MGT 498 Management and Career Directions

Career Planning

The following books are in the process of purchasing.


  • Occupational Outlook Handbook (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
    Most authoritative career information including job responsibility, work environment, how to become, pay, etc. The job outlook and regional employment statistics section can help you locate states with the best job opportunities and competitive salaries. Identify your job SOC code at job outlook Tab and then you can use SOC to search in the following databases.
  • O*Net Online (U.S. Department of Labor sponsored)
    The site provides knowledge and skills needed for an occupation and related work environment and job outlook.
  • CareerOneStop (U.S. Department of Labor sponsored)
    The site helps you understand your career choices (career profiles), finding salaries and jobs at local level with tips for career planning, resume, cover letter, job search and negotiation.
  • Climbtheladder
    This site provides in-depth career profiles that include requirements, job outlook, salary information, advancement opportunities among other information.
  • Thebalancecareers
    The Balance Careers provides advice on job searching, resume writing, salary negotiations, and other career planning topics.

Resources at West Chester University

Twardowski Career Development Center

Big Interview (hands-on mock interviews tailored to your specific industry, job and experience level)

Handshake (search for job and internships and manage your profile)

Research the company and Industry

Use library database Business Source Complete, Mergent Online and Mintel Academic to gather company, industry and market intelligence and prepare for general and case interviews.

Use industry/trade association’s website to track industry or market news and trends.

Review the company’s websites and public company’s annual reports to understand its business.

Business Librarian

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Grace Liu
Grace Liu, MBA, MSLIS
Business Librarian, Assistant Professor
T: 610-436-2917 |

Writing Resume and Cover Letter

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