For decades, the go-to job search guide was Richard N. Bolles' What Color is Your Parachute. Every job seeker and recent college grad had a copy. It's packed full of information on networking, discovering what you're good at, what you love to do and how to find your dream job. First published in 1970 and updated annually since 1975, Bolles' book was often the only job search reference guide necessary.
While Parachute is still the definitive (and best-selling) guide to job hunting and career change, it hasn't taken full advantage of technology and jumped headlong into digital leadership on the job search front. Yes, you can buy the 2014 edition digitally and there is an iPad app for the What Color is Your Parachute? Job-Hunters Workbook, but there is a lot of fresh competition.
3. Fast Company With six daily newsletters, Fast Company doesn't deal directly with job search, but they focus on career and personal development every single day. Leadership, creativity, self-improvement, expert advice and book excerpts are just a few of the topics covered.
6. Mashable Jobs and career information are only a piece of what Mashable does. The daily newsletter is your front page to the Internet. They cover everything you need to know about what's happening in entertainment, social media and online. If it's viral, Mashable probably knows before you do. However, before you ask what this has to do with job search, they do excellent pieces on career advice and how to get hired.
These are just a few of the many great resources out there. What are you waiting for? Make sure to sign up for a few newsletters. Remember, you can always unsubscribe. And if you don't already have What Color is Your Parachute? it might no longer be the only guide to job search, but it is well worth the investment as a critical tool in your job search strategy.
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