partnership with other federal agencies, state governments, and private sector organizations.


Cover Letters and Resumes
  • Check The CAT. Use cover letter or resumes and employment in a title/subject search.
  • Jobstar
    Provides sample templates and explanations of different types of resumes.




Researching Companies and Industries
  • Hoovers
    • Proprietary company and industry information
    • SEC filings
    • Career development
    • News
  • ProQuest
    Indexes over 5,000 magazines, journals and newspapers, most full-text



Additional Resources

Salary and Wage Information

In addition to the salary and compensation information found on the sites in Exploring Careers and Internships, the following sites specialize in salary information:

    Although some salary reports must be paid for, there are many free resources
    • Salary surveys
    • Newsletters
    • Links to articles
  • DataMasters
    On the left side of the home page, the link to Salary/Cost-of-Living Data provides useful charts. Some information on this site is free, some for a fee.
  • PA Work Stats
    Find employment and unemployment statistics by state or county, labor market data, and labor and industry-created research reports, fact sheets, and more.


Relocation Information
    Multiple reports, calculators and articles provide information for persons who are moving....from college graduates, to retirees, from local to cross-country moves.


Articles and Additional Resources
  • ProQuest
    • Indexes over 5,000 magazines, journals and newspapers
    • Full-text access to over 2,000 magazines and journals; over 150 newspapers
  • LexisNexis Academic
    • Regional, national and international newspapers, magazines, and trade journals
    Weddle's User’s Choice Awards provides links to those on-line career sites voted the best by online users.