The average job search length in the US in 2011 was 12 months. Do you know how to trim yours while pushing your search’s effectiveness through the roof? If not, these resources will help. From favorite blog posts and expert articles to coaching programs, websites, and job seeker services, we’ve got you covered.
Key Blog Posts
We’ve sorted through our wealth of blog posts to find the most critical ones for you to read:
- Considering a Career Change?
- Evaluating Job Opportunities
- Landing a Great Job Without a College Degree
- How to Maintain Your Life Balance in the Midst of Job Search or Career Change
Job Search Best Practices:
- 7 Career & Job Search Habits
- 3 Ways to End Those Job Search Blues
- The Jobs Least Likely to be Outsourced
- EI in the Job Search, Part 1
- EI in the Job Search, Part 2
- EI in the Job Search, Part 3
- Balancing Your Job Search with the Rest of Your Life
- Why Do You Job Search?
- Leveraging Interpersonal Support in Your Search
- Improve Your Job Search Results with SWOT Analysis
- The 9 to 5 Job Search
- Unschedule Your Search
- Hidden Job Market Penetration Tactics
- A New Approach to Online Searching
- Organize Your Job Search
- Guerrilla Job Search Techniques
- Online Job BoardsRejection Letter Tips
- Online Job Search Errors
- Managing Your References
- Getting Your References Together
- 6 Common Weaknesses in Mid-Career & Executive Resumes
- Your Resume Tells a Story
- Common Resume Mistakes
Cover Letter Writing:
- Networking Letters
- Media Opportunities
- Creative Additions for Resumes/Letters
- Optimize Your Email Communications
Interviewing & Salary Negotiations:
Working with Recruiters:
- Retained vs. Contingency Recruiters
- The Best Way to Find a Recruiter
- Optimize Your Relationship with Recruiters
- Company Research
- Intro to Salary Negotiations
- Pinpointing Your Salary Range
- 5 Steps to Effective Salary Negotiations
- Manage Your Online Image
- Creative Networking Techniques
- More Creative Networking Techniques
- Declining a Job Offer
- Following Up with Recruiters
- Following Up with Recruiters, Part 2
- Is Recruiter Blasting Worth It?
Online Articles by Cheryl Lynch Simpson
- How To Get More Interviews In Your Job Search
- Reinvent Your Career In Five Simple Steps
- The Perfect Resume
- Crafting A Stellar Career Summary For Your Resume
- Resurrecting the Perfect Resume, Part One
- Resurrecting the Perfect Resume, Part Two
- 175 Power Verbs and Phrases for Resumes, Cover Letters & Interviews
- Managing Emotions During Career Change and Job Search, Part One
- Managing Emotions During Career Change and Job Search, Part Two
Suite 101 Articles by Cheryl Lynch Simpson
- 10 Things Every Job Seeker Needs to Know About LinkedIn
- The 6 Kinds of Job Boards
- Ace That Phone Interview
- Why Do Career Values Matter?
Audios by Cheryl Lynch Simpson
- Polish Your Profile: 10 Strategic Ways to Boost Your Social Networking Brand Hope you find this audio helpful ~ it’s a copy of a recent teleclass I hosted on LinkedIn career branding best practices.
Coaching Programs & Online Classes by Cheryl Lynch Simpson
- Mission Networkable: 30 LinkedIn Shortcuts to Your Next Job
- Job Search Roadmap
- Introduction to Journaling
Recommended Job Search Sites & Services
- StrengthsFinder.com offers an extensive free assessment of your strengths based on those described in the best-selling book, StrengthsFinder. This resource is a gem that offers you unique insight into yourself.
- AssessmentGoddess.com provides an array of career and personal branding tools. Susan Guarneri comes highly recommended.
Job Search Tools:
- JibberJobber.com is the preeminent job search organization and relationship management tool.
- CareerShift.com is another job search management and CRM tool.
- ILostMyJob.com offers online tools and webinars for the laid off.
- CareerRealism.com is a career management best practices hub.
- AllisonTaylor.com specializes in checking your references so there are no surprises.
Recruiter Research & Distribution:
- ProfileResearch.com gets my thumbs up for the best executive recruiter research and distribution services.
- JobsbyFax.com offers another way to get your career materials into the hands of recruiters and employers.
- IntRvue.com is the best online resume tool I’ve seen, and I’ve seen more than a few. What I love about IntRvue is that it enables job seekers to promote different skill sets. If you’re pursuing multiple types of jobs or both corporate and consulting work at the same time, it can be difficult to position yourself equally for both. IntRvue solves that problem by allowing you to build multiple themed success stories and profiling them in multiple resumes.
Executive Job Boards:
There are more than a few of these out there, but my personal faves are: