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General Career Library (Yellow Labels)

Career Exploration (Yellow CE)

  • Be Bold, Cheryl L. Dorsey,
  • Career Guide for Creative & Inconventional People, Carol Eikleberry,
  • Careers for Introverts & Other Solitary Types, Blythe Camenson,
  • Cool Careers for Dummies, Marty Nemko, 3rd edition (7 copies here 3 at Stockwell)
  • Everybody Wants to go to Heaven,Steps to Organizational Excellence, Patrick McDonnell, 2002.
  • Gifts Differing, Isabel Briggs Myers,
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook,
  • Panicked Student's Guide to Choosing a College Major, Laurence Shatkin,
  • Road Trip Nation, Mike Marriner,
  • Strengths Quest, Donald O. Clifton,

Job Search (Yellow JS)

  • Confessions of a Recruiting Director, Brad Karsh, 2006
  • How Hard are you Knocking, Timothy J. Augustine, 2005 (2 copies)
  • How to Find a Job on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and Google+, Brad Schepp, 2012
  • In Search of the Perfect Job, Clyde C. Lowstuter, 2007
  • The International Advantage, Marcelo Barros, 2015
  • Job Search Handbook for People with Disabilities, Daniel J. Ryan, 2011 (2 copies)
  • Job Searching with Social Media for Dummies, Joshua Waldman, 2013
  • The Path from Backpack to Briefcase, R. William Holland, 2014 (7 copies)
  • What Color Is Your Parachute?, Richard Nelson Bolles, 2014

General Career Library (Red Labels)

Advertising (Red ADV)

  • Breaking Into Advertising, Peterson's, 1998
  • Build Your Own Brand, Robin Landa, 2013
  • Careers in Advertising, S. Willaim Pattis, 2004
  • Public Relations Career Directory, Bradley J. Morgan, 1993
  • Vault Career Guide to Advertising, Ira Berkowitz, 2004
  • Vault Career Guide to Marketing & Brand Management, Jennifer Goodman, 2001

Art / Performing Arts (Red ART)

  • Careers for Culture Lovers & Other Artsy Types, Marjorie Eberts & Margaret Gisler, 1999
  • Great Jobs for Music Majors, Jan Goldberg, 2005
  • Great Jobs for Theater Majors, Jan Goldberg, 2005
  • Vault Career Guide to the Fashion Industry, Holly Han, 2003

Anthropology / Sociology (Red AS)

  • Careers in Anthropology, John T. Omohundro, 1998
  • Careers in Criminology, Marilyn Morgan, 2000 (2 copies)
  • Embarking Upon a Career with Undergraduate Degree in Sociology, Janet Mancini Billson, 1998
  • Great Jobs for Anthropology Majors, Blythe Camenson, 2005
  • Great Jobs for Sociology Majors, Stephen Lambert, 1997
  • Mastering the Job Market with a Graduate Degree in Sociology, Janet Mancini Billson, 1998
  • Sociologists In the Corporate World, Delbert C. Miller, 1994
  • What Anthropologists Do, Veronica Strang, 2009

Business (Red B)

  • Great Jobs for Accounting Majors, Jan Goldberg, 2005
  • Great Jobs for Business Majors, Stephen Lambert, 2009
  • Great Jobs for Economics Majors, Blythe Camenson, 2007

English (Red E)

  • Great Jobs for English Majors, Julie DeGalan & Stephen Lambert, 2006
  • Technical Writing Careers, Jay R. Gould & Wayne A. Losano, 2000

Education (Red ED)

  • Education Career Directory, Bradley J. Morgan & Joseph M. Palmisana, 1994
  • Teaching Overseas: An Insiders' Perspective, Kent M Blakeney, 2012

Event Planning (Red EP)

  • Become An Event Planner, Matthew James, 2016
  • The Business of Event Planning, Judy Allen, 2002
  • Event Planning, Judy Allen, 2000

Foreign Languages (Red FL)

  • Careers for Foreign Language Aficionados & Other Multilingual Types, H. Ned Seelye & J. Laurence Day, 1994
  • Careers in Foreign Languages, Blythe Camenson, 2001
  • Great Jobs for Foreign Language Majors, Julie DeGalan & Stephen Lambert, 2007

GAP Year (Red Gap)

  • The Back Door Guide to Short-Term Job Adventures, Michael Landes, 2002
  • Gap Year, American Style, Karl Haigler, 2013
  • The Gap Year Book, Lonely Planet, 2005
  • The Gap Year Guidebook, Samantha Wilkins, 2016
  • Taking a Gap Year, Susan Griffith, 2003

Government (Red Gov)

  • Barron's Guide to Homeland Security Careers, Donald B. Hutton and Anna Mydlarz, 2003.
  • Book of U.S. Government Jobs, Dennis Damp, 2011
  • Civil Service Career Starter, Learning Express, 1997
  • FBI Careers, Thomas Ackerman, 2002
  • Find Your Federal Job Fit, Janet M. Ruck, 2012
  • Public Administration Career Directory, Bradley J. Morgan & Joseph M. Palmisano, 1994

Health/Fitness (Red H)

  • Concepts of Occupational Therapy, Kathlyn L. Reed & Sharon Nelson Sanderson, 1992
  • Great Jobs for Physical Education Majors, Nancy Giebel, 2004
  • Guide to Careers in the Health Professions, Lynne Borders Caldwell, The Princeton Review, 2000
  • Health Professions - Career and Education Directory 2006-07, American Medical Association
  • Opportunities in Fitness Careers, Mary Miller, 1997
  • Opportunities in Physical Therapy Careers, Bernice R. Krumhansl, 1993
  • Opportunities in Physician Assistant Careers, Terence J. Sacks, 1997
  • Real People Working in Health Care, Blythe Camenson, 1997

History (Red HIS)

  • Careers for History Buffs & Others Who Learn From The Past, Blythe Camenson, 1994
  • Great Jobs for History Majors, Julie DeGalan & Stephen Lambert, 2001

International (Red I)

  • Careers in International Affairs, Maria Pinto Carland & Michael Trucano, 1997
  • Directory of Jobs & Careers Abroad, Elisabeth Roberts, 2000
  • Go Global!, Stacie Berdan, 2011
  • Going Global: Singapore, Mary Anne Thompson, 2003
  • Inside a U.S. Embassy, Shawn Dorman, 2012
  • The ISS Directory of International Schools. International Schools Services, 2013-2014
  • Jobs for People Who Love To Travel - Opportunities at Home and Abroad, Ron & Caryl Krannich, Ph.D.s, 1999
  • Returning To Hong Kong, The American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, 1995
  • Teaching English Abroad, Susan Griffith, 13th Edition, 2014
  • Work Your Way Around the World, Susan Griffith, 1998
  • Working in Tourism, Vacation Work's, 1999

Law (Red L)

  • Careers in Law, Gary Munneke, 2004
  • Inside the Law Schools, Carol-June Cassidy, 1998
  • Law School 101, R. Stephanie Good, 2004
  • Nonlegal Careers for Lawyers, Gary A. Munneke, 2006
  • Paralegal: An Insider's Guide to One of Today's Fastest-Growing Careers, Barbara Bernardo, 1997
  • Pre-Law Companion, Ron Coleman, 1996
  • The New What Can You Do with a Law Degree, Larry Richard & Tanya Hanson, 2012

Liberal Arts (Red LA)

  • Great Jobs for Liberal Arts Majors, Blythe Camenson, 2008
  • In Defense of a Liberal Education, Fareed Zakaria, 201

Ministry (Red M)

  • Answering God's Call for your Life, Robert Roth, 2006 (2 copies)
  • Let Your Life Speak, Parker J. Palmer, 2000
  • A Little Exercise for Young Theologians, Helmut Thielicke, 1962
  • What to Expect in Seminary, Virginia Samuel Cetuk, 1998
  • Who Will go for Us?, Dennis M. Campbell, 1994

Math/Computer Science (Red M/C)

  • Careers for Number Crunchers & Other Quantitative Types, Rebecca Burnett, 1994
  • Computing and Software Design Career Directory, Bradley J. Morgan & Joseph M. Palmisano, 1993
  • Great Jobs for Computer Science Majors, Jan Goldberg, 1998
  • Great Jobs for Math Majors, Stephen Lambert & Ruth DeCotis, 2006
  • 101 Careers in Mathematics, Andrew Sterrett, 1996

Media/Communications (Red Med/Com)

  • Big Book 2006: Guide to the Communication Arts, Andre LaRoche, 2006
  • Book Publishing Career Directory, Bradley J. Morgan, 1993
  • Breaking Into Film, Peterson's, 1999
  • Breaking Into Television, Peterson's, 1998
  • Careers in Communications & Media, Michael Shally-Jenson, 2014
  • Careers in Journalism, Jan Goldberg, 1997
  • Careers in Media, Michael P. Savoie, 2010
  • Great Jobs for Communications Majors, Blythe Camenson, 1995
  • How To Get Into The Entertainment Business, Ron Tepper, 1999
  • Magazines Career Directory, Bradley J. Morgan, 1993
  • New York Film Academy, Film and Acting School, 2008-2009
  • Radio and Television Career Directory, Bradley J. Morgan, 1993
  • Why Study Communication?, National Communication Association, 2015

Non-Profits (Red N)

  • Careers for Good Samaritans & Other Humanitarian Types, Marjorie Eberts, 2006
  • Careers in Fundraising, Lilya Wagner, 2002
  • Compassionate Careers, Jeffrey W. Pryor, 2015
  • From Making a Profit to Making a Difference, Richard M. King, 2000
  • A Guide to Careers in Community Development, Paul C. Brophy & Alice Shabecoff, 2001
  • How to Get a Job in the Nonprofit Sector, Michigan Nonprofit Association
  • 100 Best Nonprofits To Work For, Leslie Hamilton & Robert Tragert, 2000

Political Science (Red P)

  • Great Jobs for Political Science Majors, Mark Rowh, 2004

Psychology/Social Work (Red P/SW)

  • Careers for Caring People & Other Sensitive Types, Adrian A. Paradis, 1996
  • Career Paths in Psychology: Where Your Degree Can Take You, Robert J. Sternberg, 2007
  • Great Jobs for Psychology Majors, Julie DeGalan & Stephen Lambert, 2006
  • Mental Health and Social Work Career Directory, Bradley J. Morgan & Joseph M. Palmisano, 1993
  • What Can You do with a Major in Psychology, Shelley O'Hara, 2005

Science (Red S)

  • Careers for Chemists: A World Outside the Lab; Fred Owens, Roger Uhler & Corinne Marasco, 1997
  • Careers for Scientific Types, Jan Goldberg, 2007
  • Careers in Focus: Animal Care, Ferguson, 2001
  • Careers in Science and Engineering; Committee on Science, Engineering and Public Policy; 1996
  • Environmental Career Directory, Bradley J. Morgan & Joseph M. Palmisano, 1993
  • Great Jobs for Biology Majors, Blythe Camenson, 2004
  • Great Jobs for Chemistry Majors, Mark Rowh, 2006
  • Great Jobs for Engineering Majors, Geraldine O. Garner, 1996
  • Great Jobs for Environmental Studies Majors, Julie DeGalan, 2008
  • Great Jobs for Geology Majors, Blythe Camenson, 2007
  • Green Careers: Choosing Work for a Sustainable Future, Jim Cassio & Alice Rush, 2009
  • Guide to Nontraditional Careers in Science, Kreeger, 1999
  • Jump Start Your Career in BioScience, Chandrea B. Louise, Ph.D., 1998
  • Physical Sciences Career Directory, Bradley J. Morgan & Joseph M. Palmisano, 1994
  • Real People Working in Science, Jan Goldberg, 1998
  • The EnviroDirectory: Great Lakes 2000-2001, Environmental Marketing Group, Inc., 2000

Sports (Red SPT)

  • Career Opportunities in the Sports Industry, Shelly Field, 2004
  • Careers in Sports, Fitness, and Exercise, American Kinesiology Association, 2011
  • The Mulligan Guide to Sports Journalism Careers, Joseph F. Mulligan, 1999

Volunteer (Red V)

  • Invest Yourself - The Catalogue of Volunteer Opportunities, Commission on Voluntary Service and Action, 2003
  • A Life Inspired, Peace Corps, 2008 (4 copies)
  • So, You Want To Join the Peace Corps…, Dillon Banerjee, 2000

General Career Library (White Labels)

Internships (White IN)

  • All Work, No Pay, Lauren Berger, 2012
  • The Coffee Run, Sydney Fulkerson, 2015
  • 52 Weeks of Sales Success, Ralph R. Roberts, 2009
  • Finding Your Internship, Marvin Russell, 2013
  • Foreclosure Self-Defense for Dummies, Ralph R. Roberts, 2008
  • The Internship Manual, Sharise Kent, 2015
  • The Ultimate Guide to Internships, Eric Woodward, 2015
  • Walk Like a Giant, Sell Like a Madman, Ralph R. Roberts, 2008
  • Your Internship, Molly Abrahamson, 2015

General Career Library (Blue Labels)

Cover Letters (Blue C)

  • Dynamic Cover Letters, Katherine Hansen & Randall Hanson, Ph.D, 2001
  • How to Say It, Rosalie Maggio, 2001
  • Knock'em Dead Cover Letters, Martin Yate, 2012
  • Vault Guide to Resume, Cover Letters, and Interviewing, Howard Leifman, 2003

Employment (Blue E)

  • Life During College, Life after Graduation, 2005
  • Your Financial Future, Life after Graduation, 2005

Interviewing (Blue I)

  • Case in Point, Marc P. Cosentino, 2007
  • The Essential Digital Interview Handbook, Paul J. Bailo, 2014
  • The Essential Job Interview Handbook, Jean Baur, 2013
  • The Essential Phone Interview Handbook, Paul J. Bailo, 2011
  • Five Minutes to a Higher Salary, Lewis C. Lin, 2015
  • How to Dress for Success- DVD
  • Interview Like Yourself (No, Really!), Jezra Kaye, 2014
  • Knock'em Dead Job Interview, Martin Yate, 2013
  • Powerful Phrases for Successful Interviews, Tony Beshara, 2014
  • 60 Seconds & You're Hired, Robin Ryan, 2016

Leadership (Blue L)

  • Coaching Skills: A program aimed at enhancing your ability to support others, 2009
  • The 5 Levels of Leadership, John C. Maxwell, 2011
  • Leadership and Self-Deception, The Arbinger Institute, 2010

Networking (Blue N)

  • How to Build the Ultimate LinkedIn Profile in Under an Hour, Andrew Macarthy, 2013
  • LinkedIn in 30 Minutes, Melanie Pinola, 2013
  • Make Your Contacts Count, Anne Baber and Lynne Waymon, 2007

Resumes (Blue R)

  • The Infographic Resume, Hannah Morgan, 2014
  • Knock 'Em Dead Resumes, Martin Yate, 2012
  • Modernize Your Resume, Wendy Enelow, 2016

Graduate School Library (Green Labels)

Financing (Green FIN)

  • Dan Cassidy's Worldwide Graduate Scholarship Directory, 5th ed., Dan Cassidy, 2000
  • Don't Miss Out: The Ambitious Student's Guide to Financial Aid, Robert & Anna Leider, 1994-1995
  • Grants for Graduate & Postdoctoral Study, Peterson's, 1998

Exploration and applying to Grad School (Green GRAD)

  • The CV Book, James Innes, 2012
  • CV Handbook, Will Coghill-Behrends & Rebecca Anthony, 2011
  • Grad's Guide to Graduate Admissions Essays, Colleen Reding, 2015
  • Graduate Admissions Essays, 4th Edition, Donald Asher, 2012
  • GRE Premium, 2015, Princeton Review
  • GRE Premier, 2016, Kaplan
  • GRE Study Guide, 2014
  • How to Prepare Your Curriculum Vitae, Acy L. Jackson & Kathlen Geckeis, 2003
  • How to Write a Winning Personal Statement-Peterson's, Richard Stelzer, 1997 (2 copies)
  • How to Write the Perfect Personal Statement, 4th Edition, Petersons, 2009
  • How to Write the Perfect CV, M.E. Brandon, 2013
  • Personalize Your Grad School Essays, Michelle Hubbard, 2014
  • The PhD Factory, Goldman & Massy, 2001

Law (Green LAW)

  • How to get into the Top Law Schools, Richard Montauk, 2011
  • Law School Essays, Princeton Review, 2008
  • LSAT: Endurance Practice, Kaplan, 2010
  • LSAT: Mastery and Timing Practice, Kaplan, 2010
  • Stern-Wilson Book of Law School Lists, Gerald Wilson, 2016

Masters Business Administration (Green MBA)

  • Great Applications for Business School, Paul Bodine, 2011
  • MBA Admissions Strategy, Avi Gordon, 2010

Medical (Green MED)

  • The Best 167 Medical Schools, Princeton Review, 2015
  • Get Into Medical School, Kaplan, 2011
  • The Medical School Admissions Guide, Suzanne M. Miller, 2012

Graduate Programs Guides Set (No Labels)

  • Peterson's 2015 Graduate Programs: An Overview
  • Peterson's 2015 Graduate Programs in the Biological/Biomedical Sciences & Health-Related Medical Professions
  • Peterson's 2015 Graduate Programs in Business, Education, Information Studies, Law, and Social Work
  • Peterson's 2015 Graduate Programs in Engineering and Applied Sciences
  • Peterson's 2015 Graduate Programs in the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
  • Peterson's 2015 Graduate Programs in the Physical Sciences, Mathematics, Agricultural Sciences, The Environment & Natural Resources

Encyclopedia of Associations - 3 volumes, Gale 46th Edition, 2008 (No Labels)

Encyclopedia of Associations: Regional, State, and Local Organizations-Great Lakes States, 1 volume, Gale 16th Edition, 2006 (No Labels)

Make Your Cover Letter Count in a Competitive Job Market

Today’s primary modes of communication are e-mail, text messages, and web pages. The job search process is no different. Most job searches are done on the Internet, and job seekers e-mail their resumes or complete online applications.

Given these facts: Are cover letters still necessary?

While the answer varies, the majority of human resource representatives and recruiters say yes. Done the right way, a cover letter can capture the second glance needed in a competitive job market.

There are two tips for crafting a catchy cover letter: follow the formula and personalize it.

Tip #1: Follow the formula

Cover letters contain four components with one essential question answered in each.

Paragraph One – Introduction

Who are you and why are you writing?

Paragraph Two – Highlight of Qualifications

How has your education, previous employment, or other experiences repared you for the position?

Paragraph Three – Connection to the Company

Why is this company or job a good fit for you?

Paragraph Four – Closing Statement

How interested are you and where can you be reached for an interview?

Tip #2: Personalize it

Paragraphs one and four follow standard formats. The opportunity for your application to connect with a recruiter is in paragraphs two and three.

Paragraph Two: Draw attention to yourself

When you read the job description and you declared, “I’m perfect for this job!” Tell the recruiter why. Is it because of a particular course you studied? Did you complete an internship that allowed you to perform similar duties and responsibilities? Were you able to develop a skill set through a part-time job or campus activity that is applicable to this position?

Make the connection between your past and this job. Don’t repeat your resume, but rather make reference to items on it that you especially want the recruiter to be aware of.

Paragraph Three: “Professional Flattery”

Your job search will reveal many positions for which you are qualified, but not all of them are of interest. What makes this position or company different? Pinpoint specifics about the job description that catch your eye. Research the organization. If the company product or workplace philosophy is appealing, tell the recruiter why.

Avoid empty compliments. Recruiters can spot meaningless sweet talk a mile away.

Pitfalls to Avoid

Applicants sometimes forget professionalism, and even common sense, when it comes to e-mailing and the job search. If your e-mail contains any of the following, hit the delete button.

  • A risqué e-mail address. Use a basic e-mail address comprised of your name, initials, or something similar. Save or for corresponding with friends.
  • Greeting the recruiter by their first name. If you know the recruiter’s name, don’t forget that Mr. or Ms. is still necessary. Just because Ms. Jane Doe lists her first name doesn’t mean you can call her Jane.
  • A salutation that doesn’t begin with “Dear.” This is a business letter. Beginning the correspondence with “Greetings,” “Hello,” or “Hi There!” is not acceptable.
  • Emoticons. 8-) :-( ;-) Emoticons are used to convey attitudes or emotions, both of which are irrelevant in a cover letter.
  • Acronyms. LOL, COB, FAQs. As with emoticons, acronyms have no place in job-search correspondence, unless they are standard acronyms, such as that used for a company or association. For example: NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers) is appropriate. “The 411 about NACE is very positive” is not.
by Kelli Robinson
JobWeb.com - Career and Internship Center and job-search advice for the new college graduate

Correspondence with Potential Employers

Although most of your job search letters will be written to seek out employment opportunities, there will be occasions that will require other forms of correspondence. These too should be prepared carefully and professionally.

Networking Letter

This letter is designed to generate informational interviews - not job interviews. During informational interviews you can meet with individuals who may be able to give you information about your intended career. Informational interviewing is a valuable way to research job markets, define career goals, and possibly uncover vacancy information.

A resume is not typically attached to a networking letter - again your goal with informational interviewing is not to interview for a job, but to gain information that may help you in your job search. However, during your informational interview, you may want to bring your resume in order to assist the interviewer in helping you answer questions or further clarify goals.

Thank You Letters

This is one of the most important, yet least used forms of correspondence. It is used to establish goodwill, express appreciation, and strengthen your candidacy. Make sure that everyone who helps you in your job search receives a thank you letter. When used to follow up a job interview, try to send your thank you letter (or email) within 24 hours.

This letter should be brief and concise. Make sure to restate your interest in the position, reemphasizing your qualifications and expressing your sincere appreciation for the interview.

Acceptance Letter

This letter is used to accept a job and confirm the terms of your employment (salary, starting date, etc.). Most often this letter follows a telephone conversation during which details of the offer and terms of employment are discussed. Some employers will specifically request that you respond in writing. Even when this is not the case, write a formal letter of acceptance to project your professionalism and avoid any confusion about your employment.

Withdrawal Letter

Once you accept a position, you have the obligation to inform all other employers of your decision, and to withdraw your application from consideration. Express appreciation for the employer's consideration and state simply and cordially that you have accepted other employment.

Letter of Decline

Employers aren't the only ones who send rejection letters. You may decide to decline job offers that don't fit your personal objectives and interests. Rejecting an offer should be done tactfully and thoughtfully. Indicate that you have given the offer careful consideration and have decided not to accept it. Be sure to thank the employer for the offer and for considering you as a candidate.

Top 5 Tips For Creating a Winning Cover Letter

Cover letters can be a powerful way to add a compelling narrative about your skills to your job application, but like all things career-related, they need to be done effectively.

A cover letter should never be an afterthought. The goal is for your cover letter to enhance your chances of getting an interview, but when done incorrectly, they have the exact opposite effect!

Top 5 tips for creating a winning cover letter

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