I claim the title of a Job Search and Career Management expert. This is not because I know everything, but because I lean heavily on the knowledge and experience of those who do.
My Job Search / Career Management Twitter list currently includes over 150 experts (feel free to subscribe, and please let me know who I am missing!). I consult it frequently, and many of the experts I follow offer excellent — free — daily advice.
Of those, here are a handful whom I refer to, quote, and heed most often:
Alison Doyle (@AlisonDoyle; jobsearch.about.com)
A tireless advocate for the unemployed, Alison is a major contributor to the massively linked About.com job search site. The posts tend to be short, easily digested, on point, and pages I can print to share with my clients.
Amanda Augustine (@JobSearchAmanda; @TheLadders; TheLadders.com)
Amanda is based in New York City (don’t let that stop you), and The Ladders aims a bit higher than many of my clients are seeking, but her advice is spot-on. She makes frequent TV appearances, and video is available from her social media pages.
Dayna Mathews (@KickAssCareer; DaynaMarieCoaching.com)
Dayna is a friend, a peer, a career coach in the Phoenix area. She focuses on assisting professional women in mid-career transition. I admire how she believes in and advocates for the maximum potential of all of her clients, a value which I also hold.
Hannah Morgan (@CareerSherpa; CareerSherpa.net)
A self-proclaimed Introvert, Hannah offers no-nonsense advice to help you navigate the job search landscape. Among her many strengths is a keen understanding of using social media, especially LinkedIn.
J.T. O’Donnell (@JTODonnell; @Careerealism; careerealism.com)
“Because every job is temporary,” or as I say, your next job won’t be your last. J.T. emphasizes that each of us are responsible for our own careers. With a growing staff, the Careerealism.com website is easy to read and use. More importantly, the panel of contributing experts is an all-star team.
Mark Babbitt (@MarkSBabbitt; @YouTern; YouTern.com)
YouTern.com focuses on students entering the workforce out of college — not where many of my clients are, so a lost of the content, especially advice on internships, doesn’t apply to my clients. Still, with frequent posts per day, it is not often that I can’t find some advice that I can use.
Martin Yate (@KnockEmDead; knockemdead.com)
Author of the popular Knock ’em Dead series of books for job seekers, Martin offers relevant, practical, and up-to-date advice useful for anyone in career transition.
Susan P. Joyce (@JobHuntOrg; Job-Hunt.org)
If all she did was compile and present the thousands of resources on the Job-Hunt.org website, Susan’s contribution to job seekers would be invaluable. But she also provides outstanding advice on an ongoing basis.
Paul DeBettignies (@MNHeadhunter; MNHeadhunter.com)
Paul’s focus is on IT recruiting, and a lot of his Tweets are about Minnesota sports (my hometown, but not my current residence). I include him because when I was given an opportunity in 2009 to reconsider my own career path (I was laid off), very early on someone pointed me to a series of free webinars, “Be Your Own Headhunter,” that Paul presented. They were paradigm-shifting, and I realized that everything I thought I knew about job search was wrong. That led me to figure out how to job search, which resulted in my current career. I have found my passion, and for that, Paul, I am grateful.
There are many others that I could have included but space prevents.
Who did I leave off? Please share in the comments below!
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