jobless.jpgThere’s a great story in the Wall Street Journal today that sums up some of the top job-seeking/job-board sites out there.

For those of you who don’t have time or the inclination to read the Journal, I asked my intern to check out the websites the reporter mentioned and boil down what they offer job seekers, beyond job listings:

By Katherine Guiney

In these harsh times, everyone is feeling the economic strain and losing your job is nothing to be ashamed of. Even Tiger Woods got laid off. With one year left on his 10-year Buick endorsement contract, General Motors pulled the plug on the deal.

But Tiger and all you job seekers out there have more resources than ever to help you land a new gig. With the jobless rate at a 14-year high, many new job search engines have popped up and existing ones have enhanced their features in an effort to help the out of work find employment.

Where can you go?
This new job site has a resource center with overviews on interview techniques, resume writing, salary negotiation, networking and resigning.

In addition to letting you post your resume and get job alerts, features a pop up on the right of the screen with jobs in your area, categorized by industry. In February, the site launched, where professionals can network and, coming next year, highlight skill sets and upload samples of work.
When looking for jobs on you can search by industry or company. This site includes most job industries, but seems to focus on finance, law and consulting. In addition to samples of expert resumes and cover letters, message boards and a tab for colleges, the site offers something called “The Vault Recession Survival Package.” The package does cost, but it includes two 45-minutes coaching sessions, resume and cover letter work, and the Vault guide on finance, law or management consulting.
A salary-review and employee-review Web site. It offers salary data for positions at numerous companies, so you can estimate what a certain position should make.
The simple homepage asks you “what” want and “where” you want it, and then lists responses in a very Google-like fashion. Simple, but effective as it allows you to specify exactly what you are looking for.

In addition to the standard job search, has information on money, furthering your education and job fairs. calls itself “The Career Hub for Tech Insiders” and is targeted at technology professionals. Before you even search, a list of jobs that may be of interest given your location is posted in the top right hand corner of the page.
This site is geared toward finance-industry workers. It launched an emergency toolkit in September, which contains tips and articles on networking, interviewing and resume writing for finance professionals specifically.

OK, now for the surprise job-seeking source — YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY!

No, I’m not kidding folks.

Once upon a time, before the Internet, people who were out of work would head over to their local libraries to get information on companies around the country, including an address and contact information. I know this seems so Stone Age, but we used to have thumb through thick reference books instead of clicking on a computer key board.

Ever since cyber mania became the norm for job seekers, many of you have just forgotten about that big building in your neighborhood crammed with all those dusty books.

Time to rethink the local library.

The Brooklyn Public Library, in particular, is getting out the word on all the great stuff they have for the jobless.

The BPL offers assistance through its Education and Job Information Center, which provides library members free job training and career guidance.

Here’s a rundown on what’s available at the BPL and many other libraries around the country:

- Assessment software (sigi) library patrons can use to determine which careers would be a good match
- Print collection of books on careers, colleges, entrance exams, etc.
- Series of programs that help assess your skills/career development training
- Proctoring for paper-based exams for students
- Learning express library software: Database allows patrons to take practice tests for college entrance exams (like CUNY) for civil servants and GED
- Skills, Training and Employment Program (STEP) offers one on one assistance with trained staff member who reviews resumes, take them through referral brochures which they can consult for training or job search help, etc.
- Offer access to Career Cruising, a Web site that patrons can utilize for free to explore different occupations. This site is not free if you try to access it outside the library.
- Provide referral guides that list recommended resources for searching out financial aid and scholarships
- Provide free access to Career Cruising, a website which people can access to explore different occupations and search for scholarships.

And the best part of the library as job resource is you get to get off your big butt and head out into the real world where you are forced to interact with human beings. You’ll need that kind of exposure if you want to be on your toes during a job interview, especially if you’ve been out of work for a while and have no one to talk to but your dog or cat.

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