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The ACU Library has just what you need to get a job and start a career. Click here to see our newest Pathfinder — a research guide bringing together some of the best resources on career development, job hunting, networking, personal branding, resumes, cover letters, interviewing, and business relations. Self-discovery is key to choosing a career that you will love. Check out the book What Color Is Your Parachute? or CareerOneStop to take an interest assessment to find careers that match what you like to do. Then start researching those careers in the Occupational Outlook Handbook or O*NET OnLine to learn about the work those careers involve, the path to get into them, average salaries, and job prospects. After choosing a career, start developing your skills and gaining experience to make yourself a better candidate for jobs. Choose a major that can get you there. Do paid or volunteer work (especially an internship) that relates to your favored career. Build your resume. Next, search for jobs or get your resume on job-hunting websites like CollegeGrad, CareerBuilder, Monster, and Jobing.com or find a job through your professional network (like LinkedIn or even people you know). Be sure to customize your resume to address each job you for which you apply; and write a cover letter that highlights important parts of your resume and demonstrates why you’re the best person for the job. Finally, improve your interviewing skills by reading further in What Color Is Your Parachute? or some of the eBooks and websites listed in the new Pathfinder; and do mock interviews at a career fair or a career center (such as one at a local community college). Getting a job and starting a career takes work; but the resources in the new Pathfinder can help you be successful in doing it.