Kirstein Business Library & Innovation Center

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Career Bibliography

The career collection includes materials that define job titles, provide an outlook for a variety of industries, provide sample resumes and cover letters, and offer interviewing tips. In addition, there are directories of companies, trade associations and exectutives that can be helpful in your job search.


Bureau of Labor Statistics , U.S. Department of Labor. Career guide to industries. Indianapolis, IN : JIST Works, Inc., HF5382.5.U5 C315. The Career guide includes an overview of more than 40 industries and provides an outlook on the industry Annual

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational outlook handbook. Washington, DC : U.S. Government Printing Office, HB2595.O23 Gives good overview of each occupation. Biennial

Encyclopedia of careers and vocational guidance. Chicago, Il: Ferguson Publishing Company, HF5381.E52 . First part includes career guidance and career field profiles. Second part provides career articles including earnings and contact information.

Enhanced occupational outlook handbook. Indianapolis, IN: JIST Works, HF 5382.F368. Combines job descriptions from the Occupational Outlook Handbook, O*net and Dictionary of occupational titles. Annual.

O*net. Indianapolis, IN: JIST Works, formerly Dictionary of occupational titles. HB 2595.O16 Includes the new Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system. Provides information for approximately 1000 occupations.


Career guide/Dun’s employment opportunities directory. Parsippany, N.J : Dun’s Marketing Services, HF5382.5 U5D87. Geared towards recent college graduates. Employers listed alphabetically, and geographically. 2007.

Directory of executive recruiters, Peterborough, N.H. Kennedy information. HF5549.5.R44D58 Details more than 13,000 executive recruiters at 5,600 search firms. Contact information includes e-mail, phone and fax. Annual.

Hunt-Scanlon’s select guide to human resource executives. Stamford, CT: Hunt-Scanlon Publishing Co., HF5549.2 .U5H86. Directory of human resource executives, personnel managers and compensation benefits and training professionals at more than 10,000 leading public and private companies. 2007.

Job hunter’s sourcebook. Detroit, MI: Gale Group . HF 5382.7 J62x.. Catalogs job hunting resources for 193 professional, technical and trade occupations. 2007.

National jobbank. Holbrook, MA: Adams Media Corporation, HF5382.5 .U5N343. State by state employment guide to more than 21,000 American private and public companies. Includes contact information, educational background sought, job search and interviewing tips. Annual

Bolles, Richard Nelson. What color is your parachute? Berkeley, Calif. Ten Speed Press, HF 5383.B5. Job hunting classic. Covers interviewing process, salary negotiation and exercises for identifying career paths. Annual.

Edwards Paul and Sarah Edwards. Finding your perfect work: the new career guide to making a living, creating a life. New York: Penguin Putnam, HF5381.E467 2003.

Farr, Michael J. and LaVerne L. Ludden. 300 best jobs without a four-year degree. Indianapolis, IN: JIST Works, HF5381 .F4562.

Riley, Margaret. Guide to internet job searching. Lincolnwood, IL: VGM Career Horizons HF5382.7.R557. 2008/09


Salary surveys are collected from many sources and cover a variety of job titles. Please ask a library staff member for help finding a specific salary survey. Useful websites of salary surveys include the following:

American salaries and wages survey. Detroit, Thomson Gale. HD4873.A67. Compilation of 1,612 occupational combinations, 2,684 occupations and their corresponding salaries obtained from 348 federal, state and city government sources and various trade association and journals. 2009.

Salary facts handbook: the definitive source of pay information on 800 jobs. Indianapolis, IN : JIST pub. HD4975.S253. 2008.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Boston-Worcester-Lawrence, MA-NH-ME-CT National compensation survey (#335). Organized by geographic region includes mean hourly, and weekly earnings by job title and industry group. Annual publication latest available at

Employee compensation in Massachusetts. Old Saybrook, CT:Business and Legal Reports, Inc HD4976.M35 B73 . Updated looseleaf service which includes job analysis, job descriptions, and salary surveys for positions in Massachusetts and surveys for northeast and middle-atlantic states.

Geographic reference report. Redmond WA: Economic Research Institute, (#656a). For each metropolitan area listed includes median base salary for 88 job titles. Includes some cities in Canada. 2008.