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Resources

LINKAGES - Their mission is to contribute to making the communities of Arizona more productive by increasing employment opportunities for people with disabilities.  Job search by keyword, category, location, etc.  News articles.

AbilityLinks - A web-based community where job seekers with disabilities, inclusive employers and service providers meet and gain access to valuable networking opportunities.

Untapped Arizona - Check  for upcoming Job Fairs. An employer network of organizations partnering together in an effort to support Arizona businesses in meeting their workforce needs by employing individuals with disabilities.  

ODEP - Office of Disability Employment Policy from the US Department of Labor.  "A world in which people with disabilities have unlimited employment possibilities".

JAN - Job Accommodation Network.  For questions about workplace accommodations and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and related legislation. 

ABIL - Arizona Bridge to Independent Living.  Their employment services include job postings and information about the "Ticket to Work" program available to persons receiving SSI or SSDI.  ABIL coordinates the Arizona Freedom to Work Statewide Work Incentives Planning and Assistance Program (funded by the Social Security Administration and the US Department of Education and Rehabilitation Services).

Internships - Great internship opportunities for people with disabilities, from GettingHired.com.  

ENTRY POINT! - Program offering outstanding internship opportunities for students with apparent and non-apparent disabilities in science, engineering, mathematics, computer science, and some fields of business. 

Maricopa Workforce Connection provides one of the most advanced assistive technology available to disabled job seekers earning an Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties in 2009.

Different types of background checks or certifications may be required, depending on the job:

O*Net Profiler

  • Based on John Holland's RIASEC codes, Interest Profiler career assessment tool. 
  • The O*NET Interest Profiler can help you find out what your interests are and how they relate to the world of work. You can find out what you like to do.
  • The O*NET Interest Profiler helps you decide what kinds of careers you might want to explore.

AZCIS

Arizona Career Information System 

Explore interests, careers, schools, programs and majors.
Contact Career Services to receive User Name and Password. ​

Humanmetrics

Jung Typology Test

 Use questionnaire to learn about your personality, strengths, and preferences.

Kiersey Temperament Sorter (KTS-II)

A powerful 70 question assessment that helps you discover your personality type and related career choices.

SCORE

A volunteer organization dedicated to assisting entrepreneurs in developing tools and plans to navigate their way to small business success, at no cost. They are a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and have been mentoring for more than forty years.  SCORE also provides local workshops and events to connect small business owners with the people and information they need, as well as online workshops available 24/7.

US EDA

United States Economic Development Administration:  A bureau within the US Department of Commerce, their mission is to assist economic development by promoting innovation and competitiveness (entrepreneurship).  EDA encourages programs that promote job growth and business expansion in today's technologies and in discovering tomorrows.  News, program and funding opportunities, resources.

SBA.gov 

 
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) dedicates itself to providing support to small businesses across the nation. SBA helps businesses through what they call the “3 C’s” :

  • Capital: They work with about 5,000 banks to provide SBA loans to deserving small businesses.
  • Contracts: They work to ensure that 23% of federal contract dollars go to small businesses.
  • Counseling: 14,000 SBA-affiliated counselors are ready when you need small business guidance

Entrepreneurship.org  

"Entrepreneurs have led the US out of every recession in the last 100 years"

  • Information on "Startup America Partnership"
  • International entrepreneurial events
  • Entrepreneurship law
  • Government policy dialogue on entrepreneurship

Video Courses   Free entrepreneurship video courses and lectures from leading university professors.

Find job search Information on different occupations, education and training needed, earnings, future outlook, etc. 

 Labor Market information

  • AZ Office of Employment & Population - Arizona State Government labor market information. Explore the local area for occupations, wages, industries, statistics, forecasts, economy. 
  • Career InfoNet - Listing of fastest growing occupations and with the most openings - projected to 2018
  • Career One Stop - Employment information, inspiration and tools to manage your career; sponsored by US Dept of Labor
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook - Information on specific occupations and job outlook provided by the Bureau of Labor
  • Phoenix Business Journal Book of Lists - Lists of top employers from selected industries including web sites and contact information.  Research local employers for career planning and interviewing.

For off-campus access, provide your MEID and PIN (last 4 digits of your phone number) or Blackboard credentials.

Job Search Web Sites

Read about using online job search web sites.

Job Search Tips

  • Career Fairs - Career Fair Tips [Download  ]
  • Career Tipster - Online Job Search Resource & Social Media Networking & Tools
  • NACE Job Search Tools - Get resume and interview tips, links to employer websites, and more!
  • The Riley Guide - How to use the internet to best advantage with a directory of employment and career information sources and services. Includes many sites for categories like: How to Job Search, Before You Search, Handling a Job Loss, Network, Interview and Negotiate. 
  • Salary.com - See what real jobs are paying.

 Government Jobs

Student Career Experience Program  provides work-study partnerships between students, educational institutions, and other Federal agencies. 

The Student Career Experience Program attracts diverse and talented students with critical workforce skills.

If you are interested in applying for a SCEP or STEP position in Arizona, please mail your resume to:

DOI Bureau of Land Management
Arizona State Office - HR AZ 953
Attn: SEEP Coordinator
1 N. Central Ave. Suite 800
Phoenix, AZ 85004-4427

For other states, please contact program coordinators in the individual states.

Student Educational Employment Program provides relevant job experiences.  Read the FAQ's to learn about the program requirements and benefits.

Get Experience. 50% of employers expect students to have 2 or more internships by graduation and graduate schools like applicants who have conducted research.

Phoenix College offers the following sites to aid you in the search for an internship program.  You should also speak with appropriate academic department program director or chair to discuss internship opportunities that may be a part of the program that you are enrolled in.

  • Internship Programs - Browse by employer, field, location, and date. Includes the "Top 10 Internships".
  • Arizona Interns-in-Action - Intern opportunities (unpaid) are available at over 25 different State of Arizona government agencies. Many individuals who start at the state as interns go on to become full time state employees, as you'll discover when you read their stories.
  • Idealist - Idealist connects people to organizations, internships, and volunteer opportunities.
  • Internship Resources - Link to sites for federal, county, city and local government internships. Links for non-profit, international and general internships.
  • InternJobs - Search by keyword and location.  Includes a database with internships and entry level jobs.
  • ADA-Internships - Great internship opportunities for people with disabilities.
  • ADA-ENTRY POINT  - A program offering outstanding internship opportunities for students with apparent and non-apparent disabilities in science, engineering, mathematics, computer science, and some fields of business.
  • Student Career Experience Program  (SCEP) and Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP) provide internships/ work-study partnerships between students, educational institutions, and other Federal agencies.  If you are interested in applying for a SCEP or STEP position in Arizona, please mail your resume to:

DOI Bureau of Land Management

Arizona State Office - HR AZ 953

Attn: SEEP Coordinator

1 N. Central Ave. Suite 800

Phoenix, AZ 85004-4427

For other states, please contact program coordinators in the individual states.

Labor Market Trends and Research

My Next Move has tasks, skills, salary information, and more than 900 different careers. Find careers through keyword search. Browse industries that employ different types of workers.

Occupational Outlook Handbook is the government's premier source of career guidance featuring hundreds of occupations.

O*NET Online program is the nation's primary source of occupational information. O*NET OnLine has detailed descriptions of the world of work.   Browse careers by Interest Groups.

Virtual Career Network determines whether a career in healthcare is appropriate and links to labor market information and experiential information. Includes career videos or 'day-in-the-life stories', to answer common user questions: What do jobs like this pay, Is this a growing occupation, What is it like to be a ..., etc.www.vcn.org/healthcare/

Excellent Resources

Career Exploration Guide - Get Started!  Look at your interests, personality, values, and skills.  Make your decision. Explore your career choices.

DISCOVER, EXPLORE, BECOME - Plan your future, plan your success!  Identify your goals.  Evaluate your choices and determine your rewarding career path!

Career Videos

Dr Kit Videos  (Courtesy of DrKit.org)

Employees in different professions were asked the following questions:

  • Describe your typical  day.
  • What are the qualifications required for this job?
  • What are the best and worst parts of this job?
  • What final advice do you have someone interested in this line of work?

Careers are listed according to industry categories.

Your resume should reflect your goals, education, skills & knowledge, and past employment. Carefully review your resume each time you submit it for a new job. Make sure that it is tailored to fit the job description and does not contain errors.

Important: If there are minimum qualifications listed make sure that you address each one. Select the Right References. Provide professional/school related references. First get their permission and their correct contact information.

Resume Resources

 | Resume Newsletter   | Action Words   | Worksheet   | Checklist   | Review   | Keyword Tips   |

Grab the attention of a potential employer. Include a cover letter to introduce yourself and your qualifications.  Sample Cover Ltr    and Sample Resume

E-mail Address

Your email address should be sensible and professional, be aware of the impression you are giving. Keep your email address professional. Do not make it silly or cute (avoid addresses such as: partygirl17@yahoo.com); do not use personal information/hobbies, or difficult combinations of numbers and symbols.

Best email address:  Use your name or set up an new email address just for your job search. You can even use your Phoenix College student email. Set up a nickname/alias such as "first name.last name@maricopa.edu" to make it easy for your prospective employer to reach you. Create Nickname/Alias

Ready Prep Interview is a free site with thousands of job interview questions that are position specific.