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CJ490: Professional Development & Assessment


General Career Resources

Encyclopedia of Careers and Vocational Guidance - HF 5381 .E52
Occupational Outlook Handbook
Career Outlook
O*NET Formerly the Dictionary of Occupational Titles, this online resource is touted as the nation's primary resource of occupation information.
Learning Express Library Practice tests and tutoral courses for a variety of occupations including 10 in the field of Law Enforcement. Free access to NMU students (you just have to sign in first).

Career Infonet. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor.

The UN100 Careers courseguide contains additional resources not necessarily related to Criminal Justice.

Specific Career Resources

Believe it or not, when using a library catalog, the search term for finding out about a career is "vocational guidance", then followed by the name of the job or occupation ("law enforcement", or police, or "criminal justice", or "private security services", etc). Additional terms--recruiting (used with police), public safety. Here are some recent publications in this area:

Today's police and sheriff recruits: insights from the newest members of America's law enforcement community. Castaneda, Laura, and Ridgeway, Greg. This is an ebook.
Exploring and understanding careers in criminal justice: a comprehensive guide. This is an ebook.
Mentoring in the criminal justice professions: conveyance of the craft. By Frank A. Colaprete. HV9950 .C57 2009
Women in the Security Profession: a Practical Guide for Career Development. This is an ebook.
Federal law enforcement careers: profiles of 250 high-powered positions and tactics for getting hired. By Thomas Ackerman. HV8143 .A64 2006.
Careers in criminal justice and related fields: from internship to promotion. By J. Scott Harr. HV8143 .H327 2006.
Guide to landing a career in law enforcement. By John E. Douglas. This is an ebook.
Homeland security and federal law enforcement career guide. HV6432.4 .H653 2005
Careers with government security and intelligence agencies: F.B.I. Federal Bureau of Investigation, C.I.A. Central Intelligence Agency, Secret Service, Defense Intelligence Agency, National Security Agency, Bureau of Diplomatic Security This is an ebook.
Careers in criminology. By Marilyn D. Morgan. This is an ebook.

Job Search Websites: Law Enforcement

There are, naturally, pretty specific sites about anything. If you conduct a google search for the web address of any of these, then search "similar pages". There are many more: some looked a bit hokey to me and I did not include them in this list.

The NMU Department of Criminal Justice has a webpage on employment.
Police Employment.
USAJOBS. (specific to the Federal Government)

Local Information--Where do you want to live?

Places Rated Almanac. This is an ebook.
BestPlaces (includes crime statistics)
FindYourSpot (I took this quiz: I think it's bogus)

QuickFacts from the U.S. Census Bureau. It all starts with the Census Bureau data. State, county, and place data (demographic, economic).

Cost of moving estimates. This information can also be found on some of the general career resources websites.

Real estate costs. Zillow is a popular website for this information.

Climate data. Easy to use website. Locate a place by name, anywhere in the world.

State and Local Government on the Net. Listing, and links, to all state and local government offices (for those that have a web presence--not all do ). The Municipal Yearbook also has a listing of contacts.

Would you like to be near a good college? The College Navigator, from the National Center for Education Statistics.
U.S. News and World Reports ranks the best colleges every year. NMU has electronic access to this magazine, and U.S. News and World Reports provides a free sample of these rankings.

And on a very personal note, how does the city or community treat its Public Library? What is it like?

Lists of Online Newspapers: National and Worldwide

List of Newspapers
Refdesk Newspapers

Good luck in your job search! Drop us a line if you have any questions. Or contact me, Bruce Sarjeant, at 227-1580.

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