The Best Online Resources for Job Seekers - Introduction
Posted inCareer Transition
onJanuary 24th, 2018
- Updated onFebruary 7, 2018 - 4:08pm
This is the intro post to a five-part series on the best online resources for job seekers.
Like every other aspect of our lives, the internet has revolutionized the way we find work. If you are a job seeker, you may have already discovered the many ways that online tools and resources can help. Today's job seeker can:
- Research careers, industries, and salaries
- Search for jobs in a myriad of places
- Create an online presence to be found online
- Find third-party recruiters (retained search firms, contingency recruiters, and staffing agencies)
- Conduct background research on target employers to prepare for interviews
But this vast array of tools is overwhelming. There are literally thousands of websites, search engines and apps to choose from. In fact, there are so many it would be impossible to use them all, so which sites are the most important and useful for job seekers?
As we began looking at the possibility of a post on this subject, it quickly became obvious that one article wouldn’t be enough. The initial idea that we focus on some of the latest web tools quickly blossomed into a much longer list, and a series of articles, each with a focus on the best web resources for specific aspects of the search.
Of all the resources, which are the best and how can they best be used? What’s new for job seekers? Answers to these questions are all based on what a job seeker is trying to accomplish.
In a series of posts, we will answer these questions, breaking down the best resources into the following five categories:
- Search: Identify and apply for posted positions
- Network: Leverage your online presence, develop contacts, and identify recruiters
- Prepare: Get ready for interviews and negotiations
- Research: Learn about careers, industries, companies, and individuals
- Manage: Organize your contacts and search activities
In the coming days and weeks, we'll update this page with links to each of the five key activities listed above. Subscribe to the AJO Blog and don't miss a post!
Mike Ballard is an AJO Career Coach & Trainer with 10 years experience providing career transition consulting services to 1,900+ professionals in transition, including C-Level executives, program and project managers, sales managers & account reps, IT, software developers, technicians, engineers, insurance & administrators. Mike specializes in helping job seekers understand hiring technologies and developing effective career marketing strategies to find the right job and employer.