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See the BRASS Best of the Best Business Web Sites (Free Websites) page on Human Resource Management and Labor Relations for quick links to selected, highly-useful resources on this topic.

Scope | Frequently Asked Questions


Human Resources management refers to the way an organization administers its relationship with its employees. This encompasses recruitment, compensation, training and development, performance appraisals, productivity, career development, benefits, labor relations and employee terminations.



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    How can I find salary information for various jobs?

Occupational Outlook Handbook. US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. Annual HF5381.A1036.

Look here for information on nature of the work, working conditions, employment, training qualifications, the job outlook, and earnings.

American Salaries and Wages Survey. Helen S. Fisher, The Gale Group.

Statistical data derived from more than 300 Government, Business and News Sources.

America's Career InfoNet: Wages and Trends.

For salary ranges for hundreds of occupations by STATE. First select a category or enter a Keyword, then choose a state.

Under Salary Info, there are over 300 salary surveys. Each survey provides links to salary information for various occupations.

National Compensation Survey: Occupational Wages in the U.S.

From the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this site has occupational earnings and other information. Includes detailed occupational earnings for metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas, broad geographic regions, and on a national basis.

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    What was the minimum wage in 1950?

Minimum Wage

Information from the U.S. Department of Labor on the minimum wage and the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Minimum Wage Graph

A graph of the minimum wage rate in the United States over the past 60 years.

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    What is a good source for all kinds of Labor Statistics, for example employment and unemployment rates?

The Bureau of Labor Statistics Data Home Page.

Compilation of BLS Data; Most Requested Series; Selected Access; News Releases; Series Report, and Economy at a Glance; Employment and Unemployment Statistics.

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    How do I find information on executive compensation by industry?

The Conference Board publishes Top Executive Compensation annually. It is an analysis of 1,932 companies in 14 major industry sectors: Manufacturing, commercial banking, communications, computer services, construction, diversified service, energy and natural resources, financial services/investment, insurance, telecommunications, trade-retail, trade-wholesale, transportation, and utilities. HD4965.5.U6


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    How do I find information on occupations?

Occupational Outlook Handbook

From the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this annual publication provides detailed occupation information including earnings, expected job prospects, required education and working conditions for various professions in the United States.

Encyclopedia of Careers and Vocational Guidance, 12th edition. (Chicago: J.G. Ferguson, c2003)

Profiles many occupations, including those related to the business field. Provides snapshots of each position and discusses trends.

Career Information Center, 8th edition. (New York: MacMillan Reference USA, c2002)

Directory provides information on a variety of occupations including Business and Marketing. Profiles several types of occupations and discusses current trends and skills needed for each job.

America’s Top 300 Jobs, 9th edition. (Indianapolis, IN: JIST Works, Inc, c2004)

Encyclopedia with extensive occupational information including working conditions, salary, training and education needed and job outlook.

Vault Online Career Library

Contains company profiles on over 2500 employers, occupational profiles for more than 50 career paths, and 40 industry overviews. Provides access to industry career guides, industry employer guides, career topic guides and interview/resume guides published in the Vault career library series. Includes message boards designed for a community of insiders and interested observers.

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    How can I find a job on the Internet?

Best Jobs USA.

Career guides, lists of job opportunities and career fairs, advice, workplace information, and company profiles.

Top 100 Electronic Recruiters, including Job Smart, Best Jobs in The USA, etc.

America's Job Bank.

A partnership between the US Department of Labor and state operated public employment services.


Provides search engine for over a million jobs. Users can search by company, industry and geographic location.

America’s Job Bank

Job listing directory, covering various fields and industries. Allows keyword searching and job category browsing.

Online job search allowing searching by industry, keyword and geographic location.

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    How do I write a resume or cover letter?

Resume and cover letter books are in the LC classification HF5383 area. Some examples of sources in this area are:

Farr, Michael J., Quick Resume & Cover Letter Book: Write and Use and Effective Resume in Only One Day. (Indianapolis: JIST Works, 2000).

Besson, Taunee. National business employment weekly cover letters, 3rd ed., (New York: Wiley, c1999). has an online guide to constructing resumes:

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    I need a list of job descriptions.

HR-Guide: Job Analysis

Website containing numerous web based resources for job analysis.

Plachy, Roger. More results-oriented job descriptions: 226 models to use or adapt--with guidelines for creating your own. (New York : AMACOM, c1998).

The Dictionary of Occupational Titles (D.O.T.) is prepared by the U.S. Employment Service, Employment and Training Administration (ETA), U.S. Department of Labor. The latest version is the Revised Fourth Edition, 1991.

The Occupational Information Network (O*NET) is being developed by E.T.A. as the new, automated replacement for the D.O.T.

Some of the features of O*NET 98 include:
Data describing over 1,100 occupations that connect to the OES. Capability to locate occupations through skill requirements or key words. Electronic linkages that crosswalk O*NET occupational titles to eight other classification systems (DOT, MOS, OPM, etc.) Labor market information from BLS on employment levels, occupational outlook and wages. "Occupational Profiles" giving a short overview of the most important data descriptions on each occupation.

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    Where do I find out about the Americans With Disabilities Act requirements?

The Department of Justice ADA Homepage,

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    I think my workplace may be unsafe. How can I research this?

Occupational Safety and Health Administration, part of the Department of Labor, news releases, publications, compliance assistance, answers to frequently asked questions, etc. OSHA

All About OSHA

Resources to help you make sense of OSHA regulations and show you ways organize and improve your workplace safety program.

OSHA Workplace Violence Awareness and Prevention


A great and growing index to Occupational Health & Safety on the Internet.

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    How do I find information on sexual harassment?

Equal Rights Advocates

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Last updated 05/01/2009
Previously maintained by:
James Cory Tucker, University of Nevada - Las Vegas
Glenn McGuigan, Penn State Harrisburg
Originally created by Caroline Lilyard, University of Minnesota

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