Career Resources

Book Recommendations

Do What you Are, Paul D. Tieger and Barbara Barron-Tieger
What’s Your Type of Career?  Donna Dunning
Competency Based Resumes, Robin Kessler and Linda A Strasburg
Expert Resumes for People Returning to Work, Wendy S. Enelow and Louise M. Kursmark
Competency Based Interviews, Robin Kessler

Relocating / Ex-Pat Spouse/Partner
A Career in Your Suitcase 2, Jo Parfitt
Expat Entrepreneur, Jo Parfitt
Release the Book Within, Jo Parfitt
A Moveable Marriage, Robin Pascoe

Internet Resources

  • Meta Search Engines – job postings are gathered from all over the Web, including the major job Boards like CareerBuilder, Monster and Yahoo Hot Jobs but also from other sources like local Newspapers or Professional Journals

    www.indeed.com
    www.simplyhired.com

  • Job Search / Job Match Sites
    www.careerbuilder.com
    www.monster.com
    www.craigslist.org
    www.flipdog.com
    www.jobfox.com
    www.theladders.com (targeting Executive level jobs – fee payable)
  • Company Information
    www.vault.com – basic info is free of charge. More detailed reports require a subscription (like www.hoovers.com)
    Also join your local Public Library and you will get access to Database resources for which you would normally pay a subscription
    www.guidestar.com – for non profit organizations
  • Recruiters
    www.recruitersdirectory.com
    www.searchfirm.com
  • Salary Information
    www.salary.com
    http://jobstar.org/tools/salary/index.php
  • Job Descriptions / Prospects
    Bureau of Labor and Statistics – Occupational Outlook Handbook
    Can be useful both for Career Exploration and to look at wording you might use in a resume to describe your job (helpful if you are not a native English speaker). Describes the typical tasks and responsibilities of a wide range of jobs, working conditions, training and education needed, earnings and expected job prospects
    www.bls.gov/ooh/
  • On-Line Networking
    www.linkedin.com – increasingly used by hiring managers and recruiters as source of candidates for open positions
  • Ex-pat Internet Sites
    www.interchangeinstitute.org  – The Interchange Institute – a not-for-profit research organization established in 1997 whose mission is to promote dialogue and facilitate understanding between people who move to a new country and their new communities
    www.expatexpert.com –  web-site of Robin Pascoe, writer and speaker, designed to assist expatriate families living and working overseas
    www.expatexchange.com – wide range of articles and resources for ex-pat living
    www.transitionsabroad.com –  web portal for Work Abroad, Study Abroad, Cultural Travel Overseas, and International Living

Houston Resources

Local Job Internet Sites
www.houstonjobs.com
www.jobing.com

Houston Chronicle
The main newspaper; useful reading not only for jobs but also to keep up with business news, local networking events etc. On-line access recommended for job postings
www.chron.com/jobs/

Houston Business Journal
Keep your finger on the pulse of local business news. Includes job postings
www.bizjournals.com/houston

Greater Houston Partnership
The primary advocate for Houston’s business community. Includes links to Business Database and ‘Find a Job in Houston’. Visit their Reference Library for excellent Directories including  ‘Business Houston’, ‘Energy Capital Houston’ and ‘Healthcare Houston’
www.houston.org

Chambers of Commerce
www.houston-texas-online.com/htochambers.html

Texas Workforce Commission
www.twc.state.tx.us and www.WorkinTexas.com – A state-sponsored coalition of local workforce development boards that provides job listings, placement services and resources such as computers, printers and fax machines for job seekers

Also there is WorkForce Solutions www.wrksolutions.com a public/private partnership providing a comprehensive human resource service for businesses and residents of the 13-county Houston-Galveston Gulf Coast region. There are  community based career offices around the area. To find the one closest to you www.wrksolutions.com/find-a-location

Resources for Smail Business / Entrepreneurship
US Small Business Administration (SBA)
www.sba.gov – You may also take advantage of SBA’s resource partners. Both the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) and the Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) provide free one-on-one counseling to those interested in starting and expanding a business. This includes, critiquing your business plan, legal requirements, marketing, and licenses needed for your business. To find the location nearest you, please visit Local Resources

SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives)
www.scorehouston.org  – A non-profit offering free business counseling (face to face) and workshops which are low – cost

University of Houston Small Business Development Center
www.sbdc.uh.edu/sbdc/Default.asp – Excellent resource – regular workshops at low cost.  On-line resources useful too