9 Career Experts – My Mastermind Team

Expert job search and career management advice is only a click away.

Expert job search and career management advice is only a click away.

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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Success doesn’t come to you. You go get it.


  1. Honored to be included on your list Kevin! We are all better at what we do when we surround ourselves with great thinkers!

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