The Weekly Roundup: 5 Must-Read Job Search Newsletters
We've all heard the tired cliché that looking for a job is a full-time job. While that is definitely an overstatement, job search does require daily action. Dedicating a specific amount of time on targeted tasks every single day makes the often-overwhelming project of landing a new gig a much easier, more manageable process.
There is so much to do and the rules change constantly. Resumes, cover letters and so many of the steps in the job hunt were all once "set it and forget it." You read What Color is Your Parachute right out of college and you were ready for a lifetime of climbing the corporate ladder. Not anymore. The market changes constantly and the strategies and tactics that succeeded last year may be failing you today.
So how can you keep up?
One of the best ways to keep your job hunt fresh and get the best new information is signing up for newsletters from the career experts. I wrote earlier this year about six of my favorites. Let's add five more. These represent some of the sharpest, freshest career advice out there.
You may know Glassdoor as the website where employees anonymously give an inside look at companies, jobs and bosses. However, you might not know they dish up a newsletter that goes in-depth on "job search tips, tricks and advice to help you find the job you love."
Killer Feature – If you want to know more about a prospective employer, you can get the "warts and all" feedback and insight from current and former employees. Plus, the blog posts are all meat and no filler.
Want to know the latest on how to best use social media as a weapon in your job search arsenal? Social_Hire are the folks for you. Their Candidate Essentials newsletter is 100% good stuff "painstakingly researched" by the team. They explore every new social platform and report back on how to use it for maximum impact.
Killer Feature – Social_Hire takes the pain out of using social media for job search and recruiting and makes it look easy. Why? So you don't have to!
Without a Sherpa you can't scale the world's highest mountains. Without Career Sherpa you must face the uphill battle to find your next job alone. Make it easy on yourself; subscribe now for "advice on job search, careers, social networking, personal branding, developing and improving your online presence."
Killer feature – The Sherpa's bag of tricks includes a deep resources page with links, how-to's and cool tools to amp up your search.
She calls herself "your job search BFF" and we all need a BFF when the going gets tough. You can do it alone, but you don't have to. And don't let her breezy approach fool you; this is all top-notch advice that can punch your search into overdrive. Fasten your seat belts, please.
Killer Feature – Did I mention she was funny? A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down and Jenny offers whip-smart ideas with a sense of humor.
Martin Yate's Knock 'Em Dead
The author of one of the most definitive job search guides writes a "can't miss" newsletter. The man behind the hugely successful Knock 'Em Dead – The Ultimate Job Search Guide has transcended print and gone digital to meet the needs of today's job seekers and career changers.
Killer Feature – Where to start? Yate has written over a dozen books, providing solutions for job hunters. He's on just about every digital platform and still comes up with cutting edge ideas every week.
There is a ton of advice out there, both good and bad. You can find some of the BEST right here at AOL Jobs. Remember to sign up for a couple of the newsletters above and make them part of your day-to-day job search routine. Please let me know about your favorites in comments below.