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By Susan P. Joyce

All of Job-Hunt's Guides are at NO COST for any job seeker to use. Each Guide is comprised of articles on a specific job search topic: resumes, job interviews, LinkedIn, and more than forty other topics.

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Online Job Search Tools, Traditional Job Search Process and Tools, Avoiding Job Search Hazards, Handling Unemployment and Job Loss, Making a Career Change, New Grads, Veterans, Boomers, Introverts, and Other Groups, Government, IT, Finance, and Other Industries, Free ebooks About Job Search, and Resources and Directories.

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Reader's Digest describes Job-Hunt.Org as "vacuum-packed with solid advice." The Guides described (and linked) below will make it clear why that description fits.

Each Guide is written by one or more experts in that field. These experts constantly contribute articles critical to successful job search.

Scroll down this page to find the Guides divided into topic and sub-topics.

Guides to Online Job Search Tools

In the last few years, technology has dramatically changed how employers find and hire employees. And, those changes in recruiting have impacted job search in ways that job seekers have never seen before.

Understanding the new technology, from how to use Google and social media (particularly LinkedIn) to effectively using job boards and even email, is essential now. These links take you to Job-Hunt Guides on those topics:

  • Guide to Finding Jobs Online
    This Guide shows where jobs are posted online.
  • Guide to Personal SEO
    This Guide helps you understand how important "search engine optimization" (SEO) is to a modern job search. Learn what your keywords are, and where (and how) to make them visible to recruiters, employers, and other potential members of your network.
  • Guide to Social Media & Job Search
    This Guide gives you an over-view of the major current social media networks and how you can leverage them for your job search.

    • Guide to Using LinkedIn for Job Search
      LinkedIn is, by far, the dominant social network for professionals managing their careers as well as looking for new jobs.
    • Guide to Google Plus for Job Search
      Since G+ is owned by Google, G+ offers you an excellent opportunity to tell Google what you want it to show recruiters, potential employers, and new networking contacts. This Guide shows you how to make yourself positively visible in Google.
    • Guide to Facebook for Job Search
      Facebook can be very effective for job search. It can also be very damaging. This Guide helps you leverage Facebook for positive results in your job search.
    • Guide to Twitter Job Search
      Twitter can be an excellent source of job leads for the employers and fields you follow. Twitter can also be very helpful in identifying good contacts and expanding your network.
  • Guide to Personal Branding
    Like personal SEO (above), personal branding is a new necessity for both your career and your job search. This Guide helps you understand the basic concept and also to discover/develop your personal brand, plus where and how to make it visible so that it helps your job search.

    • Free ebooks about personal branding -

      • Personal Branding and Your LinkedIn Profile
        LinkedIn is a very important tool for building your personal brand. Particularly if you are an executive, this ebook helps you leverage your personal brand using LinkedIn.
      • Personal Marketing Plan
        This ebook helps you to pull all of the pieces together to create a solid personal brand and then to leverage social media to make progress in your job search.
  • Guide to Using Google for Your Job Search
    Google offers job seekers many tools to help them manage their job hunting, and this Guide explains how to use those tools successfully, starting with more effective search queries and including Google Plus.
  • Guide to Internet Resumes
    Resumes used on the Internet are different from pre-Internet resumes because they are public, often visible by anyone who wants to look at them. That visibility creates new needs for privacy protection as well as employment protection since employers are often suspicious of employees who are obviously job hunting. This Guide helps you understand the issues and adjust your approach accordingly.
  • Guide to Email for Job Search
    Email is essential for communication now, but it can cause problems and cost opportunities if used inappropriately in a job search. This Guide shows you how to use email most effectively in your job search.
  • Guide to Job Boards
    From Indeed.com (today's largest source of job postings in the world) to Craigslist's local online classified, job boards are everywhere. Some are excellent, some are not particularly useful, and some are downright dangerous (or, simply scams). This Guide helps you analyze job boards and use them appropriately, particularly Indeed and Craigslist.

    • Free ebooks about using job boards -

      • Choosing Safe Job Boards
        Not every job board is useful. Some are scams and some are ineffective. This Guide explains how to evaluate job boards, separating the good ones from the useless and/or dangerous.
      • Using Craigslist for Job Search
        Craigslist can be a wonderful source of local jobs, no matter where you are in the world. Jobs are posted by many medium and small employers -- jobs you won't find posted elsewhere -- and also by many large employers. But, you do need to be cautious using Craigslist. The Guide offers tips on leveraging Craigslist for your job search as well as how to spot and avoid scams.

Guides to Traditional Job Search Process and Tools

While technology has had an enormous impact, resumes are still very important, and job interviews usually clinch the job offer (when done well). Also smart job seekers understand what recruiters want, how to leverage temporary employment effectively, successfully navigate the job search process, and much more. Read these Guides to catch up on what is most effective now:

  • Guide to Getting Started with Your Job Search
    This Guide provides the foundation for moving ahead with your job search, helping you understand all of the different aspects of it, including the process and the tools you can use to succeed.
  • Guide to Effective Resumes
    Resumes are one of the traditional tools used in a job search, and they are still very important to your success. This Guide provides both articles which explain how to create a successful resume as well as sample resumes so you can see how different special situations are successfully managed.
  • Guide to Successful Job Interviews
    While an effective resume gets you a job interview, the job interview is the make-or-break event that may land you the job. Or not. This Guide helps you answer the common job interview questions and also helps you understand the process from beginning to end.

    • Free ebook about job interviews:

  • Guide to Company Research
    Researching potential employers helps you in many different ways, from avoiding bad employers to being well-prepared for job interviews. This Guide provides tools and strategies for finding the information you need to know for your job search.
  • Guide to Job Search Networking
    Networking is the key to success in a job search! Job seekers who don't understand networking have a serious handicap in their job search. This Guide offers you a foundation understanding of effective networking as well as many networking tips and tricks to use for a successful job search.
  • Guide to Freelancing and Contracting
    Freelancing or contract jobs can be a temporary gap filler that provides a good income for a set period of time. For an increasingly large number of workers, freelancing is a new career. It typically pays better than a "real job" and cuts you loose from getting too caught up in the internal politics of a typical organization. But, the hazards are ending at a specific point, finding the next "gig," and managing your own tax payments.
  • Guide to Temporary Employment
    Often temporary employment is a necessity. It can also be a great way to check out an employer while you "audition" for a permanent job. And, for many, it is a convenient way to earn an income without an endless commitment to a single employer. This Guide helps you be a successful temporary worker.
  • Guide to Job Search Navigation
    A job search (and a career) require navigation to be successful. In this Guide, learn how to navigate your way to a job.
  • Understanding Employers --

    Understanding what's happening on the "other side" of the hiring process is key to being successful in your job search.

    • Guide to Working with Recruiters
      Recruiters are key players in any job search because they are usually the people who manage the process. Working well with them is not optional, and this ebook, written by a recruiter, will help you understand their perspective and work with them successfully.
    • Guide to Your Best Job Search Mindset
      Employers have a different view of the job search process than most job seekers do, naturally. This ebook offers you the employer's perspective -- of you and your actions.
  • Guide to Guerrilla Job Search
    Some job seekers are successful because they take a different route to a job. This Guide offers some ideas for standing out from the crowd in your job search.

Guide to Avoiding Online Job Search Hazards

Unfortunately, new technology has created some new hazards, like protecting your privacy, job hunting without getting fired, and managing your online reputation. Old hazards have morphed into new versions, particularly related to scam jobs, scam job boards, and employer identity theft. These Job-Hunt Guides will help you navigate some tricky waters around those topics:

  • Guide to Protecting Your Privacy
    In an online job search, smart job seekers take precautions to protect their privacy. This Guide explains why and how to do that.
  • Guide to Avoiding Job Scams
    Unfortunately, people in a job search are exposed to a number of scams, and without knowing what you might be facing and how many of the scams operate, you can be badly hurt by them. So, read this Guide to understand how to spot and avoid online scams in your job search.
  • Guide to Online Reputation Management
    Employers and recruiters use the Internet's search capabilities to research potential job candidates. What they find can make the difference between being considered for a job and being ignored. So, today, online reputation management is really not optional. This Guide offers the why and how to protect your reputation online.
  • Guide to a Stealthy Job Search
    Employers are not usually happy to discover that an employee is job hunting. Often, that employee loses their job immediately or has a very uncomfortable discussion with their boss. Unfortunately, today, it is easy for employers to discover that an employee is job hunting. This Guide offers help to avoid that situation.

Guides for Handling Unemployment and Job Loss

Job loss is tough, regardless of the cause. These Job-Hunt Guides provide you with help recovering from layoffs or being fired and landing a new job:

  • Guide to Beating Unemployment
    Finding a new job is usually an immediate need for someone who has lost their job or who is unemployed. This Guide offers detailed advice on how to manage the issue in resumes, LinkedIn Profiles, job interviews, and other steps in the process of finding a new job.
  • Guide to Job Loss Recovery
    Losing your job can be a very big blow to both your confidence and your bank account. Successfully handling that blow can make the difference between a short and a longer job search. This Guide offers you help recovering from job loss.
  • Guide to Layoff Recovery
    A layoff is a job loss that is not usually related to employee performance. Someone is laid off typically simply because they are in the wrong department or job at the wrong time (when the department or job are being reduced). This Guide helps you successfully recover.

    • Free ebook about layoffs:

      • Guide to Layoff Self-Defense
        Smart job seekers don't assume that they will not be laid off, particularly if their employer has laid off other employees. This ebook helps you to lay the groundwork for surviving if you are laid off (or, maybe, for leaving before it can happen to you).
  • Guide to Fired-to-Hired Transition
    Being fired can be very painful. It can also be a learning experience and an opportunity to move on to a better situation. This Guide will help you handle the situation and recover from it, moving from fired to hired!

Guides to Making a Career Change

With millions of options to choose from, this is often the most difficult part of a job search. It is also the most important.

Today, "keeping my options open" means a vague LinkedIn profile, a vague/general resume, and -- with the impact of technology and the importance of keywords -- usually a much longer job search. Taking the time to figure out what you want is usually an extremely good investment of your time and attention! Here's help:

  • Guide to Career Assessments
    For many of us, figuring out what we do best is not easy, but it is very important to success in your jobs and career. Career assessments help you understand more about yourself so you can make the best choices. This Guide describes the different kinds of career assessments.
  • Guide to Building a Successful Career
    Your career is made up of all your jobs, but smart job seekers look at the big picture of their career. This Guide will help you focus your attention and efforts to build a great career.
  • Guide to Career Change
    Most of us change our careers several times, both because we want to but also when we have no choice -- an employer closes or a new technology replaces an industry or field (think about Kodak and Polaroid). When possible, planning your next career change is the best approach, and this Guide will walk you through those steps.

    • Free ebooks for career changers:

      • Starting Your Career Reinvention
        For a successful career change, you need to understand yourself -- what you want to do and what you like to do. This ebook provides a process that will help you figure out what should be next for your career.
      • Implementing Your Career Reinvention
        Once you know the direction you want your career to take, you can move in that direction. This ebook describes 5 steps to implement your career change.
  • Guide to Lifestyle-Friendly Careers
    Sometimes we need a job that fits our lifestyle. We may have responsibilities for children, a spouse, or parents that means we can't have a traditional 9-to-5 job. Or, maybe we're tired of traditional jobs. This Guide shows you many options for your lifestyle-friendly career, including turning your hobby into income.
  • Guide to Mid-Life Careers
    At "mid-life" (mid-40's and later) we may decide that we want to do something different from what we've been doing for the last twenty years. This Guide helps you discover and evaluate your mid-life career options.
  • Guide to Becoming an Entrepreneur
    Becoming an entrepreneur -- being your own boss -- is appealing to many of us. This Guide provides you with the groundwork to understand what is involved in starting and running your own business.

Guides for Specific Groups of Job Seekers

Many groups of job seekers face unique issues, based on their age, experience level, or personal preferences. This section of Job-Hunt.Org helps members of those groups, from boomers to veterans, introverts to new grads, .

Learn what your group needs to know to succeed by reading the appropriate Guide(s) for you.

  • Guide to Job Search for Boomers
    Boomers face many issues in their job search, from the possible disadvantage of no longer being young (and inexpensive) to the advantages resulting from a strong network built up over their lives. This Guide helps Boomer job seekers manage the "age issue" and reconnect with their networks, both resulting in successful job searches more quickly.
  • Guide to Job Search for New Graduates
    New graduates face the issues associated with any start up, and, of course, strategies exist for managing those issues. This Guide offers new grads solid advice for starting up their careers and successful job search.

    • Free ebooks for New Grads:

      • LinkedIn for New Grads
        Getting started with LinkedIn can be a little challenging, particularly without many years of experience or jobs to include. This ebook offers help building an effective LinkedIn profile by overcoming those challenges.
      • Converting Your Internship to a Full-Time Job
        Often an internship can be a short-cut to a full-time job. This ebook helps you craft that transition.
  • Guide to Job Search for Veterans
    Veterans and active-duty members preparing for transition to the civilian job market have both advantages to leverage and disadvantages to overcome for a successful job search. If you are a veteran or in transition, this Guide provides you with guidance for dealing with the issues and making the advantages obvious to civilian employers.
  • Guide to Job Search for Introverts
    Many of us are introverts or consider ourselves to be "shy." This Guide helps introverts (and shy people) handle the job search process without becoming too stressed.

    • Free ebook for Introverts:

      • Job Search Networking for Introverts
        Networking is probably the biggest challenge for introverts. This ebook provides help for introverts (and shy people) to address the issues associated with networking.
  • Guide to Job Search for Executives
    Job search for executives is different than job search for the rest of us. They face additional challenges, and this Guide provides expert guidance to address those challenges.
  • Guide to Job Search for Those with Chronic Illness
    People with a chronic illness face special challenges with both job hunting and work. This Guide offers help in meeting those challenges.

Guides for Specific Industries and Locations

Industries can differ dramatically in the process for successfully landing a job. In these Guides you will find help in understanding the requirements, processes, and unique characteristics of a specific industry. From the US Federal Government to information technology (IT) to attorneys and more, these Guides will increase your understanding of specific fields. That understanding will help you be more successful:

  • Guide to Federal Government Job Search
    If you are trying to land a job with the U.S. Federal Government, you face a job search environment which is fairly unforgiving, but very structured and rules-based (at least officially). This Guide helps you understand how the process works and what you need to do to meet the requirements.

  • Guide to Green Industry Job Search
    The "green industry" covers the jobs related to protecting and improving the environment, from recycling to reconstruction. Green jobs are growing in importance and demand, and this Guide will help you figure out if -- and where -- you might find a green job.
  • Guide to Information Technology (IT) Job Search
    The field of information technology continues to grow in importance as IT becomes increasingly embedded in our lives. This Guide helps you navigate your way to a job in this industry.
  • Guide to Job Search for Sales and Marketing Jobs
    We will probably always have sales and marketing jobs because they are the foundation of most businesses (sales = revenue = staying in business). This Guide helps you understand how that job marketplace works.
  • Guide to Job Search for Jobs in the Finance Industry
    Like sales and marketing jobs, we will probably always have financial jobs -- from business accounting to bank loans (for people and businesses) to investing (also for people and businesses). So, this Guide gives you tips to help you succeed in that job market.

Job-Hunt's Free eBooks

For several years, Job-Hunt has provided free ebooks to help you be more successful in your job search. This is the complete list:

  • All of the free Job-Hunt ebooks on one page - the Job Search Guides.
  • eBooks for Everyone:

    • Winning Negotiation Strategies for Your New Job
      Once you have been offered a new job, you should understand your options and how to negotiate for what you want in that job -- from the starting date to the salary and vacation. This ebook guides you through the process.
    • Successful Job Interviewing
      Written by a recruiter, this ebook helps you effectively prepare for your job interviews.
    • Choosing Safe Job Boards
      Not every job board is useful. Some are scams and some are ineffective. This Guide explains how to evaluate job boards, separating the good ones from the useless and/or dangerous.
    • Using Craigslist for Job Search
      Craigslist can be a wonderful source of local jobs, no matter where you are in the world. The Guide offers tips on leveraging Craigslist for your job search as well as how to spot and avoid scams.
    • Creating an Effective Resume on USAJOBS.gov
      A key part of being considered for a job is doing a good, clean job of making your resume visible in the USAJOBS.GOV resume database. This ebook helps you accomplish that goal.
    • Personal Branding and Your LinkedIn Profile
      LinkedIn is a very important tool for building your personal brand. Particularly if you are an executive, this ebook helps you leverage your personal brand using LinkedIn.
    • Personal Marketing Plan
      This ebook helps you to pull all of the pieces together to make progress in your job search.
    • Guide to Layoff Self-Defense
      Smart job seekers don't assume that they will not be laid off, particularly if their employer has laid off other employees. This Guide helps you to lay the groundwork for surviving if you are laid off.
  • eBooks for Career Changers:

    • Starting Your Career Reinvention
      For a successful career change, you need to understand yourself -- what you want to do and what you like to do. This ebook provides a process that will help you figure out what should be next for your career.
    • Implementing Your Career Reinvention
      Once you know the direction you want your career to take, you can move in that direction. This ebook describes 5 steps to implement your career change.
  • eBooks for Introverts:

    • Job Search Networking for Introverts
      Networking is probably the biggest challenge for introverts. This ebook provides help for introverts (and shy people) to address the issues associated with networking.
  • eBooks for New Grads:

    • LinkedIn for New Grads
      Getting started with LinkedIn can be a little challenging, particularly without many years of experience or jobs to include. This ebook offers help building an effective LinkedIn profile by overcoming those challenges.
    • Converting Your Internship to a Full-Time Job
      Often an internship can be a short-cut to a full-time job. This ebook helps you make that transition happen.

For more information on the experts who write this information for you, visit the Job-Hunt Job Search Experts page.

Are you an expert in a job search-related field? Here's how to join the Job-Hunt Job Search Experts.

Resources and Directories

Networking Resources:

  • Directory of Local Networking and Job Search Support Groups
    So important for job search, you will find links to over 800 groups, by state, for assistance & networking.
  • Corporate Alumni Directory
    Your former colleagues are great sources of networking contacts for you. In this directory, you will find links to over 250 company groups, plus military and government alumni groups, so you can re-connect with former colleagues.
  • Directory of Associations
    These are great groups to learn about a profession or industry and also excellent networking. In this directory, you will find links to over 1,100 national & international associations. Connect with employers & industry news here!

Job Search Resources

  • Employer Directory
    Pick your next employer here from over 8,000 links by state employer recruiting pages (government, education, hospitals, banks, companies), job sites, job support groups, and more.
  • Directory of State Employment Offices
    Need help from your local state employment office? In this directory you will find links to unemployment compensation information, jobs, and local help from your state.
  • Directory of Government Employers
    Interested in working for your government? In this directory, you will find links to US Federal, state, and local employers plus links to associations of government employees, and articles on applying for these jobs.
  • Fortune 500 Companies by Rank
    Want to work for one of the biggest employers in the USA, starting with the biggest? In this directory, you will find links to each of the Fortune 1000 companies, including Fortune company profile, company website, company job postings, and, in many cases, internship opportunities.
  • Fortune 500 Companies by State
    Want to work for one of the largest employers in a specific state? In this directory, you will find links to each of the Fortune 1000 companies by state with same info as the list by Rank.

About the author...

Online job search expert Susan P. Joyce has been observing the online job search world and teaching online job search skills since 1995. A veteran of the United States Marine Corps and a Visiting Scholar at the MIT Sloan School of Management since 2012, Susan is a two-time layoff “graduate” who has worked in human resources at Harvard University and in a compensation consulting firm. Since 1998, Susan has been editor and publisher of Job-Hunt.org. Follow Susan on Twitter at @jobhuntorg and onGoogle+.



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Free Guides to Smarter Job Search

  • Guide to Successful Job Interviewing -
    How to answer the top job interview questions, handle telephone and video interviews, plus sample thank you notes/email, and a free Job-Hunt Quick Guide ebook!
  • Personal SEO -
    Learn how to identify the best keywords for you and use them appropriately in resumes, job applications, and your LinkedIn Profile.
  • Guide to LinkedIn for Job Search -
    How to develop an effective and powerful Profile, leverage LinkedIn Groups for your job search, and other tips for using LinkedIn to advance your job search and your career. (Plus two free Job-Hunt Quick Guide ebooks!)
  • Guide to Effective Resumes -
    From the best resume format for you to use to sample resumes for a range of people (mothers returning to work, laid off, and even extreme career change), plus cover letters.
  • Guide to Working with Recruiters -
    These people represent the "buyers" so they are very important to you, but you need to understand how to work with them effectively.

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