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Stuck in a rut? Give online career tools a try

Many of us fall into a rut when it comes to our careers, settling for the status quo instead of researching career paths that could be both personally and professionally fulfilling. Given the amount of time we spend in the work world, it makes sense to focus more time on career planning so we can be happier at work. • Fortunately, there is a suite of career tools on monster.com that can help you plan and manage all aspects of your career, while resources available on government and other sites can help you round out your career and industry knowledge. So whether you are ready for a new career and need preliminary information, want to research a specific employer or are looking for salary data to negotiate a job offer, the tools you need are right at your fingertips. Get started by checking out these sites.

Monster's career exploration tools

Career snapshots my.monster.com/Job-Profiles/ GetProfile.aspx

This tool provides information for 2,500 occupations, including details on job duties, growth projections and related careers as well as links to featured job openings. There's even a section for people in the industry to give the scoop on what it's really like to work in the field.

Career mapping my.monster.com/Career-Planning/ Pathing.aspx

A vital tool for understanding your career options, Career Mapping can help you plan how to reach your desired goal. Enter your job target and map out the most likely steps for getting there; alternatively, you can create your own career path based on your interests. You can save your career path and search available jobs.

Career benchmarking my.monster.com/Career-Assessment/Dashboard.aspx

Wondering how you stack up against people in similar positions? Answer a few questions about your current or most recent job, and find regional and national data on salaries, benefits, work-life balance, education, training, experience level and commute time.

Career advice career-advice.monster.com

A virtual treasure trove of expert advice, Monster's Career Advice section contains more than 2,000 articles on topics such as job hunt strategies, resumes and cover letters, interview tips, salary negotiations, workplace issues and career development.

Advice forums monster.prospero.com/monsterindex

Need some interactive career guidance? Check out Monster's Career Advice forums to get tailored job search and career advice from experts and other job seekers.

MonsterWorking blog www.monsterworking.com

Follow the MonsterWorking blog for job hunting tips and ideas for career planning and management.

Salary and benefits information

Salary wizard career-advice.monster.com/salary- benefits/salary-information/salary- wizard-calculator/article.aspx

Want to know what you're worth? Enter your job title and ZIP code and find out the base salary range for your profession and location.

Cost-of-living wizard monster.salary.com/CostOfLiving Wizard/LayoutScripts/Coll_Start.aspx

If you're considering a move, use this tool to compare salaries and living costs between cities.

Job assessor monster.salary.com/JobAssessor/ LayoutScripts/Joel_JobCriteria.aspx

Size up two offers by rating the factors that are most important to you in a job.

Benefits wizard monster.salary.com/MyBenefits/ LayoutScripts/Mbfl_Start.aspx

Calculate what your employer spends on your total compensation.

Federal career tools

Careeronestop www.careeronestop.org

The Department of Labor's resource for job information. Learn about occupations, job duties, wages, education requirements and employment trends.

O*NET www.onetonline.org

O*NET's database contains hundreds of occupation-specific descriptions, including work activities, relevant work values, training requirements, industry projections and sources for additional information.

Bureau of Labor Statistics www.bls.gov/

Find statistics about your desired industry, including trends, projections for growth and layoff data.

Company-specific research

Monster job search jobsearch.monster.com

You also can use Monster's job listings to conduct career research. Browse jobs by title, skills and location to see who's hiring and what qualifications employers are seeking.

Hoover's www.hoovers.com

Search Hoover's database of companies and organizations for key information about potential employers. You can also research industries and learn about top players and industry growth indicators.

Securities and Exchange Commission www.sec.gov

If you're targeting public companies, research SEC filings to assess a company's financial health.

Stuck in a rut? Give online career tools a try 02/11/12 [Last modified: Saturday, February 11, 2012 3:31am]

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