Resources for Career Transition and Finding a Job

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Success Discoveries’ team of researchers has brought the best of the best in free Internet resources to our clients. This site is intended to provide “high-value" information to help in career transitioning and finding a job. Scroll down the entire page to see the many helpful resources.

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Use LinkedIn to Find the Job and People That Can Help You

The following video is a good introduction to LinkedIn, the leading social networking site. Success Discoveries career coaches are somewhat of an expert on using LinkedIn. If you’d like assistance getting the most out of LinkedIn go here.

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Recommended Reading: Career-Related Books at Amazon

Books on Amazon
How to successfully change careers and conduct a job search has been written about from practically every angle. Books are available through your local bookstore. Amazon has all of the bestsellers and some that are excellent but haven’t hit the bestseller list yet. To view all books in this category go to
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Top 50 Career Blogs

It doesn’t get any easier than this for getting to the best content. We haven’t verified that these Top 50 blogs are relevant to your needs but we thought it was good enough to mention.
http://www.invesp.com/blog-rank/Careers

Top 50 Career Blogs

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First Steps in Your Job Search

Brian Kruger of CollegeGrad.com provides a few pearls of job searching wisdom in the video below.  You’ll find a comprehensive list of Brian’s one-minute job search and interview-related training videos below. 

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Success Discoveries and The Nielson Group Partner to Provide Outplacement Services

The use of outplacement services by companies forced to layoff workers is growing according to Lee Hecht Harrison (see more in the video below). The Nielson Group, parent company to Success Discoveries and provider of organizational development, hiring and leadership effectiveness programs, combines its tools and strategies with the personal touch and professional coaching competencies of Success Discoveries coaches to provide high quality, client-focused job search coaching services to its clients. 

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Search for Job Postings on WetFeet

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When it comes to your job search, you can’t rely on online job boards to get you an interview much less get you a job offer. However, job boards can identify opportunities. Because there are way too many job boards, you need a one-stop search engine. WetFeet.com’s Job Search site is pretty impressive. Try it out. 

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Top 10 Tips for Successful Career Planning

1. Make Career Planning an Annual Event
2. Map Your Path Since Last Career Planning
3. Reflect on Your Likes and Dislikes, Needs and Wants
4. Examine Your Pastimes and Hobbies
5. Make Note of Your Past Accomplishments
6. Look Beyond Your Current Job for Transferable Skills
7. Review Career and Job Trends
8. Set Career and Job Goals
9. Explore New Education/Training Opportunities
10. Research Further Career/Job Advancement Opportunities

Career planning is not an activity that should be done once—in high school or college—and then left behind as we move forward in our jobs and careers. Rather, career planning is an activity that is best done on a regular basis—especially given the data that the average worker will change careers (not jobs) multiple times over his or her lifetime. And it’s never too soon or too late to start your career planning.

Career planning is not a hard activity, not something to be dreaded or put off, but rather an activity that should be liberating and fulfilling, providing goals to achieve in your current career or plans for beginning a transition to a new career. Career planning should be a rewarding and positive experience. Here, then, are 10 tips to help you achieve successful career planning.

1. Make Career Planning an Annual Event
Many of us have physicals, visit the eye doctor and dentist, and do a myriad of other things on an annual basis, so why not career planning? Find a day or weekend once a year—more often if you feel the need or if you’re planning a major career change—and schedule a retreat for yourself. Try to block out all distractions so that you have the time to truly focus on your career—what you really want out of your career, out of your life. By making career planning an annual event, you will feel more secure in your career choice and direction—and you’ll be better prepared for the many uncertainties and difficulties that lie ahead in all of our jobs and career.

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Microsoft and Monster.com Team Up to Help the Unemployed

4 Steps to Find the Right Job is a Microsoft Office Online Job Seeker resource. Microsoft has parntered with Monster.com to help those who are between jobs or wanting to change careers use Microsoft Office tools and Monster.com job search strategies. Watch the video for the quick tour of the 4 steps. Click on the image:

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Mastering the Interview

So you have an interview lined up. Master the Interview is another CollegeGrad.com jewel of a resource that will help you prepare for any interview. Click on Read More to find a wealth of direct links to quick topics on interviewing to read. 

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One-Minute Interview Training Videos

CollegeGrad.com has developed a great resource for anyone looking to get hired and facing an upcoming interview. Check out dozens of free, short helpful interview preparation videos.

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Could Ben Franklin find a Home at Your Company? The Challenge of “Renaissance Souls”

If you’re the sort of person who thrives on challenge, gets bored if you do the same thing too long, and really enjoy being a business owner because everything’s different, you’re not alone.

And if you’re the sort of person who likes things that fall into neat, clear categories, who wants to get really good at something and practice it to perfection, and who isn’t sure how to manage those who have to have a constantly changing environment, listen up.

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Networking for Adults: Online Social Networks and How to Leverage Them

If you have teenagers or college students, you probably have heard of or looked at Facebook or MySpace. Well if you haven’t found them yet, there are social networking sites for adults. So why should you care? Because networking is a significant part of success. And online social networks can be very effective at meeting your needs -reap your rewards - if you’ve been doing a little sowing ahead of time. Two of the more popular are LinkedIn and Plaxo.

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Wall Street Journal Video: How to Build a Job Network

How to Build a Job Network 9/21/2008 Boston University
Professor Kathy Kram sits down with WSJ’s Jennifer Merritt and shares the skills needed to build good relationships at work. (Sept. 22)

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