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From the Intern: The 10 Blogs That Could Revolutionize Your Job Search
This list gives you insight into others just like you: job seekers. If we, as job seekers, have learned anything, it’s that job searching is a learning process. It’s a self-help process, a networking process, a rejection process, and an acceptance process – all rolled into one. Throughout that search, however, the knowledge you gain is invaluable. While a job search is a personal endeavor, it is far from solitary. Today’s market is different than what our parents saw; it’s even different from what our older siblings saw. Lessons aggregated from the personal experiences of others for navigating this new world are more important than ever with the incorporation of social media, mobile apps, online applications, and other virtual tools.
Cue the proliferation of job seeker Blogs. Today, blogs offer insight into the trials and tribulations of other job seekers and professionals. They also allow individuals from across the globe to gain a better understanding of the task ahead.
The rapid development of blogs has created an abundance of job seeker platforms, yet some stand out from the rest. The best approach is to pick a handful of sites that speak out to you, personally, and subscribe to their posts. So how do you know which are the “right” blogs to follow?
- A blog should have a purpose. Whether it covers a broad spectrum of topics, or focuses solely on the job search, the blog should have a clear intention. Depending on the blogger, the ideal focus for a job seeker may be roughly described as a “development” blog. This might encompass career development, personal development, among other topics, but this type of blog should help you, as a job seeker, grow and learn.
- A blog should be well organized. This speaks to the professionalism of the blogger, but also helps the job seeker navigate the site in order to determine what is most personally relevant or helpful.
- The blog should be professional. If you, as a job seeker, are seeking advice and insight into the job search process or career development, guidance should come from a source that maintains its own professional brand. Blog posts should be appropriate, ethical, and professional.
- It is important to find blogs that are relevant to you, specifically. Whether it is due to your own needs, your personal circumstances, or your individual tastes, an ideal blog should work for you (no pun intended).
LinkUp recommends these 10 job seeker blogs (in no particular order):
This blog is an extensive job search tool and is great for job seekers and companies, alike, looking to become more modern and up-to-date. The blog includes a section for companies that are hiring, as well as a range of sections for job seekers, organized by type of post or tip.
This blog is best for: All job seekers, especially those looking for inspiration beyond resume and interview tips.
The Undercover Recruiter is a comprehensive blog focused solely on the job search and career development processes. Posts include career tips, insightful infographics, job search and interview tips, social media use and technology.
This blog is best for: All job seekers, especially those who enjoy a bit of humor sprinkled in with their career advice.
Penelope Trunk’s blog is bolstered by her experience founding start-ups, as well as other professional endeavors. The blog is organized by concrete career-related topics, as well as relevant life-topics, like your job and romance.
This blog is best for: job seekers looking to take career risks, found a start up, or just need a little realistic career advice.
This is the blog of SparkHire, a company focused on online interviews and video resumes. The blog features a range of contributors, near daily posts and a highly organized layout with posts on the mobile job search trend, different career paths, job search tips, resume styles, non-profit work, and more.
This blog is best for: job seekers seeking guidance solely in the job search field and looking for advice or services from professionals.
Careerealism was created based on the belief that every job is temporary. This blog is specifically for the job search process. It also highlights tips for resume building, using LinkedIn, being laid off, and handling the workplace environment.
This blog is best for: job seekers that agree that every job is temporary, and are committed to their own personal career development through learning to utilize the tools available in their job search process.
Ms. Career Girl is a blog centered on the musings and advice of Nicole Crimaldi Emerick who started the blog when she graduated college. The blog features career tips, as well as life tips. Her career-centric section features posts on the job search, career confessions and a question/advice section. The accessibility of this blog is perfect for recent grads navigating the job search and life that comes along with it.
This blog is best for: Women and recent graduates trying to navigate the job search process.
This blog is for Generation Y the age group entering the workforce now. This blog has relevant postings for this group on topics such as crafting a work persona, the frustrations of not getting hired, and determining your marketable skills. This blog also features profiles on recent grads that have been successful in their searches and what they did to get there.
This blog is best for: Recent graduates looking to navigate the job search and life after college.
CareerHub’s blog includes posts from experienced job search professionals and includes topics such as tips on different career issues, today’s job market, balanced life information, as well as guest posts to provide further insights.
This blog is best for: All job seekers, including older job seekers looking for a change in career or how to advance their job search.
This is the blog of Guerilla job Hunting, a company who promotes unconventional job search advice. The posts offer networking tips, profiles of real-life job seekers and their experiences, as well as tangible “action steps” for each post that sum up the blog post into definitive, doable measures. The blog also promotes their products, including their job search DVDs and books.
This blog is best for: job seekers that appreciate concrete development plans and a hands-on approach to the job search process.
ResumeBear is a blog solely focused on jobs and career paths. It is updated consistently with new tips organized into the categories of resume and cover letter tips, interview tips, job trends and salary trends.
This blog is best for: job seekers looking for advice on a specific area of their job search process.
Job seekers – check out these blogs for tips and information that will help you in your job search. Here, at LinkUp, we want to provide you with the best resources to aid you in the pursuit of your ideal job. Good Luck!