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Career Exploration and Resume Preparation


The Guidance Department has partnered with Xello for career education for our students. Students can access Xello at the following link: order to access their Xello account, students will use their Google login information. Xello will allow students to work on various aspects of their career and post-secondary plan. Xello gives students the opportunity to take various surveys to help pinpoint a career they are interested in pursuing. It will also allow students to look at post-secondary schooling options. Students will have the opportunity to use this program throughout the school year and can access it outside of school at any time.  Any student who has questions about how to access Xello should stop in the guidance office to see their counselor.


Based on state requirements, each student will need to gather artifacts during their high school career. They will need to have a total of eight (8) artifacts to show the work they have done in career exploration and future planning. These artifacts will come from the lessons students complete in Xello each school year. Students will also complete a career plan in Xello each school year starting in Grade 8. 


Parent information about Xello can be found in this letter:

Pennsylvania Career Guide


The Pennsylvania Career Guide contains information about growing occupations, educational requirements, training opportunities and salary information.  The tools found in the guide will help students and parents make informed decisions about their goals and what is necessary to achieve them.


This year's Pennsylvania Career Guide highlights jobs in both the allied health and manufacturing industries, which both feature highly rewarding occupations.  The health care industry includes some of today's most highly sought after careers, and various allied health professions anticipate high levels of growth in the coming years.  Manufacturing industries are eager to train motivated people for the thousands of projected openings they have each year due to Pennsylvania's aging workforce.


American Career InfoNet


CareerOneStop is a U.S. Department of Labor-sponsored Web site that offers career resources and workforce information to job seekers, students, businesses, and workforce professionals to foster talent development in a global economy. This site is helpful because: it is offered by the U.S. government and doesn't have an alternate agenda to sell something or make money.


Best Jobs in the USA Today


Originally launched in 1992, BestJobsUSA and its network of niche local-employment sites focuses on specific candidate profiles, industries, disciplines, and skill sets to drive local, qualified candidates to your recruiters. This site is helpful because: makes searching very easy. Enter any combination of a job type, state, and/or a keyword and you'll get a list of jobs.


Career Builder offers a vast online and print network to help job seekers connect with employers. It is the U.S.'s largest online job site. This site is helpful because: Career builder lets you browse jobs or areas like a newspaper making it eash to explore rather than search.


Career Resource Center


From our informative Careers.Org Blog, to a complete list of US colleges and universities, to complete coverage of thousands of Occupations, Careers.Org has everything you need to start, change, or reinvigorate your career. This site is helpful because: you can take a career interest test or find information about colleges. It's all here.


Exploring Occupations


Explore over 240 occupations! Thousands more exist! Be creative. Remember—good research can lead to more satisfying career decisions! This site is helpful because:We can't say it any better than the University of Manitoba (Canada) career counselors have said it. Give their site a try if you're wondering what a mycologist or a pharmacologist or an otolaryngologist does.


Find Your Career: US News


This site is helpful because: This is a good place to start looking for career information articles. For example, when we created this page there were articles about finding the best government jobs, climbing the corporate ladder, and how to raise money to start your own business


Monster Jobs


Monster works for everyone by connecting quality job seekers at all levels with employers and providing the best career advice available online. This site is helpful because: How can you have a career information links page and not include Monster? It's never too early to get started exploring careers and Monster is a good place to start.


Nation Jobs' Online Job Database


We are the number one community based job network in the U.S., and have 20 years experience connecting job seekers, employers, communities and industries. This site is helpful because: One thing nice about Nation Job is that you don't need an account or an e-mail address just to search for a job.




The Occupational Information Network (O*NET) is a database of occupational requirements and worker attributes. This site is helpful because: This U.S. Department of Labor site is a good way to explore all types of career information. You can find careers based on your interests or what kind of education is required for a career of your choice.


Princeton Review

The Princeton Review helps students, parents, and educators achieve the best results at every stage of their educational careers. This site

is helpful because it provides access to practice tests, school reviews, and information or tutoring available for just about any test or topic. The Princeton Review is a good tool for any parent or student.





While you're looking for a job, Spherion makes sure jobs are looking for you! This site is helpful because: There are job searching and career advice opportunities here.


EnvironmentalScience.orgSTEM and Education Resource is the ultimate guide to everything you need to know about starting your career as an Environmental Scientist. We offer information on all aspects of becoming and working as an Environmental Scientist


Thinking about Nursing? Check out this great resource: Why Become a Nurse | Johnson & Johnson Nursing (


Resumé & Cover Letter Preparation


A resumé is used to introduce you and summarize your experience, skills, education, and goals. It is often the very first impression you will make on a potential employer. Everyone old enough to work needs a resumé but even students who do not work will find a resumé very helpful for tracking their academic and extra curricular activities. In addition to your GPA, school course work and other academic items, volunteer work, community involvement, leadership experience, and athletic achievement can be featured in a resumé. A nicely formatted resumé with dates and descriptions for your academic and extracurricular work may get you noticed by a potential employer, a college recruiter, or even a scholarship reviewer. You will also find it handy to have all this information at your own fingertips when you find yourself filling out application after application, form after form. The following sites provide help with resumé preparation. Use them to find a sample or a template that you can use to adapt for your own.



The Riley Guide


Provides links to other sites with resumé help.


Provides a resume builder that is easy to use, allows you to create a resume from scratch or update an old resume.