Resources for Your Job Search
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NETWORKING GROUPS, WORKSHOPS & EVENTS:
50+ Job Seekers Regional Networking Group Program-Multiple Locations: Barnstable, Bedford, Halifax, Marshfield, Mashpee and Hopkinton. See LinkedIn group supporting this program for additional information about locations, times, dates, topics: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/8467280
One-Stop Career Centers
There is a network of 33 One-Stop Career Centers across the state of MA which have provided services to1.4+ million job seekers and 81,200+ employers since 2007 successfully placing approximately 650,000 individuals into jobs. Find a Career Center near you and check out their monthly calendar for classes, workshops and events:
WIND: North (Wilmington), South (Canton), and East (Watertown): http://www.windnetworking.net
Since 1982, Operation A.B.L.E. a non-profit formed to help other non-profits. has remained dedicated to preparing job seekers 45 and older to re-enter or advance in the workforce.
AARP’s Back To Work 50+ Program helps older workers find better jobs by assisting with job training, career counseling and networking. You can learn more about smart job-seeking strategies as well as gain the support of national and local job-assistance partners.
AARP’s LifeReimagined offers a work program that includes tips on getting reinvigorated about your job, setting goals and becoming your own boss. You can take an online course that will help with your job search.
AARP’s Work Channel provides information and education to help people age 50-plus find a job, tweak résumés, polish interviewing skills, negotiate a salary and benefits, explore a second career path, explore flexible work arrangements, consider self-employment, and more. It also features the SimplyHired job search tool, which lets you easily search by job title or company as well as location.
WEBSITES – JOB SEARCH ENGINES:
LinkedIn: Started in 2009 and still ranked as the largest professional networking site, with over 175 million members in 200+ countries. Widely used by recruiters and hiring managers more than any other job search site to connect with potential job candidates.
Indeed: A Google-like search engine for jobs, and one of the most efficient since it aggregates information for job boards, news sites and company postings.
SimplyHired: Another Google-like search engine which also aggregates information. One advantage over Indeed is that job listings display the Job Seeker’s LinkedIn connections related to each job listed.
Monster: One of the oldest job board sites (founded in 1996). The site includes loads of free content from resume and cover letter writing to interview tips and sample resignation letters.
Idealist: Launched in 1996, it’s the largest job search site for nonprofit jobs and volunteer opportunities.
Internships: World’s largest internship job board for both paid and unpaid, full- and part-time internships with a link to Facebook to see who you connected to at the hiring company.
USAJobs: The government’s official site for federal jobs and information about eligibility, compensation and benefits for federal employees.
Wall Street Journal Careers Site: This site is packed with content for job seekers as well as links to the WSJ’s financial jobs website and their “At Work” blog that includes more great career content.
LinkUp: To date, this is the only job search engine that indexes jobs exclusively from company websites. Updated daily, the 3+ million jobs in their search engine are always current with no duplicates or job pollution
WEBSITES & BLOGS – JOB SEARCH GUIDANCE:
Next Avenue is public media’s first and only national journalism service for America’s booming older population. Their daily content delivers vital ideas, context and perspectives on issues that matter most as we age. Their mission is to meet the needs and unleash the potential of older Americans through the power of media. http://www.nextavenue.org/
What’s Next has online assessment tools, calculators, career guides, books, lots of articles filled with expert content, and career coaches – all available to help you figure out how to create the life you want. The site is geared toward older workers, has numerous online assessment tools you can use, and even has a Dream Blogs section where you can read real-life stories of career changes that are in progress.
COURSES, CERTIFICATIONS & TRAINING/RE-EDUCATION:
Lynda.com is a leading online learning platform that helps anyone learn business, software, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals. Through a paid subscription, members have access to the lynda.com video library of over 3000 engaging, top-quality courses taught by recognized industry experts. Many local libraries offer access to Lynda.com video courses free to library members.
ALISON.com is an e-learning provider and academy founded in Galway, Ireland in 2007 by serial entrepreneur, Mike Feerick.Its stated objective is to enable people to gain basic education and workplace skills.
MA Career Information System is an online tool to help you explore careers and find the right education or training program once you have made your career decisions. MassCIS offers information on: career assessment and planning, occupations, the labor market, outlook, and educational options.
Small Business Administration helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U. S. Virgin Islands and Guam.
SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grown and achieve goals through education and mentorship. They offer tools, templates, tips, mentors, and workshops to support small businesses.
Job Hawk: A Job Searching Blueprint for Any Economic Environment by Matthew J Kelly; Contributing Writer-Susan D Kelly
With so many job searching books on the market to choose from, what differentiates Job Hawk? The answer is simple, the author. Kelly shares with his readers the same methods which have helped him advance his career, and secure numerous employment opportunities over the years. The content within Job Hawk was accumulated over eleven years and six successful searches, two of which Kelly conducted in the midst of the Great Financial Recession. There is no substitute for personal experience. In this three part book, appropriate for any career level, Kelly covers an array of job searching techniques which he breaks down into a series of achievable steps. Readers will learn how to generate job leads, build a network, prepare for interviews and networking calls, optimize job searching efforts, evaluate job offers, negotiate a starting salary, and more. Job Hawk also provides templates for networking engagements as well as post-interview follow-ups. There’s no doubt that a job search is daunting. It requires sacrifice, hard work, and perseverance. At times it can be quite frustrating. Don’t be one of the many who neglects to maximize their career potential because of intimidation or fear of failure. Remember this, life is short and careers are even shorter! Available on Amazon!
Little Victories: Conquering Unemployment by Tom Brophy
This unemployment industry veteran has helped thousands of professionals negotiate the emotional and financial trauma of unemployment, and shows you how to deal with the rejection and depression that unemployed people must deal with.
Rebound: A Proven Plan for Starting Over After Job Loss by Martha Finney One of the nation’s leading workplace experts uses personal stories and insights from research to create a sympathetic guide to starting over after losing a job. She deals with the emotions as well as the practical steps to move forward from the trauma.
This straight-up survival guide shows you how to pick yourself up and get back out there again to find a job better than the one you lost. Drawing on his personal experience from being laid off and fired several times, Michael gives tips for job searches, managing emotions, and more to get you back into the race.
What Color Is Your Parachute? 2006: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers by Richard Nelson Bolles
Often called the Job Hunting Bible, it’s the best-selling job hunting book in the world and continues to top lists for it’s practical and inspiring plan.
Guerrilla Marketing for Job Hunters 3.0: How to Stand Out from the Crowd and Tap Into the Hidden Job Market using Social Media and 999 other Tactics Today by Jay Conrad Levinson and David E. Perry
In this modern world, you often need to take unusual steps to market yourself and stand out in the job market. This book shows what works in today’s competitive marketplace with tips and commentary from top recruiters.
A huge number of people are unhappy with the jobs they have but don’t know what they want to do. Jansen looks at this epidemic of job dissatisfaction and offers up career assessment quizzes and personality exercises to help you figure
out your career situation and future. If you weren’t happy in the job you lost this is a great book to pick up in order to decide what kind of job you should pursue next.
How To Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie – This book is a must read for everyone. It’s especially crucial when you are looking for a job. It’s sold more than 15 million copies and stayed on best seller lists for ages because it contains rock solid advice about climbing the ladder of success at work and in life.