10 must-read career blogs for jobseekers | photo credit: alicejamieson via photo pin cc

If you know my story, you’ll know that I didn’t start out in the careers advice world intentionally – in fact, nothing could have been further from my goals at the time.

But over the past seven years or so I’ve had the privilege of learning “on the job” through books, seminars, client experience and questions, and of course through other bloggers and job sites.

I’ve come across a whole lot of career blogs and bloggers and while there are plenty of good ones out there (and some not so good), I want to share with you ten of my favourites which regularly feature helpful tips, practical advice and useful articles that will help you in your job search.

The ten career blogs (in no particular order)…

1) Guardian Careers

This site is aimed at graduate job seekers but the expert advice, comment and discussions published here on a daily basis can be beneficial to all job seekers. Look out for their weekly live Q&As which allow you to put your questions to a panel of experts and receive immediate answers.

2) The Undercover Recruiter

This is a popular UK based career and recruitment blog which is particularly great for articles around social media recruitment and for revealing what really goes on in the minds of recruiters. If you have yet to harness the power of LinkedIn in your job search, make sure you bookmark this blog.

3) The Employability Coach

David Shindler and I first connected through LinkedIn and when I found out he specialised in “employability coaching”, I wanted to find out more so I had him guest post for me. David mostly blogs about what it takes to be employable so if this is a mystery to you as it is to many jobseekers, head over to his site for all the answers you need.

4) Business Insider Careers

I subscribe to BI Careers via RSS and every day I get access to 5-10 great articles covering all aspects of careers and business, with topics as diverse as “10 female CEOs who earn more than most male CEOs…” to “The top 25 companies to work for if you want to have a personal life“.

The only slight downside is that some of the content is US-specific so it’s not quite as beneficial for job seekers over here in the UK. However there are plenty more to read that is relevant so definitely still check it out.

5) JobMob

JobMob is an Israeli-based site which I stumbled across by accident about a month ago and ended up entering their annual career blogging contest.

Since then, I’ve had the chance to go through the site in much more detail and in so doing discovered a wealth of great blog posts on job hunting dating back to early 2007 when the site first launched. I’d totally recommend this site as a useful resource to bookmark and come back to again and again.

6) Job Market Success

Job Market Success is founded by Clare Whitmell who’s also a main contributor to Guardian Careers. Clare’s particular expertise is in CV writing and job hunting tips and though it’s not updated quite as often as the others, when she does post it’s usually really good information that you can use.

7) Penelope Trunk

Penelope is a personal favourite of mine as I love her writing style and completely unique take on careers (and her personal life). She is also the founder of Brazen Careerist, a career networking site for ambitious young professionals which in itself has a pretty good jobs blog that’s definitely worth checking out and subscribing to.

8) Career Development Carnival

This one’s a little bit of a cheat as it’s not an actual blog but rather a roundup of top career blog posts that comes out once a month. The carnival is run by two career bloggers – Lynn Dessert of Elephants at Work and Hannah Morgan of Career Sherpa.net – both of whom have plenty of good advice to give about the job search process also.

9) The Savvy Intern

Another US-based site but worth including for their practical tips and advice to people wanting to enter or already in internships. The blog is updated daily – sometimes several times a day – so there’s always something to read, digest, and apply.

10) Recruiting Animal show

Another not-exactly-a-blog cheat but I just had to include the Recruiting Animal show which accurately (as far as I’m aware) describes itself as “the only online call-in show about recruiting in world history”.

The format of the show is deliberately chaotic but the guests – everyone from recruiters to job search coaches, HR personnel and personal branding experts – are generally knowledgeable and current so if listening is more your thing than reading, you’ll definitely want to tune in on Wednesdays or listen to previous broadcasts online.

There are of course lots of great career bloggers out there so who are your favourites? What websites have helped you move forward in your own career goals? Let me know in the comments…

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