Resources & Recommendations
These are the best, brightest and latest 3rd party resources I like for job search and career management. You'll refer to this page frequently during your job search so get to know the categories I have listed here. If you have others you like, let me know so I can add them!
Job Search Engines
Indeed.com is in my opinion one of the best job posting aggregators. You can search by keywords, locations and set up alerts that are delivered right to your email box. No registering or profile to set up, you simply give them your email address, keywords and zip code. Great for research too.
SimplyHired.com - Similar to Indeed.com above, SimplyHired is an aggregator that provides job listings from all across the internet.
Word cloud technology helps you visually see the popularity and patterns of keywords in documents. Use it to see what keywords are mentioned most frequently in a job description and compare it to your resume. Use the following tool:
Everyday social media is figuring out a way to support and help job seekers.
TwitJobSearch - A job search tool linked to Twitter. You don't have to be on Twitter to research jobs here.
JobCritters - Another way to find jobs on Twitter and manage your Twitter job search. I believe you do need to have Twitter account to use.
TwitRes - If you are active on Twitter, your resume can be the background on your Twitter page!
WeFollow - A tool to find people on Twitter.
JibberJobber.com JibberJobber helps you organize your job search by helping you manage all your job search information and activities. JibberJobber is free - there is a paid option, but start with the free one.
NudgeMail.com gives you a free and easy way to set reminders. Follow-up is an important skill in any job search and NudgeMail provides a tool to follow-up with your contacts.
Online Portfolio Tools
If your profession lends itself to having an online portfolio, check out these resources:
If you are not currently working, or even if you are, volunteering is a great way to keep yourself busy, do something good for someone else, learn new skills and network! Check out this online resource:
All For Good
Personality - Career Matching
If you're wondering how your personality affects your career choice, use your MBTI code at this website to see careers best suited to your code:
Here are websites that will give you an idea of what certain positions should pay:
PayCheckCity - This is a paycheck calculator which will help you calculate your take-home pay based on hourly rate or salary.
There are many ways to have an online profile. The Resume Resources above and LinkedIn (see below) is one of the best, but another one is About.me Check out the creative ways you can have an online profile and start being found! Check out mine here
VisualCV is another good spot to have an online profile.
Flavors.me - A way to pull together all of your web presence.
Talentral is another career management platform that allows you to pull in different media for a complete online career profile.
If you're looking to upgrade some of your skills, there are several online places to look at:
People & Company Research
Manta.com - Small company profile search.
ThomasNet - Especially useful for manufacturing.
Reference USA Business Database: A subscription reference directory you can (typically) access through you local library. Log into your online library account and look under Research Tool - Subscriptions.
Books I Recommend
Callings - Greg Levoy
Now What? - Laura Berman-Fortang
The first step in personal branding is to check the brand that already exists. Use this online tool to see where you stand:
Online ID Calculator
Finding the right recruiters to work with is an important tool for your tool box. The first place to look is LinkedIn.com Check out this info graphic on how to find recruiters on LinkedIn.
The recruiter listing industry standard is a publication called The Directory of Executive & Professional Recruiters. It's expensive to buy, but most county library systems have them available for in-library use.
2 other places I recommend online:
Occupational Outlook Handbook
The Dept of Labor handbook that tells you the training/education needed, earnings, job prospects and what the job entails for 100's of job titles.
Occupational Information Network (O*Net)
My Skills My Future
A U.S. Government career resource site that matches your skills to other careers/job titles.
My Next Move
A U.S. Government career tool especially for those new to the workforce or those making a career change.
Career One Stop
The U.S. Government career resource site with 100's of tools.
Create a list of your skills and match them to job types that use those skills.
LinkedIn is an online network of professionals from around the world. When you join (it's free), you create a profile that summarizes your professional background. Your profile helps you be found by former colleagues and recruiters. You can add more connections by inviting contacts to join LinkedIn and connect to you. Check out my profile here and let's connect!
In person networking is still one of the best ways to find a job. Here are some places to find a group or meeting:
Networking Gurus (Denver only)
Also, check out your local Business section of your newspaper for events or you local Business journal, if you have one.