Anyone who has conducted a successful job search will tell you that it is quite time consuming, and researching employers is a component that adds to the time it takes. That said, most employers generally claim that the worst candidates for jobs are those who have not done their “homework.” In other words, most employers are seeking candidates who have at least learned the basics about their organizations.

   Employer Research Guide (GSU Publication) 

   Occupational Outlook Handbook

Interested in learning more about careers in Chemistry, Communication & Media, Health Care, Environment & Conservation, Hospitality & Tourism, Criminal Justice and Physics?  The library has a new series of E-books dedicated to careers. The databases are available to all when in the library.  Only current students, faculty and staff may access them when off campus  through the website or the GSU App.

The guides provide comprehensive material for current and prospective students interested in perusing a career in psychology or related fields. The resources can all be reviewed here:

Guide to Careers in Psychology-
Counseling Career Guide-
Social Work Career Guide-


  • Research Resources


    100 Best Job Boards to Find Niche Talent - Job Boards are a great tool on both sides of the hiring front.  For an applicant, job boards are a great place to start your search.  For employers, job boards allow an extensive reach to a wide audience of possible applicants.  

    Illinois MBA Guide -  This guide provides applicants with targeted strategies and expert advice from professionals, including guidance on how to find the right program, prepare a standout application, and finance a graduate degree. 

    Accredited Schools Online is a comprehensive accreditation resource that provides prospective students and families with the tools needed to make well-informed decisions about their education.  

    Affordable Colleges Online :

    IM Resource Library
    - Search for specific resources or browse well over 100 documents in categories ranging from search strategy and job transition to wealth management and life, money and career priorities. 

    Americans with Disabilities Act Document Center -

     Athletic Network - The Largest Community of Collegiate Athletes - We have partnered with over 400 companies and recruiters who see the value of hiring athletes. Companies like Johnson & Johnson, Enterprise, Northwestern Mutual, KPMG, and many more. All these leaders in their respective industries are using Athlete Network because they see the value in hiring athletes. We can facilitate direct introductions for our members to their recruiters.

      Breaking into the Solar Industry and Energizing Veterans for Solar Careers.

    Buzzfile Company Networking Tool. Our product is unique resource for identifying, researching, and networking with prospective employers., 
    Career and employment resources for Hispanics -   

    Career and employment resources for women-   

    Career Bliss-, a free online career community that empowers job seekers with millions of jobs, reviews, and salaries, along with hundreds of career advice articles. CareerBliss, founded in 2008, provides transparency in the workplace that effectively lets our users find happiness by getting an inside look at the reviews and salaries submitted by real employees for over 100,000 employers nationwide. We have been featured in Forbes,, Huffington Post, Business Week, The Houston Chronicle, and thousands of other reputable sites. is a free salary calculator created by CareerBuilder that provides users with salary reports including the salary range and average salary for each different job in a particular location.
    Certified Nursing Aides -  
    is based on certified nursing aides (CNAs).  We have tried to provide genuine and researched contents, pages, and information on CNA Classes, Exams, Practice Tests, Certification, Training, and Skills.  Along with these details, we have also provided valuable information on CNA Salaries and Jobs. CNA Guide page on will help readers who wish to enter this field and make nursing their career.     

    Company salaries, reviews and interviews posted anonymously by employees: 
    Computer Science Online - Computer science professionals design, construct, and code some of today's most cutting-edge tech, from microprocessors and CPUs to next-gen cell phones and mobile apps. Start here for expert advice, career data, degree info and hundreds of resources to help current and future tech talent build a better tomorrow.
    EducatorLabs  is comprised of school librarians and media/market research specialists who work as curators and conservators of the scholastic web.

    General Research Site for job hunters -

    Go Grad - Our guide helps students with the process of choosing and applying to graduate programs. It offers information on timelines, deadlines, and other frequently asked questions. Preparing for Graduate School:

    Graduate Guide - The 41st annual edition of Graduate School Guide directory includes comprehensive listings of master's, doctoral and professional degree programs as well as a cross reference section of majors and information on financing graduate study. Web and email addresses are also included for more than 1,500 graduate programs.

    GRE prep online guide- That is why ConsumerAffairs decided to create a guide for GRE preparation with brain-boosting custom content. The guide is meant to inform customers as to which study materials are best for them -- and this guide doesn't cost them a thing! Every student deserves to make good purchasing decisions. Here is a quick snapshot of what the guide covers: A range of study methods for students to focus on; Which features matter most in study materials; and Which prep guides actually meet each student's needs.   You can access the guide here.

    Great Advice for 2015 Grads
    -    If you are a student ready to begin your higher education, or have held many different jobs and want to know how to make the switch to doing what you love, this career guide will be a great resource.
    Guide to Public Service -

    Hoover’s – Reference for Business Information:
      Hoover's—Reference for Business Information 


    How to Become a Police Officer - Expert Advise, career options in Law Enforcement, and free job board. 
    How to Become a Teacher - Scholarship opportunities and information: ‘Become The Educator’  

    Inside Career Info, is a searchable collection of hundreds of candid career reports written by "insiders" - successful professionals who are actually doing the job.

    Inside Jobs- A place where people can explore what opportunities exist and learn what paths can take them there. -


     Job Nob - Users get free and unlimited access to view real salaries being paid at specific companies.   
    Job Search BibleT
    he Job Search Bible contains advice and guidance on all things related to job searching and career development, such as resume writing, cover letters, interview skills, negotiating a salary, and much more. I would welcome any consideration you can give to adding a link to on your careers webpages (in a useful resources section, for example) to enable your students to benefit from the advice on offer.

    Law Enforcement Career - Helping you find the perfect job in law enforcement. 

     Law Enforcement Career Resource Website -  

    LearnHowToBecome  began in late 2013 with Doug and Wes. Our mission is to help students (or other aspiring professionals) understand what it takes to land their perfect career, from picking the right school all the way to climbing the company ladder. We are passionate about creating a one-stop, comprehensive resource that can guide individuals through each of the steps they need to take to begin, further, or change their career path.

     Master’s in Education  - Everything you need to know about evaluating programs and ultimately earning your M.Ed. the right way. 

    Money GeekMost cost of living calculators simply report the salary needed to cover living expenses when you move from one city to another. Our new Cost of Living calculator goes far beyond this. Using data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), it visually compares earning power for roughly 800 BLS occupations in hundreds of U.S. cities to living expenses in those cities. The calculator also pulls in demographic data to give a snapshot of life in each city -- and it lets you see all this information across 4 cities at one time.  See Also: 

    Student Loan Forgiveness and Cancellation:  

    Take Charge of Your Finances:  

    Nursing Jobs - Governors State University has partnered with a company called LiquidCompass to provide a powerful new job search resource to our undergraduate and graduate nursing students. It is a website that can be accessed at:  is a free A-Z guide on exploring nursing as a career. has created a dedicated portal that explains some of the different nursing careers: Each career page focuses on the questions that prospective nurses have asked about the career -- for some pages we've partnered with a celebrated YouTube nurse to give their unique take on the career (for example). For students who are certain they will be enrolling in a nursing program, they might be interested in applying for one or more of the three scholarships we're offering.
    On Line Teaching Degrees - According to the BLS, fields in education are projected to grow about 6% in the next ten years. For this reason, the Center for Online Education created an online education degree guide, which includes key information for students deciding if it is the right field for them.

    Payscale provides compensation information for employers and individuals.

    Psychology Career Resources:For those that haven't chosen a focus yet, you may benefit from starting at the Guide on How to Choose a Specialization. If you already know which area interests you the most, then some of these career guides below may prove the most useful. 
     - Careers in Psychology: 
     - Psych Major Guide to Non-Psych Jobs:   guide/ 
    - How Psychology Makes a Difference: -, a website dedicated to conducting thorough, unbiased research about products, services, and industries. We recently examine the GRE to understand what it means for students. What we found is that for many students performing well on the test and getting accepted into a graduate degree program can create many opportunities. You can see our guide here:

    Registered Nurse - A guide about RN schools and programs.

    Resources from the Chamber of Commerce - 

    RN to BSN Degree Guide  -According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nursing careers are growing much faster than average, with a projected growth of 16% by 2024. That's why we at the Center for Online Education created an online RN to BSN degree guide, which includes key information for students deciding if a career in nursing is right for them.

    Salary Expert provides compensation data to job seekers. -
    Social Work 

    Site for comparative salary information - 

    Sustainability Careers - in-depth guide to a career in sustainability.  As with other programs, earning your sustainability degree online can save both time and money. Online degrees allow you to maintain a flexible schedule, and are especially beneficial for parents and working professionals who are unable to attend class on campus.

    Teacher Certification Resource - -    We believe teachers inspire our future. With that said, is a website for teachers by teachers. Since great educators are always needed, we aim to continuously inform and encourage aspiring and current teachers. 
    The Contract Employee’s Handbook -  The Contract Employee's Handbook 

    The European Business Directory -  , a site that helps students who want to pursue medical assisting career. Authored by healthcare providers who have years of experience behind them, the site mainly provides information on medical assisting scholarships, career, training programs, certification and accredited schools across the nation.  

    U.S. Department of Labor—Bureau of Labor Statistics

    What Color is Your Parachute? 


    Guidebook to Vocational and Trade School For Veterans:

    Workforce Development and Online Learning: