Online Employment Websites By Industry Served


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Following is a list of job search resources and the types of position, industry or group to which they primarily support.  All of them also serve other groups, industries, but if there is a tendency for one particular area, it is indicated.

Online Employment by Industry

Absolute Health Care (healthcare) (new graduates) (healthcare jobs) (retail and service jobs) (new graduates) (new graduates) (hourly, hospitality and service jobs) (hourly, hospitality and service jobs) (employers specifically recruiting minority candidates)

ExecuNet (professional and executive jobs) (career and job management; personalized)

Hcareers (Hospitality, Hotel, Resort) (healthcare)

HEALTHeCAREERS Network ( (professional) (general) (logistics, truck driving, delivery, and warehouse) (general)

Yahoo! HotJobs (general)

Social Networking Websites


networking 2Following is a list of prominent social networking websites that are beneficial for use in a job search.  There are new ones all the time, but these are some of the largest and have an established track record.  Be thoughtful as to which one(s) you use.  Some tend to be more purely social (e.g., FaceBook), others have more of a professional bent (LinkedIn), or commercial (Twitter).  Most of the websites on this list have their own job boards within the site.

Add the prefix “.com” to the end of the terms below when typed as all one word to access the website.

Primary Social Networking Websites



Jibber jobber


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Glass door

Job vent

Start Your Job Search By Looking At Primary Job Boards


facebook logo Twitter Logolinkedin logoFollowing is a list of large, national/global job boards for your consideration.  When beginning a job search, investigate them, assess their strengths versus your need.  Some of them are more effective for service industry positions; some provide better support for professionals, etc.

Add a “.com” to the end of each term below, typed as one word to access the site.

Primary Job Boards


Career Builder

Career Journal

Exec Searches

Federal Job Search

Hot Jobs


Job Central

Job Hunt

Job New USA

Job Pier

Job Search USA

Job Star

Jobs with Justice

Missouri Career Source

MRI Network

Search Ease

Simply Hired

Snag A

True Careers

Internet Sourcing and Niche Job Boards


Glassdoor logoYou may blinkedin logoe familiar with several of the large job search websites (e.g., Monster.comsimply hired logo,, etc.), but did you know there are many others?  Some of these “job boards” provide niche services specifically for veterans, people in specified ethnic groups, healthcare professionals, construction trade positions, etc.  In some cases it can be advantages to post a resume on smaller job boards that feature positions in your targeted area.

Following are some of my favorites:

Internet Sourcing (job board access with free membership)

Niche Job Websites (NFP) (regional) (healthcare) (hospitality) (non-corporate positions) (green job board) (subsidiary of (creative and technical) (government) (executive) (finance)

Resume Pro’s and Con’s


Resume graphicSome resumes these days are incredibly good and do many things necessary for success in a challenging job market, while others are less so. Following are observations on what makes the difference between a good resume and those not as effective.

“Resume +”

The resume is:

  • Well-organized and very readable
  • No more than 1-2 two pages in length (Curriculum Vitae’s are an exception where “more the better” often applies)
  • Built around keywords (behaviors, skills and attributes most likely searched for by résumé screening software)
  • Spelling out acronyms placed in parentheses
  • Crisp, detailed and to the point
  • Tailor-made for a specific job
  • Making use of the appropriate number of metrics to quantify and tell a story

“Resume -“

The resume:

  • Lacks necessary detail; more facts regarding past experience needed for reader to get sense of career progression
  • Presents information that is too high-level and vague; large gaps between jobs not explained
  • Fails to list all technical skills, certifications, software, etc. (Determine those items best supporting the desired job and list them; not doing this may prompt reader to assume you’re lacking in this area – most relevant for non-managerial positions)
  • Lacks metrics making it difficult for reader to determine scope
  • Has grammatical, spelling and other errors (all such no-no’s often prove fatal to a job candidacy)

In Job Interviews, Appearance Still Counts


Business Executives Posing in an OfficeLike it or not, a good part of the impression an interviewer first forms of you depends on appearance. All protests aside about not “judging a book by its cover,” appearance still counts in an interview. Wear a nice suit, business casual, or whatever is considered appropriate clothing for the work environment. Even if you know the work place to be a casual place, I believe it is OK to “dress-up” anyway. By wearing clothes that are coordinated, clean and pressed, it is one more way for the candidate to show interest and that they want the job. I hear that some job candidates believe they are not being true to themselves if they dress differently than they typically do. But with competition for the best jobs very keen, why not improve the odds of success by changing those things within your control?

Another long-time area of conflict is facial hair. Though beards are popular and more accepted on men of all ages, I still see surveys of hiring managers indicating a bias toward the clean-shaven.

And speaking of bias, though tattoos and various body piercings are becoming main stream and extending beyond age or generational boundaries, they can still evoke negative bias on the part of interviewers. Therefore, best practice is still that all body art be covered and all visible body piercings removed (with the exception of earrings) when attending an interview. If the position requires you to represent the company to customers and/or the general public, hiring companies still may have rules against such displays.

Put your best foot forward in the interview, and “dress for success.” You will be glad you did.

Be Confident in a Job Interview


website photo 2Who isn’t nervous during a job interview? Even the most self-assured candidate is going to have a moment or two of self-doubt. But the trick is to keep this to yourself and portray an image of confidence. This is what a potential employer wants to see if you are not confident in your own abilities why should they be. Here are a few ways to exude confidence.

Make eye contact, nothing is more of a dead give away of poor self-confidence than a person that will not look someone in the eye. Walk up to your interviewer, extend your hand and look in them in the eye when you greet them and express your pleasure of meeting them. And don’t beat around the bush when you are talking. Saying thinks like, “Well, I kind of helped with a project but I didn’t run it myself,” screams I do not think I am worthy of this position. Instead, say this, “I assisted in a very successful project and played a key role in bringing it to completion.” Your role in the project may not have
changed the perception the interviewer has of you has.

If you haven’t been on very many interviews or it has been some time since you last attended one, it is understandable to be nervous. The more interviews you complete, the more confidence you will gain in your abilities to sell yourself. And you have to remember that if you were not qualified you would not have gotten the interview in the first place. Use that knowledge to your advantage and instill confidence in yourself. As a back-up measure, get some friends or family members to remind you of all of your great traits and what makes you special – an ego boost before an interview can certainly
boost your confidence level.

Three Things To Make Your Resume Unique


Resume graphicA resume is a one- to two-page document summarizing your career objectives, professional experiences and achievements, and educational background. To stand apart from other candidates, you should consider the information in your resume carefully and make sure that it is personal to you. Here are three tips on making your resume unique to you:

1. Customize your career objective. Think of your whole resume as a sales tool; your career objective is your opening statement. You want your employer to know what you want, not just restate what other people want. State your commitment to your career goal. If you are unsure of what you want, how is your employer to believe that you really want the job at their organization and you are not just applying because you want to get out of your current work environment? Don’t be afraid to state what you want from a job and from an organization. While you want to state your commitment, you also want to show that you are willing to take action to achieve your goal. Indicate what direction or action you are willing to take in order to accomplish your career objective. Lastly, be specific about what you are looking for in a work situation. While you can say that you are looking for a “challenging” environment, this doesn’t mean anything to your employer, as people define challenges in various ways. Avoid using generic and broad terms. Simply state what you want, and what you are willing to do to get it.

2. Highlight the best elements of your experience. This is the most commonly missed aspect of writing a resume. The entire professional experience section on your resume is unique to you. Take advantage of that. Use power words to list your responsibilities, and make sure that you have a winning attitude in each of statement. Focus on those responsibilities that best describe the skills you acquired while in each job that make you the most qualified candidate for the position you are seeking. Quantify your responsibilities when possible to showcase to your potential employer that you are drive by results and are capable of exceeding goals. Don’t be shy about promoting your qualifications – you earned them with your hard work and dedication.

3. Personalize your cover letter. The biggest mistake professionals make is not spending any time on their cover letter. Your cover letter should receive the same attention as your resume as they go hand-in-hand. Address your cover letter to the appropriate person at the company (contact info is typically listed in the job description). Make sure to mention what position you are applying for, and demonstrate how the information in your resume aligns well with the job requirements. Your cover letter also allows you to address any information in your resume that may raise questions – take the time to do so, as you don’t want your resume discarded because you chose not to create a personalized cover letter. Overall make sure that your cover letter supports your resume and presents you as the most qualified candidate for the job.

Five Common Cover Letter Mistakes


With every resume submission, you should have a cover letter that accompanies it and presents you as a positive and qualified candidate for the job. A cover letter should highlight areas of your resume which promote your professional experience, and should address any questions an employer may have about hiring you for the job. There are five common cover letter mistakes outlined below that you must avoid in order to get through the first round of resume review and move one step closer to getting the job that you want.

1. Addressing the cover letter using a generic greeting, or misspelling the name of the personal contact or the company. The address line is the most prominent part of the cover letter; it should be included even if the cover letter is sent via email. Generic greetings are not favored; they make it seem like you have a template for your cover letter and you simply send it to all employers you are interested in working for. Do the research and find out who the appropriate contact is for the cover letter. However, make sure that they name and the company name is spelled correctly. If your address line contains errors, your cover letter is likely to never make it to the hiring manager.

2. Telling the company what they can do for your career. Simply stated, employers care about your qualifications and what you can do for the company. Do not spend your time telling the company how working for them can be great for your career. While that could be true, it certainly is not what the employers want to hear. Your potential employers want to hear how you can benefit their team; they want to know what you can bring to the table that is innovative, and focused on results. Make sure that your resume lets your employer know just why you are the best candidate for the job.

3. You re-state your resume. Do not go over the information that is in your resume in your cover letter. Your cover letter is meant to entice, and provoke the employer to review your resume in great detail. Re-stating the information in your resume doesn’t address what the employers want to know, which concerns reasons why you are the best candidate for the job. Highlight certain areas of your resume but do so in the context of your career goals and how such qualifications benefit the company.

4. Starting every sentence with “I”. While your cover letter is about you, starting each sentence this way will make your employer believe that your communication skills are not up to the level of your professional background. Discuss your qualifications, your goals and what you bring to the table in terms of the company, and your professional attributes.

5. Asking the employer to call you at their convenience. The most generic closing statements in cover letters ask the employer to contact you at their convenience. If you are truly excited about the opportunity with the employer, you won’t want to wait for them to call you back whenever they feel like it. What you should do instead is let them know when you want to follow up – and then do follow up. Close your cover letter by letting your potential employer know that you will contact them, as well as the manner in which you will do so. This shows your interest, and your take-charge attitude.

Quantifying Your Resume


The most difficult and time consuming section of any resume is the listing of your work experience, no matter the level you have reached in your professional career. The key is to consider your career objective and prioritize your work in accordance to your goals.

Your professional experience should not only showcase the activities you have done in your previous jobs, but should demonstrate your qualifications in the way that motivates employers to want to know more. Of course, we are referring to results, any tangible, measurable items that are impacting to the bottom line. Let your employers know that your project came within budget, that you exceeded the timeline, that you acquired X number of new customers, or that you increased sales by a double-digit percentage. Employers can wrap their minds around numbers, because they are focused on them daily. You want to let your potential employer know that you can think in the same way they do and that you take results into serious consideration as your perform your job on day-to-day basis.

To get started with your work history, begin each description with a power word, such as managed, developed, communicated, etc. Do some research and use only the power words and phrases that are appropriate for your industry. Make sure that the statements you list first under your job responsibilities quantify your achievements – don’t be afraid to list sales figured, customer acquisition rates, budget and timeline successes, or any other figures which help put your responsibilities in a context of the business/field you are working in. Be specific. The only way your statements are truly quantified is if you include numbers. Saying that you acquired new customers is significantly different from saying that you increased the customer database by 10%. As mentioned above, this is the most critical aspect of listing your job descriptions on your resume. Your employer wants to know not only what you did, but how well you did it. Also, these statements should be aligned with your career objective you included at the top of the resume. If you want to get a job in project management, letting your employer know that you managed a team of 20 people and the overall results you achieved will effectively highlight your qualifications. It is important to quantify your job description statements on your resume; however, as a word of caution, do not quantify all statements, just one or two that are most critical to your job and are goal driven. This shows your employer that you think in terms of exceeding your goals. All subsequent descriptions of your responsibilities should support the first one or two items on your list.

As a final test, put yourself in the shoes of your employer. Cross-check the job description and make sure that you address the qualifications required for the job with the information on your resume. Let your potential employer know you have what they are looking for, and you’ll be sure to make a great impression.

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