When searching for your cool career, you have to be extremely thorough. Add these websites to your list of resources when mapping out your job search:

  • The Riley Guide (www.rileyguide.com/prepare.html) is the best portal for those trying to choose a career.

  • Job-Hunt (www.job-hunt.org) is the best portal for those who have a career goal and now are trying to land a job.

  • Statejobs.com is another useful site. Hey, the government may be the last bastion of job security, so why limit yourself to the Feds?

  • Eureka (www.eureka.org) is a fee-based site that helps you identify your skills and interests, and then provides detailed information on well-suited careers.

  • Vault.com and Wetfeet.com are fee-based sources of scuttlebutt on careers and individual employers.

  • Bureau of Labor Statistics Publications (www.bls.gov/opub/home.htm) offers definitive (but boring) profiles of hundreds of careers and industries.

  • Small Business Administration (www.sba.gov) offers extensive information on starting, financing, and managing your business.

  • Salary.com, Salaryexpert.com, and indeed.com/salary estimate salary for hundreds of occupations, adjusted by zip code.

  • U.S. News’s Career Center (www.usnews.com/career) has some of the smartest career advice on the Net.

  • The author of Cool Careers For Dummies, Marty Nemko’s website (www.martynemko.com) has 500+ published articles.