Chatham University Career Development

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Most of our services and resources for students are also available and useful to alumnae/i. Below you will find links to many valuable career-related web sites. The Office of Career Development also has a vast amount of handouts (and electronic documents) on topics such as resume and cover letter writing, interviewing preparation and much, much more! If you don't see what you are looking for below, email us at and we will be happy to help.

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Career Information

U.S. Department of Labor: Occupational Outlook Handbook
The Occupational Outlook Handbook is a nationally recognized source of career information, designed to provide valuable assistance to individuals making decisions about their future work lives. For hundreds of different types of jobs, the Occupational Outlook Handbook tells you: the training and education needed; earnings; expected job prospects; what workers do on the job; and working conditions.

O*NET Online
The O*NET system serves as the nation's primary source of occupational information, providing comprehensive information on key attributes and characteristics of workers and occupations. The O*NET database houses this data and O*NET OnLine provides easy access to that information.

CareerOneStop provides national, state and local career, labor market, and workforce information using online tools, videos, and maps to a range of local services.  CareerOneStop is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor and provides resources and tools for job seekers, students, businesses, and career professionals.

Making the Difference
This is the student web site for Call to Serve, a joint initiative between the Partnership for Public Service and the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), which is dedicated to helping students learn more about careers in the federal government.

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Disability Resources

CAREERS & the disABLED Magazine
CAREERS & the disABLED is a career guidance and recruitment magazine, as well as web site, for people with disabilities who are at the undergraduate or graduate student level, and professionals. The website includes a resume posting service.

COSD - Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities
A unique consortium composed of large and small universities, reputable national employers and U.S. Government agencies focused on the career employment of college graduates with disabilities. COSD is funded through a grant provided by the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Disability and Employment Policy.

The GettingHired portal has incorporated several unique free services designed to help job seekers with disabilities prepare for the work place and build their careers. Our social networking medium offers individuals a platform to connect with each other and career mentors. Job seekers will find opportunities posted by employers who expressly use our portal through paid annual subscriptions to hire them. Our portal identifies and highlights individual skills, talents and backgrounds. No person will be asked to disclose a disability anywhere on the GettingHired portal. Our Right Match technology matches individual qualifications to specific job requirements facilitating employment success.

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Graduate School


Use both Peterson's and because you may not find all the information you are seeking in one database. Both sites offer a keyword search as well as a selection of program names, ability to search for a particular school by name, and ability to search by location.

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Interviewing Advice

Interview Resources on JobWeb
Go to the bottom of the page for great information on interviewing from the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

Interviewing: The Riley Guide
Lots of links regarding interview preparation, questions to expect, answering tough questions, etc.

Interview Questions: Vault Sample Interview Questions and Advice
Vault's treasure chest of articles on interviewing, complete with sample questions for various industries and how to answer crazy case interview questions like 'how many ping pong balls would fit in a 747 jet?'

Monster Career Advice: Interview
Articles from's career advice corner.

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Job Search Resources

Riley Guide
The Riley Guide is a website that provides an all-encompassing guide to a job search. It was one of the first online search guides, and is still one of the best.

What Color is Your Parachute? Official Web Site
This is the companion website to the renowned book What Color is Your Parachute? by Richard Bolles.

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Job Search Websites

NACElink is ideally the first web site to begin your job search. The Office of Career Development posts all jobs that we receive from employers on the NACElink web site so that you may search online at any time.

Most everyone has heard of for job searches because it is one of the most advertised sites on the web. While we recommend that you utilize all resources available to you in your job search including online web sites, keep in mind that only 4-10% of people successfully obtain jobs as a result of online job posting sites.

CareerBuilder is the U.S.'s largest online job site and advertises thousands of job listings to help job seekers connect with employers.

Pittsburgh Technology Council
he Pittsburgh Technology Council (PTC) is a local trade association that has been in existence for 25 years and has over 1,400 member companies. The PTC has a careers section and lists hundreds of Pittsburgh job opportunities from any of its member companies. is a comprehensive job searching website that allows you to search hundreds of job posting sites, newspapers, associations and company career pages at the click of a button.

Federal Civil Service
This is the official job search site for positions in the United States Federal Government. Search for federal jobs based on location, job title, job duties, etc. The site also includes a section on how to apply to federal positions and a program that helps job seekers build a resume containing components necessary for a federal application (the federal application process is much different than the traditional application process for private employers).

Jobs with the State of Pennsylvania
This web site contains civil service jobs with the state of Pennsylvania. Positions are posted through the PA State Civil Service.

Jobs with Allegheny County local government
This web site contains jobs with the Allegheny County local government operations. Please note that all positions require an application (which is downloadable on the site) instead of a resume.

Jobs with the City of Pittsburgh local government
Click on the ‘Jobs’ link at the top of the page and you will be directed to the city's Online Employment Center. Here you will be able to view current job openings, register and apply online.

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Job Search Websites for Foreign Nationals

U.S. Department of Labor
Resources regarding foreign labor certification from the U.S. Department of Labor.

Foreign Labor Certification Data Center
The Foreign Labor Certification Data Center is the location of the Online Wage Library for prevailing wage determinations, and the disclosure databases for the temporary and permanent programs.

Other web sites that may be of assistance:


H1 Base

H1 Visa Jobs Sponsors Work Abroad

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Jobs with Non-Profit Organizations

Action Without Borders is a non-profit resource website. There are over 9,000 jobs in the non-profit sector listed on this website as well as over 47,000 non-profit and community organizations.

Chronicle of Philanthropy
Weekly news journal of the non-profit sector.

From Philanthropic Research, a free information service on the programs and finances of more than 600,000 charities and non-profits. You must complete a registration on the site, but it is free to use.

IRS List of Tax Exempt Organizations
By filling in a simple form on the IRS web site, you can search through a list of nearly 500,000 nonprofit groups to find a specific organization or to locate all groups in a particular city or state.

United Way of Allegheny County
The United Way of Allegheny County's website has links to hundreds of local non-profit organizations. Click on 'Help Connections' and search for service organizations by category or keyword.

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Knock'em Dead Networking Advice
Great networking advice from the website for New York Times best selling series of career books, Knock ‘em Dead.

Networking -Yahoo!HotJobs
This is a link to a number of articles about networking from a good source on the job market,

Networking and Schmoozing: Vault Job Search Career Articles
Links from about networking and schmoozing.

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Professional Dress

Dressing for (Interview) Success
Vault's quick guide to dressing for interview success (for women and men).

Appropriate Interview Attire
This is a good, quick article outlining professional interview attire for women and men.

SYMS Dress To
Nice overview of professional attire, complete with pictures!

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Salary Information

Top Employers for Graduates by Number of Offers - 2007-08
Source: JobWeb from the National Association of Colleges and Employers

Top-Paid Majors for Bachelor's Degree Graduates - 2007-08
Source: JobWeb

Top Jobs for Graduates - 2006-07
Source: JobWeb

Top 10 Employers for Bachelor's Degree Graduates - 2006-07
Source: JobWeb

Starting Salary Expectations
Source: JobWeb

*All salary information collected from the National Association of Colleges and Employers is national data. Therefore, this data is not representative of a specific region or city. According to Robert Half International's 2008 Salary Guide, salaries in Pittsburgh are approximately 95.5% of the national average. Therefore, to obtain more accurate data for Pittsburgh, PA, multiply the given salary by .955 and this figure will give you a good idea of salary expectations for this region.

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