It doesn’t take much career experience before you figure out that the quality of the match between you and a prospective employer is one of – if not the – most important factors in creating career success. But how do you do that?
Until now, matching yourself to an employer has been a tedious process often speeded up with the aid and guidance of a Career Coach. But there’s a new resource online that may help some of you – Climber.com. Climber touts itself as a “dating service for jobs”. You open a free profile with them, complete a values assessment, then they use that to match you with prospective employers who have what you want. Great idea, yes?
I haven’t yet had a chance to preview Climber’s assessment process, but I will, and soon. Most of the time standardized values assessments are limiting in their ability to help job seekers pinpoint what they want most in their life, but who knows … perhaps Climber is different. In the meantime, check it out for yourself, and let me know what you think by posting a comment here.
Another new website, Layoffspace.com, targets the recently riffed by serving as a kind of MySpace for mid-career professionals. This social networking site helps the unemployed to network via blogs, chats, job fair/event listings, and articles. Visiting Layoffspace would also be a great way to sample the expertise of Career Coaches who hang out there to assist job seekers. Check it out!