As we finish out June, we are also finishing up the first year of Learning for Life Online. For anyone who’s been reading along since the beginning: thank you. I’m going to work hard to make the second year of LLO as fun and fascinating as the first.
For our 50th post, I’d like to challenge you to choose one of the tools or services we’ve looked this past year and sign up for it or try it out. Pick something that intrigued you but you never got around to it, or something that looked ridiculous and you want to see if you were just missing something. Doesn’t matter how big or small a thing it is – just do it. Review the basics of playing with a new online tool or playing with a new gadget and remember to have fun!
Try One New Thing and play around with it for the month of July. As you try it, comment on this post with your experience or thoughts, and any suggestions you have for using it.
Rather than make you go back through the past year to look for your one new thing, here’s a quick reference list:
It takes time to make a social tool a part of your life, including your life online. Whatever you choose to do, give it to the end of July and then see what you think of it. Let us know here if your opinion has changed, and how.
Thank you all again for following along, and enjoy your One New Thing! See you in July…
While we’re on the topic of finding things online, let’s look at some of the better job and career resources out there. From mechanic to teacher to nurse’s aid to architect, there are employment resources and job finding sites for every career.
What Are They?
Job listing/career sites tend to fall into three categories:
Job ads sites just have job listings – an online classifieds section.
Career resources may have some job listings, but they’re mostly there to help you with the skills of finding a job: writing resumes & cover letters, interviewing, networking and more.
Combination sites have lots of job listings and some skill-building resources, especially resume and cover letter tips.
Each type of site is useful, depending on where you are in your career and what your needs are right now.
Job Ads Sites
These online classifieds will give you tons of possible opportunities…and that’s it.
Indeed.com looks and works like Google search, extremely simple to use and to save search alerts to be sent to your email.
USAJobs.gov is the official US government site for Federal jobs and employment information.
You can also look for job listings from organizations and associations. LISjobs is a national library job listing site; HCareers (Hospitality Works) covers any hotel or hospitality field, including cruise ships and resorts.
Different kinds of careers and fields have their own sites, like CoolWorks.com (“Jobs in Great Places”). Use a search engine to find sites for the jobs you’re looking for.
Each of these sites has job listings, but they also have many articles on writing resumes and cover letters, interviewing dos and don’ts,
Monster.com has recently expanded their Career Tools section. Also, they let you upload your resume and post it, so employers can find you.
Your local public library has many books, DVDs and online resources available to help you in your job search, and they may offer resume writing and interviewing workshops.
One of those resources may be Career Transitions, a career resources database that uses Indeed.com to find job listings as well. If your library has Career Transitions, definitely check out the Interview Simulator, where you answer questions and get feedback about your answers.
If you’re not looking to find a new job, but to hire folks into your jobs, nearly every single one of these resources has something for you. Check out the listings sites for tips on getting good applicants using their site, and the career resources sites for thoughts on retaining good employees.