You often know when you’ve just made a big mistake in your job application. You forget to attach your resume. You send the wrong version. You address your cover letter to Mr. Chris Allen—then realize there’s a strong chance Chris is a woman.

But other times, you have no idea—you may even think you’re doing everything right! In fact, there are a few common job search techniques that candidates employ over and over because they think they work well. In reality, though, these very same strategies might be standing in the way of you and that big interview.

To make sure you have the very best chances of inching closer to your dream job, here are four common blunders—and much more effective techniques to try instead.

1. Applying To As Many Jobs As You Can Possibly Find

People often think that the job search is a numbers game. The more resumes you send out, the more likely it’ll be that someone will call you back, right?

Mmm, not really. Because applying to hundreds of jobs means you’re probably not taking the time to truly research the company and position, tailor each application accordingly and reach out to current employees who might be able to give you insider information. (And if you are? I’m jealous of how many hours you must have in a day.)


Similarly, candidates sometimes believe that applying to multiple positions at the same company ups their chances of getting called back for one of them. In reality, though this sends one of three messages: That you’re not sure what you want, that you’re desperate and you’ll take anything or that you don’t have a solid grasp on what each job entails. In any case, not a good thing.

The Fix: Think Quality, Not Quantity

Instead of applying to every semi-relevant job within a 60-mile radius, start your search by compiling a short list of dream companies and learning everything you can about them. When they have openings that fit your skill set, take the time to carefully craft your application—adjusting your resume bullets to show exactly how your experience aligns, writing a custom cover letter and asking your new contacts if they have advice for standing out.

Yes, this approach takes more time and energy than submitting your same ol’ resume at over and over, but your chances of scoring an interview will be much, much higher.

2. Applying ASAP

OK, so you’ve narrowed down your list of companies and one of them just posted a role that’s exactly in line with your skill set. Awesome! So you crank out everything as fast as possible and hit “send”—wanting to be the first application the hiring manager sees. Not only will you show just how excited you are about the job, but maybe the team will love your application so much they won’t need to interview anyone else.

News flash: This rarely does you any favors.

The Fix: Give It A Day Or So

Nine times out of 10, I have to toss the applications I receive within the first hour of posting a position because they’re incomplete. When you’re focused on speed over everything else, it’s easy to miss the details—getting names right, including additional materials and so on. It’s better to give yourself a day or two to write, rewrite and edit your materials, make sure you’ve included everything necessary and have someone else look them over. (And, again, total bonus if you get advice from a current employee.) A stellar application will be better than a not-quite-there-but-prompt one, every time.

3. Sending Your Resume To People Unsolicited

Let’s go back to those people who work at your dream companies for a second. Meeting them and getting on their radar: Good. Asking for their advice on working there: Also good. Sending them your resume unsolicited with a note that says, “Here’s my resume—let me know if you know of anything I’d be a fit for!” Surprisingly, not always the best.

Sure, in some cases, you might get lucky, but typically only in the off chance that the company is hiring for a role that meets your exact qualifications. But this move can also be construed as you asking your nice new contact (who’s already been helpful in talking to you about the company) to do the hard work for you—reviewing your resume, checking to see if any open positions are a fit and forwarding along your information.

The Fix: Apply Normally, Then Let Your Contact Know

Yes, you can (and should) ask your contact for advice before you apply. And if, in the process, he or she offers to pass your resume or a recommendation along, that’s great. But never make this assumption. Take those tips you’ve learned and then do the hard work, just like any other candidate would do. Look at a company’s jobs page, find your dream role, then submit an application with all the required pieces.

4. Sending A Great Application For A Job You’re Not Qualified For (Fingers Crossed)

Don’t get me wrong: I think everyone should apply to roles that are just a little bit of a stretch. It’s good to have reach goals—plus, you might be more qualified than you think, and with preparation and a little bit of luck, you could land an interview.

But there’s a difference between applying for a slightly-out-of-reach job and one that you’ll never get. For example: an executive-level job when you’ve got three years of experience; heading up a department team of 10 when you’ve never managed anyone; applying for a product management role because you think it sounds cool, and hey—you’ll figure it out. I’ve seen people in all of these situations think that they can make up for a lack of experience with passion and an awesome application, but the majority of the time, hiring managers think otherwise.

The Fix: Focus On The Right Reach Jobs

Again, your time is much better spent applying to roles that line up nicely with your current skills and level of experience. Spend most of your efforts on roles for which you meet a good majority of the requirements, sprinkling in a few “reach” jobs here and there.

If you’re making a bit of a leap, read Muse writer Katie Douthwaite Wolf’s advice on making sure you stand out among more qualified candidates. Or, work with a coach on a job search strategy that’ll help you get noticed.

Finally, consider career expert Kari Reston’s approach: “Instead of directly applying for the role that’s posted, send a speculative application to the company. Acknowledge that the position that caught your eye is geared toward someone more senior, but explain your interest and say that you’d be interested in joining the team in another capacity.”

I know—these job search techniques are done with the best of intentions! But make sure you put yourself in the shoes of the hiring manager. But applying to too many jobs too quickly, shooting too high, or expecting others to do too much won’t have the results you’re looking for. Try these simple shifts and you’ll be much more likely to get in the door for that interview.


This article was originally published on The Daily Muse

Adrian Granzella Larssen is the editor-in-chief of The Daily Muse, the award-winning daily career advice publication that's helped millions of people find and succeed at their dream jobs.

Categorized in Search Techniques

In today's world, standing out among a sea of qualified job candidates includes establishing your own personal online brand that speaks directly to potential employers.

According to CareerBuilder's annual social media recruitment survey, 60 percent of employers use social networking sites to research job candidates, and 59 percent of hiring managers use search engines to learn about prospective employees. These numbers are supported by research conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management: Its 2013 study revealed that 77 percent of responding companies use social networking sites to recruit candidates for specific jobs.

The challenge is to create an online presence that is polished while remaining genuine and reflective of who you are as a person and an employee. Given that spring is a season of renewal and rebirth, this may be the perfect time to start anew and upgrade your online image by following a few key tips. 


Upgrade your profiles

Regardless of your career choice, Mark Babbitt, CEO and founder of internships website YouTern, advises that you have profiles on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. From there, make sure your presence on each platform is consistent, productive and positive, he said.

Your profiles should be clear and concise, and include a semi-professional headshot. This allows you to create a cohesive look across all your online platforms. Use your profiles to offer recruiters a glimpse into how you live your commitment to your career.

"Demonstrate your value through social proof of your expertise," said Babbitt. "That may come in the form of a testimonial from a former boss, colleague or customer. Or it could show up in a (picture) of you at your last volunteer effort or at a major industry conference."

Publish content

Writing about what you know allows you to showcase your unique talents, skills and experience while distinguishing your voice and creating "instant credibility," according to Susan Peppercorn, executive career coach and CEO of Positive Workplace Partners. This can include maintaining a blog, writing guest posts for websites, or contributing articles to the online forums of professional or industry organizations.  

"Writing about what you know gives employers insight into your thinking and communication abilities and gives the job seeker an advantage over those who haven't taken the time to put their ideas in writing," said Peppercorn.  

Prospective employers may find your articles on sites where they are published, but they may also stumble across them during a Google search. This offers job seekers another way to get noticed and stand out. If you are not the blogging type, you can become a curator of great content that you then share through social media.

Create a website  

Your personal website is like "your digital calling card," said Matt Sweetwood, U.S. CEO of beBee, a business social networking platform. If available, snag a domain name that includes your full name. You can help hiring managers get a feel for who you are by creating a website that showcases your professional skills and highlights a bit of your personality. The site can include your resume, a visually appealing portfolio, samples of your work or articles you've written, contact details, links to your social media profiles, and even video entries.

When designing your website, don't attempt to be creative just for creativity's sake, suggests Valerie Streif, senior adviser with Mentat, a platform for job seekers.

"If you decide to create a supplemental video about yourself, but have no skills or experience in creating or editing film, it's likely that a video as an addition isn't going to help you much," said Streif.

But if done well, "fearlessly putting your thoughts, voice and face out there is a great way to attract the attention of your next employer," said Babbitt.

Establish a presence on employers' preferred platforms

Make sure you are sharing and creating content on the social networks and websites that employers in your industry prefer.

"Determine where your potential employers are active most often," said Babbitt. "That may be Snapchat, Pinterest or Instagram. It could be YouTube or Reddit. Whatever sandbox your target employers play in most often, you play there too."

For example, if you are interested in a job with a graphic design company based in San Francisco, author and life coach Danny Zoucha suggests grabbing the employer's attention by posting links to the latest trends in graphic design on your Twitter account, sharing images of you designing on Instagram, and posting photos of archetypical San Francisco imagery for good measure. 

"If your social media is a reflection of your life, then it should reflect the type of business (you want to join)," said Zoucha. "Show potential employers that you're passionate about the things that make their companies go."  

Build a network of references and recommendations

Growing your list of connections on LinkedIn allows prospective employers to identify people within your network circle whom they know and trust to validate your qualifications.

The most straightforward way to get recommendations is to give them to others.

"Like, comment (on) and share other people's content," said Tomas Ondrejka, co-founder of the job search app Kickresume. "The more people you engage with, the more connections you get, and your online presence will grow."

You can also make yourself visible to industry leaders by joining LinkedIn and Facebook groups, professional social media sites or industry-specific groups, participating in discussions, reading and posting articles, and celebrating the accomplishments of others. Babbitt recommends researching the top five blogs in your industry and following them consistently.

Always take the high road

Let's say you share a friend's slightly inappropriate Facebook memes, or write a scathing review on Yelp. For some hiring managers and recruiters, these seemingly innocuous acts are enough to raise a red flag and disqualify you from a position. Babbitt recommends avoiding any activity that might be perceived as "insensitive, polarizing or overtly sexual in nature," as well as not commenting on or sharing posts that might be considered inflammatory or inappropriate. 

"Think of all people on social media in your industry who get followers for the 'right' reasons, and see what they are doing and posting," said Diana Joya, a human resources professional with 20 years of experience. "Be yourself, but be professional, kind and respectful, always."

Source : businessnewsdaily.com

Categorized in Internet Search

Social media gaint Facebook is aiming to go head-to-head with LinkedIn. The world’s largest social network announced today that it has launched several new features on its Web site to make it easier for employers to get in contact with job seekers.

Businesses will be able to post openings for positions on their Facebook pages, while job seekers will be able to browse through openings thanks to a new Jobs bookmark.

"We're focused on building new ways to help make it easier for businesses to interact with the over 1 billion people visiting Pages every month," the company said in a statement. "Businesses and people already use Facebook to fill and find jobs, so we're rolling out new features that allow job posting and application directly on Facebook."


Reaching Out to Enterprise Clients

Facebook's argument is that employers and potential employees are using their site constantly, making it a natural platform for people looking for qualified candidates. That argument sounds particularly pointed with regard to competing social network LinkedIn, which is used almost exclusively when people are searching for work or to network in their industries.

In the last several months, Facebook has been making a renewed effort to appeal to enterprise customers with new features designed with them in mind. In October, the social network unveiled several updates to its Pages service geared toward helping businesses interact more effectively with the more than 1 billion visitors the site receives every month.

"Beginning today, businesses in the US and Canada will be able to post job openings, and their future employees will be able to easily find those posts on their Page or in the new jobs bookmark," the company said. "This new experience will help businesses find qualified people where they're already spending their time -- on Facebook and on mobile."

Simple Functionality

Employers will be able to create job posts through the admins of their Pages. They can then use the new feature to track applications and communicate directly with applicants. After posting jobs, the admins will be able to review applications and contact applicants on Facebook Messenger.

The process is similar for job applicants, the company said. Job posts may appear in their News Feeds, in the new bookmark for jobs and alongside other posts on business Pages. When they click on the Apply Now button, a form will open that is pre-populated with information from their profiles on Facebook. Applicants will also be able to edit their information before submitting it.

None of this functionality may seem all that revolutionary, or provide job seekers with anything they cannot already find on LinkedIn or other job searching sites. What may be the differentiator, however, is Facebook’s status as one of the most frequently visited Web sites in the world. The sheer number of eyeballs Facebook is able to regularly attract may be sufficient to give LinkedIn a run for its money.

Author : Jef Cozza

Source : http://www.newsfactor.com/news/Facebook-Adds-Job-Search-Features/story.xhtml?story_id=1000096XPDCC

Categorized in Social

Finding reasons why research is important may seem like a no-brainer, but many would rather avoid getting involved in the research. The lazy, if not mentally drained, student could say, "Not again." And a disinterested academic could just be doing it for promotion purposes. Yet, for those who like to learn - whether or not they are members of a learning institution - doing research is not just an imperative, but a need. What reasons could drive one to appreciate the research and engage in doing it?

1. A Tool for Building Knowledge and Efficient Learning

Research is required not just for students and academics, but for all professionals. It is also important for budding and veteran writers, both offline and online. For those looking for a job, research is likewise a necessity.

Among professionals and scribes, finding an interesting topic to discuss and/or to write about should go beyond personal experience. Determining either what the general public may want to know about or what researchers want others to realize or to think about can serve as a reason to do research.

The Brain Research Trust acknowledges the importance of research. Undoubtedly, it is crucial to finding possible cures for diseases, as well as how to prevent them. Thus, research becomes a must to ascertain if one’s ideas are supported by previous studies or if these ideas still need proof to be considered as knowledge. An example of this is the 2016 study of several psychologists who examined how sleep affects memory reactivation. In "Relearn Faster and Retain Longer: Along With Practice, Sleep Makes Perfect", they "found that interleaving sleep between learning sessions not only reduced the amount of practice needed by half but also ensured much better long-term retention. Sleeping after learning is definitely a good strategy, but sleeping between two learning sessions is a better strategy." This study supports the fact that: "Both repeated practice and sleep improve long-term retention of information". Their findings also emphasize how highly important sleep is to healthy brain function.

Research by The World Bank in 2006 likewise underscored sleep as a key factor of efficient learning or the process of gaining optimal learning using few resources. The study reiterates the role of sleep in: (1) protecting and restoring memory, (2) advanced learning, and (3) enhancing mathematical ability and problem-solving. It further notes that "knowledge is better consolidated when people study at the time when they are supposed to be awake rather than, say, late-night sessions." It also recommends the need for research on "the memory capacity of the poor in low-income countries" to enable teachers in helping underprivileged students learn basic skills.

Said studies on the effects of sleep on the human brain are among the many research topics that have already been examined by academics and specialists in various universities and medical institutions. A myriad of research ideas likewise awaits the attention of avid scholars and inquisitive writers. Indeed, research is instrumental in building and improving knowledge, as well as in facilitating efficient learning.

Research and development (R&D) plays a crucial role in business success and in a thriving national economy.
Research and development (R&D) play a crucial role in business success and in a thriving national economy. | Source

2. An Aid to Business Success and Job Search

Research has a vital role in business. Many successful companies, such as those that produce consumer goods or mass-market items, invest in research and development or R&D. Different business industries with science and engineering processes like agriculture, food and beverage, manufacturing, healthcare and pharmaceuticals, computer software, semiconductor, information and communication technology, construction, robotics, aerospace, aviation, and energy have high R&D expenditure because it is critical to product innovation and to improving services.

R&D also helps secure a vantage point over competitors. Finding out how to make things happen and what could differentiate them from others that offer similar products and services can raise the company’s market value. Certainly, having relevant knowledge in achieving a good commercial image through sound business strategies like investing in R&D can boost its profitability.


In addition, R&D in various firms and industries is essential to supporting a country's economy. For instance, the United Kingdom's Department of Business Innovation and Skills (BIS), now known as the Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy, used to publish an annual R&D Scoreboard. The report served "...as a benchmarking tool for companies, investors and policymakers" for 20 years. However, due to the UK government's austerity measures, it was last produced in 2010.

The unemployed can also benefit from doing research. Through this process, not only will they increase their chances of finding potential employers either through job posting sites or employment agencies, but it can inform them if work opportunities are legitimate. Without research, the gullible, yet hopeful jobseeker may fall prey to unscrupulous headhunters who might be involved in illegal recruitment and/or human trafficking.

3. Means to Understand Various Issues

Television shows and movies ooze with research - both on the part of the writer(s) and the actors. Though there are hosts who rely on their researchers, there are also those who exert effort to do their own research. This helps them get information that hired researchers missed, build a good rapport with the interviewee, and conduct a good interview in the process.

For their part, some film and TV actors would take time to interview detectives, boxers, scientists, business people, criminals, and teachers, among others. Others would even immerse themselves in situations that would make them understand social and personal issues like living behind bars or in a drug rehabilitation center. Many would read literature, biographies, or journals to have a better view or context of the story.

As Terry Freedman says in "The Importance of Research for ICT Teachers" (2011): "Research can shed light on issues we didn’t even know existed, and can raise questions we hadn’t realised even needed asking." Thus, almost all writers of imaginary and non-fictive tales also do research because doing so helps them create a good story and/or achieve strong credibility as an academic.

The Internet provides people a convenient way to do research.
The Internet provides people a convenient way to do research.

4. A Way to Prove Lies and to Support Truths

Ever experienced a feeling that your mate is having an affair behind your back? Some people would overlook that and say that it's better not to know; others though would take discreet action, hiring detectives to do the work. What does research have to do with that situation? A lot.

Doing Internet research to reveal lies or truths involving personal affairs contributes in either making a relationship work or in breaking away from a dysfunctional one. For the monogamous lot, doing research to disprove or prove infidelity is not simply a trust issue, but a right to find out the truth - unless one's intimate partner has already admitted being polyamorous even before the relationship started. When a person dislikes answering relationship-related questions, including her or his whereabouts, it is better to see that as a red flag and take baby steps to save yourself from what could become a more serious emotional mess later.

Scientists also deal with research to test the validity and reliability of their claims or those of other scientists'. Their integrity and competence depend on the quality - and not just quantity - of their research. Nonetheless, not everything scientists come up with get accepted or learned by everyone, especially when factors like religion, state suppression, and access to resources and social services (e.g., education and adequate health programs) either feed the poor majority with lies or deter them from knowing truths to preserve the status quo.

Professional and credible journalists undertake thorough research to establish the veracity of their stories. The movie "Shattered Glass" shown in 2003 tells the rise-and-fall story of a real-life journalist who used to work for the long-running The New Republic based in New York City. Sans investigative research was done by fellow journalists, Stephen Glass could have written more fictitious pieces for the said editorial magazine.

With the use of internet technology and social media, pseudo-journalism has become a social concern. Fake news took center stage during the 2016 presidential campaign period in the United States. For instance, Snopes.com, a rumor research site, debunked the following "scoops" posted online:

  • An FBI agent believed to be responsible for the latest email leaks “pertinent to the investigation” into Hillary Clinton’s private email server while she was Secretary of State, was found dead in an apparent murder-suicide... (Reported on November 5, 2016, by the Denver Guardian)
  • In a final speech to the synod, Pope Francis endorsed Senator Bernie Sanders for President of the United States... (Reported on October 26, 2015, by the National Report and USAToday.com.co)
  • Thousands of pre-marked ballots for Hillary Clinton and other Democratic candidates were found in a warehouse in Ohio. (Reported on September 30, 2016, by the Christian Times Newspaper)
  • Assange: Bernie Sanders Was Threatened To Drop Out Of The Race (Reported on August 29, 2016, by USA Supreme)
  • News outlets around the world are reporting on the news that Pope Francis has made the unprecedented decision to endorse a US presidential candidate. His statement in support of Donald Trump... (Reported in July 2016 by the WTOE 5 News)
  • After Gay Club Massacre - Phoenix LGBT Officially Endorses Trump (Reported on June 13, 2016, by the Gateway Pundit)
  • African-American supporter of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has died after allegedly sustaining gunshot wounds in the aftermath of Friday night's chaos in Chicago. (Reported on March 12, 2016, by the Christian Times Newspaper)

According to Pew Research, social media, especially Facebook, serve as the source of news for over 60 percent of adult Americans (Chang, Lefferman, Pedersen & Martz, 2016). Besides the platform, fake news has become profitable for pseudo journalists whose main goal is to attract reader clicks that lead to Google Adsense revenues.

Fact-checking to know the truth is integral to the process of research, for it is fueled by an inquisitive and critical mind. Murray, Social News, and UGC Hub (2016) suggest that before news readers share information on social media, they need to assess the integrity of the news source and check for similar news on legitimate media outlets.

Genuine journalists do not rely on imagination for their news reports nor do they avoid doing research. They eschew propaganda and have no intention of misleading the public. They are messengers of truth, not lies.

Even with the Internet, reading books is still important to doing research.
Even with the Internet, reading books is still important in doing research. | Source

5. A Seed to Love Reading, Writing, Analyzing, and Sharing Valuable Information

The research entails both reading and writing. These two literacy functions help enable computation and comprehension. Without these skills, it is less likely for anyone to appreciate and get involved in the research. Reading opens the mind to a vast horizon of knowledge, while writing helps a reader use her/his own perspective and transform this into a more concrete idea that s/he understands.

Apart from reading and writing, listening and speaking are also integral in conducting research. Interviews, attending knowledge-generating events, and casual talks with anyone certainly aid in formulating research topics. They can also facilitate the critical thinking process. Listening to experts discuss the merits of their studies helps the listener to analyze a certain issue and write about such analysis.

With the wide array of ideas available, scholars and non-scholars involved in research are able to share information with a larger audience. Some view this process as ego-boosting, while others see it as a means to stimulate interest and encourage further studies about certain issues or situations.


As literacy is integral in improving a person's social and economic mobility and in increasing awareness, research then hones necessary basic life skills and makes learning a life-long endeavor.

6. Nourishment and Exercise for the Mind

Curiosity may kill not just the cat, but the human as well. Yet, it is the same curiosity that fuels the mind to seek for answers. The College Admissions Partners(n.d.) notes how scientific research in particular "helps students develop critical reasoning skills...helpful for any field of higher education..." Such a search or the thinking process is food for the brain, allowing creativity and logic to remain active. It also helps prevent mental illnesses like Alzheimer's.

Indeed, research and doing research encourage people to explore possibilities, to understand existing issues, and to disclose truths and fabricated ones. Without research, technological advancement and other developments could have remained a fantasy. Reading, writing, observing, analyzing, and interacting with others facilitate an inquisitive mind's quest for knowledge and efficient learning. Research serves as an instrument to achieve that goal. 


Ways to Improve Research Skills

Are you interested in further developing your ability to do research? There are several steps to do it.

One of the easiest ways to know more about research is to read the hard copy and electronic books about it. If you do not have a computer with an Internet connection, you can go to the library, a nearby bookstore, or ask a close friend or relative to lend you her/his smartphone or laptop so you could look for books or articles about research.

If you have access to the Internet, you can watch online tutorial videos on this topic. High school students can learn from this presentation, for instance:

Research Basics for High School Students by Journal Storage (JSTOR)

For those who intend to be full-fledged researchers, you might want to attend training seminars, workshops, and conferences aimed at deepening your knowledge and honing your skills in doing research. These events are conducted by various organizations, particularly universities and "think tank" agencies. Use search engines to look for these opportunities, as well as for scholarships that could help you finance your participation in these activities.

You might also consider searching for reputable researchers in your field of interest, especially if you plan to pursue postgraduate studies. You could email an academic, a scientist, or another professional to inquire about their opinion on your thesis or dissertation topic. Having a research mentor can help you gain a broader understanding of what research is all about.

Another way is to watch films and read different kinds of books, fiction and otherwise. These sources can ignite your curiosity and drive you to seek more information. You might want to jot down notes about the topics discussed and/or what you've learned. You might wonder why this is part of the research process. Watching movies, reading books, and writing various stuff hone your comprehension and ability to analyze. These can improve your vocabulary and aid you in finding your voice as a researcher.

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Categorized in Online Research

Welcome to this year’s list of the best job search websites for 2016.

If you are new to job search, you probably have questions- how much money should I ask for, what questions will I be asked in an interview, what is the best way to find a job today, and many others. 

This definitive list is carefully curated for accurate, contemporary information and guidance from job search experts. I’ve compiled these resources based on several criteria: First, I regularly reference these sites myself to share quality content on social media. Two, in my opinion, the author(s)/publisher show an understanding of modern job search trends and methodologies. And third, these sites consistently provide answers to popular job search questions. Technically there are even more than 43 sites listed!

All these resources are free because I don’t support companies that take advantage of job seekers. However, most do offer workshops, books, courses or paid services. I think most people can conduct a successful job search without paying a lot of money, but… savvy job seekers and careerists know when they need to invest in themselves.


You will find sites listed in alphabetical order under each category (or reverse order, depending on my mood!)

43 Best Job Search Websites 2016

Career Sherpa Best Job Search Website 2016


Work Coach Cafe

This is the place to go for real stories and learn about job search topics like interviewing and you’ll workplace tips too!

US News & World Report’s On Careers

You’ll find many voices reporting and writing about job search and trends. including: Ask A Manager, Collegial Services, Vicki Salemi, Jobhuntercoach, Career Sherpa, Career Valet, Hallie Crawford, Robin Madell, Chrissy Scivicque and Peter Gudmundsson.

The Daily Muse

Great articles and information you’ll want for all aspects of your professional life! It covers career advice, job search, career paths, management, and more! There are even regular updates on cool companies you just may want to know about (because they are hiring)! You should also check out their free courses.

SmartBrief On Your Career

Sign up and receive content selected by the SmartBrief editors for help in all phases of managing your career. The regular newsletter is organized into sections: Getting Ahead, Making the Connections, The Landscape, Your Next Challenge (job search), The Water Cooler and SmartQuote. This link is to a sample of recent headlines, you can choose to subscribe here. (SmartBrief also has other industry summaries so I recommend you sign up for those relevant to your field!)

Levo League

This site contains content to help early careerists gain the advantage needed to succeed. “Levo arms you with the tools to develop your talent, build connections with peers, mentors, and jobs, and stay inspired day in and day out as you grow and develop.”


THE authoritative site for anyone in job search! It has everything you need for job search, at any stage of your career! You will find tons of great advice on all aspects of job search and career management. [Disclaimer: I am a job search navigation expert on this site]

Human Workplace

Liz Ryan is on your side, not HR’s. She provides honest, straight forward advice and insight to help empower you. You’ll easily recognize and remember her work because of the colorful artwork used in every article.


The tagline says it all: “every job is temporary.” You will find relevant job search and career advice provided by “trusted career experts.”

Career Attraction

You’ll find job search advice and tips from carefully vetted experts on many topics from resume writing to personal branding.


Looking for sample cover letters, resume samples, scripting on what to say? You’ll find it on these sites.

About Job Search by Alison Doyle

A rich resource with tons samples and examples.

Live Career Letter Examples

Easily and quickly customize your cover letter or any job search correspondence with these examples. There are also resume templates and articles, assessments and more!

Quintessential Careers

Quint Careers has so much more than sample cover letters. You’ll find articles on networking, interviewing and other job search trends. This is a go-to source for sample anything (cover letters, emails and resumes!)


Ask The Headhunter Nick Corcodolis

Nick speaks from a recruiter’s perspective, answering job search questions most other recruiters won’t or don’t.


If you are more seasoned (read older) job seeker, you need to understand the issues, biases and how you can spin your experience into a valuable asset!


Kerry Hannon is a AARP’s job expert and covers issues that the older job seeker has to know in order to compete. You’ll find all the issues you need to take into consideration while hunting down your next job as a more seasoned professional.

Career Pivot

Marc Miller’s focus is helping Boomers pivot into the next opportunity.


Savvy Intern

YouTern’s blog isn’t just for interns. The articles come from a variety of bloggers and apply to every job seeker! Always lots of great information!


You must understand what HR and recruiters are thinking and how they are finding talent today. Learn what their issues and concerns are and get into their heads. Armed with this information, you’ll be a smarter seeker and position yourself as a better candidate for them to work with!


Is an online gathering place for recruiters and serves as a forum for recruiters to network, share best practices, and learn from each other. If you want to better understand the challenges and issues faced by human resources and recruiting industries, this is the place to start.

Social Talent

Hiring professionals use social media, internet searches and many other methods, to source candidates. As a job seeker, you’re gonna want to understand some of their secrets. Hey, some of these hacks will help you learn about companies and people too!


Career Enlightenment

Joshua Waldman provides advice on how to use social media for your job search.

Career Sherpa

Shameless self plug. I write about new and existing social media tools to help you stay competitive in today’s job search!

Social-Hire (for candidates) 

Career & Interview Advice is where you’ll find new content published by writers and career pros. While there is a lot of information on this site, what I like is their “Our Top Picks For Candidates” which are hand-picked job search and professional networking articles from across the web.


LinkedIn is a category all in itself! Every working professional MUST BE using LinkedIn. It isn’t just an online resume, it is a networking tool and resource you’ll want to get familiar with. Use their iOS or Android apps for your smart phone too!


Linked Into Business by Viveka von Rosen

Pretty much the authority on all things LinkedIn, Viveka knows her stuff!

PowerFormula by Wayne Breitbarth

When I have a question about LinkedIn, I can be pretty sure that if Viveka doesn’t have the answer, Wayne does.


Besides talking to recruiters and people who do what you do, you can and should use these salary calculators to determine your value in the market place.

Specialty Job Boards

Searching the job boards is one of the least effective job search methods. Using specialty or niche job boards can be a better alternative. Depending on your industry or occupation, these may help you. Ask other people in your industry what niche job boards they use or recommend.


Dice is known as being a job board for technical candidates (IT, etc.) However, the news and advice on the site applies to many more types of job seekers as well. Typically, the tech scene is leading the way in recruiting trends, especially as we head into a more competitive hiring market. And, I think you’ll begin to see Dice leading the way with other forms of recruiting.


Because finding flexible jobs is difficult, this site helps round up all levels of legitimate opportunities. If you are looking for a telecommuting, part-time, freelance, or flextime job- you need to know about this site. It has job search advice for people looking for these types of jobs too!


HigherEd Jobs

Search for jobs at colleges and universities with this niche job board.


A listing of non-profit jobs, volunteer opportunities and internships.


Search for jobs directly on employer websites. LinkUp says they are “unlike job search boards and aggregators, we drive real job seekers directly to real jobs on real employers’ web sites. No hoaxes, scams or hurdles.”

USA Jobs

Looking for a government job? USA Jobs is the Federal Government’s official source for federal job listings across hundreds of federal agencies and organizations.

I don’t want to support your reliance and obsession with searching the job boards but if you must, here are ones you should

reference: Indeed.comSimplyHiredMonster.com and CareerBuilder are still good job boards. And don’t forget about CraigsList.



Sponsored by the Department of Labor, this site has information on starting your search, finding a career match, information on re-training, and more.


Use Glassdoor to research what employees are anonymously saying about companies, get salary information and learn what questions they’ve asked during interviews. Yes, they have job postings too!

Hidden Jobs site & app by Career Cloud

This site and app tracks company hiring announcements from newspapers, online media and company press releases. It’s one of a kind. Their instructions say follow the leads (ie. read the article) and google the company.


A web-based tool to organize and manage your job search! It goes far beyond a standard spreadsheet. It helps keep track of and manage relationships, job postings, target companies and more!


Do you want to know how your resume stacks up? Of course you do! This site will help you “optimize your resume keywords and get past resume screeners.” It compares your resume against the job posting you upload.

My Next Move

Research careers, assess your interests, and more. This is essentially a database sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor,Employment & Training Administration, and developed by the National Center for O*NET Development.


Get serious about your job search and long-term career success. You’ll need to be find-able online. These tools make it very easy to develop a “one page” summary of your experience and improve search results for your name!


Easily create a single webpage highlighting you. List your other social media profiles, create lists, join a community of people who value online visibility.


This freemium product converts information from your LinkedIn profile into a robust personal website.


Use this tool to improve how your name ranks in search results and to improve your online visibility.


Job search apps come and go pretty quickly. I will cover newer apps on my site as they become popular.

Twitter List of Job Search Experts

Twitter has always been my favorite social network! Use it to read, learn and network! I’ve made it super simple for you to follow job search and career experts. You should try it!

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Source : http://careersherpa.net/43-best-job-search-websites-2016/

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Are you interested in making your job search more effective moving forward? If so, then it doesn’t hurt to observe what others avoid to boost their effectiveness.

Here are 9 things effective job seekers don’t do in their job searches. Carefully read them. Upon reading them, you’ll know what habits you should avoid or remove for a smarter job hunt.

1. Effective Job Seekers Don’t Underrate The Impact of Their Attitudes.

Effective job seekers don’t proceed without attitude reflection daily. Why? Because they know their attitudes matter in their job search processes.

“Maintaining a positive attitude,” says Harry Urschel, Job Search Coach and Writer, in one of his post, “is one of the most difficult yet most important things you can do for a successful job search. It affects every other aspect of your search and will have a dramatic impact on how you are perceived by potential employers.”

So, one of the best things you can do is step back and reflect on your attitude. Are you pushing through positively or negatively? Are you allowing the frustration, associated with looking for a job, get you down?

Please know your decision influences the way you manage your job search. And, if you want to get through this process with your sanity, then you must foster a positive attitude. A few ways to stay positive in a challenging job hunt include: keeping hope alive, moving onward after rejections, and building your skills through activity.

2. Effective Job Seekers Don’t Sacrifice their Health and Well-Being.

Effective job seekers don’t sacrifice their well-being for long hours of job searching. These job seekers know they must take care of themselves, if they want to get through their job hunts effectively.

Without taking care of yourself, you’ll reach the point of exhaustion. And, you’ll stretch yourself too thin.

Several healthy ways to take care of yourself are:

  • Feeding Your Body.
  • Quenching Your Thirst.
  • Getting the Sleep You Need Every Night.
  • Staying Physically Active.
  • Taking Breaks When Necessary.
  • Engaging in a Hobby.

There’s an urgency to land a job, but you must still take care of yourself.

3. Effective Job Seekers Don’t Focus on Full-Time Hours.

You might’ve heard the saying: “looking for a job is a full-time job.” Right? Well, effective job seekers know this isn’t solid advice.

They don’t focus on meeting so many hours a week. They know a full-time (40 hours/week) job search affects your well-being and effectiveness. There’s no way to keep going, in this way, without experiencing burnout, frustration, and inefficiency.

When you don’t set limits in your job hunt, it consumes you. It takes up your full day, if you allow it. This isn’t healthy for someone out of work and already dealing with unemployment.

What you should do instead is: put in a full-time effort as opposed to full-time hours. Designate time, your mornings or your evenings, for example, to job search activities. And, put forth your best efforts throughout this time.

Also, shut your job search down when it’s time. Set and keep time boundaries in place. Hallie Crawford, Career Seekers Coach, says:

“Establishing boundaries with your time can be another way to maintain balance during your {career} transition.”

4. Effective Job Seekers Don’t Underestimate the Importance of Break Time.

You might think setting aside a break time is a counterproductive activity. But, effective job seekers know it isn’t.

Nothing’s wrong with taking a break from your job search activities to rest, when you need it. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests five minute breaks every hour.

You can do several things doing your break: read inspirational material, take a walk or stretch, recount the good things of the day, or get out of the house for a while.

Breaking is a good way to prevent burnout, stress, and overwhelm in your job search. But, you must be intentional about this time to avoid procrastination.

5. Effective Job Seekers Don’t Blindly Apply and Interview.

Effective job seekers don’t blindly apply and interview for jobs. They don’t walk around thinking:

“I’ll apply to (and interview for) as many jobs as I can to increase my chances of getting a job offer.”

They know better. They know you must be realistic in your job search. They also know time is too precious for wasting on mass job application submissions.

Instead of blindly applying and interviewing, you should bring intentionality into your search. Target your job search. According to Eli Amdur of Amdur Coaching and Advisory Group, a targeted job searchincludes:

  • Identifying the Business or Occupation You’re Interested In.
  • Researching the Leading Companies by Culture, Leadership, Products, and Market Positions.
  • Determining Whether You Can Grow Within Company.
  • Figuring Out Logistical Issues, such as the Commute, Working Hours, and Extra Taxes.
  • Rating Your Potential Happiness at the Targeted Company.

You prepare your application materials based on what you learn through research. You’ll also know everything you need to know before your interview.

6. Effective Job Seekers Don’t Submit “One Size Fits All” Resumes and Cover Letters.

This relates to number 4 above, but I must emphasize it here.

Effective job seekers know quality matters in their job searches. They don’t submit a “one size fits all” resume because they know you must speak directly to the needs of the job.

If you don’t tailor your materials for every job, then you don’t show your ability to perform the job.

Instead, consider the targeted job search approach already discussed. And, prepare your resumes and cover letters accordingly.

7. Effective Job Seekers Don’t Let Employment Rejections Halt their Efforts.

The longer your job search, the more rejections you receive. And, while others tell you not to take these rejections personally, I won’t. I can’t. Why? Because I’ve taken them personally in my job search.

There’s no way you can’t, when you’re putting forth your best efforts. However, you shouldn’t let these employment rejections halt your efforts.

Employers reject you, and this rejection stings. But, bounce back from these rejections and move forward. And, when you bounce back, remember the words of Liz Ryan, Founder and CEO of Human Workplace, in her Forbes article:

“You can’t squander it {i.e., your mojo} worrying about whether you’re acceptable to other people, or not. You learned something on each of your interviews and each of your recruiter calls. That’s magnificent. How else would you learn?”

8. Effective Job Seekers Don’t Stop Maturing Mentally.

Effective job seekers don’t stop learning. They use time outside of job search activities to enrich their minds.

They know this is a great investment and do so in many ways: reading books, journals, and (valuable) blogs. Listening to audios and podcasts. Volunteering or freelancing. Taking a class or two.

And, they build skill(s) while job searching. They know these skill(s) are beneficial, professionally and personally.

So to you: how will you keep enriching your mind? What skill(s) are you interested in learning? How will learn?

You make room for learning and skill-building, when you remove those extra hours of job searching. You have time to commit to a project of interest, learn, and apply what you’ve learned.

9. Effective Job Seekers Don’t Forget to Reevaluate Their Strategies Regularly.

Effective job seekers don’t embark on their job searches, without evaluating their strategies regularly. They know they must make improvements when things aren’t working out and do so.

They honestly evaluate their strategies and whether they’re getting any results. Reevaluating your job search approach involves: reviewing your goals, resumes, and activities. And, an effective job search strategy consists of many things discussed here:

  • Defining Your Job Goal with Specifics.
  • Targeting Your Job Search Approach.
  • Tailoring Your Resume and Cover Letter for Every Job.
  • Putting Forth a Full-time Effort vs. Full-Time Hours.


Looking for a job takes time and energy, so effective job searching is vital. Hopefully, you now have a better understanding of what you should avoid while looking for a job. And, it doesn’t hurt to reevaluate your job search and make eliminations, where necessary.

Author:  Priscilla Christopher

Source:  http://www.lifehack.org/

Categorized in Online Research

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