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Researching the Job Market Video

Researching the Job Market Video Transcript

Researching the job market thoroughly, being sure to use the correct resources, is important to career advancement. Watching this video will establish how to research your career options, find information about companies and familiarize yourself with job titles that are a fit for the degree and/or certifications you have earned as well as your professional background.

  1. Researching Career Options
    • Your research of career options in the job market can be done through the Occupational Handbook. After watching this video, you should understand this as an excellent research tool to obtain information about careers, necessary training, employment outlook and average salaries.
    • While some research can be done in person, a great deal of it can be done online. You can find information about degrees at www.petersons.com. Community colleges can provide the most information about certificate programs.
  2. Researching a Company
    • It is important that you conduct your job market search by company. While many online business databases are expensive, many of these are available through your public library at no cost.
    • College libraries offer you access to some of the prominent databases to search the job market by company. While they're not free online, these include www.hoovers.com, www.wetfeet.com and www.zoominfo.com. Many companies publish similar information on their websites. www.salary.com is a good place to start for salary information about a job market or title by company.
  3. Researching a Job Role and Title
    • There are a variety of ways for you to search job market roles and titles online. Resources where you can find more information include www.craigslist.com, www.monster.com, www.hotjobs.com and www.careerbuilder.com.
    • Job market research can also be performed by field at Purdue University or at www.jobbankusa.com, which provides a wider search of multiple employers.
  4. Starting Job Market Research
    • Your search of the job market online can be assisted through an RSS feed, or by really simple syndication. This will email you new information related to job markets.
    • You can learn how to get RSS feeds by going to www.yahoo.com for more information. All of the available resources in searching job markets are more effective when combined.

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