Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Free web-based job and career research tools
Roadtrip Nation from
Job seekers have access to tons of great information and self-exploration tools online. There's no lack of consultants and companies in this market. Smart job seekers tap them all.

Here are a few  your library may not have discovered yet. Take a look and decide which may be a good fit for job seekers in your community.  This quick glimpse of online tools does not represent an endorsement of any of them - you're the best judge of what may work for your website and the patrons you serve.

The Roadtrip Nation website is designed to speak to young job seekers.  The organization was founded by Nathan, Mike and Brian, who didn't know what they wanted to do with their lives after graduation.  They took a road trip in a truly ugly green camper, asking people who do what they love how they decided on their careers.  That trip 15 years ago grew into Roadtrip Nation. The website includes a searchable blog featuring posts by folks who have found careers they love, a "Get Guidance" section where users can map their skills and interests to identify career choices, a "Give Guidance" section where users can share what they've learned about career exploration, and an archive of every episode of the Roadtrip Nation TVshow, broadcast on PBS. publishes a series of in-depth guides to professional careers in numerous industries, most of which require a bachelor's or advanced degree.  The website includes links to free tools that can be valuable to students at the high school and college level or adult job changers. The tools include the Universum career test, an archive of 620 free articles on interviewing, job success, making yourself more visible in the job market and more.   The Universum Global presents the Top 100 employers based on the selections of nearly 50,000 undergraduate and MBA respondents to the 2013 Wetfeet Career Benchmark. Each company profile includes articles written by current employees.  Users who register on the site using Facebook or LinkedIn can post questions about careers or companies.  The site, naturally, features a page where users can buy Wetfeet guides. is similar to Wetfeet, but focuses on a wider range of professions, and includes more information on internships and schools.  The industry section posts links to profiles of industries, a list of leading firms with full profiles on each company including press releases, internship programs, and a list of key industry competitors.  The site offers blogs, job postings, career advice and of course, a page where you can order Vault guides.

Many colleges and universities, including those offering MBA programs rely on Wetfeet and Vault.  Your library may decide against posting links to free content posted to websites of for-profit firms, but you may want to cherry pick some of the great free features.  Know of more great resources like these? Please let me know so we can spread the word.

Written by Martha Berninger, Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning