Great Online Resources for Job Seekers
My top five, free online resources for job hunters. Best newsletters and sites for job postings, salary compensation, interview tips, career advice and more.
I just saw a posting on a LinkedIn discussion group, asking, “Could you live without the internet”? Of course, no one is going to die without it, but as the question implies, we’ve all come to rely on the rapid access to an amazing amount of info, available to us anytime, anywhere.
For job seekers, the web provides an invaluable resource for researching:
- Open positions
- Companies you may want to target or have already applied to
- Connections to get you in through the “back door”
- Recruiters, career coaches and consultants
- How to write a resume, cover note or thank you letter
- Interview tips for in-person, Skype or phone
- For that matter, learning virtually anything!
The trouble is, the vast amount of information available to us can be a bit overwhelming. With so many great resources virtually at our fingertips, where do you turn to for the best of the best?
Here are a few of my very favorite online resources. Incidentally, most of these websites also offer free e-newsletters, serving up their freshest ideas and culled down bits of info, delivered right to your inbox – which I actually like better than the sites themselves. So, without further ado…
My favorite free online sites for job hunting info and advice:
GetaJobTips.com– there are many great advice boards. TheLadders.com (if you’re in the upper salary range), CareerRocketeer.com, and others. But the one that offers more unique content, my opinion, is Kathy Bernard’s GetaJobTips.com. She’s a consultant who, if I ever break down and decide to actually spend money on a career coach, will be getting my bucks.
Careerbuilder.com – A colleague of mine has been getting tons of interview opportunities. I wasn’t and couldn’t figure out why. He advised that he had posted his resume on CareerBuilder® site. Of course, he paid for the service, “to expose his résumé to more recruiters”. I decided to try it for free. Within hours, my phone and email were “flooded” with inbound calls and messages about potential opportunities. (By flooded, I mean 3-5 recruiters per week contacting me with offers I hadn’t previously seen posted elsewhere.) Some were ridiculous – like an offer to relocate out of state, at my expense, to establish an insurance franchise in Florida with a mere $50,000 buy in. Right… But, by the same token, I’ve received several promising job leads as a result of adding my résumé to their site, and have spread the gospel to unemployed colleagues who have reported it’s working for them too. You can, of course, set up alerts for new postings in your area by key word. My only words of advice if you decide to post your résumé here are: change some minor aspect of your résumé every few weeks to keep your name near the top of their list; and, don’t use a home address, to avoid potential crazies from finding too much info. I use my post office box address – actually a box at a local UPS store.
Salary.com is exactly what it says, a resource for learning about what others make, searchable by title and territory. Great info to have when negotiating salary.
Greig Wells’ BeFoundJobs.com and his GetHiredFast program – I hesitated before putting this on my list, as truth be told, I find him a bit irritating. But, he offers free webinars packed with some very interesting ideas on getting your résumé seen, and he tells you exactly how to do it. The down-side – his free webinar was scheduled for 1.5 hours, and lasted 3 – since at least 50 minutes are wasted by him pushing his services, which can be purchased for $699, but if you act right now…. Well you get the drift. I neither purchased his service, nor have I yet implemented his suggestions, but thought they did offer enough value to list him in my top five.
LinkedIn.com– I’m sure you’re all familiar with this site, ideal for connecting with other people in business. It also offers groups, job boards, discussions, topical news and more. In fact, there’s so much to be said, we’ll save further discussion for a future date.
Of course, this is only meant to be my short list of the best of the best. Every day I discover some new site, blog, newsletter, or what-have-you that I find useful. But, when time is short, these are the ones I check first; well scratch Greig from the “time is short” statement.
I should add that I do not work for, nor receive compensation of any kind from any of these resources. I just find their free information useful, and thought you may like them too.
In coming weeks, watch for postings of my favorite online resources for general business marketing information and tools, writing tips, mobile and social media marketing, and more. If you haven’t yet signed up to follow this blog, why don’t you do so now? (See “follow” box at right.)
So, how about you? Are there job-hunting or career sites that I’ve overlooked that make it to your top-five list? Drop me a comment below.