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New Career Planning Resource at Mann Library

News article from March 25, 2014

If you’re starting to plan your career moves after graduation—or even just your internship experiences while still at Cornell—one of the first things you’ll want to do is head over to Mann Library.

Mann Library is partnering with the CALS Career Development Office to house the Career Development Library, formerly located in Roberts Hall, directly at Mann.  The collection of approximately 200 books has merged with Mann’s Business Resources to become the new Career Planning Collection.  Located along the wall by the Bloomberg terminals on the first floor of Mann, it includes resources to help with the preparation for job searches, resume and cover letter writing, internships and general career resources in subject areas covered by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.  

The College decided to move the collection to Mann to make it more discoverable and more easily accessible to students. As part of the Mann Library collection, all career development books are now findable in the Cornell University Library catalog (as well as on a catalog page through the Career Development Office website).  Though they are non-circulating (meaning they cannot be checked out and removed from the building), they are accessible for reading and browsing whenever the Library is open. And, of course, plenty of photocopiers and scanners are available in the library building for copying individual pages.  

Jennifer De Rosa, Assistant Director of the CALS Career Development Office, is working with Mann Collection Development and Olin Technical Services staff to keep the collection up to date.  A number of new books have recently been added. Take a look at the list of select titles below to get a general idea of kinds of resources offered by the collection—or better yet, stop on by the Library to browse the books directly.  You’ll find it a useful resource for planning some next big steps!


Select new titles in the Career Development Collection:

Careers as a Paralegal and Legal Assistant , by G.S. Prentzas. Rosen Publishing: 2014. This book provides an overview of the legal services industry.  Learn more about the paralegal profession and what its employment outlook.

 Careers in Animal Law: Welfare, Protection, and Advocacy, by Yolanda Eisenstein. Aba Publications: 2011. The first book of its kind, Careers in Animal Law will help you: Gain an overview of the field from a practicing animal lawyer and professor of animal law; forge a successful animal law career with firms of all types and sizes, government agencies, corporations, or nonprofits; strike out on your own as a solo practitioner; learn career tips from a series of animal-lawyer profiles; understand evolving trends in legislation, litigation, and academia

Careers in Biotechnology, by Linley Erin Hall. Rosen Publishing Group: 2007. Biotechnology is the application of technology to the living world; the manipulation of living things to create products, processes, and services. Biotechnology is most often used to improve agriculture and human health, but it is also being used in other areas. Careers in Biotechnology explores some of these many careers and discusses the education and training needed to achieve them. It also takes a close look at some of the ethical and scientific controversies raging in the field, and explores what the future of biotechnology might hold and the new careers paths that may open up.

Career Opportunities: Working with Animals, by Shelly Field. Checkmark Books: 2012. There are many different types of careers for those interested in working with animals, from training dogs to managing a zoo. Career Opportunities Working with Animals describes more than 80 occupations in such animal-related fields as veterinary medicine; shelters, sanctuaries, and refuges; veterinary offices/hospitals/clinics; animal advocacy organizations; care and conservation of wildlife; zoos and aquariums; creative careers; pet care, training, and grooming; pet food, pet supply, and pet merchandise stores; and horses.  

Case Interview Secrets: A Former McKinsey Interviewer Reveals How to Get Multiple Job Offers in Consulting, by Victor Cheng. Innovation Press: 2012. In this book you'll discover step-by-step instructions on how to dominate what many consider to be the most complex, most difficult, and most intimidating corporate job interview in the world—the infamous case interview. Victor Cheng, a former McKinsey management consultant, reveals his proven, insider's method for acing the case interview. Having personally secured job offers from McKinsey, Bain & Company, Monitor, L.E.K, Oliver Wyman, and A.T. Kearney, he has also been a McKinsey case interviewer—providing you with a hands-on, real-world perspective on what it really takes to land job offers.

 The Cover Letter: Career Essentialsby Dale Mayer. Valley Publishing: 2011.  The cover letter is often overlooked as a key marketing tool - the perfect introduction. It can be blank and uninteresting or it can offer the potential employer exactly what they are seeking. Don't overlook this simple step that can improve your chances over other candidates. This book walks you through the various elements of a good cover letter, taking you through each step with plenty of examples to show exactly what you need to know to create the best cover letter over and over again. Make yours the one that brings the light of relief into the recruiter's eye as they see the perfect candidate. At just over a hundred pages, this concise, easy to read guide is full of professional information that will make your job search take off.

 Crack the Case System: Complete Case Interview Prep, by David Ohrvall. Ohrvall Media: 2011. Crack the Case System is a complete training program, covering every aspect of the infamous “case interview” favored by top management consulting firms and a growing number of Fortune 500 companies. David Ohrvall’s step-by-step approach combines practical instruction on structuring, analytics and communication, as well as insider tips and insights gained from training thousands of candidates. CTCS includes over 150 bonus videos on, 42 practice cases, homework and drills. About the author: David Ohrvall is the global expert on the topic of case interviews. A dynamic and sought-after speaker, he trains several thousand MBAs and undergraduates each year at premiere business schools around the world, including Wharton, Stanford, Harvard Business School, Chicago Booth, Duke’s Fuqua School of Business, INSEAD, Oxford and Cambridge. David also has an extensive private coaching practice that has helped launch hundreds of candidates into consulting, venture capital, and a variety of industries. 

 Green Careers: Environment & Natural Resources,  by Pamela Fehl. Ferguson Publishing: 2010. The emerging "green economy" consists of businesses and careers that focus on developing alternative energy sources, conserving natural resources, and protecting the environment. It includes a range of traditional jobs that are being expanded or modified to meet these goals as well as a variety of new jobs created in response to specific needs, and it has the potential to drive the creation of millions of new "green-collar" careers in the coming years. The Green Careers series examines the key work areas in which green jobs are appearing. Each volume profiles 15 careers and provides all the basic information needed to understand the nature of the job: a history of the profession, key duties, education and training requirements, potential earnings, work environment, outlook for the future, and helpful resources. Box features and interviews provide further information.

 How to Get into the Top Consulting Firms: A Surefire Case Interview Method, by Tim Darling. Intaglio Publishing: 2011. While you could memorize answers to the most popular case interview questions, what happens when you encounter an issue that's outside of their reach? In How to Get Into the Top Consulting Firms, management consultant Tim Darling offers a holistic approach for solving problems in 30 minutes or less. By showing how to break an issue into its core components, he simplifies case interviews by illuminating them from the perspective of the consulting firms. 13 interactive cases are included with detailed data, charts, and solutions.

 How to Interview Like a Pro: Forty-three Rules for Getting Your Next Job , by Mary Greenwood. iUniverse: 2012. Getting a job is like parking. You have to be in the right place at the right time. In How to Interview Like a Pro, author Mary Greenwood provides strategies and practical tips about how to prepare for job hunting, how to interview, and how to seal the deal.

The PhD Handbook for the Academic Job Search: An Owners Manual for Finding Jobs, by Will Coghill- Behrends ; Rebecca Anthony. PhD Books: 2012. This handbook is the latest from Will Coghill-Behrends and Rebecca Anthony about the academic job search process for folks seeking teaching, research and related positions in academe. It is an invaluable resource that describes the process from start to finish (including some things to do before you enter your job search year). Tools provided include the PhD Planner (organizational tools for organizing all the critical tools and tasks of your job search, such as application materials, philosophy statements, teaching tools, job talks, budget and the negotiations/offer process); sample CVs, cover letters, portfolio frameworks, and interview questions; and a tremendous job-seeking resource: a directory of professional associations and organizations for all academic areas.

 Top Jobs: Computer and Information Technology, by William G. Perry. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform: 2013. Learn what it takes to start a career in one of today's hottest job markets - computer and information technology. What IT Career Path is right for you? Ten exciting computer technology jobs are examined in detail, including web developers and networking specialists to security analysts and programmers. Readers will learn what is required to jump-start a career in an information technology job of their choice as well as what it takes to succeed. Included is a discussion of the employment outlook, desired personal traits, educational requirements and expected salaries. Find out what you need to know to recession proof your future. Discover what you need to join the information technology revolution.


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