Put down that stick! Stop shaking and start reading! There is more online career advice out there than you can shake it at, anyway. Here are five examples:
- TheWorkBuzz is “The CareerBuilder.com Job Seeker Blog.” It’s general rather than IT-specific, but well worth reading now and then — especially if you’re out of work and looking for a way to fill time, because it’s a huge compendium of articles and links. Some are useful, and some are not, but overall there is enough buzz about work to keep you busy all day and night.
- Monster.com is a site where, like TheWorkBuzz parent CareerBuilder, you can look for jobs, but it also has a whole stack of advice — and lists of job openings in China, India, Malaysia, and the Philippines, in case you’re tired of the U.S. and want to try living somewhere else for a while.
- indeed claims to be “one search. all jobs.” Except they obviously don’t handle writing or editing jobs where capitalization is required. But lower-case indeed has some pretty good advice forums. Check them out.
- One-Stop Career Center is kind of content-farmish, but the articles I looked at seemed to be a cut above what you see on Demand Media sites, and the articles are sorted well, so it’s easy to find information on a given job-hunting subject. This site is owned by John Dyer, an executive recruiter (AKA headhunter), which is probably why it’s organized so well and why the articles are linked together in such a useful manner. Thanks, John.
- Tech Support Forum has an active career advice section. Its one flaw is a constant stream of annoying video ads, with sound, on many of its pages. Mute your sound before you click on the link above and you’ll find an interesting site. Don’t mute and… well, you were warned.
These are five advice/forum sites I personally found interesting and potentially useful. Hit Google with the search term “IT Career Advice” and you’ll find thousands more.
If you’re unemployed and looking, or you’re in a job you don’t think is going to last, you should look through at least the first few pages of those Google links. If even a few of them teach you something, your time will not be wasted.