Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The Best Job Search Sites

Article Title: Job Search - The Best Job Search Sites - Vol 1
Author Byline: CareerAlley
Author Website: http://Careeralley.com

j0365161Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Like many of my posts, today's is about being the best. We've done "the best companies to work for" and numerous other "best" lists. As with most of these lists, much of being rated the best is subject to the person writing the list or the criteria used to "rank" the pool of participants. Likewise, much about being the best you can at any one thing is subject to opinion. What we can say about ourselves which can't be disputed is that we try the best we can, and that is the best we can do (no pun intended). So, as Ralph Waldo Emerson says, above -"Make the Best of Yourself".

With the year drawing to a close, I thought I would make my own "best" list. I did not use any specific criteria other than my own observations about those Job Search Sites which I feel add the most value for their "specialty". Since there are so many great sites out there, I will do this over several posts in the next few weeks. Again, no specific order to my list other than I think they add great value and will help you in your search, whatever that might be.

General Interest Job Advice - These sites offer a broad range of advice and have been my favorites for some time now.

  • JobMob - The site's motto - "All together now" says it all. The site is about bringing together job seekers with those who have the jobs. The site is filled with tips, events, books, articles and more. To get a feel for what you will experience, take a look at the post "The Best of JobMob in 2009", which provides links to articles on a broad range of job resource topics (way too many to list here). There are a number of ways you can stay connected to JobMob (email, RSS, Twitter, etc.). There are 4 tabs at the top right hand side of the page - Home (main page), Archive, About and Best Of. This site is in my top 10 and it should be in yours as well.



  • Spin Strategy - Another top 10 blog site for me, the articles are simply amazing. Left hand side of the page tells you what it's all about. There is a free E-Book ("30 Ideas. The Ideas of Successful Job Search."), numerous ways to follow, a link to the website (you must visit this) and a list of recent posts. Right hand side has the top 10 posts, categories and more. Okay, now to the website - Spinstrategy.com - Tools, downloads and a link back to the blog. What more can I say, visit the site.


Job Search Resources - These sites are jam packed with topic specific resources that will help you jump start your search.

  • The Riley Guide - "Providing free career and employment information since February 1994." is the tag line for this site. Seeing is believing, and you really must visit this site. The left hand side of the page has everything you need to get to the part of the site that best serves your needs. "Navigating the Guide" provides a list of the major sections of the guide. The middle of the site has links to what's new, as well as the links that are on the left hand side of the page. This is then followed by a few comments on the site by career experts. This site contains an amazing number of resources.



  • QuintCareers.com - "Your Job Search Starts Here" is the tag line for this site. Tons of resources, with the main page jam packed with an amazing amount of information. At the top of the page are links that will guide you to where you need to go (Student, Job Seeker, Career Changer and more). Left side of the page is filled with a long list of links to resources (career toolkit, samples, resumes and so much more). Center page starts with a search bar for job search followed by tools. Right hand side of the page Hot Resources, Free Books and more. You can spend days here getting all of the information you need for your job search.


Lists of Job Search Resources - These sites provide lists of other job search sites and are a great resource for building your list of where to look next.

  • Employmentwebsites.org - "The Sources of Success" (can't get away from these tag lines!). A list that must be a mile long, you can browse alphabetically or by Industry/Area. There are job sites, search sites, company sites and more. If you search by Industry/Area, the list on the left hand side has the industries (as well as functional job categories) while the right hand side has the area (country, state, etc.). But that is not all, the top of the page has additional links for research, Tips and more.



  • General Job Listing Sites - This list is provided by job-hunt.org and is another list that will help you make your list. Center page starts the list, which is diverse and not as long as the list mentioned above. However, there is quite a bit on this page as well, with the left hand side of the page listing a very long list of resources (like Getting Started, Career Resources and more).


Good luck in your search.

Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap, a content exchange service sponsored by CollegeRecruiter.com, a leading site for college students looking for internships and recent graduates searching for entry level jobs and other career opportunities.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Employment outlook - U.S. versus India

As the economy shows signs of a rebound, positive employment numbers will hopefully not be far behind. Employment is still the ultimate benchmark to follow since people without jobs obviously spend less, and so on and so on... According to this report, India, Brazil, Taiwan, Costa Rica, Peru and Australia posted the strongest hiring outlooks. While U.S. employers plan to remain flat in the near future. But in looking at India in particular, IT hiring is strong enough that they are returning to the days of competing for workers and fighting voluntary attrition again. India did not experience the IT job cuts until long after we saw them here in the U.S., and now their recovery is years ahead of us. And based on their business model and major U.S. corporations sending still more work there, I think the only IT jobs we will see returning to that level of demand will be for new technologies and niche skills

Saturday, March 6, 2010

6 Great Tips for Improving Your Resume’s Format

Article Title: 6 Great Tips for Improving Your Resume’s Format
Author Byline: Jessica Holbrook is an expert resume writer, career and personal branding strategist, author, and presenter.
Author Website: http://www.greatresumesfast.com

Your resume format is quite possibly one of the most important points of your resume. I say this because it is the very first thing a recruiter or employer sees. Therefore, it is your first impression and as first impressions go it should be a strong, positive one.

Lousy and hard to read formats will not do you justice. In fact, you will be lucky if your resume gets a second glance never mind an in-depth review. You can pretty much count on it going straight to the trash. In these tough times resumes are weeded out by the hundreds and it only takes one small thing to get your resume sent to the NO pile.

1. Choose a format that is attractive to the eye, something that engages the reader and one that is very easy to read.

2. Choose a font that the hiring manager can actually read. Nothing really fancy but choose something creative and not boring.

3. Create your resume layout in a way that looks structured, and uses up the most space without seeming overcrowded. This isn’t a college term paper so you won’t need 1 inch margins. Try something smaller, the less white space and the more structured your format the better it will seem to the reader.

4. On titles, employment dates, and company names change up the lines so one is bold, the other is italics. The difference will draw attention.

5. Use bullet points, but not too many. Everything in moderation. Try changing it up with a paragraph format then bullets beneath it.

6. Review samples of professionally written resumes and take clues from them. By all means do not copy them but you will see similarities in style then apply what you like.

If you are not a Microsoft Word whiz, and know absolutely nothing about resume formatting, margins, fonts, bullets, spacing, justifications and more don’t fret, there are professionals out there who do this for a living.

Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap, a content exchange service sponsored by CollegeRecruiter.com, a leading site for college students looking for internships and recent graduates searching for entry level jobs and other career opportunities.