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When you're ready to apply for a job, there are a lot of resources, both web-based and the old-fashioned kind, that can make your search more efficient and more effective.

Helpful books and websites for exploring and selecting a career path:

Great Jobs for English Majors by Julie DeGalan and Stephen Lambert (McGraw Hill, 2000)

Roadtrip Nation: A Guide to Discovering Your Path in Life by Mike Marriner, Joanne Gordon, and Nathan Gebhard (Ballantine Books, 2003)

What Color is Your Parachute?, 2004: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters & Career-Changers by Richard Nelson Bolles (Ten Speed Press, 2003)

Interested in teaching K-12? Vist the English Dept's English Ed Jobs section of this site.

Jobs in non-profit organizations, while contributing to worthwhile organizations, can also be quite profitable for you as an employee:



Some of the sites listed below include businesses, some include not-for-profit organizations, and some (like the Chronicle of Higher Education) encompass both.

Please note that neither the Dept. of English nor SIUE has any involvement with or control over these sites, and makes no claim or representation regarding the validity of the information or offers contained therein.

Poewar Writing Jobs
Part of the Poewar Blog devote to jobs involving all sorts of writing, from screenplays to journalism to proofreading to technical writing to blogs and much more.


U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor statistics:

Jobs in academic publishing (ie, university press publishing)

The Write Jobs

The Chronicle of Higher Education Career Network

Monster College

Job Resources by US Region

Academic Careers Online

Government Jobs

TV Jobs: Broadcast Employment Services

Journalism job links

Advertising and Media Jobs Page


The Wall Street Journal's executive career/job website

Although it seems to be focused more on higher-end executive jobs, this website has a lot of helpful information on job searching, resume prep, and much more.

Office Administration Jobs

When I apply for a job, do I need to submit a résumé or a curriculum vitae (cv)? What's the difference? See the University of Washington's Résumé Writing for English Majors to find out.

For general advice on writing a résumé or other job application documents, see Dartmouth University's "Writing for a Job or Professional Audience".

URL: http://www.siue.edu/ENGLISH/Resources/career_job_get.html
Published by: Department of English Language and Literature
Last Update: 8 October 2010 by English Web Manager