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The Career Key
A free public service to help people make sound career decisions. This outstanding resource will take you step-by-step through the career exploration process, allow you to determine the types of employment which mesh best with your own personality and interests, obtain info about specific jobs from the Occupational Outlook Handbook, and learn more about making career decisions. Includes the Career Key written for middle school students, as well!!
Lawrence K. Jones
http://www.ncsu.edu/careerkey/

Skills Identification
Info, worksheets, and exercises to help you identify those skills you would like to use in the workplace AND ways to effectively promote yourself; includes:
Minnesota Department of Economic Security
http://amby.com/worksite/cjs/cjsbook/skill1.htm

The Career Planning/Competency Model
Encourages individuals to explore and gather information which enables them to synthesize, gain competencies, make decisions, set goals and take action.
Includes:
Pam Allen and Ellen Nagy
http://www.bgsu.edu/offices/careers/process/process.html

Personal Style Indicator/Job Style Indicator Job-Fit Assessment
This free, anonymous process helps you match yourself or another person with a given job. Assess your personal style using the Personal Style Indicator (PSI); assess the work behavior style for a job using the Job Style Indicator (JSI); you ask others to provide input, also.
ImproveNow.com
http://www.improvenow.com/Assessments/CRG/jobfit/

WHAT CAREER IS FOR YOU?
This exercise will help you identify what career may be suitable to your personality. Site also has other Self-Tests available.
Job Search
http://www.jsearch.com/jsearch/unique/9810/jshome2e.html

Sales Personality Inventory
This 65 question forced-choice test will reveal whether or not you're likely to do well in sales and gives a brief summary of your personality characteristics.
Body-Mind QueenDom
http://www.psychtests.com/sales.html

Career Development Manual
Discover your place in the world and choose work that will be compatible with your own unique skills, knowledge, personality, and interests. Use the materials at this site to determine your own needs, then look for the right match in a workplace.
Includes:
University of Waterloo
http://www.adm.uwaterloo.ca/infocecs/CRC/manual-home.html

Career Choice and Preparation
Body-Mind QueenDom's Test Collection provides links to a wide variety of self-assessment measures.
Ilona Jerabek; Body-Mind QueenDom
http://www.queendom.com/test_col.html#career

Birkman Career Style Summary
This short-form (24 forced-choice questions) returns a summary of the respondent's likely Interest and Style, particularly as they relate to employment.
The Princeton Review: About Work
http://www.review.com/birkman/

Career Assessment Quiz
Find your niche -- answer these five questions and get instant feedback about possible careers you may not have considered; includes info such as job descriptions, salary, how to break into the business, profiles of people in the field, etc.
Women's Wire
http://womenswire.com/quiz/careers/

Figure Out What You Want
Identifying what you want is the first step towards getting what you want. Use the resources here to help clarify your career goals so you will know what to look for.
University of California, Santa Barbara -- Counseling and Career Services
http://career.ucsb.edu/career/findwant.html

Who Am I? Self Assessment Links
Information to help you identify your personal strengths and define your career goals; including Tools and Quizzes. Learn how the Web can help you plan your life and find a job.
StudentCenter
http://content.monster.com/tools/personality/links.html

The Keirsey Character Sorter
The Keirsey Temperament Sorter II
Take these personality tests online and determine your "psychological type"; this site also provides a wealth of additional info about temperament, character, and personality, including Work and Temperament.
David Keirsey
http://keirsey.com/

Psychometrics Online Testing Page
Includes the TRIMA Career Competency Questionnaire to help you familiarize yourself with your career competencies.
Lionel Arsenault & Psychometrics Canada Ltd.
http://www.psychometrics.com/onlinetest/

Career Exploration
Links to a variety of outstanding resources.
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Homepage
http://www.unl.edu/careers/general/counsel.htm

Skill Assessment
By assessing your skills, knowledge and abilities you will be better equipped to market yourself and obtain employment which will be suitable and satisfying to you. Includes information about The Secretary's Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS).
Allegheny Works
http://www.allworks.org/skillass.html

Choosing a Career
Go through these resources sequentially to find out what you need to know about choosing a career which suits you!
Careers OnLine
http://www.careersonline.com.au/disc/

Pathfinders: What do I really want in a career?
Includes:
Anthony Spadafore, Director of Pathfinders
http://www.pathfinders.org/page1.html

How To Decide What To Do With Your Life
Step-by-step suggestions for effectively choosing a vocation.
Rockport Institute Career Pathfinders
http://www.his.com/~rockport/decide.htm

The Career Interests Game©
This self-assessment, based on the work of Dr. John L. Holland, is designed to help you match your interests and skills with similar careers by getting you to think about how your personality will fit in with specific work environments and types of employment.
The Career Center, University of Missouri at Columbia
http://web.missouri.edu/~cppcwww/holland.shtml

Information About Myers-Briggs Personality Types
Learn more about the sixteen personality types and how the info is used; see the sixteen Type Portraits for in-depth analysis once you've determined your type.
BSM Consulting
http://www.meyers-briggs.com/info.html

TypeLogic
After you determine your type, use the extensive info available on this site to gain insights into your personality and career options. If you aren't quite sure WHICH one is your type, the excellent descriptions can help you narrow down the choices, too.
Joe Butt / TypeLogic
http://typelogic.com/

Occupational Information
Looking for some career options? Here is a virtual library of occupational resource sites which you may find helpful.
University of Manitoba Career Center
http://www.umanitoba.ca/student/counselling/careers.html

Center for Health Careers Occupational Bulletins
The Hospital Council of Western Pennsylvania provides this site with links to info on a variety of careers in the medical field which will allow you to begin exploring its opportunities, educational requirements and outlook. Includes links to educational institutions offering training programs, as well as to other pertinent organizations.
The Center for Health Careers / Hospital Council of Western Pennsylvania
http://chc.hcwp.org/occubull.htm

Nursing Spectrum
This site, by and for RNs, includes info on career management, continuing education, nursing career profiles, specialty areas, and unusual careers for RNs. Considering a Career in Nursing? Find out more about this field as well as trends and prospects for the future; job search and employer profiles are also available.
Nursing Spectrum - Career Fitness Online
http://www.nursingspectrum.com/

A View From the Other Side of the Bed
A nurse, recovering from a coma, describes her experience as the PATIENT. She draws on her expertise as a trained medical professional to document her journey on the road to recovery. Included are her experiences in the ICU and while undergoing physical therapy from her NEW perspective, on the other side of the bed.
Eleanor Stefano, RN, MSN
http://amby.com/worksite/view_bed.html

The Parachute Library for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers
Dick Bolles, author of What Color Is Your Parachute provides a useful collection of resources and helpful articles to help you figure out WHAT job you want as well as HOW and WHERE to find it. There's also a handy quick-reference Site Map so you'll also be able to locate the information you want quickly and easily.
Dick Bolles
http://www.jobhuntersbible.com/

SO, YOU WANT TO CHANGE YOUR JOB
Got a case of the midlife blahs? Does work feel like a Dilbert cartoon? Why not start a new career -- it's less traumatic than you might think. Here's how to do it right; from FORTUNE MAGAZINE.
RONALD HENKOFF REPORTER ASSOCIATE ANI HADJIAN
http://pathfinder.com/fortune/magazine/1995/960115/job.html

The Coolest Jobs on the Web
Listings for interesting, nontraditional positions.
http://www.cooljobs.com

Volunteer Opportunities in PITTSBURGH (PA)
Need work experience? Here's a way to gain experience, make valuable networking contacts and make a worthwhile contribution to the community.
Three Rivers Free-Net
http://trfn.clpgh.org/volunteering/

Occupational Outlook Handbook
Perform a Keyword Search on the current Handbook.
U.S. Department of Labor
http://stats.bls.gov/ocohome.htm

Education
Need more training? Here are some links to many of the schools in the Pittsburgh Area as well as resources nationally, including:
Three Rivers Free-Net, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.
http://trfn.clpgh.org/Education/


Home-Based Business or Self-Employment

Home-based Business Is It Really for You?
Working at home can have major benefits as well as challenges which should be taken into consideration before a decision is made.
Meera Lester
http://www.hightechcareers.com/docs/home-b.html

You Learn to Do Whatever It Takes
Al Siebert, Ph.D. (author of The Survivor Personality) provides this Personal Traits Checklist for Homebiz Success, a list of traits common in people who have a better than average chance of successfully running a home based business.
THRIVEnet
http://www.webcom.com/thrive/hbiz.html

Tips for Writers
This site will be especially helpful to those considering publication or sale of their own material and provides useful links to sources of additional information for writers, including: Freelancing 101.
Moira Anderson Allen
http://www.tipsforwriters.com/

Thinking about Starting a Small Business?
The Department of Economic Development has links to Allegheny County's Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) which can provide free valuable assistance to anyone, whether they are already established in business or just planning to start one.
Allegheny County Department of Economic Development
http://info.co.allegheny.pa.us/economic/edsmlbiz.htm

Service Corps of Retired Executives
SCORE is a non-profit association of retired business executives who give free and confidential business counseling to small and start-up businesses.
SCORE
http://www.score.org/



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