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Career Resources For The Serious Job Hunter

Career-related links, articles and resources to help make your job search productive and effective - brought to you by

"Every morning I get up and look through the Forbes list of the richest people in America. If I'm not there, I go to work." - Robert Orben

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1st-Writer Articles
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What Is A Resume?

Resume Basics

Secrets of a Great Resume

How Have Resumes Changed? - And What To Do When What You're Doing Isn't Working.

Reverse Chronological, Functional & Mixed Resume Formats - Which should you use?

Seven Eight Worst Resume Mistakes - job hunters make when writing their resumes.

Resume Examples  - in all the formats you need, explained: ASCII resume (scannable resume), word processed resume, HTML resume (resume Web page), and PDF.

Student & New Graduate Resume Answers - "I'm a student who has no applied experience. How do I go about writing a resume that will make me look good, even though I lack job experience?"

Student & College Resumes - Frequently Asked Questions - Even more to help you get there.

Cover Letters

Covering Cover Letters

Broadcast Cover Letters

Other Job Search Documents

Regarding References

Recommendation Letter - Whether you need one or are asked to write one for someone else.

Resignation Letter - one of the most difficult and yet most important documents you may need to write.

Job Hunting Business Cards - The Job Hunter's Calling Card.

Thank You Letters

Professional Bios - With examples


Interview Prep - Before, During, and After The Interview

  • E-mail 1st-Writer for a list of the most frequently asked tough interview questions and their best responses - it's free!!

Long List of Common Interview Questions - A comprehensive list of hundreds of commonly asked tough interview questions - includes questions job candidates should ask at the interview.

Interview Questions Quiz - See how well you do answering some of the toughest interview questions (answer sheet provided)


Requested Salary History and Salary Requirements

Salary Negotiation - Skills for Navigating the Tough Terrain.

Where The Jobs Are

10 Avenues to Finding Your Next Job

Job Hunting for the Holidays - Don't miss this excellent opportunity to advance your job search and career.

Job & Career Fairs - Everything You Need to Know to Make it a Great.

Tapping Into the "Hidden Job Market" - it's not really "hidden."

Job Sites By Industry - A diverse list of Job-related Web sites/links organized by Industry.

Job Sites By State - A comprehensive list of Job-related Web sites and links organized by U.S. State and Region.

"Need to Know" Job Seeker Information

Equal Employment Opportunity Regulations in the United States


Interview Questions Quiz (more quizzes are coming!!)

Resume Quiz - see how you do!

Job Search Networking Quiz

Help & Motivation

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) - If it's a job search question, the answer is here

Tough Job Search Questions - Answered

Should I Hire a Professional Resume Writer?

Resume Services from 1st-Writer

Job Search Sticking Points - Where in the job search are you getting stuck?

The Do's and Don'ts of an Effective Job Search

Eight Worst Mistakes Job Hunters Make - the eight worst mistakes job hunters make when trying to land their next position.

Re-entering The Job Market

Career Path - A motivational article with real world strategies for finding a career you'll love.

Self-Evaluation - A Conversation To Have... with Yourself.

Lots more articles coming... keep checking back!

Want a list of the most frequently asked tough interview questions and their best responses? E-mail me and I'll be glad to send it to you! It's free!

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The Latest News:

Unemployment Rate Unexpectedly Plummeted to its Lowest Rate in Nearly Three Years
December 2, 2011. The unemployment rate fell to 8.6%, the lowest rate since March 2009 and a significant decline from 9% just a month before. By Annalyn Censky

No relief for long-term unemployed
November 2, 2011. The long-term unemployed just can't catch a break. By Charles Riley

The return of multiple job offers
July 18, 2011. Jobs are still hard to come by - unless you're part of the elite group of job seekers who are fielding not one but several competing opportunities at once. By Vickie Elmer, contributor.

Job seekers get left out of the recovery
New York,
July 8, 2011. It's been two years since the recession officially ended, but for job seekers, the economic woes are far from over.

Economists see more hiring on the way
New York,
January 24, 2011. In another sign of a strengthening economy, U.S. companies say they are planning to hire more workers, and expect economic growth to pick up in the first months of 2011, according to a survey released Monday. By Charles Riley, staff reporter

100 Best Companies To Work For (2011)
Fortune Magazine
. See the full list of America's top 100 employers, including detailed company profiles and contact information, or check out "Best Employers By State."

Strong signs of life for the job market
New York,
January 5, 2011. Private sector payrolls soared 297,000 in December, while 2010 job cuts drop 59% to lowest annual level since 1997, two separate reports show. By Aaron Smith, staff writer and Blake Ellis, staff reporter.

2011: A hiring boom, even at 9% unemployment
New York,
January 3, 2011. After three years of economic pain, a growing number of economists think 2011 will finally bring what everyone's been hoping for: more jobs and a self-sustaining recovery. By Chris Isidore, senior writer.

They're hiring!
Fortune Magazine, April 19, 2010.
These Fortune 100 employers have at least 200 openings each, totaling more than 60,000 jobs. Want to work there? Fortune Magazine asked company representatives what they're looking for - and secrets to getting hired.

Finally, an end to job losses
New York,
April 2, 2010. The long nightmare of job losses appears to be just about over. By Chris Isidore, senior writer.

6 Job Search Mistakes in a Recession
, March 22, 2010. In any economic climate, job hunting is nobody's idea of fun. And with the growing number of folks hitting the bricks these days, it seems the task is getting even harder. By Paul Powers.

Good job news: Wages are rising. Really.
New York,
March 5, 2010. The end of more than two years of job losses can't come soon enough for most Americans. By Chris Isidore, senior writer.

100 Best Companies To Work For (2010)
Fortune Magazine
. See the full list of America's top 100 employers, including detailed company profiles and contact information, or check out "Best Employers By State."

Jobless claims fall to 17-month low
New York,
December 31, 2009. - The number of Americans filing first-time claims for unemployment insurance fell sharply last week to the lowest level in 17 months, the government said Thursday. Analysts had expected an increase. By Hibah Yousuf, staff reporter.

More Raises, smaller pay increases in 2010
, December 21, 2009. - The good news is that you're more likely to get a raise next year. But the bad news is that the boost may not be as big as you'd like. By Blake Ellis, contributing writer.

Job loss: Worst in 34 years
, February 6, 2009. Employers slashed 598,000 more jobs in January as unemployment rate climbed to 7.6%. By Chris Isidore, senior writer.

Number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits breaks half-million mark for first time - in 2009
. By Lara Moscrip, contributing writer.

What About My Job?
, September 25, 2008. A near meltdown of the nation's financial system will affect jobs well beyond Wall Street. By Jessica Dickler, staff writer.

Where The Big Jobs Are
Fortune Magazine
, August 8, 2008. Demand for high-level talent is surprisingly robust, especially for senior managers who are willing to move. By Anne Fisher, senior writer.

Corporate America Is Getting Nervous
, June 6, 2008. A big spike in unemployment is the latest sign that businesses are starting to feel the pinch from the weak economy. But some see hope on the horizon. By Paul R. La Monica, editor at large.

Nation's Economic Pain Deepens
, June 6, 2008. Biggest jump in unemployment rate since 1986 - combined with energy and housing woes - stokes fears about recession. By Chris Isidore, senior writer.

Lessons Of The Fall
Fortune Magazine, May 29, 2008. Ex-CEOs from JetBlue, Starbucks, and Motorola discuss what they learned when they lost their jobs. By Patricia Sellers, editor at large.

CNN Money's Best Places To Live - 2008 Rates and compares US cities, including best employers in your state, best benefits, top-paying companies, and more.

10 Toughest Career Dilemmas - Solved
Fortune Magazine, December 10, 2007 - Covering whether it's time to change jobs, to secrets for getting into business school, to advice on surviving an office romance, Fortune Magazine includes excerpts from some of the top "Ask Annie" columns of the 2007 year.

Pay differences: Same job, 10 different cities
New York, N.Y., September 14, 2006 - Here's what you might earn in jobs that pay annual salaries of $60,000 and $90,000. By Jeanne Sahadi, senior writer. Posted well over three years ago, this article remains relevant, today, and is a good read.

Signs you have a great job ... or not
New York, N.Y., May 31, 2006 - Even when you're having a really bad day, your job may be a lot better than you think. Here's how to tell. By Jeanne Sahadi, senior writer.

Top 5 Resume Lies - The Truth Stretched Thin
New York, N.Y., Nov. 23, 2004 - The truth is stretched thin in resumes and on interviews by a notable number of job seekers. There are no statistics, but experts estimate that 10 percent to 30 percent of job seekers shade the truth or flat-out lie on their resumes, according to outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas.

Privacy issues for online job seekers:
Documents Reveal Serious Job Seeker Resume Privacy Violations, by Pam Dixon - Privacy Rights Clearinghouse
Fact Sheet 25: Privacy Tips for Online Job Seekers, by Pam Dixon - Privacy Rights Clearinghouse.

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Career Management ServicesSue Campbell has over 15 years experience as a professional resume writer and career strategist - helping clients achieve their career, business and marketing goals.

Student Resumes, Professional Resumes, Executive Resumes, Extensive (Academic / Medical) Resumes, Electronic Resume File Conversion, Professional Bios, Resume Critique, Corporate Profiles, Cover Letters, Resignation Letters, Returning Client Updates, and more, in all the formats job hunters need: MS Word resume, ASCII resume (scannable resume), HTML resume (resume Web page), and PDF formats. See examples of these different resume formats and how they're used in an effective job search.

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Career Guidance & Development Sites
(Regarding Third-party Web Sites)

Before beginning a successful job search, you need to know yourself and what it is you're searching for. The following are some outstanding sites and resources to help you find your way.

The Occupational Outlook Handbook
Get all the information you need on that targeted position or potential career path, including educational requirements, national salary levels, and working environment.

The Career Key: Choosing a Career
The Career Key will help you - in choosing a career, choosing a college major or training program, and in career planning. Take The Career Key - it's free! - a professional test or quiz. It measures your skills, abilities, talents, values, interests, and personality. You will identify promising jobs and get accurate career information about them.

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Reference Checking - For Job Hunters
(Regarding Third-party Web Sites)

Reference checking services from Allison & Taylor can help you get your dream job! In today's competitive job market former job references can make or break your career. Allison & Taylor's job reference checking offers an accurate way to confirm that your job references will enhance your chances, rather than stand in your way. One of the most common reasons job seekers are rejected for positions today is due to bad job references from their former employer(s).

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Instant-Hire - Background Checks
Job seekers can stand out ahead of the competition by supplying their own background checks with the help of Instant-Hire.

Job Sites By Industry & State

Job Sites By Industry

A diverse list of Job-related Web sites/links organized by Industry. Compiled for you by Sue Campbell at

Job Sites By State
A comprehensive list of Job-related Web sites and links organized by U.S. State and Region. Compiled for you by Sue Campbell at

Watch these pages - they keep growing!!

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Job & Career-related Web Sites
(Regarding Third-party Web Sites)
U.S. Newspapers By State - Find newspaper classified job ads in your location of choice.
International Newspapers.

The Occupational Outlook Handbook
Get the statistics you need on that targeted position or potential career path, including educational requirements, national salary levels, working environment, and more.

Graduate Degree
Insightful blog for would-be masters & PhD students interested in various US based distance learning institutions.

Weddles Association List
A well organized and easy-to-use list of several thousand associations from around the world organized by their primary professional/occupational focus and/or industry of interest. Provides individual links to the professional association Web sites. Joining professional associations in your industry, and actively networking within them, is a very important aspect of a successful and productive career life.

Directory of over 50,000 employment agencies, job banks, employers & career resources.

Big Dog in the UK
Site aims to provide a wide range of various job and apprenticeship vacancies for a NEET audience (not in education, employment or training), aged 14-24. They have over 30,000 vacancies listed, with more coming in on a daily basis. Offering career advice articles, money-saving tips and deals as well as a social network ‘feed’-like design, site encourages conversation and participation from the online community. They even mix up the serious side of job-seeking with a bit of fun via music videos, trailers, Flash games and competitions.

Contract Job Hunter
Contract Job Hunter specializes in job openings for serious Contractors and Consultants in the engineering, IT/IS, and technical disciplines. Their jobs include all positions advertised in CONTRACT EMPLOYMENT WEEKLY magazine. In addition to a job database, their members have access to a wide range of job-seeking services... all for $20 a year. Site offers a substantial listing of contract technical employment posts and is definitely worth a look. Listings are promised to be updated on the half-hour, and most posts are less than a week old.

75000 jobs in great places! Find a seasonal job or career in some of the greatest places on earth. Ski resorts, ranches, theme parks, tour companies and more are waiting for you here.

Employment News
Regional job opportunities across Greater Toronto and Ottawa Areas.

Permits2Work - UK and Immigration 4 UK
Work permit and immigration specialists for the UK. Providing applicants presented with UK job offers work permits for the United Kingdom. 5 years experience. Work on a no win, no fee basis.

Job Search Engine at
A free employment resource site. Offering: online job searching, job alerts, resume posting, and free job posting. View their help wanted by category or search by keyword. Also, browse their extensive employment resources directory.

Jobwerx Manufacturing Network
The Latest in What's Happening Online for Manufacturing and Engineering Professionals in Plastics, Packaging, Metal Stamping, Rubber, Tooling and More!

More than a 1000 jobs posted daily. Job seekers can post a profile in just seconds and search HireAbility's job database by state, posting date, job titles, skills, and more.

Skill Clear
Skill Clear offers information, news, advice and assistance relating to immigration, work permits and work visas for UK, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

Simply Hired
"Search every job on the planet."

Net-Temps is the #1 destination of job seekers looking for contract, temporary or direct employment through a staffing agency.

Billing-Coding ForumsVisit the new Billing & Coding Forum
Welcome to Billing-Coding Forums - A place where others can help you connect the dots... This site has been created with the intention of providing a forum and recruitment section for, and only for, Billers & Coders to come together, ask questions, find resources and locate jobs in this fast, ever growing industry.

**See more great sites to search for jobs and post your resume on Job Sites By Industry and Job Sites By State pages**

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Salary Calculators
Regarding Third-party Web Sites)

Bureau of Labor Statistics
Wages, earnings and benefits - U.S.

Salary survey, salaries, wages, compensation information and analysis. Includes evaluations for job offers or raises, and salary in your current position. Nice site.

The Occupational Outlook Handbook
Get the statistics you need on that targeted position or potential career path, including educational requirements, national salary levels, working environment, and more.
What are you worth? The Salary Wizard can help you determine what positions are paying in your choice of industry and location.

National Association of Realtors® Salary Calculator
Calculates salary and cost of living factors by location. Excellent resource.
A leading provider of online compensation data, including salary comparison, serving both individual employees and HR/Compensation professionals.

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(Regarding Third-party Web Sites)

Inspired Hospitality Recruiting
Specializing in attracting top-tier candidates in the hospitality industry, and working with leaders throughout the industry, Inspired Hospitality Recruiting focuses on high quality C-level, direct and management-level searches. Contact them to get started on your future. Highly recommend.

Career Directions
Professional recruiters with over ten years experience matching the right individual to the right job in the right company or organization. Serving most metropolitan areas throughout the United States.

Search Firm is building the largest, free online executive recruiter directory - connecting corporate recruiters with leading executive search firms around the world.

Staffing Services
Insource Solutions is an emerging leader in the provision of staffing services and qualified talent across an array of industries. They specialize in temporary, temp-to-hire, and permanent placement services. Definitely worth a look!

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Career Education
(Regarding Third-party Web Sites)

1st-Writer Student Center
Solid information for the student and new graduate. Links to some of the best job-related Websites on the Net. Comprehensive list of colleges and universities by state. Education related Websites.

Katen Consulting, LLC
"Helping Young Adults Become Young Professionals" - A Website worth watching, Katen Consulting offers powerful skill building workshops, including "Enhance Your Chance
Ô," for young adults and the educators who mentor them. Katen Consulting will soon be updating their Website to include interactive online materials and resources aimed at helping young adults succeed in the world of work. A definite winner.

GED (General Equivalency Diploma)
Find information on GED tests, online GED courses, high school diplomas online, GED practice tests, and GED books.

A good article on GEDs

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Research That Company
(Regarding Third-party Web Sites)

Hoovers Company Information Search

Annual Report Resource Center - from The Investor Relations Information Network

The New York Public Library - Company Information Search

Corporate Information

The Public Register's Annual Report Service

Canadian Business Resource


Web 100 Big Business on the Web

Buckmaster Annual Reports for Major U.S. Corporations
A fee-based service, Buckmaster Annual Reports is a collection of over 3,700 annual reports (252,000 pages) and 6,200 SEC 10-Ks from the top corporations in America, dating back as far as 1994.

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Fun Job-related & Non-job Sites
(Regarding Third-party Web Sites)

Take A Break!
A list of Web sites that offer some fun entertainment away from the job search.

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