With so much information online, it can be tough to identify the best career advice websites. I spend a ton of time reading about career development including job search advice, so here are eight of my favorites (alphabetized rather than ranked):
Of all the people who give career advice via Web, Donna Svei is someone where my consistent reaction is, “Yes, I agree with her!” Svei’s specialty is writing resumes and LinkedIn profiles to help job seekers maximize how well their marketing materials serve to open employment doors for them.
With 3.5 million job postings, 4 million salaries and 700,000 company reviews, CareerBliss is a career community with lots to offer anyone who wants to explore potential career and job opportunities.
Winner of multiple Webby Awards, glassdoor is a great site for researching jobs, careers, salaries, and companies. My favorite way to use the site is to look up interview questions from job seekers who interviewed with a company that interests you.
This is the official website for Dick Bolles’ classic book, What Color Is Your Parachute: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers, as well as his new book, The Job-Hunters’ Survival Guide: How to Find Hope and Rewarding Work, Even When “There Are No Jobs.” Bolles is now 89 but continues to be one of the most knowledgeable, prolific, and encouraging voices in career development today.
The online Occupational Outlook Handbook is published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. If you pay taxes to the U.S. Government, here is one of the best uses of your tax dollars. This is often the first source I check if I want to know more about a traditional career path. The published info does not include unusual or cutting-edge careers, but all the predictable careers are included and for those occupations, there is a good amount of information given and suggestions for where to find out more.
This site is run by Dr. Randall Hansen and features 4,500 pages of free content on careers and jobs. As Dr. Hansen is a former college professor, much of the QuintCareers.com content is particularly good for college students.
The Riley Guide is a directory of employment and career information sources and services on the Internet. It is primarily intended to provide instruction for job seekers on how to use the Internet to their best advantage. Margaret F. Dikel (formerly Margaret F. Riley) built the site in 1994 and has continued to grow it and maintain it ever since. Dikel is a librarian specializing in online information architecture, design, and searching.