Careers & Job Hunting


Prepared by Maria Paz, Librarian


WOIS/The Career Information System

O*NET (Occupational Information Network)

Testing and Education Reference Center

Occupational Outlook Handbook Online

Reference Books

DVD & Videocassettes

Finding Books: The Library Catalog

NetLibrary & eBooks

Finding Articles: Periodical Databases

Internet Resources: Links to Employment listings, Job-Hunting, Resumes

Colleges and Universities

Financial Aid: Scholarships, Grants, and Loans

the Library @ NSCC

  Good Beginnings: Career and Occupational websites/databases to begin your quest


 What Can I Do With A Major In.....

The University of North Carolina in Wilmington (UNCW) Career Center describes undergraduate majors such as accounting, economics, history, marine biology, sociology and more. Includes list of related career titles and skills, links to jobs and internships, professional organizations, career planning, and additional resources.


   WOIS/The Career Information System


Database contains over 340 job descriptions as well as schools and training programs in Washington State. Includes wages and employment outlook for Washington State. Describes civilian occupations, educational programs, schools, and military careers.

  1. Use a computer on campus to access this database.

  2. Begin at the Library @ NSCC Homepage <>

  3. Under Articles, click on Reference databases.

  4. Scroll down the list and click on WOIS career information.

  5. Click on Occupations

  6. Scroll down the list and click on the occupation you want to research.


   O*Net Online (Occupational Information Network)


Database developed by the US Department of Labor to replace the Dictionary of Occupational Titles (DOT).  Information on thousands of occupations nationally and by state.  Sections include Task, Tools & Technology used,  Knowledge, Skills and Abilities needed, Work Activities and Work Content, Related Occupations, Wages & employment , links to related Associations. Find Occupations: Find occupations using keywords, O*NET-SOC codes, Job Families, or by viewing a complete list. Skills Search: Use a list of your skills to find matching O*NET-SOC occupations. Crosswalk: Use other classification systems (DOT, SOC, MOC, and RAIS) to find matching O*NET-SOC occupations.  Available free on the internet


  1.  Click on O*Net Online (Occupational Information Network)<>

  2.  Click on Find Occupations

  3.  There are several ways to identify possible occupations and jobs. 

At Browse by Job Family scroll down and choose one of the following categories:


  4.  Click on the Occupation you want to search.

  5.  To find occupational information by state, click on  Wages & Employment Trends and  select a state:


  6.  At the bottom of the page, if you Select All, you will get more information about the occupation in the selected state.



Testing and Education Reference Center

Practice tests and full text exam books for the for High School, College Prep, Careers, Graduate School, and International Students.


Examples: GED; TOEFL and US Citizenship; civil service and military entrance exams; licensing tests for law enforcement, real estate, the postal service, and many other fields; plus college and graduate school admissions exams.

  1. Begin at the Library @ NSCC Homepage <>

  2. Under Articles, click on Reference databases.

  3. Scroll down the list and click on Testing and Education Reference Center.


   Occupational Outlook Handbook Online


The Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) is a nationally recognized source of career information, designed to provide valuable assistance to individuals making decisions about their future work lives. This is a good place to start if you want to explore career, job, or learning options. The reason is that the OOH contains information on 270 jobs, but these are major ones, employing more than 90% of the workforce. The OOH is updated every two years by the U.S. Department of Labor and is considered by many to be the most helpful of all career references. We also have the book in the Reference Collection at  Ref HD8051.A62.


For hundreds of different types of jobs the Occupational Outlook Handbook tells you:

  • the training and education needed

  • earnings

  • expected job prospects

  • what workers do on the job

  • working conditions

In addition, the OOH gives you job search tips, links to information about the job market in each State, and more.


  Additional Resources on Careers in the Library 


  Reference Books


The Reference Collection books are shelved on the first floor of the Library. Begin your search with the following books that are available at most libraries:


1. Guide for Occupational Exploration (GOE). Ref HF5382.5.U5G83 2001
Describes more than 12,000 jobs and career alternatives listed with DOT numbers. Clustered in twelve areas such as artistic, scientific, and mechanical, and based on general interests, previous experience, training, and other factors.


2. O*Net: Dictionary of Occupational Titles.  Ref HB 2595.O16 2004
Printed version of the job descriptions in the online database. This replaces the Dictionary of Occupational Titles (DOT)


3. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Ref HD 8051.A62
Information on two hundred different occupations or categories of occupations on employment opportunities, training requirements, qualifications, salaries, working conditions, related occupations, and career advances on a national level.


Online version:  Occupational Outlook Handbook:
Click Publications and Research Papers. Find resources on resume writing and evaluating an offer.


More Reference Books on Careers and Occupations

Ref HF 5382.5.U5F76 2009

150 Great Tech Prep Careers

Ref HD 4885.U5F47 2006

Apprenticeship Programs (2 vols.)

Ref HF 5382.G733 2008

The Career Chronicles: An Insider's Guide to What Jobs Are Really Like

Ref GE 60.D69 1999

The Complete Guide To Environmental Careers In The 21st Century

Ref TX 667.C85 2000

Culinary Schools: Find Out Where To Train For A Career In Cooking

Ref HF 5429.235.U5K478 2004

Franchise Bible: How To Buy A Franchise Or Franchise Your Own Business.

Ref HF 5382.7.D54 2006

Guide to Internet Job Searching

Ref R 690.W565 2000

Health-Care Careers for the 21st Century

Ref HD 2346.U52W376 2003

How To Start A Business In Washington State

Ref LC 1072.I58O43 2005

The Internship Bible




On DVD & Videocassette


Common Mistakes People Make in Interviews
[DVD 294]       2003      Cambridge Educational
4 3/4" DVD     Color      1 videodisc, 27 min.
An informative and effective program that helps job seekers anticipate what employers are looking for. Using a wrong way/right way format, illustrates the things to do and not to do in an interview so you can convey the right attitude, project a professional image, and get that job offer!

A Day In The Career Of A Social Worker
[VHS 560]    1994    Vocational Video, Inc
1/2" video        Color    1 cass., 20 min.
Irene Siegel describes what social workers do, the types of settings in which they work, and what a typical day is like for her as a clinical social worker. Includes a list of organizations to contact for more information about becoming a social worker.


Diversified Health Occupations Videos Series, #1: Is A Career In Health Care For You?
[VHS 773]    2001    Thomson Delmar Learning
1/2" video     Color    1 cass., 37 min.
Primary focus: Dental Assistant, Laboratory Assistant, Medical Assistant (Clinical), Nursing Assistant, Physical Therapy Assistant, and Medical Assistant (Administrative). Secondary focus: Diagnostic Services, EMS, Health Information and Communication Services, Hospital/Health Care, Facility Services, Medical Careers and Specialties, Mental and Social Services, Nursing Careers, Nutrition and Dietary Services, Therapeutic Services, Veterinary Services and Vision Services.


Diversified Health Occupations Videos Series, #2: A Day In The Life Of Health Care Services
[VHS 774]    2001    Thomson Delmar Learning
1/2" video     Color    1 cass., 28 min.
Primary focus: Government Agencies Concerned with Health Care, Health Care Non-Profit Agencies, Health Care Insurance Plans, Trends in Health Care, Students Exploring different Health Occupations Via a Clinical Rotations or Externship.


Diversified Health Occupations Videos Series, #3: Professional & Personal Standards For Health Care Careers
[VHS 775]     2001    Thomson Delmar Learning
1/2" video     Color    1 cass., 30 min.
Primary focus: Personal Characteristics, Personal Appearance, Professional Conduct, Legal Responsibilites, Ethics, Patients Rights and Professional standards.


Diversified Health Occupations Videos Series, #4: How To Suceed In Your Health Care Career
[VHS 774]    2001    Thomson Delmar Learning
1/2" video     Color    1 cass., 22 min.
Primary focus: Job Seeking Skills, Writing Letters Preparing Resume, Completing a Job Application Form, Job Interviewing, Workplace Skills, Teamwork, Written and Oral Communications, Personal Budgeting and Finances.


The Empowering Appraisal
[DVD 296]      1993      Films for the Humanities & Sciences
4 3/4" DVD     Color     1 videodisc, 30 min.
Using real-life situations, shows how organizations can make performance evaluations more effective. It shows managers and employees the communication skills required so that evaluations result in better-motivated employees. Demonstrates how to introduce performance appraisal systems in any organization. A dramatic re-creation takes us through the appraisal process and highlights the three steps of an Empowering Appraisal—preparing, discussing, and following-up.


Engineers Can Do Anything!
[DVD 194]     2005     Engineering Education Service Center
4 3/4" DVD    Color    1 videodisc, 20 min.
Shows how engineers are involved in every segment of society. Provides insight into the world of engineering for anyone who wants to be inspired but doesn't know how to start, have time to start, or doesn't want to sift through the maze of engineering career web sites and literature. Designed to enable everyone to uncover the rewards of an engineering career.


How To Find And Keep A Job
[VHS 1699]   1996    Films for the Humanities & Sciences
1/2" video      Color   1 cass., 20 min.
Provides expert advice on how to land a job and to manage a career in today’s uncertain economy. We follow a hiring manager reviewing hundreds of applications and learn what about an applicant’s resume causes them to be chosen for an interview. We then watch these interviews, and learn from career counselors the secrets of successful interviewing. Once an employee is hired, we see that factors besides education and intelligence are critical to career success. Finally, we learn about a new set of skills that everyone needs to know in order to be best prepared for the rapidly changing job market of the future.


The Road to Success: Stories of Career Satisfaction in Popular Fields
[DVD 574-575]      2007      Films for the Humanities & Sciences
4 3/4" DVD          Color      2 videodisc
[DVD 574] Spotlight on Careers in Entrepreneurship (1 videodisc, 20 min.)
Since its founding, Paul Orfalea’s Kinko’s empire has grown to more than 1,500 stores and 23,000 employees worldwide. And Pleasant Rowland’s American Girl dolls, second only to Barbie in U.S. sales, made her $700 million when she sold her company to Mattel. How did these incredible entrepreneurs do it? Section one of this program profiles Orfalea, who talks about overcoming dyslexia while growing up and his business philosophy, which is based on his freethinking, creative style. In section two, Rowland describes her motivation in creating the American Girls and how her special approach to marketing and distribution has helped make them so popular.
[DVD 575] Spotlight on Careers in Technology (1 videodisc, 18 min.)
What is it like to be a visionary, to have a hand in shaping the future through important technologies? Section one of this program showcases the environmentally clean, zero-emission Ballard Fuel Cell as Geoffrey Ballard himself explains how he developed it against all odds. In section two, Bob Mason, cofounder of the direct-to-Internet TV service Brightcove, discusses why he and partner Jeremy Allaire started the company, Brightcove’s place in the Internet revolution, and career options in the ever-changing high-tech industry.


Takin' Care Of Business : CPA ... Imagine The Possibilities!
[VHS 1700]   2000    AICPA
1/2" video     Color    1 cass., 15 min.
Features five young, successful CPAs in exciting careers ranging from an FBI Special Agent to Controller of the New York Jets. Combining animation with real-life profiles, this enlightening video uses a career day discussion as a backdrop for highlighting the CPA profession.


The Virtual Job Interview
[DVD 645]      2005      Daniel Peters Productions
4 3/4" DVD    Color      1 videodisc, 30 min.
A simulation of a conversation between a job candidate and an interviewer. The user is asked a typical job interview question by an interviewer in a video clip and is given a choice of responses. Once a selection is made, another video clip of the inteviewer responds accordingly! A wide range of questions and answers is explored until ultimately the user is either hired, put on file, or has his or her application torn up on the spot! Includes video segments on interview preparation, tips for the day of the interview, techniques for handling illegal questions and a review.


Workplace Etiquette Why Being Polite Counts On The Job
[DVD 835]     2009     Human Relations Media
4 3/4" DVD   Color     1 videodisc, 24 min.
There’s a right way and a wrong way to behave in the workplace. Doing things the wrong way can result in getting fired. Doing things the right way can result in job security, salary increases and promotions. Using acted-out scenarios in common workplace settings, plus commentary from real bosses, the video shows employees conducting themselves inappropriately and then models what is appropriate. Topics include: how to dress properly; how to treat customers and fellow employees with respect; using appropriate language; respecting personal boundaries; being punctual; proper telephone manners; proper voicemail and email usage; avoiding gossip; responding appropriately to constructive criticism; and being a good listener.



    Finding Books: The Library Catalog


The Library Catalog lists books, electronic books, DVD's, etc. available within the Seattle Community College District Libraries – North, South and Central campuses - and is accessed through the NSCC Library home page.


The Circulating Books are located on the second level of the library and  may be checked out using your NSCC Student ID with a current registration sticker. 


The Reference Books are located on the first level of the library and are for Library Use Only.


Searching for books: 


1.  Using Explorer or Firefox to access the Internet, type in the location or address field at the top of the screen for the NSCC Library Home page.


2.  Under Books& Vidoes, click on the Library Catalog.


3. The click on the tab to do an Advanced Search.  


4.   "Vocational guidance" is a common subject phrase used for books about careers.  Follow this example to find titles for careers in music. 


5.  Click on the Search button.


6.  Check the following fields:

  • Location: 

North Campus Circulating Collection (second floor) Can be checked-out.

North Campus Reference Collection (first floor) Cannot be checked-out, must be used in the library.)

Ebook Collection - All Campuses NetLibrary full text electronic book viewed online.

  • Status: Available means it should be on the shelf ready for you to check out.

  • Call Number: The books are arranged on the shelves by their Library of Congress call number, a letters/number combination. 

  • Available at Multiple Locations: The title is at more than one library in the District. Click on the title to check if North has a copy.

  • Ebooks: Click on the title then on Web Links for titles in our NetLibrary electronic books collection.

Additional Subject Searches: The Library of Congress Subject Headings is the standardized list used by academic and public Libraries. You can do a subject search in any Library catalog using the same LC subject headings.

  • for types of industries, e.g. Accounting--Vocational guidance; Construction industry--Vocational guidance; Medical Personnel--Vocational guidance

  • Career changes

  • Career development

  • Employment interviewing

  • Job hunting

  • Occupations

  • Resumes

  • Vocational Guidance

If the book you want is at Central or South Campus, you can Request Item to have it sent to North (in a day or two if it is on the shelf). Type your Student ID number in the appropriate box. In two days, ask at the check out/circulation desk if the item as arrived from the other library.  You can also call them at 206/527-3607.


Career Opportunities in...

We have recently added a new series of books on a wide variety of careers to our Circulating Collection.  Using the Library Catalog, do a Basic/Title search to find the call number of these books.  They are shelved according to the subject of the career, so a book on the music career would be with music books and one on a teaching career would be with the education books.


NetLibrary & Ebooks


Ebooks are full text electronic books available online. We currently have 17,000 titles in our collection. You may see them listed with a search you do on the Library Catalog or you may search for just ebooks.


1.  NetLibrary  can be accessed through the NSCC Library home page ( .


2.  Under "Search for Books", click on:

  • E-Books - eContent collection accessible from on or off campus
    netLibrary contains over 5,000 books covering a variety of subjects.

3.  As an example, do a  Basic Search.

(Other search terms:  employment interviewing, resumes, vocational guidance, job hunting, occupations)


4. Click on the book you want to read.  If it won't open, then try again later.  Only 1 person can open the book at a time.



   Finding Articles: Periodical Databases


Use a Periodical Database to find full-text articles. This is most efficient and "free" way to find an article online. Here are 3 databases our Library subscribes to that contain many magazines, journals, and newspapers in full text.  They can be found on the library's home page, in the section Articles & Reference Databases.

SCCD Student ID number required for off-campus use.


Academic Search Complete is a very large, multi-disciplinary database, which includes scholarly journals as well as newspapers and popular magazines. Indexes over 8,000 journal titles, including more than 4,600 full-text journals.


eLibrary Academic
Articles and multimedia from more than 2,000 full-text magazines, newspapers, reference books, and radio/tv broadcasts. Benefits multiple research skill levels.


Provides full-text articles and indexing to thousands of different journals, periodicals, dissertations, newspapers, and magazines.



   Internet Resources: Links to Employment listings, Job-Hunting, Resumes


Reference book Guide to Internet Job Searching by Dike Roehm  Ref HF 5382.7.D54 2006 

Some interesting articles:

Your Online Web Pages Could Cost You a Chance at a Job

Online Job Seeker Web Sites: Tips to Safeguard Your Privacy

Sifting through online job sites

Local Sites for Job Related Information

Worksource Washington Great source for career and job information for Washington State. 

Links to job service postings, online classified section of local newspapers, job search links, training programs, resume writing, etc.

City of Seattle
Links to current job opportunities (permanent and temporary) that are available throughout the City of Seattle. 

Craigslist: Seattle 
Find postings about community, housing rentals, jobs, personals, events, sale and wanted items, and services. This not-for-profit site began in the San Francisco Bay Area and has expanded to other parts of the United States and other countries. The only fee is for job postings. Browsable and searchable by region or city.
A search engine for all the job listings from major job boards, newspapers, associations and company career pages that can be limited by location.  Limit to Seattle or another Washington State city.

King County
Current King County, Washington job openings, how to apply for employment with King County, and part-time transit operator openings.

North Seattle's Career Services
Provides you with the tools, resources and know-how to make your career and employment goals a reality. Click on Career Services for Students to get help identifying a career path, develop your resume, learn about internship or job opportunities, and get coached in finding your first internship or job. Click on Online Resources for more links to local job websites.

The NWsource's national job listings supplied by The Seattle Times and The Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Contains additional listings that appear online only. Includes the best local high tech jobs and the best local health care jobs.

Port of Seattle
Provides services and facilities to accommodate the transportation of cargo and passengers by air, water and land and to provide a home for the fishing industry. An internship program is designed to provide qualified candidates with meaningful work experience to supplement and enhance their academic programs. A majority of the internships are business/economics or civil engineering oriented.

Seattle Public Library
Information about employment at the Library, current job postings, and application.

Seattle Community College District
Postings of current job opening for North, South, and Seattle Central Community Colleges and the district office.

University of Washington
For the latest job openings.

Yahoo: Seattle employment resources
Provides links to Individual Resumes,, Job Fairs, Jobs, Recruiting and Placement,  Resume Listing Services, Resume Writing Services.

Nationwide Sites for Job Related Information 
Resources for job seekers and employers. Contains searchable job listings, rankings of employers, a database of trade shows, a resume bank, information on hiring employees, and more. Searchable. 
This site claims to list "hundreds of thousands" of available jobs in the United States. Searchable by location, job type, industry, and other factors.

A U.S. Department of Labor-sponsored Web site that offers career resources and workforce information. Includes links to State Job Banks. Funded by grants to states. Without Borders
List 40,000 nonprofit and community organizations in 165 countries,  volunteer opportunities in your community and abroad. Includes the Nonprofit Career Center on the Web, with hundreds of job and internship listings.

JobBank USA 
Contains job listings, resume postings, hundreds of videos on specific jobs and career paths, articles, related links, and more. Searchable and browsable. Registration (free) required for some parts of site.

Job Web
The web site of the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), a leading source of information for career services practitioners on college campuses. Includes employer profiles with a link to the employer's home page, where you’ll find current job listings and information on internships, co-operative education programs, and part-time and summer jobs. Features resume and interviewing information, a database of employers, and a library of career-related articles. 

The Monster
National and international employment information. One of the first big Internet employment databases. Easy to navigate and contains a huge number of job postings plus online resume and other employment services. Keyword searching enables searches to be limited by geography and by job title. Post your resume for free. Formerly called Online Career Center.

USA Jobs
The U.S. Government's official site for jobs and employment information, provided by the United States Office of Personnel Management.

Web Sites for Specific Career Fields
By Career Services@Virginia Tech

Yahoo Hotjobs
Links to recent job announcements from websites. Search by job, location, and company.



    Colleges and Universities


Databases for Colleges and Universities
Two databases to help you find schools in Washington State and in other states, where you can earn a degree or certificate.

  • College Source
    College Source features over 12,000 College Catalogs in complete cover-to-cover original page format including 2-year, 4-year, graduate, and professional schools, along with a profile of every accredited college in the U.S. Includes a search feature so users can find colleges by Major, Enrollment, Tuition, Degrees, State, or Affiliation. Available only from a campus computer.

  • Washington State Colleges and Universities
    Provides links to the K20 Telecommunications Network connects educational entities in the State of Washington through high-speed data lines; Washington's Community and Technical Colleges 4 Year Colleges & Universities; Washington's index of K-12 schools;   participating ESD web servers ; Washington's index of private colleges; a booklet describing the requirements for home-based instruction is available in a variety of formats; Washington's guide to Web resources for kids of all ages; GET - Guaranteed Education Tuition to purchase future tuition for colleges, universities and trade schools at today's rate. Available free on the Internet.

Reference Books

  • America's Best Colleges (U.S. News & World Report) . Ref LB 2331.63.A46

  • The College Blue Book. Ref LA 226.C685
    v. 1 Tabular Data
    v. 2 Narrative Descriptions
    v. 3 Degrees Offered by College and Subject
    v. 4 Occupational Education
    v. 5 Scholarships, Fellowships, Grants, and Loans
    v. 6 Distance Learning

  • Peterson's Four-Year Colleges 2008.  Ref L 901.P447 2007

  • Rugg's Recommendations on the Colleges. Ref L 901.RE804 2006



   Financial Aid: Scholarships, Grants, and Loans


Reference Books

Ref LA 226.C685

 The College Blue Book. 
 v. 5 Scholarships, Fellowships, Grants, and Loans

Ref LB 2338.N38 2003-2004

National Directory of Scholarships, Internships, and Fellowships for Latino Students

Ref LB 2338.P33 1996

Pacific Northwest Scholarship guide : Finding Money for College

Ref LB2337.2.P4 2006

Peterson's Scholarships, Grants & Prizes
(CD-ROM in Special Collection at circulation desk)

Ref LB2337.2.S365 2003 

Scholarships for African-American Students

Ref LB2337.2.S366 2003

Scholarships for Afsian-American Students

Ref LB2337.2.S368 2003

Scholarships for Hispanic Students



Internet Links to Scholarships and Financial Aid

College Board
Reliable site with a wide spectrum of information which includes: planning, cost estimation, college selection and other useful information. Also offers a scholarship search which requires you to provide a profile. Claims listings for over I million awards.

One of the larger free searches around. They claim 400,000 awards listed. Free because you fill out a profile and they try to sell things to you.

FinAid: The Smart Student Guide to Financial Aid
Guides you to sources of information on loans and grants as well as scholarships. Points out the reputable search sites, and includes sites that search for scholarships in specialized fields such as engineering.

North Seattle Community College Scholarships
Information on how to apply for scholarships and scholarships available through the North Seattle Education Fund.

Pacific Northwest Scholarship Guide Online
The Scholarship Guide - Online is free, requires no personal profile for use and provides you access to scholarship data, matching student characteristics with available scholarships serving students of the Pacific Northwest.

Private clearinghouse that buys student loans. Chartered by the federal government. This site has much valuable information including calculators for saving, borrowing, estimating college costs, and college loan repayments. Also, you can search by state for qualified lenders.

Student Financial Assistance: Financial Aid from the U.S. Department of Education
The Student Financial Assistance Programs are the largest source of student aid in America, providing over $40 billion a year in grants, loans, and work-study assistance. Here you'll find help for every stage of the financial aid process, whether you're in school or out of school.

U.S. Department of Education's FAFSA on the Web Site
This is the federal government's free application for federal student aid. You can apply online.