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Great Gurus and One-Stop Advice Shops

When I have a question I start here because it’s more than a job it’s a career. These sites offer you advice beyond just the best ways to find work.

Joyce Lain Kennedy’s Careers Now
…if you don’t know Joyce where have you been? She’s been writing her syndicated career column for over 30 years (it appears in more than 100 newspapers). Joyce has also written many books on careers and job search which have influenced the way thousands of us think of this process. A large number of her columns are archived here and a few more sit on the Tribune Media Service website.
JobHuntersBible.com from Richard Bolles
…the newest addition to the many guides from the author of What Color Is Your Parachute? This incorporates his Net Guide (meta-list of job resource online) plus many of the self-assessment exercises from Parachute. You’ll love it.
Ask the Headhunter
…Nick Corcodilos is a headhunter and management consultant helping you with his own style of advice. Several good articles for you to read. While you are here take a look at his new book How to Work with Headhunters and his excellent blog
The Job Lounge
…a blog for job seekers and career changers from Susan Ireland a professional job search coach and resume writer and a good friend. She posts something helpful almost every weekday and will try to answer questions that you submit.
The Career Activist
Mark Swartz a Toronto-based career coach author and self-proclaimed Career Activist offers you very good advice on job searching along with selected quality links to additional articles and resources. His focus is on serving his fellow Canadians but all job seekers will appreciate his advice and find most of the links to be useful.
Casting the Net a blog by Terrence Seamon
This blog is for anyone involved in job search or career transition. Terrence is a leadership and organizational development consultant who has also been working as a career and transition coach for many years. He is author of To Your Success: The Job Seekers Guide to Success in 2012. I think you’ll enjoy his articles which are written for recent college graduates as well as more experienced persons who seek new opportunities.
Knock ’em Dead Online
…hosted by Martin Yate the best-selling author of the Knock ’em Dead series of job search books this site gives you fast access to much of his great advice. Yes you will find information on his books here but you’ll also get new articles list of resources and access to his blog with questions from other users and answers from the man himself.
The 21st Century Job Search Guide For The Perplexed Mary Elizabeth Bradford (TheCareerArtisan.com)
Short sweet and terrific guide to the “new” job search (which isn’t new it is just continually evolving). Bradford’s short ebook (in PDF format so no Nook or Kindle necessary) explains what you need to do and how to improve your job search quickly. Only 30 pages and fully understandable by those who are not so Internet savvy. Also great for college students. And right now you can download your copy for free! Quick get yours before she comes to her senses. And tell all your friends! You will recognize Mary Elizabeth’s name from links to articles she has written further down this page.
Keppie Careers
…this site offers numerous helpful and upbeat articles designed to encourage and assist you in your career whether you are seeking a new job a new direction or just a new attitude about it all. Miriam Salpeter founder of Keppie Careers has been working in the career advising field for over 10 years and formerly headed Career Action Center at the Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University one of the first college career centers to really move and shake it online.
Marty Nemko’s Career and Education Ideas
You may have heard of Marty Nemko but just in case you haven’t he is a highly regarded expert in careers. Marty is a career coach based in San Francisco who hosts his own radio show he is co-author of “Cool Careers for Dummies” he’s career advisor for Monster.com and much more. His web site includes several articles he has written on careers worklife and education issues and over 200 of his “Fast Fixes” tips for improving your worklife or education. He’s done so much which is why he is so knowledgeable about what you can do to help yourself and his website is a gold mine of free information.
Career Solvers Blog
Career Solvers is Barbara Safani noted career expert. Her blog is a wonderful free source of advice on numerous topics (you can do a keyword search up on the top right).
Work Strong by Pete Weddle
This blog on career fitness and personal career management (not job search although that is included) is authored by Pete Weddle an early entrant into the Internet recruiting market backed by experience as a recuiter and CEO of 2 HR consulting companies. He knows recruiting he know the job search and he knows that Your Career Success is directly related to the value of You. As Pete puts it “Whether you’re looking for work or searching for talent Work Strong takes the wimpy wish-upon-a-star fairy tale out of the job market and tells you the truth about what it takes to succeed in the 21st Century world of work.” This blog is guaranteed to make you stop and think for a moment about what you are doing today right now to make a healthy change in your career.
Ask A Manager Alison Green
“I manage a medium-sized successful organization. I hire fire promote manage all that. If you’re not sure what the hell your manager is thinking or how to ask for a raise or whether you might be in danger of getting fired or how to act in a second interview … ask away.” Created by Alison Green a hiring manager this is a marvelous blog allowing you the opportunity to ask those questions you’d like answered or just reading her answers to previous questions (there are lots on the topic of salary). You’ll also find her in other locations like USNews.com which is where I found her.
Job Seeker Resources from Career Directors International
Full disclosure: I am a member of this group. But what I want you to see are all of the free resources they have prepared for you. Career Directors International (CDI) is an association of career professionals from all walks of life and experience including professional resume writers job developers recruiters career coaches career counselors assessment specialists HR professionals and more. The Job Seeker resources includes articles and guidance written for you by these folks along with a searchable member directory that you can use to help connect with the professional you need.
Career Articles by Resume to Referral
…a collection of articles on job searching choosing a career path negotiation and many other job-search related topics. Resume to Referral is a resume preparation and career management firm operated by Teena Rose CPRW CEIP CCM and author.
New Higher’s Higher Call
New Higher is a consulting firm dedicated to “improving the way the world works by helping professionals find and grow their talent. We offer high performance training technology services and help organizations recruit high performers.” Every at 9 PM EST they host a free conference call offering tools techniques and instruction to help you perform better personally and professionally. (Think “career management” not job search.) The calls are about 1 hour half of which is an open question-and-answer period. The phone number is posted (no it is not toll-free) but you should register in advance (free). All the information you need including recordings of past calls and a schedule of upcoming seminars can be found on the site.
Interview IQ
…a blog on job hunting intelligence (interview tips resume tips etc.) authored by Karalyn Brown a careers journalist and former HR and recruitment consultant based in Australia. Great articles!
The Career Clinic
…a radio show talking about careers job search and much more. They are carried on over 40 stations around the US plus the Armed Forces Network but even better is the fact they are providing today’s broadcast over the Internet using RealPlayer (free software can be added to your computer.) Guests are as varied as the topics they cover ranging from every day folks who love their jobs to experts like Dick Bolles and other riffraff like yours truly. Check their web site for the audios the station list a schedule of show topics and links to related services to help you.
MyCornerOfficeConsultants: Your Personal Career Portal
Established by the recruiting firm Corner Office Consultants to aid job seekers who did not fit into their business focus (computing / IT) this free site offers advice along with a stream of job announcements sources from multiple sites targeted to you. The free career advice and resources help guide you through an effective job search as well as help you improve your interpersonal skills and job search techniques. The Career Portal is not specific to any single profession so all should feel free to try it out. And did I mention that it’s free?
The Total Guide from Total Mortgage
This collection of guides to homebuying green living renovating your home and even job search and academic pursuits is provided by this mortgage company because they understand that life is filled with choices milestones and hurdles. Of course I’m looking at the guides to cover letters resumes and interviewing but all of the guides are good. Take a look.

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