Job Preparation

This page provides links and resources to help you throughout your career development with training resources, job search engines, occupational research tools and more.

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Career Services Resource Center

As a Regent Student or Alumni you automatically have access to our online job database and resource tool! Search hundreds of local jobs as well as the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) job database which includes thousands of job opportunities both at home and abroad. Log in with your Regent ID and Password.

Online Training
Here you will find a wide variety of job skill and preparation workshop materials.

Job Preparation Workshop Archived MP3s
The "Job & Career" section of Career Services' iTunesU library contains downloadable materials on these topics. Be sure to also browse the "Professional Skills" and other archives.

Career Services Training Websites (see the Career Services website for others):

See also:

Exploring Job Realities

Virginia View
Virginia View is an online database of labor market information, updated annually, for the U. S. and the commonwealth of Virginia. It can help the user research majors and jobs of potential interest, salary averages, state and national employment outlook, and much more. You may use the free career hotline at 1.800.542.5870 for answers to career-related questions.

A large searchable database including information on expected income, educational prerequisites, geographical demand and more. This site is fantastic but may be vague for first-time users. Set up an appointment to let the Career Resource Center walk you through it.  Or click here for a useful O*Net tutorial to answer common questions about job fit, career preparation, and job market trends.

A wealth of career information, including job outlook and wages.

Job Search Resources


Web-based: The library has an extensive list of online job search engines. Unfortunately, they are not all created equal. We suggest starting with Job Bank USA.

Other excellent sources of corporate information:

Information on majors and academic programs

  • - Find which degree programs are available at professional, graduate and undergrad schools.
  • - What can I do with this major?
  • - Another helpful "What can I do with this major?" site.


Listed below are books that everyone should read somewhere along their career pathway:

  • Enelow, Wendy S.; Goldman, Shelly. Insider's Guide to Finding a Job: Expert Advice From America's Top Employers and Recruiters.
  • Walker, Martin. Job Search Networking Tactics: 4 Tips for Leveraging Conferences to Build Industry Contacts Quickly and Much More, 187 World Class Expert Facts, Hints, Tips and Advice on Job Search Techniques.
  • Crompton, Diane; Sautter Ellen. Find a Job Through Social Networking: Use LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Blogs, and More to Advance Your Career.
  • Schepp, Brad; Chepp, Debra. How to find a Job on Linkedin, Facebook, MySpace and Other Social Networks.
  • Britton Whitcomb, Susan Bryan, Chandlee. The Twitter Job Search Guide: Find a Job and Advance Your Career in Just 15 Minutes a Day.
  • Stein, Marky. Get a Great Job When You Don't Have a Job.
  • Holland, R. William. Cracking the New Job Market: The 7 Rules for Getting Hired in Any Economy.
  • Baur, Jean. Eliminated! Now What? : Finding Your Way From Job-loss Crisis to Career Resilience.
  • Matias, Linda. 201 Knockout Answers to Tough Interview Questions: The Ultimate Guide to Handling the New Comptency-based Interview Style.
  • Vega, Lizandra. The Image of Success: Make a Great Impression and Land the Job You Want.
  • Ancowitz, Nancy. Self-promotion for Introverts: The Quiet Guide to Getting Ahead.
  • Cardinale, Kristin. The 9-to-5 Cure: Work on Your Own Terms and Reinvent Your Life.
  • Corfield, Rebecca. Knockout Job Interview Presentations: How to Present with Confidence, Beat the Competition and Impress Your Way Into a Top Job.
  • DeLuca, Matthew J.; DeLuca, Nanette F. Best Answers to the 201 Most Frequently Asked Interview Questions.
  • Kaputa, Catherine. You Are a Brand! : How Smart People Brand Themselves for Business Success.
  • Whiteman, Lily. How to Land a Top-paying Federal Job: Your Complete Guide to Opportunities, Internships, Resumes and Cover Letters, Networking, Interviews, Salaries, Promotions and More!
  • Pounds, Marcia Heroux. I Found a Job!: Career Advice From Job Hunters Who Landed on Their Feet.
  • Powers, Paul. Winning Job Interviews.
  • Mathison, Duncan; Finney, Martha I. Unlock the Hidden Job Market: 6 steps to a successful job search when times are tough.
  • Williams, Lynn. Ultimate job search.
  • Natalizio, Joanie. Fast Track Guide to a Professional Job Search: Expert Advice on How to Acquire Executive Jobs, Even in a Difficult Job Market.
  • Oxford, U.K.: Infinite Ideas, 2012. Find that job: simple ideas for managing your career.
  • Watson, Joe. Where the Jobs are now: The Fastest growing Industries and How to Break Into Them.
  • Jacoway, Kristen; Alba, Jason. I'm in a Job Search - now What?
  • Block, Jay A. 101 Best Ways to Land a Job in Troubled Times.
  • Grossman, Kevin W. Tech job hunt handbook: Career Management for Technical Professionals.