Pasadena, San Gabriel And San Fernando Valley Resources:
• Foothill Workforce Investment Board, Experience Unlimited Job Club www.foothilletc.org, 626.304.7922
• Women at Work, womenatwork1.org, 626.796.6870
• LAWorks, lori.moreno@LAWorks.org 626.960.3964 ext. 23
• Career Marketplace Search, Lake Avenue Church, marketplace.lakeave.org,
• Vocational Journeys-All Saints Church, www.allsaints-pas.org
• Jewish Vocational Services, http://www.jvsla.org/,323.761.8888
• Pasadena Professional Job Club Networking Meetings, La Pintoresca Library, Meets every Friday from 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
• Challenger Networking, http:// mailto:email@example.com
• Pink Slip Mixers http://pinkslipmixers.com
• OPEN, Outstanding Professionals Employment Networking, http://www.eu-open.org/index.php
Outplacement And Recruitment Firms In Pasadena Area:
BASIC CAREER RESOURCES (Spiritually-Friendly):
Bolles, Richard, What Color Is Your Parachute? A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers (Ten Speed Press, annual, $18.95) The “bible” of job search and career development since 1970, updated every year by a true guru. Doing the exercises that create your “flower diagram” will provide a “template” for job and career exploration. The companion web site, http://www.JobHuntersBible.com, and book Job-Hunting Online (Ten Speed Press, 2008) co-written with his son Mark, are also very helpful, and there are even Parachute versions for teens and retirees.
John Holland’s Self-Directed Search (http://www.self-directed-search.com, $9.95) helps you assess and understand your career interests and how they fit into the world of work using the RIASEC model, which is the most widely-used model in use. (The Strong Interest Inventory and Campbell Interest and Skills Survey draw on Holland’s work.)
Keirsey, David, Please Understand Me II (Prometheus Nemesis Book Company, 1998, $19.95) Excellent book for finding and understanding your personality type and its career implications using the Keirsey Temperament Sorter, of which you can take a free abbreviated version at http://www.keirsey.com/. (The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is more widely used and research-based, but this is cheaper and a better long-term resource.)
Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-2011 Edition http://www.bls.gov/oco/home.htm The federal government’s source for occupational information, including: training and education needed, earnings, expected job prospects, what workers do on the job, and working conditions. Also has job search tips, links to information on state job markets, etc.
O*NET http://www.onetcenter.org/tools.html O*NET, the Occupational Information Network, is a comprehensive database of worker attributes and job characteristics. As the replacement for the Dictionary of Occupational Titles (DOT) and the nation's primary source of occupational information.
Associations on the Net http://www.ipl.org/div/AON List of some 8,000 professional associations (and web sites) in virtually every field imaginable, providing access to a wide variety of information.
America’s Career InfoNet http://www.acinet.org/acinet/ A resource for making informed career decisions.
Job Profiles http://www.jobprofiles.org/ Provides descriptions of various jobs in a more personal way than some sites; they believe that a good fit between your interests and chosen field is the number one correlation for your success.
Job Star http://jobstar.org/index.php Excellent job search and information-gathering resource, with local sites.
The Riley Guide http://www.rileyguide.com/ The Riley Guide introduces you to the online job search, listing many useful sites and services. They do not post jobs or resumes but instead point you to the places that do.
Informational interviewing (see Parachute) is the single best job/career exploration technique available.
LinkedIn http://www.linkedin.com/ A good professional social networking site.
Vista Print http://www.vistaprint.com/ Source of free (except shipping costs) business cards that you create with their templates.
Boldt, Lawrence G., How to Find the Work You Love (Penguin/Compass, 2004) 0-14-219629-0 HF5381.5.B65
Brennfleck, Kevin and Kay, Live Your Calling: A Practical Guide to Finding and Fulfilling Your Mission in Life (Jossey-Bass, 2005) 0-7879-6895-1 BV4740.B74 248.4
Jensen, Bill, What Is Your Life’s Work? Answer the Big Question About What Really Matters…and Reawaken the Passion for What You Do (Harper Business, 2005) 0-06-076686-7 BJ1470.J46 158.6
Palmer, Parker, Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation (Jossey-Bass, 2000) 0-7879-4735-0 BV4740.P35