Archive for July, 2010

A guide to using Twitter for teachers

Jul. 31st 2010

Twitter seems to be the underappreciated stepchild of the social-networking world. Why use a site that’s solely dedicated to the 140-character status update when you can get the same functionality out of Facebook, Myspace, blogger — and so much more? But its simplicity is exactly what makes Twitter a useful tool — especially for the classroom. There are many ways that educators can use Twitter — both inside and outside the classroom.

Here’s our guide to how to get the most out of Twitter:

Getting Started

Include as much information about yourself as you can. Choose a professional looking photo, fill in the bio with lots of useful keywords, and include a link to a professional Web page, if you have one. Be as specific as you can. For example, instead of just saying “My name is Maria, and I’m a teacher,” write “My name is Maria Smith, and I am a high-school history teacher at a public school in North Carolina. My research interests are ____.” Or, alternatively, if the account is for classroom use, not just connecting with colleagues, you can write something like, “This is the account for Maria Smith’s high-school history class. Here you will find class announcements, assignments, discussion threads, and more.”

Managing Twitter

1. The first thing you’ll need to do is find people to follow and to follow you. If your account is for your classroom, this should be very easy: Simply let your students know the class Twitter account and have them become followers individually. If your account is meant to connect with other educators, you may have to do a bit more research. You can search for other by keyword, or you can scan directories such as Twitter4Teachers and Who Should I Follow?

2. Next, you’ll have to learn to condense your thoughts into the 140-character limit per tweet — or face committing the taboo of spacing out a post over several tweets. There are some tools that can help you limit your characters and get more information into your tweets, including Tiny URL and for shortening Web addresses, and Twitter Keys, a dictionary of symbols useful for Twitter.

3. Become acquainted with the lingo. Retweets or RT@username happen when one Twitter user reposts a tweet from another Twitter user and gives that user the credit. If you reply to a tweet, your response will appear with @username. If you see these posts on a user’s tweet stream, you should know they they are reply tweets. DM stands for Direct Message, which you send privately to another user in lieu of posting to their tweet stream.

4. Understand following etiquette. You do not have to follow everyone who follows you. Only add users who you want to engage with or whose posts you want to read. This is especially useful for building relationships and having dialogue with other educators.

Tools/links for Twitter

Twitdom is a database that features hundreds of applications that can be used for Twitter.

Twitscoop lets you know what’s hot on Twitter now.

TweetScan lets you search for tweets around a topic, according to key word. This is a great tool for searching for chatter about a classroom topics or trend in education.

TweetStats lets you chart your Twitter statistics, including tweets per hour, tweets per month, a tweet timeline, and reply statistics.

TwtPoll allows you to create polls and surveys via Twitter.

TweetDeck combines multiple social-networking sites with Twitter to simultaneously view friends’ posts and to update to multiple sites.

Tips for using Twitter in the classroom

Now that you’re savvy at using Twitter, here are some ideas for how to incorporate it into the classroom:

1. Continue classroom discussions through a central classroom twitter account that students can respond to with their own accounts. This acts just like an online discussion forum, but in real time — almost like instant messaging or a chat room, except that there’s a record of the discussion after it’s over.

2. Assign students to investigate social or historical events by looking at tweets of the time, or at tweets of notable people.

3. Use Twitter to follow trends or issues by tracking key words. Assign projects or research based on the findings.

4. Base a grammar lesson around examples found on Twitter. They are real-time, everyday examples of how language is actually used, and the short form lends itself to a variety of mistakes in grammar and spelling.

5. Creative writing. Students can take turns writing one line each in a collaborative story, poem, song, or essay.

6. Post brief and interesting facts related to a particular subject or lesson. For example, post facts about “this day in history” or a quote a day, a notable person who has a birthday that day, a holiday that is celebrated that day, and more.

7. Post homework assignments and reminders. You can even post hints and tips to guide students in their study focus.

8. Assign students pen pals or sister school buddies to correspond with through Twitter to compare culture, schools, study habits, and more.

9. Host a classroom game, such as a clues for a scavenger hunt, riddles and trivia contests.

10. Post classroom announcements and create a space for students to communicate quickly with you and with each other.

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How accurate is Wikipedia?

Jul. 29th 2010

Wikipedia
College students everywhere understand that using Wikipedia as a primary source for a research paper is like committing educational suicide. But according to a number of different studies, articles on Wikipedia are just as accurate as the articles published in academic databases, textbooks, or journals.

Yaacov Lawrence, an assistant professor in Thomas Jefferson University’s Department of Radiation Oncology in Philadelphia, discovered that only 2 percent of the information on Wikipedia “differed from textbook sources.” In his study, he researched articles on 10 different types of cancer, and then compared the information found on Wikipedia to statistics published in the National Cancer Institute’s Physician Data Query, (a peer-reviewed online database). Lawrence graded each entry according to readability as well as word or sentence length, and found that Wikipedia’s articles were actually “more difficult to comprehend.”

“The accuracy [of Wikipedia] was good, but I think that there is more to a good encyclopedia than accuracy,” stated Lawrence. “We found that Wikipedia was better at discussing hard-known facts, but poor at discussing controversial issues.”

Another 2005 study compared articles found on Wikipedia to articles published in Encyclopedia Britannica. In the 42 articles that were sampled in the study, it was discovered that the average Wikipedia article had “4 errors or omissions,” while the average Britannica article had 3. Understandably, Encyclopedia Britannica called the study “fatally flawed,” and proclaimed that the errors in their encyclopedia tended to be “errors of omission,” while Wikipedia’s errors were actually incorrect facts.

Also, in 2008, researchers randomly selected ten history terms to study the content and validity of Wikipedia’s articles. The terms that were selected were: American Civil War, Panama Canal, Dust Bowl, California Gold Rush, Pony Express, Great White Fleet, Abraham Lincoln, War of 1812, Louisiana Purchase, and the New Deal.

When researchers compared the information to entries in the Encyclopedia Britannica, they concluded that Wikipedia’s articles were longer than the articles found in Encyclopaedia Britannica, but there were very few differences between the two sources. However, the researchers did discover that many of the historical articles on Wikipedia contained biased information.

A few months ago The Chronicle of Higher Education reported that the majority of college or university students use Wikipedia to gather background information on research topics.  2,318 students participated in the study: 22 percent claimed that they “rarely” or “never used” Wikipedia for their studies, while over half admitted to using Wikipedia for research purposes.

The study also discovered that students majoring in architecture, engineering, or science were more likely to use Wikipedia, and students who attended two-year colleges were “less likely” to use Wikipedia than those who attended four-year colleges.

Wikipedia projects for university and college students

Despite its reputation in the educational community, a number of different universities and colleges from all over the world have been assigning students with Wikipedia projects.

At some institutions, students are given a Wikipedia assignment which requires them to write or make changes to content related to their course material. For instance, at the University of North Carolina, students enrolled in the “American Indian Law, History, and Literature” course have been writing and editing Wikipedia content related to Native American issues, demographics, social statistics, and economic data. Also, students enrolled in a French Revolutionary history course at the College of Idaho have been creating Wikipedia pages which cover the biographical information of various historic individuals they have studied throughout the course.

And at the University of Freiburg in Germany, students in the English Department have been proofreading and translating Wikipedia articles from German to English.

Writing for Wikipedia

Coming straight from the horse’s mouth, Wikipedia reports that since 2001 approximately 91,000 “active contributors” have written over 16,000,000 articles on the self-proclaimed “best free/online encyclopedia in the world.”

Each contribution to the site is reviewed, and Wikipedia employees or “Wiki-nerds” can edit the content of the article at any time. If a sentence does not include original research or a link to a source, then they are taken off the site.

Living up to their reputation, there is even a Wikipedia page dedicated to all of the site’s criticisms. You can read up on the several different cases of Wikipedia users intentionally writing false or misleading information, which gave way to much controversy and criticism of the website.

Wikipedia’s software is “carefully designed to allow easy reversal of editorial mistakes,” and there are nearly a thousand editors who monitor the site closely for “problematic edits and editors.”  Users are also able to view the article’s history so they can read the content that has been changed.

Sometimes users may engage in what is called an “edit war,” where writers constantly update or make changes to content which can last hours, days, months, or even years. Because of these “edit wars,” Wikipedia’s software uses a “three-revert rule” so a writer can only change content on a page three times during a 24-hour period. If a writer breaks this rule, they may be blocked from writing on Wikipedia altogether.

Also, if you are interested in editing or updating information on the site, there is even a Wikipedia article dedicated to…writing for Wikipedia.

The article outlines a few tips users must follow before editing or creating a Wikipedia article:

  • The article must be neutral, referenced, and encyclopaedic, containing notable, verifiable knowledge.
  • Always be wary of any one single source (in any medium — web, print, television or radio), or of multiple works that derive from a single source.
  • Where articles have references to external sources (whether online or not) read the references and check whether they really do support what the article says.
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Top 15 college movies

Jul. 27th 2010

10. Road Trip

Four friends set out on a trip across the country to intercept a video tape sent to the girlfriend of one of the friends, and the highjinks ensue. In the tradition of teenage male sex romps like American Pie. The cast includes some up-and-comers at the time who have gone on to some success: Breckin Meyer, Sean William Scott, Amy Smart, and Tom Green.

9. Back to School

Rodney Dangerfield plays a millionaire who decides to go back to school to offer a positive role model for his son. But his college experience includes tutors like Kurt Vonnegut, a luxury dorm, and servants at the ready.

8. Real Genius

This classic 80′s movie stars Val Kilmer as the leader of a group of misfit geniuses who create a high-powered laser. After the laser is stolen for military purposes, they team up to get the laser back and get their revenge. A great movie that follows in the tradition of giving the nerds their day.

7. Good Will Hunting

Matt Damon proves that genius can be hiding anywhere — even in the guise of a janitor working at one of the most prestigious schools in the country. The movie follows Will Hunting’s journey towards accepting his own genius and finding love against a backstory of childhood abuse. Damon and Bill Affleck wrote the screenplay for this movie, which won an Oscar.

6. Rudy

Here’s the classic story of the little man overcoming all odds to achieve success — this time literally. Rudy is too small by football player standards, but that doesn’t stop his dream of playing for Notre Dame. And with determination, he succeeds.

5. Old School

A group of middle-aged men hatch a plan to form a fraternity in order to save their house on a college campus. Starring comedy heavy hitters Will Ferrell, Vince Vaughn, Jeremy Piven, and more. A hilarious movie that’s easily the Animal House for the Gen-X generation.

4. With Honors

A Harvard student makes a deal with a homeless man to recover the thesis that he lost in the sewer. Along the way, the two become friends, and the student (played by Brendan Frazier) learns a lot about life. There are echoes of Good Will Hunting (even though it came out earlier) in that the homeless man (played by Joe Pesci) turns out to be intelligent and well-read enough to take on the academic elite at Harvard. Watch out for the tear-jerk ending.

3. Legally Blonde

Here’s another story that shows that hard work and determination are all you need to succeed — and that you can’t let other people tell you who are or what you’re capable of doing. Elle Woods is a sorority sister majoring in fashion design, but she decides to go to Harvard Law School after her boyfriend breaks up with her to prove to him that she can be taken seriously. She ends up learning a lot about herself along the way.

2. Revenge of the Nerds

Tired of taking so much abuse from the college fraternities and sororities — including having their house burned down — a group of nerds decides to form their own fraternity and get even. This movie is a classic, and it tells a timeless tale of the little standing up for himself and getting revenge. An anthem for nerds everywhere!

1. Animal House

This is the college movie to set the tone for all other college movies. The dean hatches a plot against a ragtag fraternity, which ultimately backfires when the group of misfits gets their revenge and prevails. John Belushi stars in this classic raunch fest about college life.

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Top 10 social studies/history blogs for teachers

Jul. 26th 2010

1. HistoryTech

This blog is an offshoot of Social Studies Central, and it discusses social studies and history, ways to integrate technology and other topics of interest. Notable recent posts include Conflict History: Your One-Stop Shops for Battle Info, Tip of the Week: Lectures in 60 Seconds, and Open Content: Why are We Here?

2. History is Elementary

This blog is for “history teachers and anyone who enjoys reading about history and history education.” There are numerous useful links and resources for teachers, and posts are easily navigated by category. Some top-rated posts include Writing Across the Curriculum Using the American Revolution, Sex in the Classroom, and Razzle Dazzle and All That Jazz.

3. Social Studies and History Teacher’s Blog

Superman, Frederick Douglass, and FDR all make an appearance on this blog, which uses video clips, cartoons, articles, and more to facilitate discussions about history. Posts are accompanied by additional resources relevant to the discussion, including articles and games for use in class. Other resources include discussion guides, powerpoint presentations, lesson plans, and more.

4. Teaching the Civil War with Technology

Lesson plans, videos, links and other resources can all be found on this blog to help teachers use technology to teach The Civil War. The blog is easily navigated by category, and there is an option for searching by keyword. Some popular posts include Hearing the Music of the Civil War, Civil War Infographics, and Health and Medicine During the Civil War

5. Speaking of History

Eric Langhorst, an eighth-grade history teacher, runs this blog, which offers discussions about history, technology, and education in general. There are podcasts, lesson plans, videos, links, resources, and more.

6. American Cultures 2.0

Art Titzel is an eighth-grade American Cultures teacher, and on his blog, he discusses “the nexus of technology and the teaching of American history at the Middle School level.” He discusses pedagogy and teaching trends, and shares resources and ideas. This is a good blog to start professional discussion among teachers.

7. The History Teacher’s Attic

This blog covers “high and low tech in the social studies classroom.” Teachers can find resources, lesson plans, ideas, and more according to the categories “high tech,” “low tech,” “no tech” and more. Other topics of interest include American History, Digital Humanities, Education Technology, European History, Historical Technology, Maps and Geography, and more.

8. The History Channel This is Not…

Nate Kogan shares his thoughts on teaching history, research, and education. Notable recent posts include The “You Can Lead a Horse…” Idiom Applied to Social Media in the Classroom, Bringing a “Sacrificial Lamb” Into the Classroom, and SWBATs Finalized.

9. Viva la Historia

This blog is a class project for an eighth-grade American Cultures class. According to the blog, “The focus of the blog is to extend student thinking and writing beyond the classroom, and to share what we are doing in class with the world.”

10. World History Teachers Blog

A group of high-school world history teachers created this blog to share useful links, articles, educational blogs and more. There are also videos, reviews of products and services, thoughtful discussions, and more.

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Experts find educational value in Twilight

Jul. 23rd 2010

Experts find educational value in TwilightTo all of the “Twi-geeks” stressing out about their future SAT tests, fret no more!

Brian Leaf, who has been termed as a “guru” for helping students prepare for their SAT’s, has recently published a series of Twilight vocabulary study books: “Defining Twilight,” “Defining New Moon,” “Defining Eclipse,” and “Defining Breaking Dawn,” (set for release this fall).

Leaf is also the author of four SAT and ACT “test-prep books” from the McGraw-Hill’s Top 50 Skills series, and has helped prepare thousands of students in the U.S. for their future SAT, ACT, GED, SSAT, and GRE exams.

His “workbooks” have 40 groups of 600 vocabulary words selected from the Twilight series. Readers are provided with a page number where the word can be found in the book, and are asked to read out loud its context, and then come up with their own definitions. Leaf also provides synonyms and various memorization tools for the word, and outlines the different Latin word parts. (Some of the words included in the vocabulary quizzes are “chagrin,” “ominous blood,” “thwarted enmity,” and “raucous run-in”).

Twilight fans were also asked to compete in his “Defining Twilight Essay Contest” last May. Over 750 entries were submitted, and the essays were judged according to correct syntax, grammar, spelling, and punctuation.

Twilight and Philosophy: To bite or not to bite? That is the question

J. Jeremy Wisnewski, an assistant professor of philosophy at Hartwick College, and Rebecca Housel, a former lecturer in English at the Rochester Institute of Technology, have recently published a book which examines the philosophical elements of the Twilight series.

Wisnewski believes that Twilight can help generate discussion in philosophy classes because of the numerous philosophical and moral dilemmas the characters are forced to go through. (For example, death, relationships, and what it means to be a moral human).

“The idea of doing philosophy as popular writing is as old as philosophy itself,” said Wisnewski. “My own view is that you can raise philosophical questions about anything…[But] if you asked me to list my ten favorite novels, I’m afraid Twilight wouldn’t be among them…it wouldn’t even be in the top 50!”

Personal opinions aside, “Twilight and Philosophy: Vampires, Vegetarians, and the Pursuit of Immortality” has already been published in six different languages, and is also available on audiobook. (Rebecca Housel claims she has heard from fans in the U.S., Australia, and even Dubai).

One of the chapters discusses the character Jacob Black from a “Taoist perspective,” and there is even a chapter dedicated to comparing the character Bella with Sarah Palin.

The book explores various philosophical questions that are brought up in the series, such as:

  • “Are vampires morally absolved if they kill only animals and not people?”
  • “From a feminist perspective, is Edward a romantic hero or is he just a stalker?”
  • “Is Jacob ‘better’ for Bella than Edward?” (My answer: NO)
  • “Can a Vampire Be a Person?”
  • “What Can Twilight Tell Us about God?”

Twilight and history

It may not come as a shock to most “Twi-hards” that there has already been a book published on the historical events brought up in the Twilight series.

“Twilight and History” touches on a variety of different historical facts, such as the Spanish Influenza of 1918, the Civil War, witch-hunts, and Native American history.

Some of the chapters in the book include:

  • “What were the social norms of the world that Edward grew up in?”
  • “Considering the history of the Quileute people, was ‘Team Jacob’ always doomed?”
  • “What would Jasper have experienced as a Civil War soldier?”
  • “Are the Volturi typical Italian Renaissance rulers?”

The book’s editor, Nancy Reagin, is a professor of history and gender studies at Pace University:

“I’ve sometimes been frustrated by the ways that popular understandings of history are shaped by popular culture rather than by scholarly research,” she explained. “I think that if people are enjoying themselves, then they’ll retain more of what you’re offering them…Serious fans have a hunger to discuss, parse, and learn more about the fictional worlds that really engage them.”

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Tips for using blogs in the classroom

Jul. 22nd 2010

It seems like everyone has a blog these days. Some of us even have more than one (er, five…). And many educators have taken advantage of this popular outlet to use as a teaching tool in the classroom.

But there’s more to using blogs in the classroom than just throwing up homework assignments or sharing classroom announcements. Here are some tips for the best ways to incorporate blogs into your classroom:

Collaboration:

One of the best ways to incorporate blogs into the classroom is to use it for collaborative discussions and projects. Students can post their ideas, comments to a discussion, reflections on assignments or lectures, and more. Blogs can be a place for students working together to share ideas, or they can be used by teachers to guide discussions and provide prompts for critical thinking.

Reflection:

Students can use blogs as a space to share reflections on readings or other critical-thinking assignments. The teacher can pose questions for consideration, or students can provide open-ended responses on how they felt about what they read or questions that it caused them to consider. Instead of typing up these responses and turning them in as homework, students can submit them via blog where they are visible for the whole class to see.

Writing:

Journaling possibilities are open-ended with a blog, which is essentially an online journal. Students can maintain individual blogs used to post classroom writing assignments, or a classroom blog can be kept to compare writings and share ideas. Writings can range from academic to personal, for the development of writing skills or for personal expression.

Tutoring:

Students often need extra help to understand concepts. Teachers can create blogs with extra materials — from readings to exercises — to give students the extra help that they need. Videos, readings, podcasts and more can be posted for students to use as they need them.

Classroom Management:

Blogs are an easy way to coordinate classroom assignments and announcements. Teachers can use them to post homework assignments, to provide feedback, and even to make announcements about upcoming classroom activities or other requirements. It’s also a great place to share news of awards, or even pictures from special events.

Online Portfolio:

Students can create an online portfolio of work through blogs that can then be used to measure progress over the course of a semester or a year, or can be used for long-term projects that require revision or building upon a foundation of earlier projects. It’s also useful to help students see what they have created and how they have progressed.

Benefits of Blogs

Today’s students are “digital natives” in that they were born in an age in which computers and other technology are ubiquitous in their lives. They grew up with e-mail, texting, and cell phones. They probably know their way around a Tivo better than you do. Using technology to help them learn is natural, as it brings the information to them on their own terms.

Blogs can also help motivate learning by offering students a new outlet — something outside the realm of the traditional classroom. There is room for creativity and interaction that isn’t always possible in the classroom. It also gives shy students a chance to “speak up” without the fear of face-to-face interaction.

Blogs offer new outlets to help students with reading and writing skills. Books and worksheets can sometimes seem stodgy to students, but blogs offer materials on an online forum — the same forum where they are used to getting their games, or connecting with friends, or reading about other interests.

Still unsure how you can use blogs in your classroom? Check out Web 2.0′s list 33 Ways to Use Blog in Your Classroom and Educational Settings.

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No more final exams at Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Jul. 21st 2010

Harvard final examsFor the past 70 years Harvard professors have had to get permission if they wanted to “opt out” of assigning a final exam for their course. But starting this fall, professors will need to get approval from the entire faculty if they want to test their students at the end of the semester.

According to the summer edition of Harvard Magazine, the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) voted on this new policy a few months ago. In the article, Diana L. Eck, Wertham, a professor of law and psychiatry in society, claimed that students become “affronted” when they are assigned final exams.

Approximately 23 percent of Harvard’s undergraduate-level courses, and 14 of the 500 graduate-level courses, had a traditional three-hour exam this past spring.

Jay M. Harris, Harvard’s Dean of Undergraduate Education, stated that science courses will still have end-of-the-year-exams, but he predicted that the new policy will soon be applied to other courses as well.  He also admitted that since there will be fewer final exams during the month of May, they may also shorten the academic school year by “a few days.”

Experts worry that class attendance will dwindle as students will start to slack off at the end of the semester, while others believe this is simply because professors want a longer summer vacation. Here is an excerpt from the National Review article “Harvard Wimps Out on Testing,” which was written by two Harvard graduates:

“What’s really happening, we sense, is that Harvard is yielding to education’s most primitive temptation: lowering standards and waiving measurements for the sake of convenience…Just imagine: Students will be delighted to forgo finals, and instructors will be thrilled not to have to create or grade them. Everybody finishes the semester earlier. (The last few weeks of class don’t really count when that material won’t be tested!) Yet Harvard’s leaders may eventually have to acknowledge that, with fewer test results, they will know less and less about what students are or are not learning within their hallowed gates.”

Historically, Harvard has always been the “trendsetter” for higher education in America, and experts ponder whether other universities and colleges will adopt this new policy in the future.

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Top 10 blogs for writing teachers

Jul. 21st 2010

1. The Writing Teacher

This blog offers “tips, techniques and strategies for teaching writing.” Some recent posts include Complete the Learning Cycle with Peer Editing, Teaching Writing for the Sciences, and Notice It, Practice It, Try It: Using Shared Writing and Collaborative Writing to Promote Independent Application. The site also offers writing contests and webinars.

2. Two Writing Teachers

Two teachers, one living in New York and one living in Indiana, collaborate on this blog, which aims to be a source for teachers to read about the latest research and ways to apply it in their teaching, to get ideas, and to find inspiration. The blog authors also share their own writing, as well as their reflections on their teaching successes and failures. There are also tools and resources that teachers can use in their classrooms.

3. Living Life Twice

“People who write get to live life twice – in the moment and in retrospect. That’s what sets writers apart,” says the introduction to this blog. There are reflections on writing and teaching writing, as well as links for writing teachers. Some recent posts include Charting Our Progress – Using Anchor Charts, A Place For Teachers To Begin Writing, and Lack of Attention – Too Much Screen Time!

4. Teaching Authors

Who better to talk about writing than those who have been professional writers? Six authors of children’s books who also write run this blog, which offers resources and personal reflections on writing. The site offers writing workouts, teaching tips, author interviews, reviews and more. There is also a section called “Ask the Teaching Authors” for personalized answers.

5. Online Writing Teacher

A writing teacher discusses his work towards developing online writing courses for Drexel University, and along the way, he shares information about teaching writing in online and hybrid settings. His focus is on first-year writing. Recent posts discuss message board prompts, time commitments for online teaching, and facilitating online conversations.

6. Diary of a Writing Teacher

Sara teaches composition, rhetoric, and literature courses at the university level, and she writes this blog to reflect on personal and academic experiences related to teaching and the written word.

7. Lore: An E-Journal for Teachers of Writing

This academic journal explores the pedagogy of teaching writing, and is published by teaching assistants, adjunct and assistant professors. Articles also explore the ups and downs of the profession.

8. Idea Warehouse

Wendy Austin writes this blog, which offers reflections on writing, as well as technology, plagiarism, first-year composition courses, college teaching, technical writing, business writing, and business culture.

9. Yellow Dog

J.Rice is an associate professor of English and the director of the Campus Writing Program at the University of Missouri. His blog covers “pedagogy, networks, new media, space, and rhetoric.”

10. Vitia

Mike Edwards is an assistant professor of English at a four-year college. He writes about “rhetoric, class, technology, economics, and the teaching of writing.” Some recent posts include Freedom and Property, ,a href=”http://www.vitia.org/wordpress/2010/01/29/digital-maoism-for-digital-rhetoricians/”>”Digital Maoism” for Digital Rhetoricians, and The Teleology of Capitalism.

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Top 100 career advice blogs

Jul. 19th 2010

1. Career Realism – “We are the only career advice blog that ‘approves’ their experts, writes Career Realism’s founder, J.T. O’Donnell, who has been cited in The New York Times, CNN.com, MSNBC.com, and various other popular publications. “We make each expert apply to our program and we personally review their credentials and writing style to ensure they match with our goal of providing cutting-edge career advice. We have over 30 experts who provide advice on a daily basis and are currently ranked as one of the top 5 career advice blogs on the Internet.” Her tips for the unemployed? “Unemployed job seekers need to focus on connecting with people they don’t know,” she explains. “It’s easy to network with friends and family, but to find a job you have to expand your network. Start by asking people you do know to introduce you to the one person they think you should meet.” Recommended posts: “Resume Tips for a Career Change,” and “20 Powerful Action Verbs to Kick Your Resume Up a Notch!

2. WebWorkerDaily – Although most of the articles touch on unemployment and career advice, blogger Imran Ali also writes about the latest technology tools for UK-based business owners and professionals. This easy-to-use and interactive blog allows readers to click on articles related to a specific topic such as Apps, how-to guides, social media, and browsers, as well as Apple, Google, and Windows products. Recommended posts: “Sincerely, Me: What Our Email Sign-offs Say About Us,” and “DevCheatSheet: More Useful Free Reference Cards.”

3.  Position Ignition –  ”Position Ignition’s career blog offers a host of free information, advice, and guidance for people of all ages and who are serious about their careers,” writes Nisa Chitakasem, one of the co-founders of the site. “We have a number of Guides who all contribute to the blog and who have had real life and career experiences of their own to draw from. Not only are they great career guides and are highly qualified coaches –they have all had very successful careers –being HR Directors, Headhunters, CEOs, COOs, senior managers in top firms and more. The co-founder Simon North has been working in transition and change for over 25 years and has helped many individuals with their careers.” She advises the unemployed to “stay positive and also get focused…Being unfocused and untargeted in the market is the worst thing you could do. Too many people we come across have a scattergun approach – firing out CVs everywhere and applying for anything they can get hold of. What’s more effective is getting clear about what you want, why you want it, why you’re the one to do it and how to get that across effectively in the market. This is what we help people do and they all end up in the right places for them!”  Recommended posts: “5 Popular Career Personality Tests” and “Job searching: Find the Needle.”

4. Career Copilot – Career Strategist and Pro Resume Writer Dan Keller helps job seekers “navigate through the changes and challenges of the job hunt.” Keller’s background includes experience in executive search and corporate recruiting, and offers readers his advice from his own experiences and insight “from the trenches.” He is also the owner of ProResumeWriter.com Recommended posts: “How to find a job on Linkedin,” 5 tips to help you through a career change,” and “Why Job Boards are evil.

5. Punk Rock HR – Forget Sheena, Laurie Ruettimann is the true punk rocker…of the career-advice blogging world. After reading its tagline (“Team building is for suckers”), it becomes apparent that Laurie has a lot to say about the HR world, and isn’t afraid to say it. For the past ten years, she has worked as a “seasoned and cynical HR professional,” and currently serves as a member of The Society for Human Resources Management. Her blog has been listed as one of the “Top 50 Blogs” by Evan Carmichael in 2010, as well as”Top 25 HR Digital” blog awards by HR Examiner, and her writing has been featured in The New York Times, US News & World Report, CFO Magazine, and Men’s Health. Recommended posts: “Mentors: Who Needs ‘Em?” and “You Are Not Allowed to Criticize HR.”

6. Maggie Mistal – CNN has called her “one of the nation’s best known career coaches,” she has appeared several times on CNN Newsroom as a career expert, and she hosts her own weekly radio show: “Making a Living with Maggie.” She has also interviewed several big-name celebrities like Martha Stewart, Sally Field, Deepak Chopra, and Stephen Covey. “As painful as the economic challenges have been, I am positive,” writes Mistal. “Rather than just landing another job, people now need to focus on the right job for them.  They need to soul search more deeply than in the past to know what they’re passionate about, what they’re best at and what they’re truly motivated and inspired to do with their skills and talents” More and more I hear people say they just aren’t falling into jobs like they used to.  They need to be the perfect fit to get hired.  The good news: you ARE the perfect fit for your ideal career.  Don’t wait another day to do the Soul Search, Research and Job Search to find it,” she explains. Maggie recommends looking into your college alumni network to find leads on jobs: “Many alumni associations offer online search-able databases where you can find contacts in your chosen field,”  she states. “Take a genuine interest in the careers of your fellow alums and they’ll return the favor.”  Recommended posts: “What I wish I knew when I graduated” and ”How to gain respect at work.”

7. Penelope Trunk’s Brazen Careerist – Popular amongst fellow bloggers, Penelope Trunk’s career advice has appeared in more than 200 newspapers, and Business Week has even described her writing as “poetic.” When asked to explain her advice for the unemployed, she writes: “Stop waiting to be invited to do work. Make up projects for yourself, do them, and put them on your resume. A resume is a list of things you’ve accomplished, not things you’ve gotten paid to do.” Recommended posts: “5 Time management tricks I learned from years of hating Tim Ferriss,” “How to find the most fulfilling careers,” and “Make life more stable with more frequent job changes.

8. The Chief Happiness Officer – Best-selling author Alexander Kjerulf AKA “The Chief Happiness Officer” has worked with the likes of IBM, Virginia giant Hilton, LEGO, HP headquartered in California, IKEA, and many more. In the past, he has consulted with various businesses and also conducts workshops on how individuals can achieve more happiness at work. Recommended posts: “Top 5 reasons why “The customer is Always Right” is wrong,” “How to lose your fear of being fired,” and “How to handle chronic complainers.”

9. Job Mob –  This interactive blog conducts a variety of different polls and contests, such as the “Guest Blogging Contest,” or “Leave a Comment Contest.” Articles can also serve as a great introduction to the latest in employment news and trends, and provide different tips on LinkedIn and Twitter. There are also a number of different posts related to employment in Israel. Recommended posts: “Top Job Search Trends Among Graduates & Students This Year” and “Top 60 LinkedIn Groups for Job Seekers and Recruiters.”

10. The Undercover Recruiter – Author Jorgen Sundberg has over seven years of experience in recruitment and international technology, and he currently works as a personal branding and social media strategist. “Sending resumes and cover letters is a strategy that won’t work for most people, try to stand out instead,” reveals Sundberg. “Brand yourself by speaking, writing, networking or any other activity that will attract opportunities to you.” Recommended posts: “5 Tricks Recruiters Use to Find You,” “Example Cover Letter Format that gets Your Resume Read,” and “Job Interview: How to Answer the Greatest Weaknesses Question?

11. Corn on the Job – “Corn on the Job isn’t just a job search blog. It’s a community where job seekers, HR professionals, recruiters, hiring managers, and other bloggers come together to discuss all areas of the job search,” writes Rich DeMatteo. “While I may start the discussion, my community of Corn Heads take over as we continue to learn with each other.” DeMatteo has worked in both Agency and Corporate Recruiting, and has experience coaching both job seekers and hiring managers. His blog has received much recognition over the past few years: It was voted as one of the “Top Blogs to Follow” in 2010, one of the “Top 50 Career Advocate Blogs” by eCollegeFinders, made the list for the “Top 10 Gen Y Career Bloggers”, as well as NMH’s “Top 10 Blogs of 2009″. “It’s easy for your lifestyle and habits to change drastically when unemployed,” explains DeMatteo. “You can find yourself going to bed many hours later than you used to, while also waking up later in the morning.  Not only does this affect your job search, but it will also hurt you when starting the next job.  Try your hardest to maintain a healthy lifestyle, and utilize your 9-5 to hunt for work.” Recommended posts:  ”The 5 iPhone Apps That Every Job Seeker Needs” and “An example of a personal job search website.”

12. Adventures of a Job Search Ninja –  Blogger Todd Bavol has over 20 years of experience in  recruitment, HR, leadership and entrepreneurial experience. He has also written five books on career management topics, and was recently inducted into the Philadelphia CEO Hall of Fame. “I am passionate about making a difference in the lives of others,” explains Bavol.  His tips for the unemployed are to “never, ever, ever, ever, ever send the same resume out to two different jobs. A resume should sing to the job you are applying for; it should be obvious looking at the resume that you are the perfect fit.” Recommended posts: “LinkedIn – Is It Worth Being A Member?” as well as a variety of different articles which explain how to tailor your resume to a certain industry (such as retail and customer service and health care professions).

13. KODA -  Blogger Lauren McCabe’s “post-graduation job hunt” not only landed her a job as a Publicity Director at a radio station, she also found employment as a beach surf instructor. Her blog has become an “online community” aimed to help connect employers and job seekers. “Employers are receiving resumes in record numbers,” explains McCabe, “so in order to differentiate yourself from the pack you must harness all of today’s communication tools to get the attention of a living, human being.” Recommended posts: “How Mermaids and Surfing Got Me My First Job in PR” and “Why Having a Business Card When You’re in College (or Unemployed) Isn’t Lame… and how to make yours awesome!

14. The Recruiters Lounge – This blog has received countless awards since 2005, but in the past year alone it was voted as one of the “Top 50 Human Resource Blogs to Watch in 2010″ by Evan Carmichael, and made the list of the “Top 50 Bloggers” by Business Resource Master, the “Top 10 Employment Bloggers” by Monster.com, and also received a nomination for “Blogger of the Year” by Chozen Awards. The site’s founder Jim Stroud also writes for The Searchologist,and currently works as a Social Media Development Manager for EnglishCafe. Recommended posts: “Addressing Illegal Questions in Job Interviews” and “What Should Be Included Within an Employment Contract?

15. The Work Buzz –  This site is a community for CareerBuilder.com “job seekers,” which is one of the largest online job search sites on the web. The authors keep readers updated with the latest in political news, such as the economy and employment benefits, as well as monthly job reports.  Recommended posts: “Can You Disagree With Your Boss and Not Lose Your Job?,” “Do unemployment benefits deter job seeking?,” and “When Co-Workers Don’t Realize They’re Annoying You.”

16. Employment Digest – Author Bill Vick is a publisher, speaker, recruiting coach, social media and recruiting industry consultant, as well as a “HeadHunter” and “serial entrepreneur.” He has even penned two books on recruiting, and is also the founder/board member of the Pinnacle Society, (an organization which recognizes achievement in the staffing industry), and he is also on the Board of Directors for the Texas Association Staffing Services (TAPS). Recommended posts: “Finding the Right Recruiter For Your Job Search” and “How to Create a Resume That Stands Out For Manger Jobs.

17. Career Rocketeer – Founder Chris Perry is a Gen Y brand and marketing generator who has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, ABCNews, and CNNMoney. His blog is full of tips for job seekers who need professional advice on resumes, cover letters, interviews, personal branding, and job searching. Recommended posts: “You won’t hire me because I’m unemployed? REALLY???” and “Did You Wind Up in a Default Career?

18. Career Diva - Eve Tahmincioglu (AKA “The Career Diva”) is a journalist and an award-winning columnist with MSNBC.com. Her blog has been named as one of the “Top 10 Career Blogs for Women” by Forbes magazine, and was also listed as one of the “Top 9 Job Blogs You Should be Reading” by CNN and Careerbuilder. “If you’ve been looking for a job for more than six months it’s time for a reality check,” she states.”…Trash your resume, bypass job boards, and ask yourself what you’re doing wrong? Does the job you’re looking for even exist any more? If so, find the people you can network with to get you connected to a hiring manager directly. If not, think about what else you’re qualified to do; and consider updating your skills.” Recommended posts: “Should your college GPA land you a job?” and “Girls just want to network — without men.

19. Interview IQ – Blogger Karalyn Brown currently works as a career journalist, and also writes for The Australian and Management Today publications. She previously worked as a HR and recruitment consultant, and discusses employment issues and topics on late night chat shows. Her advice for the unemployed is to network and to not just rely on advertised roles: “These are such a small percentage of the market,” she writes, “Let people know you are looking for work, and get out and get active. I’ve found voluntary work helps a lot, because it gets people out of the house, increases their confidence and social circles, gives people a purpose, and often jobs come out of this. I’ve personally found lots of professional contacts come from doing voluntary work.” Recommended posts: “Social Media Background Screening” and “More weak (and pesky) resume words.

20. Cube Rules – “I advocate for the person toiling away in the cubicle, writes author Scot Herrick. “Much advice is provided to management, but little to the individual worker, trying to survive and thrive at work. I’ve had a long career as an individual contributor and manager in Fortune 100 Corporations and have seen what works and what doesn’t from both ends of the spectrum.” His tips for the unemployed? “Discouragement is easy and you must fight through [it] to continue to look for work. Re-examine your resume. Does it list accomplishments? Does it show results, done with numbers, that your work has done for the business? Most do not, yet hiring managers want to interview people that show results from their work. Regularly contact your network (even though it probably feels bad to do so since you are not working…). Most jobs are not advertised — as high as 90% — so you need to penetrate the hidden job market through talking with the people you know.” Recommended posts: “Your job mismatch will kill your career” and “3 things to do if you hate your boss.”

21. Jobacle –  Yet another blog to make it on the eCollegeFinders’ “Top 50 Career Advocates” list, Jobacle offers more edgy and realistic career advice for job seekers. “Jobacle offers realistic career advice that is a bit edgier than those HotMonsterBuilder blogs,” writes author Andrew G.T. “We don’t pretend to be experts, but we do aim to share advice that is designed to make work better. His advice for the unemployed is to “try something different – radically different!  You might never get the opportunity again…and you might discover you love doing something you had never previously considered.” Recommended posts: “How to Find Internships: A Chat With YouTern CEO,” “10 Reasons Adults Should Go Back to School,” and “7 Ways To Get A Raise.

22. JT & Dale – The two authors of this blog are two of the most highly respected authors in the career-advice blogging world. J.T. O’Donnell is the founder CareerRealism.com, and author Dale Dauten has been described as a “guru” to White House staff by government publications. The two of them write a career advice column titled “J.T. & Dale Talk Jobs” which has appeared in over 100 American newspapers. Readers can write to J.T. and Dale, who then respond to their questions in their articles and blog posts. Recommended posts: “Family Members as References?” and “How Vital is Location in Job Search?

23. Resume Bear – Job seekers could spend hours reading through the articles on this site, most of which consist of resume and cover letter tips, and how to survive the recession. The authors also provide various statistics on salaries and wages, as well as employment trends for students and interns. Recommended posts: “How to Market Yourself to Employers in a Recession,” “Top 50 Recession-Proof Industries (And What Makes Them Recession-Proof) Part 1,” and “Five Myths and Realities Behind Temporary Work.

24. The Career Makeover Coach – “My own personal work history is full of makeovers,” explained author Tai Goodwin. “I’ve been an employment coordinator, classroom teacher, training coordinator, e-learning developer and instructional designer. My goal has always been to follow my interest and passion, which worked really well, but then I had to learn how to make sure I was earning what I deserved as well. I was willing to take the risk and make the changes that would help me land a job that supports the lifestyle I want to live. The goal of the articles I post is to help others do the same.” Her tips for the unemployed include targeting your job search, (“instead of mass mailings focus on 20-25 companies that you want and then look for any and every way to get in front of someone who can hire you”); leverage all networking opportunities both online and offline, (she recommends LinkedIn and Twitter), and make your job search a full-time job. “Set goals, create a plan, measure your progress and revise what’s not working,” she writes. Her blog was also nominated as one of the top 50 career advocate blogs by eCollegeFinders, and Goodwin’s writing has also been featured in Shelfari, Amazon, Squidoo, and eZine Articles. ” Recommended posts: “Dear Executive Board: Do Something Different – Go Diverse” and “Ten Tips for Better Time Management.

25. Tim’s Strategy – So what exactly is “Tim’s strategy,” you ask? Ultimately, the author’s strategy is about ideas; as the blog’s summary states: “Ideas that can create change, encourage people and drive positive results in life.” Author Tim Tyrell-Smith writes his posts from not only the perspective of a job seeker, but a hiring manager as well. He is also the author of: “30 Ideas. The Ideas of Successful Job Search.” Recommended posts: “My Favorite Resume and CV Template: Introducing TruFocus,” “The 20 Habits of Highly Effective Networkers – Part 1,” and “10 Ways To Become A Person Of Influence.”

26. The Risesmart Blog – “Turn off CNBC and throw away the newspaper business section,” advises Sanjay Sathe, the President and CEO of Risesmart. “In times like these, the media tends to pile on the doom and gloom. Don’t let CNBC or other business media give you an excuse for not finding a job. Reduce your use of online job boards. Most job seekers are spending too much time searching online – and they’re ending up feeling frustrated and isolated as a result. According to Kelton Research, most online job seekers spend an average of 50 hours per month searching the Web for jobs. That’s too much time; restrict your searches to an hour per day, at most, so you can use your time more productively.” He also recommends that job seekers get “third-party critiques” of their resumes and interviewing skills, (“If you’re qualified for the jobs you’re applying for, there must be some reason you’re not getting them”), and to put all egos aside and ask for help from your friends or associates. “How far someone is willing to go to help you in your search is directly related to your ability to build real relationships. And that’s a far better way to spend your time than poring endlessly over job-board listings.”  He also recommends hiring a professional resume writing, “stage mock interviews,” and “widen your search parameters.” Recommended posts: “More workers quitting means shift in workforce” and “Salary hikes planned for 2011, but no guarantees.

27.  Great Leadership – This blog has been listed on several top career and leadership blogs over the past few years, such as Risesmart Career’s Top 100 list, Fistful of Talent’s “Top 25 Talent Management Blogs,” one of the “Top 50 Human Resources Blogs to Watch in 2010,”  and many, many more. The majority of the posts reflect the responsibilities and expectations for those who work in leadership positions, and provides numerous resources and tools on how to improve their leadership skills. Recommended posts: “How to Develop a Leadership Competency Model” and “How to Write a Great Individual Development Plan (IDP).

28. Keppie Careers –  Blogger Miriam Salpeter has been named as one of the “Top 10 Job Tweeters” by CNN, was the winner of the 2008 Jobacle.com Resume Writing Challenge, and she has also appeared in the Wall Street Journal as well as ABC and NBC news. She previously worked as the Vice President for a Wall Street firm, received training in career advising and counseling, and then went on to “head” the Career Action Center at the Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University. Recommended posts: “Revisiting LinkedIn – new features for job seekers and networkers” and “Twitter users are more likely to get job interviews.”

29. Escape From Corporate America – Blogger Pamela Skillings is an author and certified career coach, and she has been quoted in Newsweek, Forbes, Investors Business Daily, CNN.com, the Miami Herald, and ABC News. She has also appeared in The New York Times and several other print publications. Topics range from employment depression and innovative coaches, to entrepreneurs and creativity. Recommended posts: “Banished from Corporate America? Work for Yourself” and “Get a Life, Not a Job.”

30.  Guatam Ghosh on Organizations 2.0 – Author Guatam Ghost has been working in the corporate world of HR and Learning and Development for the past seven years, and eventually transitioned into working as an Independent Consultant. In the past four years his blog has been nominated on various top HR and career blogs, and he has been quoted in a number of different publications such as Times Ascent, the Mumbai Mirror, Mint WSJ, and many more. “There are various reasons why people are unemployed,” reveals Ghosh, “and there are no tips one can give except to say that people should learn to be brutally honest about their skills and ask for feedback post interviews they give. Sometimes the best job is not what you desire – but what is suitable for your skills and interests.” Recommended posts: “How differently do tomorrow’s workforce and today’s leadership think?” and “Leveraging Social Media for Organizational Learning and Development.

31. The Resume Chick – Each of the posts on this site are tailored to a certain profession or industry, as author Karen Flowers writes on a variety of different job positions, from construction and athletics, to writers and or military jobs. Categories include promotions, resume “do’s and don’ts,” retirement or coming out of retirement, and getting fired. Recommended posts: “How Not to be a Lifelong Student,” “The Other 5 Things People Lie About on Their Resume,” and “5 Signs You’re Ready for Retirement.”

32. Talent Culture – Talent Culture’s founder Meghan M. Biro has quite the diverse job history: She worked a Senior Consultant for a software company, designed markets for Collaborative Enterprise 2.0, Social Community, and New Media Innovation, and even pursued a career in the performing arts. The blog posts are written by a number of different authors, all of whom have a passion for helping people in their career and/or job search. Recommended posts: “Make Like Madonna And Reinvent Yourself,” and “Why You’re Always the Interviewee and Never Hired.”

33. The Change Blog –  Written by multiple authors, this site not only motivates readers to make positive career or education changes, it also provides advice on life changes as well. (For instance, some posts give tips on meditation and positive thinking, as well as discovering your passions, or using your subconscious to make changes in your life). Recommended posts: “10 Secrets for Instant Self-Confidence,” “How to Minimize Fear When Making a Major Career Shift,” and “5 Fundamentals for Success in Life.”

34. Lindsey Pollak – If you’ve been searching around the net for different career advice blogs, then you’ve probably stumbled upon Lindsey Pollak’s blog. Pollak is a best-selling author, and her words of wisdom have been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, and NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams. Her site was also named as one of the “Top 100 Websites for Women” by Forbes.com, and was also listed as Marie Claire’s “100 Twitters Every Woman Should Follow.” Recommended posts: “5 Career “Super Foods” and “Top 5 Recruiter Pet Peeves REVEALED!

35. Sklover Working Wisdom – “Career advice on our blog is based on 25+ years of assisting employees worldwide on issues of their career transitions,” explains blogger/attorney Alan L. Sklover, “from interviewing to hiring, to promotion, to dismissal. As attorneys, we have also had the unique experience of having to go ‘into the trenches,’ that is, work in difficult conditions to resolve often-bitter disputes, something traditional career blogs shy away from.In addition, the worldwide workplace has now become “infiltrated” with legal rules, regulations and considerations, which we can comment on, as well, from non-compete agreements, to licensing requirements, to rights on termination, to who owns “creations” developed on the job…We are not just lawyers, but seasoned and sophisticated negotiators, and the unemployed often have the hardest “sell” of all. Also, we assist the unemployed with crafting the ‘reasons I am now unemployed,’ something few career blogs address.” Recommended posts: “How do I pick a good employment attorney to represent me?” and “How can I collect commissions due me from my former employer and still get a good job reference?

36. The Glass Hammer – For women, by women, this site strives to “ensure gender parity and total inclusion for women of all industries.” It also won the “Blog of the Year Award” at the 2008 Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and its motto is to “inform, empower and inspire professional women.” The Glass Hammer’s publisher and editor-in-chief is originally from Belfast, and is involved in various other online career websites. The Associate Editor, Melissa Anderson, is a writer, editor, and “social media expert,” and has a passion for “fostering gender equality” and improving workplace satisfaction. Recommended posts: “Incentivizing the Return to the Office after Childbirth” and “More Women Leaders: Time For A Different Approach.”

37. Blogging4jobs – “All too often career experts are providing the safe and cook cutter answers to the job search,” writes Jessica Miller-Merrell, the site’s main author. “In this competitive market, being cookie cutter no longer gets you noticed by hiring managers or recruiters. [Our] site seeks to provide job seekers a realistic point of view about their job search and feedback on how they can improve.” Her advice for job seekers, which can also be applied to those who are currently employed, is to “consider themselves brands and evaluate how, when, why, and if they are reaching their target audience…The market is extremely competitive. Their target audience should be recruiters, HR professionals, and hiring managers. The best case scenario is for job seekers to start building their brand before they are in the market for a job no less than 6 months prior.” Recommended posts: “Beyond Niche Networking” and “Smile…You’re Underqualified.”

38. Three Star Leadership – “If you are a boss at any level, this blog will give you insight, information, and pointers to resources to do a better job and live a better life,” writes blogger Wally Bock. Bock covers everything bossy-related: from mentoring and working as a team, or leadership and customer service. Some of the posts cover various books, articles, or other blogs he has come across as well. Recommended posts: “Be the boss, but don’t be a jerk” and “Making the Move to Boss: Three Phases of Transition.”

39. All Things Workplace –  Recognition for this blog includes winning the #1 spot for the “Best of Leadership Blogs” in 2008, a nomination for one of the “Top 100 Career Blogs” by RiseSmart, and another nomination as one of the “Top 50 Blogs in 2009″ by Evan Carmichael. Author Steve Roesler worked as a Drill Instructor in the U.S. Army, and then went on to become an award-winning author and speaker on leadership and career management. He is also a member of the American Society for Training and Development, and is certified in Situational Leadership and “Problem-Solving/Decision Making Methodologies.” Recommended posts: “Six Steps To Getting Your New Idea Accepted” and “About To Speak? First Impressions.”

40. Escape from Cubicle Nation – Blogger Pamela Slim has appeared in several news media outlets and publications, like ABC News, Time, Forbes, BusinessWeek, CNN Money, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times, U.S. News & World Report, San Francisco Examiner, Psychology Today; (just to name a few…). Believe it or not, Smith used to be (in her words) a “corporate prisoner,” but today she has become a world renown career coach whose advice is featured in O Magazine. Recommended posts: “Find joy in the terror of starting something new” and “Sales tip: work a little old school outreach into your new school marketing.”

41. Personal Branding Blog –  Take MC Hammer’s advice: this is a blog that’s worth looking into. (MC Hammer listed this site as one of his top favorite blogs. Really, it’s true). Not only that, this blog was also voted as one of the “Top 50 Media and Marketing Blogs” by AdAge, was nominated as one of the “The 9 Job Blogs You Should be Reading” by CareerBuilder, and it also placed 28th in Technorati’s Top Small Business Blogs. Recommended posts: “Are You Making These 5 Personal Branding Mistakes?” and “How to Align Your Business Cards with Your Brand.”

42. Boomers Next Step – Feeling out of touch in the technology age? The posts on this site not only give great career advice and job searching tips, they also provide introductory articles so readers can get educated on LinkedIn, online resumes, and even top retirement destinations. The unique and interactive format allows readers to look into other article topics such as age biases, and franchising, and a list of different video and audio resources is also provided. Recommended posts: “How to Keep Your Age a Secret in an Executive Resume,” “Best Mid-life Career Change Tips,” and “10 More Tips For Finding Jobs Over 40.”

43. Ask a Manager – Have you ever wished you had telepathic powers so you could see into the mind of your boss or hiring manager? Well the popular Ask a Manager blog allows you to do just that, (minus the telepathic powers).  Blogger Alison Green answers her readers’ questions which range from how to answer tricky interview questions, to what to do if you’re about to get fired. Green is the former chief of staff for a successful nonprofit organization, and currently writes a weekly column for the U.S. News & World Report’s website. She also co-authored the book “Managing to Change the World: The Nonprofit Leader’s Guide to Getting Results.” Recommended posts: “How long should it take a new hire to get up to speed?” and “Does ‘we’ll keep your resume on file’ really mean anything?

44. Career Goddess -  Blogger Susan Guarneri is the only National Certified Career Counselor in the world who is also certified in personal branding, online identity management, resume writing, career coaching, job/career transitioning, and interviewing. When asked about her advice for the unemployed, Susan explained that job seekers should update their education with technical, computer, and soft skills training that is relevant to their field: “Employers do not pay a premium for ‘old knowledge,’” she writes, “maximize the extent of your networking AND show that you are current with the times…Generic anything (resume, cover letter, online profile, etc.) does not win employer notice.” She also explained that LinkedIn is a “MUST” for any serious career professional. Recommended posts: “Upgrade Your Bare-Bones LinkedIn Profile” and “Social Networking & Blog Links in Your Resume?

45. Anne Headley – Voted as one of the “Top 50 Career Advocates” by eCollegeFinders, author Anne Headley is a career counselor who provides support in career decision-making, interview techniques, effective resume and interview techniques, and work adjustment. Her tips for the unemployed are to spend less time online and more time in the real world:  “Hiding out at home just doesn’t generate a job offer,” she writes, “get out there, make yourself useful, have some fun, meet some new people.  This is how the best opportunities happen.”

46. Water Cooler Wisdom –  Alexandra Levit is an author, speaker, columnist for the Wall Street Journal, and blogger for HuffingtonPost.com. Her books include “They Don’t Teach Corporate in College,” “How’d You Score That Gig?” and “Success for Hire.” Her advice has also been featured in The New York Times, USA Today,  ABC News, Fox News, CNBC,  Cosmopolitan, CNN, MSN, Yahoo!, and many many more. Recommended posts: “How to Communicate Across Generations” and “Should You Start a Business While You Still Have a Job?

47. Career Alley – Also nominated as one of the “Top 50 Career Advocates,” topics on this blog include job searching tips for college graduates, career changes and transitions, how to use LinkedIn, as well as various facts and statistics on different on the different types of professions and industries. Recommended posts: “College Job or Stepping Stone?,” “Caps, Gowns and Jobs,” and “Paragraphs vs. Bullets On Your Resume: Why Too Much of a Good Thing is Bad.”

48. The Job Stalker – Articles on this blog are a combination of the blogger’s personal thoughts and experiences, as well as links to various other informative career-advice articles. Author Brendan Tripp has experience working in public relations, management, promotion, meeting planning, publishing, social media, and Virtual World development, but admits that his credentials are more “battle scars.” He provides a list of useful resources for job seekers such as starting up a domain, (he recommends “NAME.info format/url) to write up an HTML version of your resume along with a .pdf link and your LinkedIn profile. He also suggests designing some networking cards, and spend some money with VistaPrint to get your “elevator speech,” (such as your background, skills, and what you are looking for), printed on the second side. “But don’t bother with those things which put a whole roomful of unemployed people together,” he explains, “it’s depressing and usually useless.” His other recommendations include MeetUp, TweetUp, and EventBrite, Twitter and LinkedIn. Recommended posts: “What do you say when…” and “Who to follow on Twitter.”

49. Career Hub – Articles on this blog are written by multiple authors, all of whom have experience in the personal branding or career coaching field. Posts range from motivational tips for the employed, to job searching tips for the unemployed. The site’s founder Louise Fletcher writes that she created her blog to “[connect] job seekers with the best minds in career counseling, resume writing, personal branding and recruiting.” Recommended posts: “Stop Comparing Yourself To Others” and “The Cloud Approach To Writing Your Resume.

50. Employaid – Whether you are currently employed or unemployed, this site allows readers to “rave and rant” about work and the recession. Both humorous and informative, topics on this blog cover everything from how to change careers, how to build your personal brand, or how to deal with crazy co-workers. Recommended posts: “Ten Fast Track Ways to a Lay Off List,” “Are You Desirable?” and “The New Economy of Work.”

50. Jibber Jobber – Popular amongst fellow bloggers, Jason Alba understands how easy it is to waste time while unemployed, and through his blog he hopes to “provide tools and information to job seekers” during their unemployment. Categories on this blog include income security, social networking, personal branding, as well as various books and resources. Recommended posts: “Getting Help From Your Career Center,” “Email Signature: Make It Count!” and “College Graduate’s Job Search Going Bad?

52. Career Brander – This site offers step-by-step instruction on how to organize your cover letters, resumes, and online profiles. The posts also include statistics, studies, excerpts from books, interviews with professionals, as well as questions from their readers. As explained on their site, this blog’s sole “mission” is to help individuals manage their career marketing skills, and help the unemployed excel at their job search in a time-efficient manner. Recommended posts: “LinkedIn and cover letters,” “Online Personal Brand,” and “Fantasy Job Search.”

53. CV Resume Blog –  The authors of this blog write about various ways to simplify your resume and cover letter, and also keep readers updated on the latest technology tools and gadgets, such as cover letter or resume writing software. Recommended posts: “Format System upon Writing a Resume,” “Cover letter generated software,” and “Upon creating Resume Cover Letter with one click using new Software.”

54. Careershifters –  ”Careershifters offers a mix of expert advice from professional career coaches, and ‘success stories’ which are interviews with people who have made career changes themselves and have experienced-based tips for our site users,” writes blogger Sarah Byrne. “[We encourage] comments and feedback from our users, who are often going through their own career changes, and the insights they can provide also helps our site users.” Byrne also explains that they run a “fortnightly” career change workshop which is run by two professional career coaches, all of whom “share their own wisdom from changing careers themselves.” Recommended posts: “Redundant or lost a job? Out of work, not out of time,” “Changing career in a hurry,” and “Making The Most Of The “In Between” Times.”

55. Resume to Referral - Blogger Teena Rose currently works as an Executive Resume Writer, and her site was voted as one of the “Top 100 Job Board Niches” in 2009 by Internetinc.com, this site focuses on a variety of different topics such as personal branding, content management, resumes, cover letters, and “career forecasting and planning.” Recommended posts: “How do I handle lack of education in my resume?” and “Bullied On-the-Job…How Do I Fight Back?

56. The Job Quest – Career consultant Melissa Cooley understands the importance of personal branding because she used to help organizations market themselves through newsletters, websites, and press releases. “It was imperative that each of those pieces used consistent messaging that readily communicated the organizational missions and value propositions to the community,” states Melissa. “Those experiences, combined with the knowledge I gained through my MBA program, translate quite well to the personal branding efforts that job seekers should implement.  With personal branding, individuals can effectively convey a singular message about who they are and what they can bring to a prospective employer.” Her sole advice for the unemployed is to network while looking around for jobs: “Roughly 80% of all jobs are found through networking,” she explains, “so scouring the job boards and sending out resume after resume is an ineffective use of your time.  You need to connect with people both online and offline. Also, don’t make the connections all about you and your need for a job.  You should be building solid professional relationships that involve giving, not just taking. Doing so will encourage others to think of you when they hear of a job opening.” Recommended posts: “How to build your authentic personal brand,” and “Are you letting your comfort zone limit you?

57. 45 Things – Anita Bruzzese has been covering workplace issues for almost 25 years, and converses with hundreds of experts and employers who give her insider information on how to become a successful employee. Her advice for the unemployed is to “network, network, network…Tell everyone you know you’re looking for a job – your aunt’s neighbor, your college roommate and former colleagues,” she explains. “While it’s good to connect with people online, that should only be part of your networking efforts. Every single week you should schedule some face-to-face time with other people who can offer you a job. Attend Chamber of Commerce lunches. Join industry groups. Volunteer at community events that employers will attend. Employee referrals are very important – the more employees you can connect with, the better.” Recommended posts: “6 Tips for Getting More Rest at Work” and “7 Considerations for Taking a Job Overseas.”

58. Grad to Great – Let’s face it, graduating from college and university can be tough, especially during the recession. Before sending off countless resumes, now, more than ever, grads should be taking advice from professionals who know what they’re talking about. Voted as one of the “Top 50 Career Advocates” by eCollegeFinders, authors Anne Brown and Beth Zefo have a combination of experience in career development and resources, and have worked with both small and large corporations, as well as labor unions and college recruiters. Recommended posts: “How Much Time Should I Spend Networking Online?,” and “Getting Into the Real World Mentality.”

59. Career Jockey – “Going through a job hunt can be terrible. Let me tell you, I know,” writes blogger Jorge Lazaro Diaz. “Network, network, network, I cannot say that enough. Your chances of getting a job through the job boards is next to nil.  You have personal contacts of all types.  Leverage them to gain access to hiring managers that need you in an open position they need to fill.” After going through a tumultuous career transition, he was invited to a career support meeting by one of the Back on Track Network co-founders, and learned how to improve his resume, network and “work through the internal struggles that go with losing a job and getting a new one.” He ended up joining the Back on Track Network as a volunteer career advisor and coach, and received formal training through the International Coaching Federation. He later accepted a position on their board of directors and has worked in career advising and coaching ever since. “I had accumulated all this information and knowledge through my research, coaching, speaking, and involvement with out of work people,” he explains. “It seemed like a shame to have it all locked up in my head and in my laptop. That’s how CareerJockey.org was born.” Recommended posts: “Is Your Resume Missing These 5 ‘Must Haves’?” and “The 7 Mistakes People Make When Networking Online.”

60. Great Resumes Fast – Author Jessica Holbrook Hernandez has over 10 years of experience as a human resources manager and recruiter, and offers readers insider advice on what employers look for on a resume and cover letter. “Spend as much time as you can customizing each resume to each different position you apply to,” she explains. “Sure, it may take an extra 10-20 minutes now but it will save you weeks in your job search. General resumes only get thrown in the no pile. Customized resumes will get the hiring manager’s attention and ultimately the interview.” Recommended posts: “How NOT to Start Your Cover Letter” and “Resumes for Every Generation.”

61. Life @ Work - Nominated as one of the “Top 50 Career Advocates” by eCollegeFinders, this blogger motivates her readers on how to maintain a level of happiness while at work, and gives advice on how to find the perfect job that suits your personality. Author Heather Mundell currently works as a life and career coach, and decided to launch her own business after becoming a parent. Recommended posts: “Career Advice for New Grads” and “Is It Your Boss That’s Bad, or Are You Just Hard to Get Along With?

62. Gradversity – This blog was designed to help ease the transition for college and university graduates during the initial stages of their job search. The site is described as being “dedicated to helping new graduates find rewarding careers,” and addresses various questions, issues, and concerns graduates find themselves dealing with once they complete their schooling. Recommended posts: “The Dark Side Of Internships,” “Top Entry Level Employers Of 2010,” and “Never Use The Third Person On Your Resume.”

63. Make it POP Resume – Blogger Mandy Marchitello has “been there, done that.”  She worked in the travel industry post 9/11, and explains how she was “subjected to many layoffs and forced to reinvent myself in a professional sense, time and time again.” Her advice for the unemployed is to write resumes that “get to the point,” design a creative layout, and organize a “work day” so you can spend at least 6 hours a day job searching: “Allow yourself to feel frustrated no more than ’1 hour’ a week,” she explains, “keep very detailed records of all your search attempts, (the “who/what/where/when”). If you need to, accept a part-time job while trying to secure full-time employment.” She also recommends that job seekers “tell absolutely everyone you come into contact with that you’re searching for a job; even your mailman.” Recommended posts: “3 Resume Formats – Which one is best for you?” and “Like A Speeding Train, A Resume That POPS Cannot Be Stopped – (3) Easy Steps!

64. Rita Ashley, Career Coach – Rita Ashley is a “technology recruiting veteran” and is “armed with an insider’s view of how hiring gets done.” Ashley’s expertise is in technology, counseling, psychology, and education, and previously worked with investors, executives, and hiring authorities. Her advice is not only directed towards young professionals looking for employment, but individuals over 45 as well. Recommended posts: “Is ageism hurting your job search?” and “Do your references work for you?

65. Work Bloom - This blog not only provides informative and factual information through its postings, it also links to other articles related to post topics around the career blogging world. Topics on this blog range from technology tips and personal branding, to retirement, recruiting, and career advancement. Recommended posts: “Mommy or Daddy Guilt and How to Fight It,” “Friendly Workplaces for Women and Minorities,” and “A Good Exit Plan and Why You Need One.”

66. Work Coach Cafe – The Work Coach Cafe isn’t just a site dedicated to helping the unemployed, it also gives great advice to those who are currently working and on the brink of a career breakdown. The authors also recently designed a “Career Dictionary” so readers can look up terms like “resume screener” and “transferable skills.” Recommended posts: “Zen and the Art of Being a Receptionist (and Other Under-Appreciated Jobs),” “7 Ways You Can Put Emotional Intelligence to Work,” and “7 Ways to Rev Up Your Recession Job Search.”

67. Blanchard Leader Chat – Voted as one of the “Top 50 Career Advocates” by eCollegeFinders, this blog is a great resource for those in management or leadership positions, as the articles discuss solutions from the point of view of workplace culture, performance management, and organizational development. This site is essentially about “managing in today’s work environment,” and provides a form for readers to “explore, consider, and comment on some of the pressing issues that leaders face.” Recommended posts: “Don’t Let A Big Ego Get in the Way of Collaboration” and “The Leadership-Profit Chain–How Leadership Impacts Employee Passion and Customer Devotion.”

68. Pongo Resume –  Get educated on what to do “before, during, and after their job hunt” by reading up on the various resources and statistics provided in the articles. Some topics include advice on work-relation issues, personal branding, interviews, and job searching, specifically for recent college or university graduates. Recommended posts: “7 Resume Writing Tips for Your Education Section,” “Rerun: What Counts as Experience on a New Grad’s Resume,” and “8 Dumbass Interview Mistakes New Grads Make.”

69. George’s Employment Blawg – Categories on this blog cover all the nitty-gritty details and legalities of the employment world, such as human resources, employment law, (hence the misspelling of “bLAWg”), workplace trends, and the labor market. George Lenard has over twenty years of experience in labor and employment law, and uses his expertise and work experience to provide tips and insider advice to his readers. Recommended posts: “Male Sex Stereotyping: Going Where No Man Has Gone Before” and “A Tale of Two Reference Check Responses — Liability for One, But Not the Other.”

70. Guerrilla Job Hunting – Take your job searching to a whole other level, guerrilla job hunting style. Canadian author David Perry currently works as a HR policy adviser for the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA), and has previously worked as an acting vice-chair on the Canadian Technology Human Resources Board, was as a board member of the Software Human Resources Council, and was also a fundraising director for the Western Quebec Education Foundation. Recommended posts: “Gift Certificate,” “Coffee cup,” and “What We Can Learn about Successful Job Seeking from the Game of Golf.”

71. Evil HR Lady – All of the posts on this blog consist of answers to questions readers have sent in to the author. The questions cover some pretty controversial topics like firing policies, drug addicts, and how to deal with idiot co-workers. “I spent 10 years in HR and am passionate about the profession and about demystifying what goes on behind the scenes,” writes the “Evil HR Lady.” Her tips for the unemployed include networking, changing careers, taking a pay cut, learning a new skill, re-writing your resume, or considering relocation. Recommended posts: “My Coworkers are Taking Advantage of the System” and “Managers: Stop the Shuffling and Just Fire the Person.”

72. Movin’ On Up – “Most people spend the majority of their lives at their jobs,” the authors write, “…for that reason, it makes sense to enjoy work and to do what you love. At Movin’ On Up, we want to discuss how we can make our work lives more financially, mentally and emotionally rewarding.” Recommended posts: “Getting to Know the C Suite – Advice for Dealing with Upper Management and Executives” and “Is Your Morning Routine Hurting Your Career?

73. Quick Study Blog – “My aim is to provide advice that is smart and succinct,” writes author Leslie Whitaker, a former Time reporter and co-author of “The Good Girl’s Guide to Negotiating.” “While I provide practical strategies for coping with common concerns, such as asking for a promotion and getting along with a difficult colleague, I also try to inspire readers to tap into their creative sides. A little uniqueness can go a long way.” Recommended posts: “Give Us an “I” for Intern,” “Surprised by an Applicant’s Criminal History?,” and “Surviving Job Stress.”

74. The Career Key Blog – Nominated as one of the “Top Blogger Interviews on Good Career Choices” by BizyMoms.com, topics on this blog cover everything from historic career pioneers, women’s rights, internships for college and university graduates, and career portfolios. Specifically, however, the author explains that most of the articles touch on difficult education or career-making decisions, such as choosing a major or degree, or identifying “career pathways.” Recommended posts: “Want to graduate on time? Choose a college major or training program that matches your Holland personality” and ”5 Tips for Handling Internships in Career Exploration & Career Development.”

75. Resume Edge – Resume-writing expert Darlene Zambruski, the blog’s main author, entertains her readers with factual and informative advice on everything from resumes and cover letters, to interviews and career transitions. Darlene has experience assisting many individuals with their careers, ranging from entry-level workers, and even future CEO’s. Zambruski is a certified resume writer, author, and co-owner of the JP Literary Agency. Recommended posts: “Functional versus Reverse-Chronological Formats” and “The Only Way to Compete Against Hundreds of Equally-Qualified Candidates.”

76. Your Success Network – YSN’s founder and President Jennifer Kushell  is also the NY Times best-selling author of “Secrets of the Young & Successful.” She has been coined as the “Career Doctor” by Cosmopolitan and a “Guru” of her generation by US News & World Report. Jennifer’s advice for the unemployed is to give your online identity a makeover: “Take control of what potential recruiters and hiring managers find when they google your name…even the social and personal stuff! Your online identity is often your first impression to hiring managers.  And it certainly can make or break your chances.” She also illustrates the importance of networking: “You probably have a lot more friends, colleagues and supporters than you realize.  Survey your address books, business card piles and social networks to see who’s really in your inner circle and wider network and who might be able to help lead you to some new prospective opportunities…It is a simple, yet highly underutilized tactic for getting high quality referrals and prospects. Also, she advises to pay close attention to your finances:  ”While you may have to settle for something that isn’t as exciting or doesn’t pay as well as your previous job – take what you can get for now and continue looking for opportunities that better suit your personality and experience.” Recommended posts: “How to Get Publicity In 5 Simple Steps” and “Pursuing the ULTIMATE in Flexible Work Hours.”

77. The Career Doctor Blog – Dr. Randall Hansen is an expert career coach, and has over 20 years of experience working with teens, college/university students or grads, “career changers,” and senior executives. He is certified to help individuals with their online job searches, and educates readers on how to design market electronic resumes, or Web-based career portfolios. Dr. Hansen puts in a great deal of effort to research the latest employment news and trends, and also answers a number of different questions from his readers. Recommended posts: “Yes, Bullet Points are Expected on Resumes.”

78. Daily Career Connection – The majority of posts on this blog are generally industry-specific, and provide background information on resume and cover letter expectations, as well as career recommendations. The author also branches off to discuss some book reviews, and degree/certification programs, but most of the articles are aimed towards individuals who are in the process of changing careers. Recommended posts: “Information on a Careers in Events Management,” “A Career Change With Technical Training,” and “Careers in Audio Engineering – Ten Tips That Will Get You That Job Offer.”

79. Jennifer Anthony’s Official Blog – Jennifer Anthony is a career strategist who has been a professional resume writer since 1999 and online since 2003. Jennifer has extensive experience and her clients hold senior leadership, management, operations, sales, marketing, and technical positions in diverse industries. Some of her work has been featured in various career-related books and on various media outlets such as CareerBuilder, CNN, and NetTemps. Not only does she write some of her own blog posts, but she also shares articles of interest from other career experts that she finds helpful to job seekers. Some of the topics on her blog include resume tips, social media, lay-offs, job interviews, hiring trends, and job searching. Occasionally, she goes on humorous rants about resume writing faux pas (such as using marketing fluff words). Recommended posts: “How to Bounce Back After a Lay-Off,” “Can There Be a Worse Way to Apply For a Job Than to Attend a Cattle Call?” and “Stupid and overly used resume word of the day: ‘impactful‘”

80. Hiring Technical People – Technically speaking, this blog is for hiring managers or employment recruiters, but readers can also get tips on how to find jobs or change careers. “Hiring technical people and being hired can be difficult, no matter what the economy is doing,” writes author Johanna Rothman, who also wrote “Hiring the Best Knowledge Workers,” and “Techies & Nerds: The Secrets and Science of Hiring Technical People.” “I was a hiring manager for years inside software organizations and hired about 100 people then. Since I’ve been a consultant, I’ve advised managers about how to interview and hire, and have coached those managers into how to make good choices.” Her advice to the unemployed is to “treat your job search as if it is a job,” and to keep track of every phone call, e-mail, and job application. “Develop a rhythm to your day. Maybe you look for jobs for an hour, make networking phone calls for an hour. Whatever you do, make sure you have some structure to your day.” Recommended posts: “Hiring for Diversity, pt3: New College Grads” and “What Your Job Ad Can Do For You.”

81. College Surfing Insider – Are you in need of a “bloggin’ classmate?”  If you are, the authors of this blog can provide informative and motivational support for those currently enrolled in college and university, or even high school. With a combination of career and education advice, the articles on this blog tap into the youngster market, and even post on topics like Twilight, Betty White, Lost, and Disney World. Recommended posts: “Promoting Non-Credit Lifelong Learning” and “Top 10 Tools Grads Need to Get a Job.”

82. Executive Career Brand – Meg Guiseppi was New Jersey’s first certified Master Resume Writer, and writes about a variety of different topics such as personal branding, online identity, and social media. Her blog also focuses on resume tips for executives, due to the fact that the market is “constantly changing [the] needs of recruiters and hiring decision makers.” Recommended posts: “Does Your Twitter Bio Pack an Executive Brand Punch?” and “10 Brand-Diluting Phrases That Can Ruin Your Executive Resume.”

83. Telecommuting Journal – “My blog is all about what it’s really like to fine legitimate work you can do from home,” explains Lisa, the site’s author. “I entered the world of telecommuting as a solution to starting a family but continuing to work and with so many scams out there targeted at parents looking to find that balance, I felt a strong need to talk about how I found my way and how I avoided scams along the way.” She explains that she has been working from home for over a decade, and understands how difficult it is to find one’s “niche.”  “Always be looking and networking, in real life and online,” she adds. “Online work is much like real life in that you never know where a great job-lead will come from! Use common sense to avoid the get-rich-quick schemes and concentrate on the things you love to do. What makes you happy? If you follow that, and form relationships with others around those things, you never know what kinds of ideas and opportunities start to present themselves.” Recommended posts: “8 Differences Between Working Freelance vs. Salary in the Entertainment Industry” and “For Businesses to Grow in a Fledgling Economy, Turn to Technology and Telecommuting, Says E-Geniuses.”

84. Career Tips Blog – Stephanie (AKA “Stevie”) Puckett earned her Career Counseling Certificate from the University of California, and has a passion for career and entrepreneur development. Her topics strive to motivate readers to make the most of their careers, regardless of whether they are unemployed or not. Her posts tend to stray away from the usual articles posted on most career advice blogs, for instance, some of the topics listed in her tag cloud include “boldness,” “burnout career,” “rejuvenation,” and “flow.” Recommended posts: “Job Search Self Esteem” and “Get Organized to Reduce Stress.”

85.  Amazing Adventures of a Working Girl - Author Karen Burn has worked as a dishwasher, teacher, waitress, editor, secretary, envelope sorter, journalist, seamstress, bank teller, model, ditch digger, and many more. (In total, she’s had 59 jobs in 22 cities and four different countries during her lifetime, and has only been fired once!). She also penned an illustrated book, “The Amazing Adventures of Working Girl: Real-Life Career Advice You Can Actually Use,” and offers “simple yet effective tips for surviving and thriving in the work place, no matter what your job or where you are on the career ladder. (Oh, and she’s funny, too).” Burns explains that a job hunt requires a great deal of time, energy, “inventiveness,” enthusiasm, intelligence, as well as persistence. “Approaching your search with this mindset is key to finding that new job…What nobody tells job seekers is that looking for work is much more difficult than actually working,” reveals Burns. Recommended posts: “Find The Job Before It Even Exists” and “Who’s Hiring For Entry Level Jobs & College Grads.”

86. Susan Ireland’s Job Lounge – Author of “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Perfect Resume”, blogger Susan Ireland writes on a variety of different topics like internships, self-employment, green careers, age discrimination, employer references, and even office romance. Every once in awhile she includes videos of a career expert discussing tips and advice for job seekers and the unemployed. Recommended posts: “Could It Pay to Say “I’m Unemployed”?” and “Bad Body Language That Can Hurt Your Job Interview.”

87. The Working Geek – It may not be the fanciest blog in  the world, but the post topics touch on some pretty important issues all job seekers should be aware of. (Like the recession, people/social skills, and how to balance work and life). Every once in awhile the author published an “Ask Andy” series, so readers can send in their questions and get some career or education advice. Recommended posts: “Don’t confuse ‘qualifications’ with ‘skills assumed of everyone’” and “How to do a web resume right.”

88. Green Career Central – Is the recession making you feel blue? Then you should start “thinking green” and explore the future of the “green economy.” Blogger Carol Mclelland updates her readers on the latest green trends, popular green businesses, green books, and even green cities. She is also the author of “Green Careers for Dummies” as well as “Your Dream Career for Dummies.” Recommended posts: “Green Career Tip – Transitioning to a Green Career – When You Are Currently Unemployed,” “Green Careers for Gulf Clean Up and Remediation,” and “Enhance Your Creativity: Increase Your Value to a Green Company.”

89. Job Interview Wisdom – Author Michael Petras has been working as an Executive Recruiter for the past 14 years and also spent 20 years in the Recreational Vehicle Industry as a Regional Sales Director. He has hired and trained over 50 sales professionals, many of whom have since gone on to become Directors, Executives, and Presidents of companies both inside and outside the RV Industry. Petras is also involved in various volunteer projects, and conducts community workshops for job seekers and career changers. Recommended posts: “Top 10 Situational Interview Questions” and “Top 10 Behavioral Interview Questions.”

90. Modite – Selling toilet paper and working in PR and design are some of the many talents Rebecca Thorman has to offer. Her blog has also been featured in various media outlets such as the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. Topics on this site include employment news and trends for Generation X and Generation Y, volunteers, career politics, time-management, and marketing. (And for the record, her favorite brand of toilet paper is Cottonelle). Recommended posts: “Re-Thinking Workaholism” and “No “A for Effort:” How Colleges Fail Generation Y.”

91. Secrets of the Job Hunt – This blog-version of the podcast “Secrets of the Job Hunt” keeps listeners, as well as readers, updated on the latest employment trends, tips, and topics. The authors also identify the various booming industries, as well as how to deal with unemployment during the recession. Recommended posts: “4 Reasons Why Hamburgers Are Just Like a Candidate Resume?,” “7 Common Job Interview Questions,” and “6 Tips For a Successful Job Search with Job Boards.”

92. Career Chaos – The motto of this blog is: “Change happens – so grows a career!” And the various topics on the blog reflect just that. Author Meg Montford writes about everything from how to deal with office politics, how to search for jobs during the holidays, or how to transform your online identity.  But Montford isn’t just a career coach – she’s a career coach who mentors career coaches! Recommended posts: “#Career Coach Musings on Office Politics,” “#Jobseekers: Want to Maximize Your Salary Offer?,” and “Is Your #Career in Recovery or Retreat? (All Joking Aside).

93. reCareered – Readers of this blog get updated on how to find work, what work to avoid, and the latest in social media and technology software. The majority of the posts touch on the latest economic and career trends, and the author Phil Rosenberg also provides updates on the best (and the worst) employers of the week.  Recommended posts: “Best Job Search Tools On Linkedin 2010,” “Job Seekers – Who’s Your Competition?,” and “What Salary Should You Expect For Your Next Job?

94. Here We Are. Now What?- “I am a veteran of corporate downsizing, as well as a career transition facilitator who has helped  many executives and professionals with their job searches” explains Terrence Seamon. He is also the co-founder of the St. Matthias Employment Ministry in Somerset, New Jersey, and also writes a column for the Examiner.com. Through his blog posts he includes his own personal reflections and experiences, and also provides quotes from career-advice experts and famous authors. Recommended posts: “The Five Stories Every Job Hunter Must Be Ready to Tell” and “The Engaging Leader.”

95.Jobs at Adam-  Catherine Palmiere is an employment industry expert, President of the New York-based Adam Personnel, Inc. and Adam Temporary Services, Inc., and has over 29 years of professional staffing experiences. She is also certified as a Personnel Consultant (CPC),  a Temporary Staffing Specialist (CTS), a Search Specialist (CSS), an Employment Interview Consultant (CEIC), a Professional Behavioral Analyst (CPBA), a Professional Career Coach (CPCC), and an Empowerment and Motivational Coach (CEMC). Not only that, she is also a member of the Society of Human Resources Management, Career Directors International, Professional Association of Resume Writers and Career Coaches, and the National Resume Writers Association, and has been listened in various editions of Marquis’ Who’s Who. “Since I am in the trenches every day when I talk to potential employers about their staffing needs and hear what is important to them when they hire I am able to share these experiences first hand on my blog,” adds Palmiere. When asked about her advice for the unemployed, she explained that job seekers should put themselves on weekly schedules, and decide how many hours you want to put into their “job campaign.” She also recommends doing something fun to take some time away from your job search. “Do not pay attention to the media if you hear them say unemployment is up or companies are scaling back,” she explains.

96. The Career Clinic – In her articles, author Maureen Anderson provides a combination of quick, honest, and unique career advice, and mixes it together with what other career experts are discussing around the web. “It’s not even my advice I’m offering most of the time,” admits Anderson. “Generally I cite other experts, weave their advice into stories about my own work experience, and hope people find it inspiring.” Anderson includes her own personal experiences in the articles, and recently wrote a book titled “8 Simple Rules for Finding Work You Love.” Recommended posts: “take a shot” and “look around.”

97. Resume Power Blog – Updates on this blog may be scarce, but the author writes numerous interesting and humorous articles reflecting anything and everything resume-related. The blog’s sole author Karen Hofferber is a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW) who has a passion in offering resume tips using MS Word. She also used to work as a Resume Advisor on Monster.com’s Resume Tips message board. Recommended posts: “Is Your Resume a Lion or a Lamb?,” “5 Ways to Recession-Proof Your Resume,” and “Resume Writing Tip: Don’t Drop Jobs from Your Resume.”

98. Spherion blog- Topics on this blog cover everything from post-graduation job hunts, how to find a job in the recession, new and upcoming careers, how to be successful at your work, and how to balance your life and career at the same time. The articles are written by a group of authors, all of whom work in the recruiting, business, marketing, and staffing industries.

99. Social Matchbox Jobs –  Targeted towards “emerging technology and startup community insiders,” readers get updated on the latest job openings in their area, as well as employment news and trends. Categories include employment benefits and salaries, diversity, identity management, personal branding, and career transitions. Recommended posts: “Mastering Job Description Copy Is Hard Work” and “Why You Should Not Lie On Your Resume.”

100. Pink Slip Blog –  ”Having gone from being an office temp and waitress, to acceptance in a tier-one business school (MIT-Sloan), to a long and decent career in high tech, I know what it’s like not to born knowing what you want to do with your life – and how to figure something out that turned into a good, solid career with interesting work,” writes blogger Maureen Rogers. “Along the way, I developed a set of skills and a network that enable me to freelance at an age when there are few people my age still working in high tech marketing. Over the years, I’ve done a lot of informal career mentoring. I’ve made a lot of mistakes, and have figured a lot of things out, and I like sharing with folks (which I do in my blog Pink Slip, which frequently addresses workplace and career issues).” Her tips for the unemployed? “There’s nothing original about saying make sure to network, but, with the exception of one terrible job, every full time and freelance job I’ve had has been gotten through my network, and this is typical of many/most professionals…Take a course – online, adult ed, community college – in a professionally related area (or even something just for fun; you never know who you’ll meet in Sanskrit class). Volunteer – you’ll feel better and you never know who you’ll meet…Come up with a list of personal/house projects you didn’t have time for and start working through it. Use the time you’re no longer spending surfing the ‘net pretending to look for work.” Recommended posts: “Aging mutant ninja marketer” and “Location, location, location.”

“I spent 10 years in HR and am passionate about the profession and about demystifying what goes on behind the scenes,” explains the “Evil HR Lady.”
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Oh Captain, My Captain!

Jul. 15th 2010

Whether or not you ever had a memorable teacher growing up — someone who went the extra mile to make that connection or to ensure that you did everything you could do to reach your full potential — you’re sure to have had a memorable movie teacher. Cinema is littered with inspiring tales of teachers who face unassailable odds to break through to their ragtag group of misfit students and inspire them to new levels of educational and personal success.

Here is a roundup of some of our favorites:

10. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

Miss Jean Brodie (Maggie Smith) reminds the girls in her Scottish school over and over again that she is there in her “prime” to teach them to be the best and most intelligent young women that they can be. She says, “I am in the business of putting old heads on young shoulders” and “I am a teacher! I am a teacher, first, last, always!” Not everyone will agree on her methods, but you can’t deny her dedication.

9. Dangerous Minds

Former Marine Louanne Johnson (Michelle Pfeiffer) struggles to connect with her students during her first year of teaching in an inner-city school. Through her persistence and her efforts to find a personal connection with her students, she helps her students find success in school and learn that there are more options for them in life.

8. Freedom Writers

Here’s another story about a struggling young teacher in a tough inner-city school. The movie is based on the true story of Erin Gruwell (Hilary Swank) who inspires her students to write about their lives and to pursue their education beyond high school. Many of her students went on to become teachers themselves.

7. To Sir, With Love

Mark Thackeray (Sidney Poitier) is another young teacher — this time, a former engineer — working in a school on the bad side of town — this time, in London. Thackeray throws out the school’s lesson plans and teaches his students some real lessons about life, including the discrimination of both race and class.

6. The School of Rock

Jack Black plays Dewey Finn, a broke rocker who nabs a teaching position through a case of mistaken identity. He doesn’t take the position seriously at first, but after deciding that the students at his upscale prep school need an education in creativity and self-expression, he makes a connection through music.

5. Lean on Me

Joe Clark (Morgan Freeman) was technically a principal, not a teacher, but his character was a memorable one in the genre. Clark took an authoritarian approach — winning respect through discipline instead of trying to be his students’ friend. Turns out that kids really do respect rules: the kids in the film became better students after Clark started enforcing the rules.

4. Precious

Blue Rain (Paula Patton) reaches out to Precious (Gabourey Sidibe) and helps her to learn to read and write and, ultimately, pass the GED. Precious was raped by her father and abused by her mother, and Ms. Rain is one of the only people to try to help Precious change her situation.

3. Stand and Deliver

Jaime Escalante (Edward James Olmos) does such a good job of teaching his students that they are accused of cheating. He inspires his students to build their self-esteem by learning math and, ultimately, passing the AP Calculus exam. Other teachers had given up on the students as un-teachable.

2. Mr. Holland’s Opus

Glenn Holland (Richard Dreyfus) comes to teaching as a young, frustrated composer trying to pay his bills. He uses music to make a connection with his students — ultimately finding his true calling and composing his true “opus.”

1. Dead Poet’s Society

This is one of the quintessential movies about inspirational teachers. John Keating (Robin Williams) helps his prep school students connect with their inner desires and to learn more about life than what is in their textbooks and their college prep plans.

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