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A Better Interview was founded in 2012 by Marc DeBoer, who recognized a gap in the services provided by the major job searching and interview help sites. DeBoer believes that every job seeker deserves the chance to interview for his or her dream job—so through A Better Interview, he offers users the opportunity to speak live to a trained HR professional about interview skills, job searching methods, salary negotiation, tough interview questions, and background checks, among other things. The site also offers a job board currently featuring over 430,000 positions.
About.com’s Jobs & Careers section offers a wealth of free information to job seekers and those looking to advance their careers, including articles about everything from how to get along with your boss to illegal job interview questions. About.com/Careers also links to other sites focused on specific careers like advertising or criminology that have articles on topics like copywriting or “a day in the life of a police officer.” Users can also read up on the history of various fields, find a list of schools where they can study for a particular degree, or peruse an article on the most popular jobs in a given field. The site links to job listings powered by Indeed.com. Job search and employment expert Alison Doyle has been About.com’s job search guide since 1998.
AbsolutelyAbby.com is written by Abby Kohut, a recruiter who has hired over 10,000 people in her 18-year HR career, and who is now a motivational speaker that teaches secrets of the job search process that other recruiters simply won’t tell you. On the website, you will also find articles and radio and TV clips that include Kohut’s secrets. She offers advice in a motivational tone which is intended to inspire job seekers to take action and believe that they can have success.
Blogging4Jobs.com is an online workplace resource for managers, leaders, human resources, and recruiting professionals. They take their audience to “uncomfortable, yet necessary,” places exposing them to the realities of the workplace without the “corporate sugar coating.” The site was launched in 2007 with a goal of helping job seekers learn the unwritten rules of job searching. The site has since expanded to offer insights into the world of work from a corporate and operations no-nonsense point of view.
Boredom to Boardroom is a unique new site for young professionals who need help fast tracking their careers and/or finding amazing corporate jobs. The site offers readers real-life stories, honest no-holds-barred advice, and sneaky tips that HR departments probably prefer to keep to themselves. BoredomToBoardroom.com is run by Kari Reston, a gen Y-er who reached senior management level by the time she was 29, climbing the corporate ladder in London, Singapore, and New York.
Brazen Life is a lifestyle and career blog for ambitious young professionals. Hosted by Brazen Careerist, Brazen Life offers edgy and fun ideas for navigating and succeeding in the changing world of work. Through the blog’s newsletter, readers also get exclusive access to online recruiting events and inside job opportunities hosted by Brazen’s partners.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s BLS is the Federal independent statistical agency responsible for “measuring labor market activity, working conditions, and price changes in the economy.” The site says its mission is to collect, analyze, and disseminate essential economic information to support public and private decision-making.
According to the site’s founder, Kevin Kermes, Career Attraction “provides smart, actionable advice that gets results.” He founded Career Attraction on the core premise that every career transition is as specialized as the individual undertaking it—and today, the website’s career experts deliver step-by-step guidance on job search and career related hurdles to more than 60,000 subscribers.
CareerBliss is all about helping people lead happier lives by finding happiness in the workplace. The job information-hub offers free resources, like its “happiness assessment” developed by experts, a database of 4 million salaries, 700,000 company reviews, and 3.5 million job listings. Using its large database of reviews and survey results, the site regularly releases lists like, “The Happiest For Working Dads” and “The Happiest Companies to Work For.”
Founded in 1995, CareerBuilder is one of the biggest online job boards. Its scope is international, with a presence in more than 60 markets worldwide. The site helps employers refine and target job descriptions to attract talent. Users can post résumés on the site and for a fee, get help writing résumés ($180-$300), cover letters ($50), thank-you notes ($15) and compiling references ($10). The site also offers paid online courses in different fields, like marketing and dentistry.
Career Girl Network provides information and resources to women, as well as the opportunity to build a network invested in their success. With hundreds of original articles each month from writers who know the world of personal branding, dressing for success, interview tactics, and other tips for success, the site combines its in-house expertise with valuable aggregated content for women in business from around the web.
CareerPivot is a “career design firm” for Baby Boomers who are looking to make a professional move. The site’s founder, Marc Miller, believes in taking small, practical steps (or a series of “pivots”) toward your new life, rather than a “leap.” To help the boomers figure out what they want and how to get there, the site offers assessment tests and tools to learn about your goals; to explore your talents, strengths and working style; and help weigh your options.
CareersinGovernment.com aims to match job seekers with careers in the government and the public sector. The site also includes resources like a basic salary calculator, tips for using social media to find a public sector job and a comprehensive list of professional associations for public sector employees.
Founded in 2009 on the belief “every job is temporary,” and with the purpose of helping people solve their career and job search problems, CAREEREALISM strives to be a trusted resource for sound advice. To help ensure all readers leave the site feeling more informed and better prepared to handle their professional challenges than when they arrived, CAREEREALISM evaluates and approves all contributors’ content—making sure it is top notch and relevant—before publishing it.
This site was founded by a small group of entrepreneurs looking to revolutionize the job placement industry, which they say is “inefficient and has not changed radically in decades.” With the belief that true career management sites for job seekers are lacking, and confidentiality is an issue, the founders developed CareerMKT.com as a portal that offers all the tools that a job seeker needs to manage their career. The site’s job board has millions of listings all over the country.
If you’re trying to get to know yourself, understand others, build effective relationships and ultimately land your dream job, Careertopia.com is the site for you. Careertopia’s goal is to help professionals get more fulfillment from their careers without having to sacrifice who they are. Through articles, products and tools, the site assists you in finding out what job environment works best for you; uncovering where job related stress is coming from and show you how to avoid it; seeing what really motivates you in a job, besides the money; learning how to build your professional brand online; and building thriving relationships with the right people that can change your life forever.
ChameleonResumes.com is a full-service resume writing and job search consultancy firm that services high-achieving executives and professionals with accomplishment-laden resumes and LinkedIn profiles, targeted job search tactic training and authentic interview storytelling techniques to land their next position. All guidance and advice offered is from that of a former executive search firm recruiter, Lisa Rangel, who has performed numerous search assignments, worked directly with applicant tracking systems (ATS) and managed various recruitment teams. The website includes high-value personalized services, cost-effective do-it-yourself resources and numerous free articles and career links to help every executive and professional on the fast track with actionable tactics that yield results quickly.
ClassyCareerGirl.com was founded by Anna Runyan, who is “the voice for women who want to find careers they love and get ahead.” Since getting her own career “unstuck” five years ago, Runyan has helped hundreds of professional women find meaningful and purposeful careers. Her website offers simple and practical tips for getting ahead, free training courses to help you find work that makes you happy, and coaching programs, such as the “Makeover Your Resume & Cover Letter in 10 Days Video Course” ($47).
Come Recommended is a content marketing and digital PR consultancy for organizations with products that target job seekers and/or employers. Simply put, they help companies get found, get clients, and get the recognition they deserve. The site was founded in 2008 by Forbes contributor Heather R. Huhman, a thought leader and expert in the careers space with a decade of experience as a hiring manager and public relations specialist.
CoolWorks.com is a job search site for seasonal work in “great places.” It has been central to the summer job and seasonal job market niche for 16 years—but they have a youthful, energetic, older and bolder spirit. “We have a dedicated core of job seekers who use Cool Works to actively seek job opportunities in great places like national parks, various resorts, ranches, camps, ski resorts, and jobs on the water,” the site says. They also serve individuals seeking volunteer and conservation corps opportunities.
If you’re a technology or engineering professional, Dice is the site for you. With a 22-year track record, the self-proclaimed “career hub for tech” helps employers reach hard-to-find, experienced and qualified tech and engineering professionals. Dice also reports technology news and dishes out career advice, and the site currently has a database of over 82,000 tech positions. You can subscribe to its newsletter, upload your résumé, or follow industry-specific talent communities through the site.
Doostang calls itself an “exclusive career community that helps elite young professionals accelerate their careers.” Founded in 2005 by Stanford MBA Mareza Larizadeh, the site has formed partnerships with business schools like Wharton and Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business to give their students access to listings from firms including Goldman Sachs, Google and Facebook. Doostang, which gets its name from the Latin word for “reaching for talent,” caters especially to workers in their 20s and 30s. It charges fees to users of $30 a month with discounts for longer memberships.
eFinancialCareers is a large network of career sites for professionals working in banking and the financial markets, as well as grads who aspire to work in the industry and the firms seeking to employ them. The site strives to provide job seekers within the finance community with the best opportunities, job market news, salary information and career advice—and it’s not limited to those in the U.S. The website operates in 22 markets and five languages.
Established by Dieter and Shannon Hertling, a husband and wife team with 20-plus years experience as senior executives, Emprove offers clients holistic and performance-centered solutions to employee development, talent management, learning technologies and executive coaching. VIP members can get full access to the resource library, video training library and additional webinar programs–which include group coaching and live Q&A—for $19 a month ($49 the first month, including an initiation fee).
Marc Freedman founded Encore.org with hopes of making it easier for millions of people to pursue “second acts” for the greater good. He calls them “encore careers”–jobs that combine personal meaning, continued income and social impact in the second half of life. Though it’s not a job placement service, Encore.org does provides free, comprehensive information that helps people transition to jobs in the nonprofit world and the public sector.
With a mission to democratize access to great career advice, Evisors connects job seekers with mentors who are either alumni or still inside companies where they want to work. Evisors says they’re turning privileged knowledge about employers, industries and career paths into common knowledge—and in the process, they’re helping job seekers land their dream jobs and helping employers, including McKinsey, Google and L’Oreal, hire the most qualified and motivated candidates.
Experience.com specializes in entry-level jobs and internships for students and recent college grads. It includes a job board and articles of interest to those starting out in the job market, like entry-level job interviewing, résumé and cover letter tips, plus articles aimed at college students like what to do about a horrible freshman roommate and how to save money on an off-campus apartment.
Another great site for jump starting your entry-level job search, FirstJob is committed to connecting graduates with industry leaders to find first-choice career opportunities. The site features job seeker tips and career advice provided by experts, as well as 11,221 high quality entry-level and internship career opportunities. Employers and recruiters looking for top-of-the-class graduates or interns to fill an entry-level job will also find the site useful, as FirstJob can connect them with students and recent grads from top universities and colleges.
Aimed at job seekers who want part-time, flextime, and freelance jobs or positions where they can telecommute, FlexJobs is a subscription service that charges $15 a month or $50 a year for access to its listings. The site claims to screen online job listings, including industry blogs, employer sites and job boards and only offer “legitimate” jobs. The site has 50 career categories and jobs from entry-level to executive. FexJobs says it will refund payments to dissatisfied customers.
Give To Get Jobs is a job board and information hub for jobs that use a sustainable business model to solve social and/or environmental issues, mainly social enterprise and corporate social responsibility. As a social enterprise, the Give To Get Jobs team uses the proceeds to fund job creation programs. They currently donate through a non-profit–but are in the process of creating their own mobile job training program.
Glassdoor is a free jobs and career community that offers an inside look at jobs and companies. Employees and job seekers can anonymously review their companies, interview experiences, CEOs, salaries, and more. Last year Glassdoor introduced its Inside Connections feature, which allows people to see any connections they might have to a specific employer through their friends, or friends-of-friends, on Facebook.
To support the goals of David Perry’s book, Guerrilla Marketing for Job Hunters 3.0, the website offers about 1,500 ideas, strategies and tactics in the form of articles, blog posts, and videos to cut through the “unemployment noise” and dive deep into the hidden job market. Perry’s goal, through his book and site, is to help people use their creativity and wits to find the work they’re passionate about – quickly. The GM5JH.com site has had five million unique visitors since it launched.
Job seekers post their qualifications for free on HiredMyWay, which professes to have superior technology that matches applicants to hiring managers. Companies also post for free and only pay when they make a hire. Founded in 2010, the site’s investors include Earvin “Magic” Johnson and billionaire Daniel Gilbert, founder of Quicken Loans.
Brooke and Lynn Dixon founded Hourly with a mission to make the entire process of finding jobs and hiring new people more simple and straightforward. Rather than rely on flat resumes, Hourly allows members to create dynamic work profiles that showcases their skills and connects them with employers based on job type, location, availability, and more. The website says they’re “changing the face of hiring, one hour at a time!”
The nation’s largest employment board for nonprofit jobs, Idealist.org has more than 1 million registered users. It also includes volunteer opportunities, a blog with stories like tips on managing student loans and a listing of events related to the non-profit world. Funding for Idealist, which was founded in 1996, comes from foundation support, donations and from fees it charges U.S.-based organizations to list on the site. It also collects fees from graduate degree programs that exhibit at its career fairs.
Indeed.com is a Google-like search engine for jobs and one of the most efficient sites for surveying job listings, since it aggregates information from job boards, news sites and company listings. An advanced search function enables users to drill down on a location, keywords and salary range. Indeed says it has 100 million unique visitors and over 1.5 billion job searches a month. It’s available in 50 countries and 26 languages.
Inside Jobs says its goal is to help users figure out what careers they want to pursue and direct them to the schools where they can best train for that career. The Career Finder feature offers descriptions of more than 15,000 careers, from chiropractic neurologist to real estate lawyer to nuclear technician. Each career description includes salary range, a list of personality traits and links to schools that offer training for the job. Searches are free for job seekers. Inside Jobs makes its money by charging some of the schools that list on the site.
Internships.com bills itself as the world’s largest internship marketplace where employers can post internships and get access to its internship database for free. At last count the site had nearly 82,500 postings at 40,820 companies in 6,496 cities across the U.S. The site includes paid and unpaid, full and part-time internships. One useful feature: a “Who?” button that includes a Facebook sign-in and shows which of an applicant’s Facebook friends are connected to the hiring company.
InternQube is a free website which aims to help students develop professional skills for the workplace. The articles and videos featured on the site come from a variety of sources that are virtually open to the public and freely available on the web. The site is a companion to a field guide by Michael True, the president of INTRUEITION, the parent company of InternQube.
Aimed at college and graduate students, InternMatch, founded in 2009, connects applicants with internships. The listings are longer and more descriptive than on most other sites and include a Q&A section. Users can register and pose questions to companies. The site includes paid and unpaid internships in numerous categories including engineering, non-profit, real estate and sports.
Intern Sushi aims to connect the brightest and most talented interns with leading companies in the “hardest-to-break-into industries” on its multimedia platform. The site claims that is has reinvented the internship application and hiring process by allowing applicants to “vividly and visually” showcase their talent, passion and drive. Intern Sushi features an application dashboard, which includes an array of organizational and time-saving features, for interns and companies alike.
I Want Her Job is the website for independent-thinking women everywhere who are changing the face of business, and loving their jobs while they’re at it. The mission of the self-billed “anti-mean girls” site is to positively inspire women to not compete with one another, but instead to focus on becoming the best versions of themselves while lifting others up – and changing the male to female workforce ratio along the way.
JibberJobber was originally designed to help people organize and track their job search—but has since evolved into a “personal relationship manager” that allows you to manage your job search and optimize your network relationships for the duration of your career. The site was designed by Jason Alba during his first real job search in early 2006. Membership to the website is free, but users can pay to upgrade their account to Silver ($60/year) or Premium ($99/year) status—which offers additional features.
Founded by Andrew G. Rosen in 2005, Jobacle.com is a career advice blog that strives to offer unique and interesting content that appeals to the everyday office worker. Rosen had suffered through several painful job experiences and was in awe of the lack of career resources that “spoke to him.” With that in mind, he set out to create a site–unlike the job board giants—that features useful career advice and podcasts, which now have over one million downloads.
Jobbook is a free job search site that matches both recent college graduates and established professionals from the U.S. and Canada with employment opportunities. Job seekers can pick from over 30,000 job titles found in the “Jobdictionary,” and Jobbook will automatically match you with jobs and allow you to interact with employers of interest, for as long as you are a Jobbook member. The services, for both employers and job seekers, are completely free.
Job-Hunt is a site dedicated to the millions of people who have had their personal lives disrupted by the loss of a job. Since 1998, online job search expert Susan P. Joyce has edited the site—which provides a comprehensive listing of employer recruiting page links, legitimate job-search resources and services, and up-to-date advice from knowledgeable job search and career experts. From the very beginning, the site has focused on helping individuals avoid scams and protecting job seeker privacy.
The Jobma site allows job seekers to interact with employers, and strives to create a multimedia marketplace for talent acquisition. The site lets you pair your resume with a video pitch so employers can see you, your personality, and understand why you are the best fit for the job. Users can create one 60-second video resume for free—but they also have the option to upgrade to a premium membership for $5 per month, which allows them to build three videos. The site hosts a career advice blog, with posts on how to distribute your resume and tips for landing your dream job.
The mission of this site is to teach professionals or job seekers what they don’t learn in school: The skills and attitudes that can set you apart from your co-workers and competitors. Just Jobs Academy offers career advice, a job search feature, and a scholarship program. Three times annually the site’s scholarship committee awards an eligible student with a $2,000 scholarship.
The Keppie Careers blog provides detailed, practical, actionable information for job seekers and small business owners. Coach, mentor, and Keppie Careers founder Miriam Salpeter aspires to teach readers how they can take control of their own career success. She goes beyond the theoretical “big picture” approach and gives her audience news they can use about social media and traditional tools to help them achieve their goals.
KindredHQ is a career site for freelancers, independent workers and startup entrepreneurs trying to make it in the world. It’s geared toward those who decided to opt out of the traditional 9 to 5 office job and go it alone—and the site’s team understands that it can sometimes be very tough. That’s why they created Kindred HQ, an online community where these professionals can discuss the things they’re struggling with, share success stories, and make serious connections that can help them succeed in their careers.
Levo, the Latin root of the word “elevate,” is a social startup designed to elevate young women in the workforce by providing the career resources needed to achieve personal and professional success. As a community of professional women who are seeking advice, inspiration, and the tools needed to succeed, Levo is “your career cockpit for the first phase of your professional journey.”
Lindsey Pollak, a global spokesperson for LinkedIn and the author of Getting from College to Career: Your Essential Guide to Succeeding in the Real World, runs this engaging and informative site which offers blog posts, videos, and event listings to help young professionals succeed in the ever-changing world of work. On her blog, the Yale grad covers a variety of topics related to LinkedIn, including how to network with VIPs on LinkedIn and how to showcase your personal brand on the popular networking site.
Though we’re not rating our list of career sites, if we were, LinkedIn would come in as the indisputable No. 1. The largest professional social networking site, it has more than 225 million members in 200-some countries worldwide. People are signing up at approximately two new members a second. It is free to become a member and post a summary of your career and work history. Recruiters and hiring managers use ten-year-old LinkedIn more than any other website to connect with job candidates.
A job search aggregator, LinkUp only includes jobs listed on company websites. The site indexes more than 25,000 company career pages and updates listings nightly. LinkUp offers an app for Androids, iPhones or iPads. Similar to Indeed and SimplyHired, Linkup distinguishes itself because it only includes jobs listed on company sites, rather than other job boards or news listings. The site is a division of JobDig and based in Minneapolis, Minn.
Founded by Tiffany Owens in 2006, Modern-Day Nomads is a destination for globe-trekking, creative professionals who are multi-skilled, educated, and tech-savvy, and prefer a “locationless living” lifestyle or want to utilize their wide array of talents to travel the world. The site features meaningful opportunities (many with housing) in all different industries, all over the world.
One of the oldest online job boards, Monster.com was created in 1996 when one of the first job search sites, The Monster Board, merged with Online Career Center. It now includes listings in 50 countries in the Americas, Europe and Asia and sells services to recruiters and companies looking to hire. Job seekers can post their résumés and comb listings for free. The site includes loads of free content on everything from résumé and cover letter writing to interviewing tips to sample resignation letters.
Thinking about working on a part-time basis during your retirement? Career coach Nancy Collamer, author of Second-Act Careers: 50+ Ways to Profit From Your Passions During Semi-Retirement, offers advice on career reinvention, lifestyle-friendly income ideas and the best resources for boomers eager to leave the 9 to 5 workplace behind.
Based on the pay it forward model, Neighbors-helping-Neighbors USA, Inc. is a cost-free, peer-led volunteer job search support and networking group targeted toward individuals (anyone in career transition or entering the workforce—such as recent college graduates and struggling small business owners) who are actively looking for work and interested in reinvigorating their job search. Launched in 2011, the site allows group members to assist each other with their job search, to offer support, and to help with personal and professional networking.
Founded in 2002 and based in Seattle, Payscale offers free salary data to users in exchange for information about their jobs and compensation. Its data comes from some 40 million user-submitted profiles and stats on more than 4 million employers. Users can do a quick search on a company and job title, or fill out a questionnaire with information like years of experience, alma mater and current pay, and get an estimate of what someone of their age and experience should expect to earn in their city. The site also includes a blog featuring interviews with real people talking about their work experience.
Founded in 2007 by Dan Schawbel, managing partner at Millennial Branding, a Boston-based company that does research and consulting on Generation Y, Personal Branding Blog offers information about how to create your personal brand. The blog includes video podcasts, interviews with branding specialists, research reports, articles and games. Schawbel is also a Forbes.com contributor and the author of Me 2.0 and Promote Yourself: The New Rules For Career Success.
PivotPlanet, a resource for finding real-life career and start-up business advice shared by experienced advisors who can answer your questions and offer insights into their profession anywhere, anytime (for $50+ an hour), is the brainchild of Brian Kurth, founder of the in-person career mentorship company VocationVacations. PivotPlanet connects people around the world looking to “pivot” from an existing career to a new one–or to enhance their current job skills with expert advisors working in hundreds of fields. The advisors provide one-on-one video and phone sessions—and some even offer the option of in-person mentorship.
ProfessionDirection.com was created by Kristin S. Johnson with the mission to provide professionals and aspiring executives with top-notch career documents and advice, while boosting their confidence and aiding them in landing their ideal job. The Profession Direction resources page is a compilation of reputable resources and websites to aid careerists in answering tough job search questions.
Erin Kennedy, a Certified Professional Resume Writer/Career Consultant with over 13 years of writing experience behind her, is the president of Professional Resume Services. Her site offers services related to executive resumes, professional resumes, cover letters, bios, LinkedIn profiles, social networking, personal branding, and thank you letters, among many other things related to the job search process. Once you become a member, you’ll consult with Kennedy, who will match you with an executive resume writer that specializes in what you do and fits your needs. You and your writer will partner to gather information, brainstorm, and create a dynamic new resume package that will impress employers. Prices for customized packages range from $50 to $2,295.
ProRezOnline.com is a new, comprehensive program which covers the full range of tools necessary for job seekers to stand out and get noticed. It was designed by consensus from over 2,000 career and employment executives incorporating the latest techniques, strategies and tool sets to provide the best likelihood of success. The base level is free and the fully featured level is priced at $40—however, the site’s CEO James Gregware says nobody will ever be denied due to an inability to afford the top program.
Founded in 2010, Recruiter.com’s mission is to open doors for people, to personalize the job search process and help bring better career opportunities to individuals around the world. Since career opportunities are created when one person contacts another, Recruiter.com makes it easy for members to connect with the “right people.” The site says they aren’t trying to build a fancy new recruiting process. Instead, they look at the real world and then try to mirror what works.
ResumeBear is an online technology and people solution aiming to create a positive, professional and rewarding career search experience for every job seeker. They also strive to bring serious and qualified candidates to employers. ResumeBear charges those employers a small posting fee—but a portion of it is donated to Shriners Hospitals for Children and Veterans Across America. Aside from its job board, ResumeBear offers expert guidance and resources, among other tools, to help you find (and land) your next job.
ResumeWritersInk.com targets C-suite executives, professionals, and trade professionals seeking customized branding integrated with their career accomplishments. The site, founded by Tina Nicolai, offers a visual story and content-loaded bandwidth of information helping its clients discover career marketing services including coaching, résumé writing, profile assessments, and hot blog topics.
Founded in 1999, Salary.com is the oldest website aside from the federal government to offer online information about what jobs pay. The Waltham, Mass. company gets its data from vendors who survey companies’ human resources staff. Its free “salary wizard” gives a quick snapshot of the salary for a given job title in a particular city, or users can fill out a questionnaire with more specifics like education level and years of experience, and get a more focused result. For $30-$80, users can answer an extensive questionnaire and get a personal report that takes into account details like advanced degrees and numbers of employees they will be expected to supervise. The personal report includes information on potential benefits and bonuses, and sample arguments to make in a salary negotiation. The site also includes other information like job listings and a cost of living and benefits calculators.
With a mission to transform lives, She Negotiates gives women the tools and support to take responsibility for closing their own personal income and leadership gaps. “We start with the pocketbook because economic power is political power. And without political power, we have no voice. No presence. No platform. No credibility,” the site says. What sets She Negotiates apart? They know the personal, cultural and political landscapes that impact one’s ability to ask for what they want and move forward. The site publishes blogs posts and book recommendations, and offers virtual training, video tutorials, as well as consulting services for a fee.
Like Indeed.com, SimplyHired is a Google-like search engine for jobs and a quick way to survey a massive number of job listings. The site, based in Sunnyvale, Calif., aggregates information from job boards, news sites and company listings. At last count, it had 30 million unique visitors a month. One advantage of SimplyHired over Indeed: Job listings display a user’s LinkedIn connections to each job.
Skilled Jobs Direct is dedicated to matching skilled craft workers to jobs based on their trade, skills, professional experience, education, preferences and many other factors. The website automatically makes connections between worker profiles and jobs that match their criteria at no cost—but job seekers can opt for an upgraded Gold package for $5 per month, which includes features like text message notifications in real time and priority placement on job lists that are shown to recruiters.
StartUpHire is a job search engine that connects exceptional talent with innovative high-growth companies. The site provides the definitive listing of startup career opportunities, including thousands of jobs at venture capital backed companies nationwide. The site not only offers tools to career professionals, but also to employers and venture investors.
Marney Reid, a salesperson for a global industry leader in medical devices, launched the Stilettos on the Glass Ceiling blog to empower, support and promote working women of all ages and vocations. Reid wanted to create a global forum of support and collaboration where she can share stories of remarkable women who have found success and career fulfillment through becoming and embracing their authentic self, and who have the courage to share their stories with the world.
In 2010, while co-founders Meghan M. Biro and Kevin W. Grossman were comparing notes over coffee about the many forces reshaping today’s workplace, they wondered aloud about how talent-minded professionals could connect and support one another through chaotic and exciting shifts in business, technology and workforce dynamics. They knew that HR professionals and leaders were rapidly adopting social media for recruiting, branding, social learning, talent development and thought leadership—so they thought, why not leverage that momentum to create a dynamic community of practice? From there, TalentCulture was born. Today the site is a source of meaningful insight, expert advice, professional support and networking opportunities.
TalentZoo.com is the leading job board focusing on the advertising, marketing, tech, and digital/design industries. Loaded with great content for professionals at all career levels, the site attracts top talent from across the U.S., and delivers them to TalentZoo’s clients with a satisfaction guarantee on each job posting.
The Branding Muse was built upon the commitment to empower young professionals and college students to take control of their personal brands by providing them with the resources to create and maintain a professional and attractive online presence. Through classes, consultations, training, and its blog, The Branding Muse can help you communicate your value and take advantage of opportunities that will help you succeed in college, your career and beyond.
The Career Artisan, founded by award-winning resume writer, author, job search strategist and former recruiter Mary Elizabeth Bradford, offers free monthly “how to” career coaching articles and resume samples, as well as private and group coaching packages ($249 to $5,000), resume and cover letter services ($35 to $2,950), and help with career marketing documents (i.e. executive bios ($397), references and endorsements ($197) and value proposition letters ($250)), among other things. The site also hosts Bradford’s blog.
As a free and interactive career profile database, TheCareerProject.org site allows users to research thousands of real careers through the eyes of the people who work them.This site was designed with the pure intention of letting people of all ages, not just students, voyeur into any job they could think of.
Founded by Kathryn Minshew, Alex Cavoulacos and Melissa McCreery in September 2011, The Daily Muse is an online career and lifestyle publication targeted at women. Visit TheDailyMuse.com and you’ll find career advice, book reviews, tips for hiring, Q&A interviews with successful entrepreneurs and inspiring executives, videos and a job board. The Daily Muse also contributes to Forbes.com.
Founded by nationally-recognized career coach Ryan Kahn, The Hired Group has one goal: to get you hired. Building off of Kahn’s expertise in placing young professionals into the world’s most coveted companies, The Hired Group offers personalized services ranging from resume revisions to internship and job placement. Working with over 900 employers and specializing in public relations, film, TV, music, fashion, marketing and event planning industries, The Hired Group is a top resource for helping students and recent grads in landing their dream career.
Aimed at tech professionals, this site offers information on career development, with articles on topics like crafting a personal brand and tech certifications that earn six-figure salaries. The site also includes generic career advice like how to ace a job interview. Mantel Featherson, a career coach who used to consult companies on how best to use tech personnel, writes the articles on the site and publishes guest posts.
Founded as a job-search site for professionals who make $100,000 and up, last year TheLadders expanded to those making $40,000-$250,000. With free basic service, users can see job titles and have access to the site’s career tools and resources. With Premium Membership ($25 per month or $149 per year), users have unlimited access to thousands of recruiters and jobs. The site also has a career blog and weekly newsletters, and offers a package of résumé-writing and cover letter help for $400.
Founded by Rachel Sklar and Glynnis MacNicol, TheLi.st is a private membership community filled with “accomplished, connected, badass women” committed to pulling each other up and pushing each other out. The network of women includes founders, executives, journalists, makers, activists, strategists, creatives, and professionals of all stripes. The common denominator: they get it done. TheLi.st also hosts panels, seminars, meetups, conferences and other gatherings for its membership and the wider community.
Dr. Marla Gottschalk, an industrial and organizational psychologist who specializes in workplace success strategies and organizational change, writes The Office Blend blog. She discusses everything from how not to hate job interviews to the evolution of the workplace.
The Prepary is a job search advice blog written by Jaime Petkanics, based on her experiences and learnings from over five years as a recruiter in the finance and fashion industries. The Prepary publishes advice daily on job search-related topics including: how to answer common interview questions, how to use LinkedIn in your job search, things to consider when choosing a job or internship, how to look for a job when you already have one, and much more.
Founded by Christie Mims, this is a site for a career coaching service targeting women, with offices in D.C. and San Francisco. It has a blog with topics like how to deal with difficult feedback and whether to quit if you hate your job.
Founded three years ago by Austin, Texas mother and registered nurse Holly Reisem Hanna, Workathomewoman.com has a job board that includes dozens of positions that can be filled remotely, from call agents and virtual assistants to direct sales to transcribers. The site also has pieces on how to launch home-based careers like event planning and blogging.
TweakItTogether.com is the companion site to Cali Yost’s new book, TWEAK IT: Make What Matters to You Happen Every Day, and gives people the skills, tools and inspiration to manage their “work-life ‘fit’” every day. It introduces the simple, weekly “tweak it” practice that helps you harness the power of small, deliberate actions to be your best on and off; it offers an app that lets you track your “Tweaks of the Week” on your mobile device; and it provides links to the get-started “tweak it” inspiration from the 50 work, life and career experts interviewed in the book.
This service, free for job seekers, allows applicants to sign up and get alerts either by email, text or through Twitter, when jobs have been posted in their field of interest, or when their Facebook and LinkedIn connections have links to job postings.
According to Twitter, the real-time information network is “the fastest, simplest way to stay close to everything you care about.” If you care about finding employment—or a qualified job seeker–this could be a great place to start. With over a half-billion active users on the social media site, Twitter has become an important tool in both the job search and recruitment processes. (See: 4 Ways to Use Twitter to Find a Job.)
USAJobs is the government’s official site for Federal jobs and employment information. It provides public notice of job opportunities—and offers a platform to support online recruitment and job applications. Information about eligibility, compensation and benefits for Federal workers, including vacation time, commuter subsidies, insurance, and child care, is also available on the site.
A site aimed at veterans transitioning to civilian work, VetNet is sponsored by three organizations—Hire Heroes USA ,which tries to create job opportunities for vets and their spouses with corporate partners, Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families, which produces research and aims to change public policy affecting veterans, and Hiring Our Heroes, a U.S. Chamber of Commerce program. The site includes videos, resume and career advice and links to programs for veteran entrepreneurs.
Virtu is not a job board—but rather, a new way of connecting business and job seekers based on their work values. The site says that all connections are dependent upon its algorithm, and there’s no searchable database of jobs or resumes. Virtu offers employers and job seekers a small pool of opportunities tailored to them, eliminating the need to spend hours sifting through hundreds (or thousands) of postings or resumes that aren’t worth their time. Individuals can join for free; small businesses pay $99 per month for the Virtu service; and larger organizations pay $299+ per month.
Water Cooler Wisdom is one of the original blogs in the career and workplace space, launching initially in 2005. The content focuses on helping people find and succeed in meaningful work, and assisting companies and managers in retaining their top talent. WCW also investigates trends around the future of careers and work so that readers can be better prepared for what’s coming down the pike. The blog is written by Alexandra Levit, a bestselling career author, speaker, and adviser to the Fortune 500 and the Obama administration.
What’s For Work? is an online community that encourages members, employers, and providers to work together; to inspire and help each other grow. The site aims to help women take control of their careers by providing a rich set of tools that develop the knowledge, skills and confidence they need to land and preserve their dream jobs. The site’s cofounder and CEO, Teri Hockett, has held steadfast to her vision of creating a career website for women that has everything in one place; where job seekers, employers, and providers are all equal parts of the solution; and where members have tools to take action and create results.
Since the age of six, Michelle Ward wanted to be an actress. She majored in musical theater at NYU, Tisch School of the Arts, traveled the country singing, and even appeared on “Saturday Night Live.” But then, all of a sudden, she realized that wasn’t what she wanted to do anymore. So she got a different job. And another one, and another–going through seven jobs in four years, constantly trying to find “the perfect fit.” She eventually became a career and life coach, and now runs the When I Grow Up website. Through the site, Ward offers a blog, resources, and coaching services (a 12-session package sells for $897 per month for 4 months).
This is a career advice site founded by Ronnie Ann, whose eclectic background–she helped start a transitional residence for formerly incarcerated women and led the start-up of an environmental demonstration project—feeds her perspective on careers. Advice runs from how to customize your resume, to post-interview strategies. Susan P. Joyce of Job-Hunt.org is currently the site’s “team leader.”
Founded by Charles Pooley, Workfolio develops products and services—such as websites–that enable people to be more visible and get the most from the work they do. Professionals can build and maintain a website through Workfolio for $10 per month (custom domain and 2GB file hosting). For an additional $5 per month you can upgrade to the Executive level, which includes a custom domain; personal email; private website, which allows you to control who sees your site; and unlimited file hosting.
The WorkLifeNation site is dedicated to transforming stress in an “always-on” world. The site offers videos and blog posts with advice for reducing work-related stress, as well as coaching sessions with work-stress management consultant (and WorkLifeNation founder) Judy Martin.
Youtern is a matching site that hooks up would-be interns with job listings. Applicants fill out short profiles and the site matches them with open listings. The site also includes a blog with articles on subjects like résumé-writing, networking and how best to use LinkedIn.
ABOUT THE LIST // Our full list of the top 100 sites is not a ranking and there are no winners or losers; it’s rather a compilation of nominated sites that we believe deserve some special recognition. The list includes blogs, job boards, government sites, personal career coaching pages, and traditional media outlets’ career sites that could be useful to those conventional office jobs, Federal workers, work-from-home professionals, entrepreneurs, college students, retirees, and more.
NOTE FROM AUTHOR // Last year we inaugurated our first-ever list of the best websites for your career. We took nominations from readers and combed through some 700 sites in order to compile our list of the top 75. This August we put out another call for nominations and got a flood of 2,000 comments, emails and tweets in response. Then we reviewed last year’s list and considered all of the new nominations. In the process we decided to expand our list to 100.
Our goal was to assemble a comprehensive guide to smart and engaging sites. We hope we’ve come up with a thorough list of online destinations for interns, job seekers, business owners, established professionals, retirees, and anyone else looking to launch, improve, advance, or change his or her career.
My colleague Susan Adams, who helped compiled the list, has written an accompanying post with our picks for the ten best sites from our list of 100. She reminds readers that while there are some great resources on the web, they shouldn’t spend too much time on the Internet scouring listings, reading career advice or blasting out their résumé. Especially for those in job search mode, it’s better to spend time researching companies, networking and meeting people face to face.
Our full list of the top 100 sites is not a ranking and there are no winners or losers; it’s rather a compilation of nominated sites that we believe deserve some special recognition. The list includes blogs, job boards, government sites, personal career coaching pages, and traditional media outlets’ career sites that could be useful to those conventional office jobs, Federal workers, work-from-home professionals, entrepreneurs, college students, retirees, and more.