If Not Here Then Where?

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I admit it… I had run out of material for this week’s blog and started looking on the Internet for some ideas. Then it hit me that you were probably doing a similar thing, looking for articles in cyber world related to job search. Not wishing to lose any of our loyal readers, it seemed like it would be a good idea to share with you what I found on some other job search advice blogs.

First Things First

With millions (I may not be exaggerating) of blogs out there and little time to waste, I first went to some sources that I have found to be reliable to get their recommendations about blogs.

You can’t be in job search mode long without running across Alison Doyle. Alison is a job search and employment expert quoted in many places by many people. She has been with About.com since 1998. In addition to writing online articles, she has her own blog which is well worth the read.
Another name I turned to was Richard Bolles and his book, What Color Is Your Parachute? Guide to Job-Hunting Online. I mentioned this in one of my earlier blogs. He has a section on blogs with a list of his recommendations.

My Findings

So after doing my research, I combined others’ suggestions and came up with my own list. Note: My disclaimer and apology in advance — some bloggers can get downright rude, so in the interest of customer service, I tried to leave these out. However, some sites have multiple bloggers, so someone may have slipped through. Also, we at Workforce Solutions do not necessarily espouse to all the “advice” other bloggers set forth. We encourage you to “eat the chicken and spit out the bones.”

My Blog List

I’ve tried to categorize them and even included a list of blogs that list other blogs if you want more.

Sites with Multiple Writers

o Career Hub – 16 writers who post randomly.
o Personal Branding Blog – 39 writers posting weekly.
o Simply Hired Blog – many writers and you can apply to write one, really, but you won’t get paid. It posts daily. This is the same company as the Simply Hired job board.
o Monster Working.com – 3 writers may post several times in a week. This was one of the first blogs.

Single Writer

o Ask the Head Hunter – Nick Corcodillos posts frequently and can get a little direct.
o Jibber Jobber – Jason Alba posts daily, usually short ones with only 200-300 words.

Specialized

o Lindsey Pollack – her focus is on new graduates.
o LinkedIn Blog – want to guess the focus? Yep, using LinkedIn.
o MonsterThinking.com – Though it is targeted for human resource professionals and recruiters, it is very insightful.

Blog of Blogs

o The Riley Guide Blog List – started in 1994 with over 16,000 sources of information including “glogs” (graphic blogs).
o 100 Best Blogs for Your Job Search – site goes more for quantity than quality, but some good ones are there.
o Career-Related Blogs for Job Seekers – Quint Careers has been a trusted source of information for years.

Finally, there is a good chance I left out your favorite blogger, so please share. That really is what networking is all about. Oh, and remember when you comment on any blogs, it’s just like your other “social media” places, the same guides apply…be thoughtful about what you write, your next boss may be reading your comments.

Cheryl Sandifer is a Regional Facilitator with Workforce Solutions. In that role she has been able to apply her knowledge and experience as both an educator and social worker to conduct job search skills seminars throughout the Houston-Galveston area. She has had opportunity to work with those ranging from entry-level to C-level to help them find a job, keep a job, or get a better job.

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Workforce Solutions provides comprehensive human resource services for businesses and residents of the 13-county Houston-Galveston Gulf Coast region. Workforce Solutions helps employers solve workforce-related business problems and area residents build careers, so that both can better compete in the changing worldwide economy. Our Employer Service Division provides personalized service to help employers find qualified applicants for their jobs, build the skills and expertise of their new and current employees, and address human resource needs. We operate multiple community-based career offices in 13 Texas Gulf Coast counties to help residents get a job, keep a job or get a better job – offering placement, career counseling and financial aid services. We partner with the region’s businesses, educational institutions, civic organizations and community leaders to find solutions to current and future labor needs of industries that are vital to the region and its economy.