INFORMATIONAL WEB SITES
Career TV, www.careertv.com
This is an interactive informational career Web site intended for the professional just starting out. This site has everything related to establishing a stable career, from career coaching to salary reports. Users can search for career-related videos by industry, company, or location, to name a few. CareerTV also has a nationwide television program—check your local listings.
Chamber of Commerce, www.chamberofcommerce.com
This is geared toward consumers and business owners; the site’s objective is to supply information and resources on smart business and buying decisions.
Hoover’s, Inc., www.hoovers.com
This site provides profiles on companies and executives within almost every company throughout the United States. Hoover’s has a free site as well as a subscription site. The benefits of the subscription are services likeWatch Lists, where users can track changes within a company such as management and address; ConnectMail, where users can directly e-mail top management; and Alerts, which are e-mail updates regarding users’ Watch Lists as well as breaking news about users’ selected top companies.
This site is committed to serving job hunters; a great deal of job-search and networking information is offered through referral sites and tidbits on career search and advancement.
Quintessential Careers, www.quintcareers.com
This site offers accurate information through its career resources, articles, newsletter, bookstore, and job-hunting tools on how to search for jobs and post your résumé.
Informative in every facet of human resources, this site presents guides, directories, seminars, and consultations for human resources professionals and employment seekers.
This is an in-depth database site that offers information on companies and individuals. Sales and marketing professionals as well as recruiters especially use it.
GENERAL “MEGA” JOB-SITE WEB SITES
In addition to its résumé compilation and job search function, its Advice and Resources section offers helpful information on career resources, career fairs, career tests, education, and skills training, as well as a salary calculator. It also boasts a free résumé critique and online profile. It powers career sites for more than 9,000 Web sites, 140 newspapers, and portals such as AOL and MSN. This site serves cities across the United States in addition to Canada, India, and Europe.
One of the most widely recognized job boards in existence, its résumé pool and postings are in the millions. In addition to its job-search function, it assists with creating your own résumé or offers the option of having a customized one written for you. It offers interview advice and assistance in building your online profile. Service is provided in all major and outlying cities across the 50U.S. states, plus theDistrict of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
Yahoo! HotJobs, www.hotjobs.com
This site also offers an extensive résumé collection, as well as oodles of job postings within a wide spectrum of industries and salary ranges throughout the United States (Atlanta, New York, Dallas, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Denver, Tampa, and San Antonio are top cities), as well as internationally. Its Career Tools section puts forward helpful advice on résumé writing, interviewing, networking, and salary negotiation. Ads and sponsored links supply additional career-related resource information.
“HIGH ROLLER” JOB SITES
An award-winning $100K+ job site that caters to senior-level executives and executive search firms that cater to this niche. Both parties can have confidence in their search because each opportunity and member must meet certain requirements to qualify for involvement. Users can find Entrepreneur Opportunities and Career Advice sections. Membership is free for job seekers.
Gives busy executives an edge by having the “know and now” at their fingertips. This site compiles information from many resources and conveniently offers it at a one-stop glance.Viewers can find it all, from business and international news, financial indices, and analysis to off-the-beatenpath information such as local weather, movie reviews, and flight schedules, as well as a currency converter device. CEOExpressSelect is the subscription version of the site where subscribers can customize their viewing site by programming alerts and reminders to be sent via e-mail.
The Ladders, www.theladders.com
This site targets candidates with $100K+ salary requirements throughout every sector and industry and presents helpful articles on interviewing, networking, résumé writing, and salary negotiation. Articles on the subjects of job searches, interviewing techniques, networking, personal branding, résumé writing, and salary negotiations are also available.
ADDITIONAL JOB SITES
Directed at college students and recent graduates looking for entry-level positions and internships, this site eases the intimidating task of looking for and landing that first “real-world” job. Cover letters, résumés, interview preparation, and salary negotiation are all covered here too.
This is one of the top job sites for IT and engineering professionals; job seekers will be able to find the employer who is in need of their expertise, and companies (technology and nontechnology) can find that candidate with the specialized skill they’ve been looking for. A fun component to note is DicePlay, where users can view videos and events and relax by playing the humorous Being IT Game.
Diversity Jobs, www.diversityjobs.com
Dedicated to helping candidates of all ethnicities and genders find appropriate job opportunities, this site is a platform for employment in addition to offering insight into social networking, blogs, and online forums where members can discuss and vote on job-related issues.
Hire Vets First, www.HireVetsFirst.gov
An outlet for those retired or looking to retire from the military, this site lists veteran-friendly and federal job sources. Resources such as the Transition Assistance Program for Veterans (TAP) and REALifelines for Injured Vets are available on this site. The military skills translator is a valuable tool where users are directed to a systemcalled Crosswalk Search. Users are able to discover civilian occupations that coincide with their Military Occupation Classification.
Retirement Jobs, www.retirementjobs.com
Resources for those in or nearing retirement are available on this site: online career workshops, interview, and résumé advice, as well as selfemployment opportunities. Job seekers must be 50+ years old to qualify. This is an ideal site for employers looking for staff who show stability, a wealth of knowledge, and flexibility in pay and schedules.
HOURLY AND PART-TIME JOB SITES
This is a must-see Web site for freelance photographers, illustrators, graphic designers, and many other creative candidates and the employers who are in need of them.With three different membership types (basic is free), freelancers can build a profile, search and bid on projects in 17+ categories, and get feedback on worked jobs. Employers can post their projects at no charge and search for freelancers. Guru will also relieve the burden of issuing tax forms for free. Both freelancers and employers can rest assured with an online pay service SafePay.
A job board site that links job seekers directly with staffing companies— not employers. Positions such as “temp,” “temp-to-perm,” and “full time” are all available through this site. The advantage of working with staffing companies is that they may give members access to the “hidden” job market. Complimentary membership offers up to three résumé versions, which allows the opportunity to showcase many talents intended for different job types.
Snag a Job, www.snagajob.com
This is a general site of full-time and part-time hourly jobs—great for students, moms, retirees, and those looking for seasonal work. It offers tips on job interviews, getting ahead, and money management. Users can browse job articles and create a three-step résumé. The Break Room feature offers a little relief with amusing work-related stories and lifestyle tips.
CAREER NETWORKING WEB SITES
Career Fairs Global, www.cfg-inc.com
Become informed on more than 190 career fairs offered in 45 cities throughout the United States. Through its career fairs and recruiting events, Career Fairs Global brings “quality companies and qualified candidates together.” This site provides a calendar that displays events within a 45-day window and also sends e-mail alerts of upcoming events.Recruiters can search the résumé database as well as browse recruiting tips. Candidates can submit their résumés and find out how career fairs can help in their job search and how to make each event successful.
Using a proprietary Skillcasting technology to match job seekers to employers, this site connects potential employers and job seekers through the hundreds of career fairs it produces each year.
This is by far my favorite networkingWeb site. Build your profile to highlight your professional experience and achievements along with an optional photo.Weave a network by inviting and accepting “connections,” starting with individuals you know.Once you have a connection, you may request to be introduced to someone in their contact list or their contacts’ contact list. Your networking possibilities are furthered by joining specialized alumni, corporate, professional, and nonprofit groups that pertain to your field. Additionally, you may upgrade your membership in order to forward your profile to a member who is not accessible through any of your existing contacts.
Networking for Professionals, www.networkingforprofessionals.com
The name says it all. This site is for the thriving professional, changing the nature of networking and bringing it to the Web. NFP is rapidly expanding with networking events throughout the country. Members can post and search profiles, blog, and much more.
Partner Up, www.partnerup.com
A resource for entrepreneurs and small-business owners, this site allows members to find collaborators, joint opportunities, and a piece of property to land it on. Users can ask and answer business questions or access the forum.
Ryze Business Networking, www.ryze.com
Build great social and career networks using this site. Create a free networking home page and send messages to your connections. The name “Ryze” derives from the site’s mission, to help “rise up” through networking.
SOCIAL NETWORKING WEB SITES
This site is used mostly to connect with high school classmates. Users may also locate college friends, coworkers, and military buddies.Members can create a profile, view events and reunions, and play games. There is also an option for a paid “Gold” membership that upgrades the available options and services.
One of the most widely used social sites, Facebook is a great way of getting in touch with old friends and acquaintances or connecting with new ones. When users sign up, they can join networks organized by region, city, school, and workplace. Members can also join groups, post photos, update their status, and upload applications such as Gifts (i.e., virtual gift giving) and Marketplace (i.e., free classified ad postings).
Stay connected with this worldwide social networking site that features a classified section and The Friendster Loop, a competitive-rate international calling card.
Considering Twitter started as a side project inMarch 2006, this real-time short-messaging service has caught on like wildfire. Throughout the world, individuals follow hot topics, celebrities, or friends. What makes this social Web site different is that it cuts through the information overload and expectations other social sites have. The most important question, “What’s happening?” is rhetorical, which relieves the pressure of having to answer e-mails in addition to the loads of personal and business e-mails you are responsible for. Of course, if you want to answer, you can go ahead and do so. Caveat: Beware of writing negative things about your day at work, your co-workers, or your boss because it will get tracked and will more than likely be used against you.
This video-showcasing Web site offers an interesting and unique way to create a network.Most of the videos are uploaded by individuals, though some large media entities also share video material. However, this is an innovative way to keep in touch with the world by displaying music, video, and film clips or by video blogging and creating original “minipods” of your talents. Many performers and public speakers use this site to promote and market themselves.
GOVERNMENT SERVICE WEB SITES
This online resource provides persons with disabilities access to information about benefits, civil rights, community life, education, employment, housing, health, and technology.
This site provides helpful information regarding government assistance, grants, and programs. The site covers federal benefits available for a wide array of purposes, such as jobs, health, disaster relief, childcare, grants, scholarships, tax assistance, education, and training.
This site provides financial literacy to people in the United States. It is an educational site that can assist with handling personal finances, borrowing money, or purchasing a home. It also provides useful tools to consumers.
A resource full of information about government services and anything U.S. government–related; it covers jobs, higher education, volunteerism, financial aid, literacy resources, job training, and even travel. The site provides quick links to local government agencies and sites. Sign up for free newsletters on many of the government topics covered.
U.S. Department of Labor, www.dol.gov
This Web site offers great statistical information pertaining to wages and salaries and other consumer guidance on unemployment insurance benefits and claims, employment laws, and employment opportunities.
NETWORKING ORGANIZATION WEB SITES
BNI International, www.bni.com
A business referral organization that promotes the “Givers Gain”mentality; professionals who sign upmust be up for organized networking, as youmust do your homework and arrive tomeetings prepared with leads formembers in your group. You will help promote group members’ business opportunities and have your efforts reciprocated by everyone in your group.
eWomen Network, www.ewomennetwork.com
This is a network for businesswomen who “mean business.” A paid membership gives you access to coaching sessions, discounted events and products, and the abundant database of professional women and their businesses.
Founded by marketing executive and fellow mom Marisa Thalberg, this organization is geared toward creating peer support for moms on the go through networking events and other resources such as a blog and weekly Executive Memorandums. Create a profile, connect with other members, start or join a forum to discuss relevant topics or share hardships and successes, or share baby pictures, recipes . . . you name it. I happen to be a member of this group and I truly enjoy the weekly news and tips. I also enjoy partaking in its annual private holiday gift-shopping event at one of New York’s largest toy stores. It gives me a chance to shop, schmooze, and share.What could be better?
National Association of Female Executives, www.nafe.com
NAFE came about during one of the most influential feminist waves of the 1970s to advance women in the workplace.Women and those devoted to this goal are all welcome. This site features articles on business success, entrepreneurial growth, benefits of networking, and much more. Members have access to special services and benefits, such as travel discounts, computer offers, and car savings.
Venture Street, www.venturestreet.com
Introduce yourself to other professionals across the United States in every major city. Enjoy one-on-one networking events or become part of a member directory listing. Find local professional groups to join. Templates are available for creating a businessWeb site.
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