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Favorite resources for job seekers

Career Collective post: Once a month, a group of career professionals blog on a subject topical and timely for a job seeker. We’ll post our thoughts on our own blog and link to the post of our colleagues on the same topic.

This month’s topic: Favorite resources for job seekers.

Responses from others contributors linked at the end. Follow the hashtag #CareerCollective on Twitter.

I love this month’s topic. By the time everyone has contributed their wisdom, we should have quite an impressive collection of information for job seekers at all points in their career. Bookmark one Career Collective post this month and you’ll have access to solid career site suggestions from career professionals from around the world. The best part of the project, you don’t have to conduct hours of searches and sift through countless links to get to the best job search and career information. It’s all compiled right here, through The Collective.

My contribution to favorite job search resources is an invitation to glance right. Yep. That’s right, look at my blog roll. I’ve assembled some of the top industry links and resources there already. I’m sure, after this post goes live, I’ll be adding to content to several sections.

In addition to my encouragement to look right, I want to expound on a few a few non-career-focused sites that can be useful during a search.

First is a site and service started by a good friend of mine, Gayle Tabor, @Goal_Coach on Twitter — Stay on Target.  Even if she weren’t my friend, I’d read this blog. I love how she takes life lesson’s and spins them into something inspirational. And her follow-up service to help reach goals is marvelous. I recently engaged her help in working toward a personal goal of my own. She didn’t help me set the goal. She didn’t yell. She didn’t berate me for setting, but not quite making the weekly goal. She quietly asked, “How did you do? What are you going to do this week?” Just knowing I’d get a polite email about “promised progress” helped me keep promises I made to myself. The positive tone of the blog combined with a prodding, if needed, is definitely an “off-the-beaten-path” job seeker / careerist tool. The tagline: “We don’t make your goals. We just help you reach them” speaks volumes.

Next, I’m going to recommend FlyLady.net. What? What could a blog and e-letter about household organizing have to do with career and job search? The core principle, you can do anything in 15 minutes intervals and the mantra: “You are not behind! I don’t want you to try to catch up; I just want you to jump in where you are. OK?” applies to effective job search strategy too. The concept of baby steps to any project rings true in a search. With a little imagination, you’ll find lots of job-search-applicable ideas on this international organization site.

A third, frequently overlooked resource is the public library. I wrote a blog post about how to conduct targeted company searches using library resources here and Twitter connection, Steve Levy @LevyRecruits added another layer of ways to use the public library in a job search in a February 2010 post on his blog, here. Not every tool in a job search / career management tool chest is computer connected.

One more fun site offering insight into what your writing is saying is Wordle. The graphic to the left of this paragraph is a Wordle of this post. Copying and pasting text into Wordle not only yields a fun graphic; it give visual validation the message you’re trying to convey is getting through. (For some reason technology is cropping my Wordle strangely and truncating “resources” and “careers” … )

I’m sure the rest of my colleagues will come up with lots of ideas, so I’ll stop now … but not without mentioning my favorite job search resource of all time – YOUR NETWORK. I’ve written 10 posts addressing networking in some way, shape or manner. To spare you a recap, I’ll let you explore unescorted: Here’re the search results for that topic on my blog.

Here’s what my colleagues have to say:

If your industry does not participate online, you can lead the way, @Keppie_Careers

6 Ideas to Put In Your Toolbox, @WorkWithIllness,

Your Best Job Search Resource? You!, @WalterAkana

In a Job Search, Knowledge is Power, @barbarasafani

Jump Start Your Job Search Now!, @resumeservice

Favourite Resources for Jobseekers, @GayleHoward

The Best Job Search Tool Ever, @careersherpa

Find What You Do Best, Know Your Stuff, and Connect, @chandlee

27 Recommended Blogs for Entry-Level Job Seekers, @heatherhuhman

Invaluable Resources for Job Search Success, @heathermundell

Favorite Social-Media Resources for Job-seekers, @KatCareerGal

Canadian Resources for Job Seekers, @EliteResumes @MartinBuckland

A Self-Empowering Job Search Resource, @KCCareerCoach

Covering your bases: 5 ultra-useful online career resources, @LaurieBerenson

Favorite resources for Job seekers, @DawnBugni

Top 3 Resources for Job Seekers to Position Themselves as Experts and Increase their Visibility, @expatcoachmegan

Time as a Career Resource: How “Not” to Squander It, @ValueIntoWords

Favorite Internet Resources for Jobseekers @ErinKennedyCPRW

The Facts Behind Why LinkUp Is the Most Revolutionary Job Search Engine Available to Job Seekers @GLHoffman

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27 Comments

  1. Coach T says:

    Dawn,
    It has been great fun watching you reach for your goal. Your success is a testament to your hard work and dedication. Thank you for allowing me to play a small role in your success!

    What’s next?!?!

  2. Gayle Howard says:

    You’re right Dawn, looking around everyone’s #CareerCollective blog is going to provide quite a portfolio of resources for jobseekers. No suggestion on the value of securing professional resume writers to develop a compelling case for hire? Good thing one of us remembered ;-)

    • Dawn says:

      Gayle –

      I’ve always said the blatantly obvious is where I need the most help. LOL. Guess this proves the power of a collective. What one of us misses,the other one has up front and center. Exponential brainpower is ALWAYS a good thing. And YES!! I am glad you thought to mention the value of having a career professional in a job search tool kit.

      Fun topic this month!!

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  5. Interesting resources, Dawn! The Flylady reminder comes to me again. I make much more progress as a person, as a business owner, as a creative person, and as a mom when I follow her advice. When we live in chaos, we feel it in every part of our lives. When either a person is looking at tough decisions about changing a career or job or finding one, chaos tries to invade.

    Gayle is right, the reminder of using professional career marketing services is always important but sometimes you have to start where someone is to move to further wise decision-making.

    Thanks for all the tips and reminders for job seekers – and the rest of us!

    • Dawn says:

      Hi Julie –

      You’re so right about the invasive, intrusive nature of “chaos” and clutter. I know something as simple as organizing or straightening a few things on my desk does wonders for my spirit and creativity. That’s why I included FlyLady in this resource list. Crazy as it sounds, sometimes we don’t realize it’s not even job-related things blocking us from forward movement. Sometimes it’s that pile of dishes in the sink or the over-stuffed front hall closet that inadvertently steals away energy and focus.

      Always thrilled when I see you’ve stopped by to visit!!

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  7. Dawn, I love your list of resources! I have heard of the FlyLady from others and agree with its relevance to job seekers. Time and organization are key items on which to focus when you’re struggling to integrate job search efforts with the rest of the demands for your time. Being able to tackle items in 15-minute increments makes any larger task seem manageable.

    • Dawn says:

      Laurie –

      Thanks!! Fifteen minutes can be an amazingly long period of time. It doesn’t seem to be. When I do set the timer, I always taken aback by how much got done in such a small space of time.

      Wonderful of you to stop by. Thank you!!

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  9. Dawn:

    I love the categories and listings of your blogroll! Sometimes I think readers forget about how important blogrolls can be (or even what they really are). You’ve laid it out so clearly “this is where you go for this type of information”!

    Wonderful resources! Super helpful post!

    • Dawn says:

      Hannah –

      Thank you! I used to give those resources to clients verbally throughout the resume process. Finally decided, rather than have them take dictation, I’d link to the resources I’d been suggesting. Oh, and I got the idea to add the Career Collect folks to the blog roll from you! :)

      Thanks so much for taking the time to comment.

  10. Dawn,
    What a gratifying contribution on atypical career resources! I like the FlyLady’s principle, too: “You can do anything in 15 minutes” and the idea of “you’re not behind! … Jump in where you are!” How liberating!

    Perhaps my favorite line in your post is in regard to how you and Gayle Tabor communicate, where you indicate: “Just knowing I’d get a polite email about ‘promised progress’ helped me keep promises I made to myself.” What a wonderful testament to this valuable resource you have found in your relationship with Stay on Target!

    Cheers,
    Jacqui

  11. Dawn says:

    Jacqui –

    I loved this month’s collective topic. KUDOS to you and Miriam for such a great idea. I’ve learned something new from every single post I’ve read.

    Gayle IS a wonderful coach. She only had to “break bad” with me once. And then it was a simple, “Your excuses are wearing thin” email when forward progress stalled at one point. Those five words got me back on track. Gentle prodding from an accountability partner is a great way to keep momentum.

    Thanks for coming by and settin’ a spell. :)

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  13. Marianna says:

    Dawn,
    Thanks for introducing me to Wordle!

    “Not every tool in a job search / career management tool chest is computer connected.” So true. A friend of ours, who was out of work for a year and a half, was offered a job, all because he struck up a conversation with a “passenger” in the elevator of his building.

    Talk, talk, talk. You never know who is able to help.

    • Dawn says:

      Marianna –

      Thanks so much for reinforcing the power of casual networking … ya neva know!!

      Wordle borders on being “addictive” especially when you find out you can choose the text, colors and layouts or allow random assignments. (Or is just me who’s fascinated by things such as this? LOL)

      Drop by anytime. Always a pleasure!!

  14. Thank you for the job resource links.

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