After my weekend rant about job boards and the entire job search process--including HR departments that are too overworked, understaffed or unwilling to even acknowledge job seekers today--it's a good time to direct job seekers to four new and different career resources.
1. @careerealism. For those who don't recognize the meaning of the "@," this is the twitter address of a clever idea from noted careers/jobs expert JT O’Donnell. She has about dozen career experts who have agreed to give 140-character advice to job seekers with tough questions. If you visit the url with the same name, you can see over 60 questions already.
2. AskTheHeadhunter’s blog and site. Nick Corcodilos is the brutally honest, forthright and insightful headhunter who serves up tough love to job seekers while taking job boards and others to the woodshed. He tells like it is. And if you read any of his articles, you will be a better job seeker, by far. Spend some time on his site. You can thank me later.
3. LinkUp.com. This is the new Job Search Engine of the Year. Where else can you go to see only jobs from only company websites for free? Most of the jobs on LINKUP are never advertised on any other job board, are never fake (no work-at-home scams) and are always current. (I'm chairman of the company that owns Linkup, but you don't have to take my word for it. Seriously.)
4. Go to Risesmart.com if you want more job advice, but don’t know where to find it, or how to judge the good advice-givers from the bad. The folks there have developed a tool that ranks the web's best career advice-givers.
G.L. Hoffman is a serial entrepreneur and venture investor/operator/incubator/mentor. Two of his companies have traveled the entire success path from the garage to IPO. Currently, he is chairman of JobDig, and his blog can be found at WhatWouldDadSay.com or at JobDig.com.