Links & Downloads

Resources

An abundance of resources are available. For example, the Tuesday edition of The Wall Street Journal Marketplace section features a Career Journal with special editorial, advice columns, and Career Opportunities. And Money has extensive and very useful information, both in their magazine and on their Web site: CNNMoney.com.

Good sources also include Business Week, Fortune, Forbes, Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, AARP Magazine, regional business newspapers such as Triangle Business Journal [a weekly], regional magazines like Business North Carolina [a monthly], and journals of industry, trade and professional associations.

On the Internet are Web sites of almost every business, organization and association. You can access annual reports, management bios, career opportunities, press releases, and usually how to contact them.

Job search & listing Web sites include:
* CareerBuilder.com, Monster.com, HotJobs.com, CareerJournal.com and many others.
 
* For contract workers, www.HotGigs.com lists job openings from more than 19,000 companies and recruiters.

* A Return to Work offering advise for those re-entering the workplace after a hiatus.

* For more senior executives, job postings are available for purchase from TheLadders.com and www.ExecuNet.com.

* People leaving military service wanting jobs in the private sector can go to www.MilitaryJobHunts.com and www.MilitaryHire.com.

* People leaving military service who want to start a business in the Federal or private marketplace can go to www.VetBiz.gov hosted by the Center for Veterans Enterprise, part of the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Extensive salary information on the Web is plentiful. Most is free, but be aware that some require purchase.

* The Bureau of Labor Statistics at www.bls.gov offers free salary surveys.

* Over 300 salary reviews are free at JobStar.org/tools/salary.

* Salaries by geographic area, job title and skill level, at www.SalaryExpert.com.

* Basic salary information is free at www.Salary.com. A premium package requiring purchase offers more personalized data and comparisons.

* Salary comparisons to individuals with similar job titles in the same geographic area are free at www.Payscale.com.  A premium package for purchase offers a salary negotiation guide, and comparative salary/hourly rate data.

 

There are tons of books offering helpful information.

General Knowledge - if you live in the 21st century, you should read this.

The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century by Thomas Friedman.  Friedman describes the significant changes taking place in our time - "lightning-swift advances in technology and communications put people all over the globe in touch as never before... challenging us to run even faster just to stay in place."

 

Job and Career Search

What Color Is Your Parachute? 2008: A Practical Manual for Job-hunters and Career-Changers by Richard Nelson Bolles. Updated annually since 1970, widely considered the best career guide. Bolles offers sound, practical advice. There is also a companion What Color Is Your Parachute Workbook: How to Create a Picture of Your Ideal Job or Next Career for pulling together key information you use and want for reference. 

Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham and Donald Clifton.  Focuses on enhancing people's strengths.  Describes 34 personality themes the authors formulated. Purchase of a new copy includes access to a Web tool for you to discover your own top five talents.

Rites of Passage at $100,000+: The Insider's Lifetime Guide to Executive Job-Changing and Faster Career Progress by John Lucht.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and The 8TH Habit: From Effectiveness To Greatness, both by Stephen Covey.  The first book describes how to get your life priorities straight for success. The second suggests how to find your calling. 

Over-40 Job Search Guide: 10 Strategies For Making Your Age An Advantage In Your Career by Gail Geary. Geary provides sound advice on leveraging age along with guidance on what works and what doesn't. Helpful in discerning new careers in post-retirement.

Unofficial Guide to Finding the Perfect Job by Robert Orndorff. This offers useful tips on developing strategies for interviews and resumes, advice from recruiters at major corporations, and a list of 300 action verbs and skills to use in preparing resumes.

 

Returning to Work After Parenting

Mommy Wars: Stay-at-Home and Career Moms Face Off on Their Choices, Their Lives, Their Families edited by Leslie Morgan Steiner. Essays by 26 mothers about their lives, families and the choices that worked for them.

Back on the Career Track: A Guide for Stay-at-Home Moms Who Want to Return to Work by Carol Fishman and Vivian Stein Rabib.

Off-Ramps and On-Ramps - Keeping Talented Women on the Road to Success by Sylvia Ann Hewlett.

 

Retirement

This subject is receiving significant media coverage. For instance, the recent Business Week Annual Retirement Guide included articles on volunteering and pursuing your "real" job.  The Los Angeles Times noted that more than 25% of 'boomers' plan never to retire, and what they're doing. The New York Times described New Directions, a consulting company that helps executives and professionals transition to retirement.

And of course, AARP's monthly magazine provides continuous coverage.

The Urban Institute in Washington, DC published Perspectives on Productive Aging, a series of data and policy briefs on activities among adults 65+.

Many Web sites focusing on retirement issues are emerging daily.

 

Relocating

Cost of living comparisons are available free.  Here are some easy-to-navigate sites:

* http://cgi.money.cnn.com/tools/costofliving/costofliving.html

* http://www.relocationessentials.com/aff/www/tools/salary/col.aspx

Information about the city to which you are relocating is available on Web links of that city's Chamber of Commerce, newspapers, magazines, television and radio stations.

 

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