When developing Member Resources for specific industries, we identified career-related sites worth checking out regardless of your industry or role.  These sites offer more than the usual job search features.  One or more might deserve some real estate in your already-crowded inbox:
 
1.   Brazen Careerist
      Sign up for the site's blog to access career-
      related articles that are more than the "same
      old blah, blah, blah" and are truly useful (Ex.
     
How Hard Rock Cafe Hired 120 People in 30
      Days Using Facebook
).  And they attract great
      prospective employers to their virtual job fairs.

2.   Virtual Vocations
      This site has over 8,000 job postings, in every
      field, from companies that allow employees or
      contractors to telecommute (full and part-time)
      or work off-campus.  The site has a
      downloadable telecommuting handbook and a
      list of telecommuting-friendly employers as well.
      So, even if you are fairly certain that your goal
      is an onsite job, you may want to check out
      alternative ways of working.  Or you may find an
      opportunity to work a project and earn income
      while you continue your job search.  Set up a
      search agent or two and see what happens.     
     
      Note:  I've found that companies that allow
      flexible work situations, such as telecommuting,
      tend to be more innovative and family-friendly
      and offer more benefits that support live/work
      balance.


3.   Beyond.com
      You can search for jobs and set up search
       agents in Beyond.com.  You can also access
       career-related articles and the typical resources
       for job-seekers.  What sets this site apart from
       other job posting sites are the
       industry-specific Communities.  Go to
       Home>Interests>Communities to access
       industry-specific salary trends by title and
       location and news (and, of course, job postings)
       for over fifty different industries, including
       Mathematics and Gaming.  I'm also a huge fan
       of informative "one page tells all", so I enjoy
       the career-related infographics you can find at
       the bottom of the home page under About.  


4.   Pivotplanet
      Do you yearn to have a dream job that others
       may view as a little out-of-the-ordinary? 
      
Pivotplanet can hook you up with a real live
       person who can not only relate to your dream,
       but is currently living it themselves.  You can
       have a one hour phone consultation and learn
       the "real skinny" on your dream job for just
       $50.  This model minimizes travel and time
       costs while offering the possibility for you to
       truly explore an alternative or less-traditional
       career.   


5.   CareerSonar   
      The concept of this site is based on the fact
      that you are more likely to get a job if you are
      referred by one of your contacts than if you
      apply through a job posting site.  (I couldn't
      agree more!)  CareerSonar seeks to match your
      contacts with companies that have open
      positions.
  Once alerted to a match from the
      site, you will leverage your contact to
      arrange priority status for your candidacy. 
Of
      course this means you have allowed CareerSonar
      access to the names and employers of your
      contacts so you should review the details
      carefully before signing on. 
That said,
      should you check it out?  Definitely!


        Note: 
This works particularly well if a contact
       is currently employed within the company and
       is eligible for a bonus for referring new hires. 
       This is not so unusual, however, new hire
       referral bonuses are typically, but not
       always, reserved for mid to high-level positions. 


6.   jobrapido
      This site claims to aggregate all of the job
      postings from all of the sites across the Internet
      around the world into one site.  This is, of
      course, impossible to determine, but the site
      does have a huge number of postings.  And, if
      you are located in the U.S. and looking for a job
      abroad, you might want to set up job alerts
      with jobrapido. 

7.   JobWall
      On the opposite side of the spectrum from
      jobrapido is JobWall, which is ideal for a local
      vs. global job search.  Jobs in towns and
      non-metro areas and jobs for non-professionals
      are often missing from the larger job posting
      sites.  If you are seeking a job in a smaller
      venue or seeking a job that is not typically at
      the professional or executive level, you will find
      JobWall truly valuable.  And this site is ideal if
      location is more important to you than the job!

8.   Elance
      If you are seeking freelance work, either as
      your permanent career strategy or as a
      temporary strategy while you are looking for
      a full-time permanent position, you'll want to
      see what Elance has to offer.  On the site,
      you can
submit your profile and portfolio
      samples to receive job openings by email. Or
      you can review current fixed rate or hourly jobs,
      at any time to identify a match for your interests
      and skills.  Another reason to give Elance a look
      is that, if you get a job, they will collect your
      fees for you, saving some administrative hassle.

9.   flexjobs
      On the flexjobs site, you can review legitimate
      part or full-time telecommuting or work-at-home
      job postings. 
Additionally, on the site, you
      can take up to 50 different skills tests to gauge
      your career strengths and weaknesses.  This site
      is not free.  But, given the excellent reviews
      received by this site, if it fits your permanent or
      temporary career goals, it may be a good bet for
      at least a month or so. 


     
Note:  the site is heavily weighted toward IT
      jobs and you'll need to filter carefully to ensure
      you only see telecommuting or work-st-home
      jobs in your search results.

10.  USAJOBS and Idealist.org

       Interested in a federal government job or a
      non-profit position?  These two sites are your
      "go-to" places for these types of jobs.  If you are
      an individual with disabilities or a student,
      recent grad, veteran, or senior citizen, with
      USAJOBS, you can access additional resources
      for finding jobs.

       Idealist.org includes action and volunteer
       opportunities, internships, career events, and a
       (potentially very useful) list of non-profit
       organizations that can be filtered by areas of
       focus and type.  It's a great place to start if you
       are interested in a job in the non-profit sector. 

What I hope you got from this post: 
Know all the resources available to help you find a job as soon as possible.

What you should do: 
Take a few minutes out of your search to look at each of these sites.  But don't stop there.  Use Google search terms like "jobs for research scientists" or "job posting sites for older workers" to find sites that can offer you exactly what you need.


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