Kalamazoo Valley Community College

Career Assessments and Resources
Career Assessments and Resources

Choices Explorer
Choices Explorer provides career resources and the most up-to-date career and national labor market information available.  Bridges provides access to assessments and detailed information about career planning, career decision making, scholarships and financial aid,  occupations, colleges and more.

http://www.bridges.com/

You must contact Career Services for Site ID and Password.

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Choices Planner
It is a comprehensive system designed for college students and adults in transition.  The system provides assessments such as, work values sorter, basic work styles, interest profiler and transferable skills checklist.  It offers information on programs of study, colleges, financial aid, professional resources, and a career action plan.   This system offers a vast amount of career information, up-to-date state and local market information and resources too long to list.  Follow the Choices Explorer link to access. 

http://www.bridges.com/

You must contact Career Services for Site ID and Password.

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Do What You Are (Personality Assessment)- CollegeScope. Com
"Do What You Are" is a personality assessment used for improving communication skills, learning about individual strengths and weaknesses, and helping people make the most satisfying career decision.  Learning about personality types provides a person with accurate and invaluable insights about themselves and their career-related needs.  This tool enables them to make the most informed, satisfying college and career decisions.  Personality Type is the foundation of the program because people are happiest and most successful in jobs that allow them to use their greatest natural gifts.  Personality Type is the best way of determining what those gifts are, and in which occupations they find the greatest opportunity for expression. The program has both personality type and interest components in the assessment. This is administered via the web and takes approximately 45 minutes to complete.

http://www.collegescope.com/kvcc

You must make an appointment with Career Services to discuss your assessment results.

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StrengthsQuest
StrengthsQuest, Gallup's strengths development program for college-age students, gives people the opportunity to develop strengths by building on their greatest talents--the way in which they most naturally think, feel, and behave as unique individuals. Grounded in Positive Psychology and the Clifton StrengthsFinder, StrengthsQuest, has helped more than 500,000 students, staff, and faculty members on 600 campuses achieve academic, career, and personal success. With StrengthsQuest, students can:

  • discover their greatest natural talents
  • improve their grades and increase their learning by making the most of their talents
  • strategically determine a rewarding career path based on who they are as uniquely talented individuals
  • maximize their potential for strengths by building on their talents rather than focusing on their weaknesses
To start your StrengthsQuest contact the Career Services Department.

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Strong Interest Inventory
The Strong Interest Inventory is a 291 items assessment which measures a person's interest in 122 occupations, providing a dependable guide for career change and development.  Supported by years of solid research, the Strong represents 67,000 men and women covering a wide range of ages, ethnic groups, and socio-economic levels.  The instrument can be used for career planning and development, career transition, college major selection and midlife/retirement planning.  It takes approximately 30 minutes to complete and is administered  in several formats including a web version.

https://online.cpp.com/en/index.aspx

You must contact Career Services for account login and account password.

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Career Library: available in Career Center:
Best Jobs for the 21st Century (fifth edition)
This is in two parts; part one includes lists of jobs that are based on pay, interests, education level, personality type, and other criteria.  Part two provides descriptions for each job in the book.

Best Cover Letters (third edition)
This book has 23 resumes that are specific to career fields such as accounting, engineering, healthcare and many more.  It also includes over 300 samples of cover letters, myths about cover letters and resume writing strategies and style tips.

Best Resumes (fourth edition)
This book has 178 resumes and cover letters that the reader can locate by occupation due to the unique, occupations index.  It also includes resume writing style tips, resume writing strategies, resume design and layout tips.  All resumes were written by professional resume writers.

CareerXRoads
This book contains an alphabetical listing of 500 reviews of the best job and resure’s websites and their web addresses.  The authors claim that “This book is never outdated” and provide free monthly updates to the websites.

The Career Coward’s Guide to Changing Careers
This book provides a step by step “how to guide” to identify and change careers.   Changing Careers will show exactly how to discover new careers that fit a person’s interests, lifestyle and skills and then help develop a plan to successfully accomplish the goal of beginning a new career. 

The Etiquette Edge
This book identifies the many areas of courtesy in the work-place and the consequences of ignoring the use of courtesy.   It also discusses such valuable information on non-verbal communication and the positive/negative effects it can have on your career, appropriate use of the cell phone, travel manners and giving and accepting praise to name a few of the chapters in this entertaining and informative book.

Family Matters: The Influence of the Family in Career Decision Making
This book looks at the family’s impact on a child’s decision in choosing a career.  It provides a broad array of techniques to explore how students have been affected by family history, culture, and attitudes.  It includes useful information for career counseling.  Other valuable tools include activities and exercises that can be used to acquire insights and skills.

Firestarters
This book is geared to middle to high school girls.   It profiles 100 careers that are intended to inspire young women and encourage ongoing career research.  The contents are arranged by the name of the career woman rather than by the career title.  Each woman explains her career by short paragraphs describing the career, a day in the career, her job likes and job challenges.  The career woman also offers advice about her profession, the steps she took to achieve her current career, helpful personality traits and hobbies and interests.

Health-Care Career Vision (Book and DVD)
The book is divided into four chapters, each with a specific goal to help the reader explore the health care field.  Chapter one provides an overview of the health care field.  Chapter 2 provides a checklist to help decide which health care jobs best match a personality. Chapter 3 explores health care career options.  Chapter 4 provides complete descriptions of the 72 jobs that appear in chapter 3.

 How to Run Seminars and Workshops
This book provides instruction on how to create, plan, and sell a seminar or workshop.  Part two of the book is most pertinent for the career counselor’s interests in presenting workshops.  Part two is titled   “Delivery: The Art of Making Great Presentations .”

The Job Developer’s Handbook
This book is specific to the population of students with disabilities.  The premise is to help develop a customized employment approach to be used in the arena of employment to “meld job seekers and employers for mutual benefit” by offering “guidelines for best practice” to implement while serving the students with disabilities.  

The Complete Job Search Guide for Latinos
This goal of this book is to help fill the gap in experience and information that exists in the Latino population regarding job search and jobs.  The book provides the entry –level and mid-career professional with concrete building blocks that can be used to create a path for full employment.

The Latino Advantage in the Workplace
This book teaches career advancement techniques focusing on the Latino’s personal skill and style.  It includes exercises and resources specific to the Latino population to help recognize their cultural advantages, network more effectively, build strong relationships and manage conflicts skillfully.

Resume Magic (Third edition)
This book covers all aspects of resume writing.  It includes a resume primer, the use of branding and advertising to “win an interview”, how to choose a format, how to write great copy, editing and much more. The book also provides advice on references, networking and career management.

Smart Moves for Liberal Arts Grads
After an introduction and some myth-busting about liberal arts degrees, this book delivers its message through individual stories of liberal arts majors identifying their passion, early experiences outside the classroom, early work experience current pursuit and their smart moves.

Best Jobs for Ex-Offenders
This book examines jobs that are appropriate for the ex-offender.  It profiles 101 opportunities and 13 categories of jobs and occupations that are relatively open to people with not-so-hot-backgrounds.

The Ex-Offender’s Job Hunting Guide
This book provides answers to many re-entry questions facing ex-offenders.  It begins with an examination of 20 myth/realities and 22 principles for success and moves on to reveal 10 steps to job and career success specific to the ex-offender population.  This book provides practical examples, exercises and resources to help achieve the goal of employment.  It includes chapters on resume development, networking, interest assessment and skill identification.

The Ex-Offender’s Job Interview Guide
This book provides the entire standard job seeking advice and techniques of the interview process while adding specific information throughout the book and In Chapter 4 “Turn Your Red Lights into Green Lights” that is specific to the ex-offender population.

The Ex-Offender’s Re-Entry Success Guide
This book uses interactive questions to illicit thought provoking answers specific to their incarceration, their purpose in life, past mistakes and future goals.  There is an undertone of religion/spirituality throughout the book.

The Ex-Offender’s Quick Job Hunting Guide
This book helps the reader identify the basic skills of a job interview, job search, skill identification, resume writing and answering sensitive questions regarding incarceration.  It uses interactive questions to illicit responses from the reader.

Job Hunting Tips for People with Hot and Not-So-Hot Backgrounds
This book addresses a wide variety of individuals that have a history that may raise questions during the job seeking/interviewing process.  Specifically, it addresses individuals that have been fired, incarcerated, lack appropriate skills and education, received poor grades, offer weak or negative references, appear to be a job hopper, seem overqualified, remain unfocused or experienced a divorce or bankruptcy. Some tips provided by this book includes how to conduct a successful job search, self assessment, goal and objective setting, resume writing, resume distribution and follow-up, networking, informational interviewing and salary negotiation.

No One Will Hire Me
This book’s format presents key mistakes that most job seekers make and offers advice on avoiding the errors.  The mistakes addressed include lack of goals and accomplishments, negative attitudes, outdated job search methods, inability to network and various common mistakes. The book utilizes lists, web resources, assessments and myth busting to relay their message. Any individual dealing with the task of seeking employment will find the book informative.

Overcoming Barriers to Employment
This book lists 127 barriers to employment and then provides advice on how to minimize and/or remove those barriers.  The term “barrier” is used broadly and defines it as physical disabilities, incarceration, failing to network, poor hygiene and numerous typing errors, etc.

Two-Hundred Best Jobs for Introverts
This book is categorized in three parts.  The first section details specific information about introverts.  The second section provides careers that meet your interests and needs.  The third section provides job descriptions with details on earnings, growth, education required and various other criteria pertinent to employment.