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Job Search & Career Tools

This guide provides information and resources for job seekers.

Key Terms

What is a resume? This is a document used in order to present a persons work history, education, and skills. They are typically used to secure new employment. 

What is a curriculum vitae? (often appears as CV or vita) This is a document written as an overview of a person's work experiences and other qualifications for a job opportunity. It is similar in purpose to a resume. 

What is a cover letter? This document is used as a letter of introduction that is attached to a resume or curriculum vitae. Typically, cover letters are meant to introduce yourself and catch the attention of a potential employer, explaining why you are suitable for the desired position.

Recommended Websites

These databases will help you develop important skills for your next job!

Click on Databases to see our full list of career related Databases offered by the Library. 

Evaluating Web Resources

Anyone can publish a webpage without it being evaluated for accuracy or quality of information. Reviews by peers, scholars, editors, and publishers are not often applied to websites. The following evaluation criteria should be applied when viewing a website:

  • Authorship. Is the author identified? What are the author's credentials? For example, does the site include the author's position and institutional or organizational affiliation? Is the URL for an educational institution (.edu) or government agency (.gov)? 
  • Accuracy. Can the data be verified from other sources? Does the author have an obvious bias? Check the facts.
  • Audience. Is the site intended for scholars, professionals, or students?
  • Currency. Does the website include the date it was created and/or updated? Are the links current?
  • Coverage. Does the site state its intended scope? Is it designed to cover an entire subject, or to give detailed information on one aspect?
  • Relative Value. How does it compare to other sources of similar information? Are there other more accurate or complete sources - possibly in print format or a library database? Even with all of the useful information online, sometimes the most reliable resources are print books on the shelf at the library.

For additional information, check out the link below. This source offers detailed criteria that can be applied when conducting research on the internet.