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Missing the Water Cooler: A Recent Grad’s Guide to Navigating Telecommuting

Apr. 3rd 2013

Yahoo’s recent decision to eliminate its work-from-home option drew mixed responses from critics, and it’s easy to see why. According to a WorldatWork survey, 12.4 million employees around the world work remotely. In Arkansas, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, New Mexico, Nevada, and the entire U.S. alone, 4.8 million people work from home on at least a part-time basis.

For entry-level workers and recent college graduates, telecommuting might be inevitable — especially since it can ultimately save companies money. But are you missing out? Maybe not. Telecommuting can build and develop practical, in-demand skills, help you save money, and with some coordination with the home office, you can find the best of both worlds.


Why It Works for Entry-Level … and Beyond

The major reason companies support telecommuting is the comparatively low overhead cost. Businesses would collectively save $2.3 billion a year in real estate, electricity, absenteeism, and turnover costs, according to Kate Lister, co-author of Undress for Success: The Naked Truth About Making Money at Home. But for all the talk of how much this benefits employers, the telecommuting option places workers at a fiscal advantage as well.

Considering so many entry-level employees grapple against student loans and day-to-day living expenses, any small savings help out. Not having to shell out money for gas and other car-related expenses as often makes for an especially generous boon to their bank accounts. Lister estimates that those savings could add up to as much as $11,000 annually.

Resources like the Telework Calculator, which she co-developed, let workers see for themselves just how much money working from a home office will save. Savings go well beyond reducing trips to the gas station. The calculator tells potential telecommuters where they could save in:

  • Child care
  • Transportation needs for disabled workers
  • Typical in-office necessities like work attire, lunch, and/or parking

In addition to saving money, working remotely helps nurture essential 21st century job skills. Because telecommuting involves using smartphones, webcams, tablets, laptops, and, the Internet, participants hone their digital literacy — which employers these days desire in their job candidates. Since entry-level positions prepare workers for future professional undertakings, a telecommuting arrangement works very well in this regard.

Telecommuting also affords a far higher degree of flexibility and independence than driving to an office every day. New and established workers alike must be highly self-motivated and self-disciplined to navigate such an arrangement. Consider these qualities a more lo-fi counterpart to the digital literacy. Employers love applicants with enough gumption and drive to keep themselves focused on their tasks, requiring little prodding from their superiors. Building these skills early on in one’s career only increases their chances of advancement later.


Overcoming Remote Challenges

Being dropped into the world of telecommuting early on in one’s career will not magically turn a poor self-motivator into a plucky Horatio Alger protagonist. The system does not gel with such struggling individuals, nor will it inherently provide them with the tools to address the problem. By its very nature, the onus of pressing forward falls on the worker.

“Telecommuting can make it possible for employees to integrate their work and home lives to a great extent,” says Dr. MaryAnne Hyland, Associate Professor of Human Resources Management at Adelphi University. “If an individual is working from home while other family members are present, having a separate workspace with a door can be beneficial. Some companies require that telecommuting employees have a private workspace.”

Telecommuting employees, regardless of whether or not they work an entry-level job, can do a few things to ensure they remain focused and manage their time responsibly. Setting up a personalized system of rewards for completing specific tasks, reaching certain milestones, or accomplishing professional goals is a great strategy for building motivation. Aligning said milestones and goals with those set by the company makes it much, much easier to meet them.

The schedule flexibility afforded by telecommuting-friendly companies varies from place to place. Some require rigid hours, while others assume a more free-form shape and allow employees to complete assignments in a manner best befitting their working style or life needs. When it comes to the latter arrangement, employees must painstakingly organize themselves to remain on task. This means drawing up a tight schedule and sticking with it — though they’ll have to leave at least a bit of time for breaks and breathers. Staying within these rigid, self-created guidelines, be it the usual 9-5 or something else entirely, is one of the best strategies for remaining on task.

“With regard to skills, discipline is key,” she advises. “The television, refrigerator, and washing machine may be within eyesight of an employee’s workstation. While at times it may make sense to run a load of laundry during a few minutes of downtime at work, frequent distractions and interruptions can detract from focus and productivity.”

“That said, many employees report being more focused and productive at home due to fewer distractions,” she says. “In addition, some employees who are good at ‘integrating’ their work and personal lives are able to transition between work activities and other activities throughout the day and still be productive and effective in all of their roles.”

Because telecommuting does not involve face-to-face interaction (except, in some cases, via webcam), employees lose out on sharpening the basic social skills needed to survive the workplace. Establishing camaraderie with coworkers nurtures teamwork and efficiency. Telecommuting minimizes chatting-related distractions. But it also denies workers a chance at building valuable relationships.

A couple of easy fixes exist. Some employers might want to consider only part-time telecommuting so their workers hone a more well-rounded skill set. They receive the flexibility, independence, and lowered commuting cost (comparatively speaking in this case) of a home office, but still enjoy opportunities to socialize with their peers.

Alternately, employers could stick with a full-time telecommuting arrangements, but add in-person meetings a few times every quarter, or they could organize more fun, team-building events. Both of these solutions also ensure their employees are not denied opportunities to learn how to fraternize with coworkers while still enjoying the relative freedom of working from home.

“Social isolation can be challenging for telecommuting employees, especially entry-level employees,” says Hyland. “Understanding the culture of an organization and participating in informal collaboration efforts are often important for successful job performance. Working at the office on a regular basis, such as once or twice a week if possible, should reduce these problems.”


What Industries to Look Into

Some industries in particular lend themselves to telecommuting. While not exactly an ideal arrangement for, say, neurosurgeons or astronauts, the remote option still works well for a diverse range of industries — as CNN’s top 10 listing of the most telecommuting-friendly companies reveals. Unsurprisingly, Cisco — an industry leader in telecom — allows 90% of its employees to work from home at least 20% of the time. Other notable names include Teach for America, marketing consultants Accenture, and Intel.

Media and publishing, particularly Internet-based outlets, are also viable options for entry-level employees who prefer working from home. Because so much writing and editing can be completed independently, cash-strapped companies can easily offer up telecommuting as a perk. Employers from almost every industry imaginable are branching out into social media, hiring managers for their Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn accounts. These positions revolve entirely around online interactions, so it makes perfect sense that telecommuting proves a snuggly fit.

Whether a recent graduate or a seasoned veteran of the work force, resources such as FlexJobs offer a one-stop digital locale to find part-time and full-time telecommuting positions. Since working remotely is consistently increasing in popularity, sites like this make finding an ideal job a faster, easier ordeal. Household name employers such as AT&T, the IRS, Trip Advisor, Capitol One, and IBM list openings on FlexJobs, showcasing just how diverse the industry options are for all jobseekers these days.


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The specifics of what a telecommuting job will specifically require varies from company to company. However, growing familiar with the most common accoutrements can help the aspirant job-hunters out there. Take the time to get to know the ins and outs of the hardware and software that makes telecommuting possible. It may mean a valuable edge when submitting resumes and cover letters to potential employers.

  • High-speed Internet connection: Reliable Internet is more or less standard for telecommuters these days. It might prove a worthwhile investment for those pursuing entry-level jobs to have wi-fi or other high-speed connection installed in their homes — especially if they hope to work in social media. And make sure to draw up a viable backup plan or two in case the connection at home drops out. Most public libraries offer up free Internet, and of course coffee shops and cafes provide it to paying customers. Smartphone users might want to download an app like WiFi Finder for iPhone and Android so they always stay attuned to their emergency options.
  • Laptop or tablet computing device: Portable computing devices make telecommuting so much easier than desktops, largely because if the Internet shuts down, the negative productivity impact lessens. Remote employees need a tablet or a laptop they can tote around with them — especially if their positions require some modicum of travel. Look for models with built-in webcams, too.
  • Smartphone: While not nearly as conducive for long-term tasks as laptops and tablets, a working knowledge of smartphone basics is a boost to any wannabe telecommuter’s skillset. Text messaging and e-mail let them stay in touch with their employers, coworkers, and clients while on the go. Depending on what apps they download, workers can also use the devices to organize to-do lists, map their thoughts, and even update projects across all platforms. Employers might not require a smartphone of their telecommuters, but Androids, iPhones, Blackberrys and the like nevertheless make the jobs run that much smoother.
  • Webcam: Not every telecommuting company necessarily needs employees to converse with their coworkers, managers, and clients face-to-face. The ones that do will require workers to really know their way around a webcam. Fortunately, these devices come standard with most newer laptop and tablet models. And they are inexpensive enough so that telecommuters saddled with older machines do not have to sink too much money into buying one.
  • Headset: Most of the built-in microphones on tablets and laptops are rather lousy, to be frank. Telecommuters who use their mobile computers for verbal correspondence should research their best options for a headset. Some combine headphones — noise-cancelling or not — and a microphone, while others come with only the latter.
  • Speakers: Like microphones, the speakers on many laptops and tablets frequently leave plenty to be desired. They might compensate for this using headphones or a headset including headphones, or purchasing a set of extra speakers.
  • Cisco: Companies who allow their employees to telecommute regularly often turn towards Cisco for the most sophisticated hardware and software available. Depending on the job up for grabs, applicants are not required to know the intricacies of how the different Cisco products and services work — just the basics enabling them to fully participate in meetings at most. Nor will they need to purchase anything. The employers themselves usually shoulder the cost of these platforms.
  • Skype: Most cost-conscious employers might prefer telecommuting via free or low-cost providers such as Skype. Despite its reputation as a video communication tool, Skype still allows for audio-only meetings and screen-sharing. When combined with a service like Audacity, employers and employees alike can record important meetings for sharing with absent coworkers or future reference.
  • Google Hangouts: A completely free alternative to Skype and Cisco, allowing up to ten people to talk via video and audio. It also makes screen sharing a painless undertaking and even plugs into Google Drive so coworkers quickly update their required documents.

Telecommuting’s shape varies depending on a company’s unique needs and wants. In the right industries, it works fabulously for both employee and employer. According to Telework Research Network, Gen Y’ers are more difficult to recruit (as reported by 56% of hiring managers) and to retain (as reported by 64% of hiring managers) but they are particularly attracted flexible work arrangements (ranked as 8 on a 10 scale for impact on overall job satisfaction). Telecommuting makes both sides of the table happy … and then there’s the whole being able to complete assignments in your underwear thing.

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16 Desk Meditations That Will Change Your Life

Nov. 5th 2012

OK. Maybe “change your life” is a bit of a hyperbole, but meditation’s myriad forms still hold quite a few benefits for employees holed up at desks and inside cubicles all day. Benefits confirmed by reputable scientists, no less. Sitting all day leads to mental and physical health issues, but trying some of the following tactics might very well help chip away at them over time. We’re not doctors, though, so don’t take our advice as if we were!

  1. Zen:

    Emory University’s Charles Raison outlines a five-minute technique for calming down and clearing up the mind while working. Just set a timer, assume the position, and start breathing. He notes that the background noise in office settings might distract at first but can be incorporated into an exercise over time.

  2. Guided Meditation:

    It only takes a minute to mentally retreat into a “happy place” (here, a “warm, sunny meadow”) and soothe a (not seriously) troubled attitude. Try Susan Helene Kramer’s recommended positioning and breathing mechanisms when things get a little stressful at work. It may not necessarily lead to transcendent insights into the intimate workings of the universe, but it sure might alleviate some of the strain from those TPS reports.

  3. Rock garden:

    Buy or assemble a small rock and sand garden inspired by traditional Buddhist constructs used in Zen meditation. Not only will it make for a unique decoration, but offer up an anytime (or, anytime at the desk, anyways) opportunity to get contemplative while working out a difficult project or succumbing to stressors. Rock garden users can build their own personalized meditative practices around them, or check online for tips from other enthusiasts.

  4. Walk:

    OK, this suggestion is kind of cheating a little since it’s not technically at the desk, but whatever. It still works. Rather than taking a cue from spirituality, simply getting up and walking might provide a meditative moment in times of conflict. Use the time away from what’s causing the problem to chip away at negativity and formulate more viable solutions for peace and calm, both internal and external.

  5. Yoga:

    Great for the body — and mind, when paired with a meditative ritual. Yoga exercises, like the ones listed here tailored specifically for desk dwellers, stretch out muscles atrophying from too much sitting and provide an opportunity to defog the brainmeat during rough patches. Pick a few and start moving to see if it makes any positive difference.

  6. Eat:

    Employees lucky enough to be allowed to eat at their desks might want to clear some space and take advantage of the free time to meditate. After all, the art of mastication is a satisfying art indeed, so it makes sense that it would work wonders for the harried mind in need of a break from work. Focus on something simple and try “waking up to whatever’s happening right now,” as Jay Michaelson describes the experience.

  7. Audio guidance:

    Whip out a pair of noise-cancelling headphones and try some of these guided meditation recordings, including offerings by Nobel Peace Prize nominee Thich Nhat Hanh. posts several different selections to peruse, so hopefully some of the ones included here work wonders. If not, Google is a thing that exists, and plenty of free guided meditation audio and podcasts are available online. Or one could head to the store and check for CDs, too.

  8. Pray:

    More religious types might prefer prayer as a form of meditation during the rough work day, which can take anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes. Keep a reminder of a favorite verse, adage, or passage — or even a copy of a favorite religious text – on hand for reference and inspiration whenever it’s needed. No matter one’s temporal needs, chances are a tiny amount of time set aside to reflect on faith will help more than not bothering at all.

  9. Just breathe:

    Take inspiration from Drew Barrymore in Ever After and … just breathe (Hey! That’s the name of the entry!). Seeing as how it forms an integral component of meditation, paying mind to inhaling and exhaling could provide an easy, quick strategy for staying calm throughout the work day. Experiment with a few different methods and see which one proves most satisfying when navigating the daily migraines of office life.

  10. Sitting comfy:

    Try sitting on a pillow on the floor (if the company allows) and get cozy with it before launching a brief meditation session at the desk. More self-conscious individuals might want to just arrange it on their chairs instead. Either way, opting for this might not necessarily directly lead to any sort of calm or enlightenment, but it definitely can’t hurt when trying to attain it during the work day.

  11. Transcendental meditation:

    Creative Renaissance man David Lynch attributes his successes to transcendental meditation, which might very well work for the office dwellers of the world as well. While it requires a little more effort than some of the strategies listed here, some might want to explore this trendy practice’s tenets without leaving their desks. Considering one of its main thrusts involves dissolving stress levels, it might prove a tactic worthy of experimentation for practitioners in more anxiety-ridden fields.

  12. Progressive muscle relaxation:

    Psychology professionals sometimes prescribe this calming technique to their depressed and anxious patients, and it dovetails lovely with meditation practices. Which makes sense, seeing as how breathing also just happens to ensure proper muscle relaxation. Try pairing it with Zen, transcendental, or other techniques for overarching mind and body calm.

  13. Aromatherapy:

    It’s kind of a bad idea to light a candle or start smearing essential oils around at the office, but aromatherapy might prove a viable option for the work-from-home crowd. Pick a particularly soothing scent and get transported to a mental plane beyond daily drudgery. Or at least smell nice. Smelling nice is always pretty good.

  14. Mantras:

    Mantras run the gamut from a single word to a beloved hymn, and concentrating on them during the day could very well prove exactly what the stressed-out corporate drone needs to succeed. Try different ones at home and at work to see which — if any, of course — prove the snuggest fit. Some might induce meditation in certain situations better than others, so it’s probably a good idea to keep a few different ones in mind.

  15. Music:

    The right tunes at the right time are all it takes for some people to sink into a meditative state of comfort and calm. Some Internet radio stations, apps, and podcast hosts feature free streaming music specifically for inducing relaxation, but obviously desk jockeys may pick whatever they want. Getting lost in a favorite jam stands as a near-universal experience and a very simple strategy for decompressing during a long day.

  16. THIS:

    Nothing else is a more effective technique for attaining oneness with the universe beyond mortal perception. Don’t argue. It’s science.

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Social Media Guidelines for Students and Job Seekers

Oct. 4th 2012

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25 Essential Steps To Clean Up Your Facebook Profile Before Graduation

Oct. 3rd 2012

By now, we hope that it’s no longer a news flash that recruiters and employers are checking out your Facebook profile, and that often, hiring decisions are made based on what they find. It’s been proven that a whopping 91% of employers are screening job applicants on social networking sites, and 76% of them prefer to use Facebook. Obviously, that means you’ve got to make your Facebook profile employer-ready, but it’s a process that’s about so much more than simply removing embarrassing photos. Consider this your to-do list for cleaning up Facebook before you graduate and start your job search.

  1. Review privacy settings:

    Without the right privacy settings, anyone can see anything they want to on your Facebook profile. That includes your likes, friends list, photos, and information you’ve shared about yourself, like your education and employment. We recommend shutting everything out but your education and employment, keeping the rest of your life locked behind a “Friends Only” wall, and consider the level you want to choose for new posts on a per-post basis.

  2. Show off posts that are helpful to employers:

    You can choose to hide all of your posts, but there are some that might be useful for employers to see. Simply select these as being available to “Everyone.”

  3. Update your professional history:

    You may be more on top of updating your resume than your Facebook, but if employers see that they don’t match up, they might think you’re lying. Make sure that your degrees, jobs, and internships follow the same history on your resume and social media.

  4. Take a hard look at your info page:

    Be sure that your interests, quotes, and relationship status show off the best you. Drug references, bad language, and political quotes can be a major turnoff for employers.

  5. Go through your photos with a fine-toothed comb:

    Drunk college photos and pics from the beach are pretty obviously inappropriate, and should definitely be untagged and/or removed, but don’t stop there. Keep an eye out for seemingly innocent photos, like mixer parties that involve alcohol or images that might reveal your political persuasion.

  6. Set up profile review:

    Using this feature, you can make sure that everything going on your wall: posts, videos, and photos are personally approved by you. That means friends can’t take embarrassing photos of you at a party, tag you, and leave them to haunt you on your Facebook timeline.

  7. Hide protected information:

    Employers can’t discriminate based on your age, race, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, or pregnancy, to name a few. But for many Facebook users, this information is out in the open. You may be comfortable sharing it, but do keep in mind that employers can see this information to discriminate against you without ever even having you come in for an interview.

  8. Go through your wall:

    With the new Timeline feature, this can get pretty tedious. Even posts and photos from your early days on Facebook can come back to haunt you. But doing a review of everything that can be seen is essential. Simply go through your entire Timeline, removing or hiding any posts and photos that don’t reflect well on you professionally.

  9. Review your activity log:

    It’s pretty straightforward to go through posts and photos on your Facebook timeline, but what about comments, likes and posts that you’ve shared elsewhere? Check out your activity log to make sure all of your activities on Facebook are employer safe.

  10. Cut out emoticons:

    Employers aren’t impressed by emoticons as a method of expression: 12% of employers say they wouldn’t hire someone who uses them. Be sure to hide or remove any posts that include emoticons, and stop using them for future posts.

  11. Watch your language:

    Worse than emoticons are f-bombs, which employers generally frown upon. Delete status updates with foul language and remember to keep things professional.

  12. Don’t forget spellcheck:

    Along with cussing, poor spelling is also a terrible reflection on your language that can be a major turn-off for employers. Show off your professionalism with proper spelling and grammar.

  13. Stay positive:

    Although drinking, drugs, sexual content, and political discussions are the major red flags on any profile, general negativity can hurt you too. Employers look for job candidates with a positive attitude, so be careful about posting negative or snarky updates on a regular basis.

  14. Keep your rants offline:

    In a similar vein, ranting about nearly anything is a major turnoff for employers. We’re not saying you should keep every comment to yourself, but be sure to consider how your long, drawn-out comment might look to someone who is interesting in hiring you.

  15. Claim your vanity URL:

    Make sure that your name is popping up in searches by claiming the vanity URL for your name. To do so, you’ll just need to choose your “Facebook Username,” and we recommend that you use your real name if it’s available.

  16. Establish your brand with a profile photo:

    Show off a unified image of yourself on social media, using the same professional photo as your profile on Twitter, Facebook, and any other site.

  17. Create a professional cover photo, too:

    Show off your professionalism and personality with a cool cover photo for Facebook Timeline.

  18. Manage your social media reputation with a service:

    Websites like will monitor your social media image on Facebook and other sites to help identify any potentially embarrassing issues and risks that might compromise your image among employers.

  19. Keep quiet about your terrible job:

    It’s OK not to like your job (especially if you’re searching for a new one), but don’t whine about it on Facebook. You might scare off potential employers with your negative attitude. Hide or remove negative employment-related posts, and keep if to yourself moving forward.

  20. Highlight what’s important:

    On your Facebook timeline, you can identify some of the most important posts that you’d really like to show off. All you have to do is click the star in the top right corner and choose Highlight. Then, your post will enjoy full-width status on your page to gather more attention.

  21. Stay on top of deleting and untagging:

    Anything on your wall, whether you posted it or not, is a reflection on you. So the wild political rant that got shared on your wall or the embarrassing photo you were tagged in reflect on you whether they’re welcome or not. Be sure to check out what’s being posted to your wall, and hide, delete, or untag anything that’s questionable.

  22. Cull your friends list:

    Every friend you have on Facebook is a liability. They can post unsavory messages to your wall, check you in to places, and tag you in photos. And if employers want to find out about the company you keep, they may judge you by the friends you have on Facebook. Do you really know everyone on your list? Unfriend anyone that’s not really a friend, or whose profile has rude or embarrassing photos and posts.

  23. Watch out for apps that open your profile up:

    Apps from employers and job search sites often have terms and conditions that give the app access to features on Facebook, like your photos. So even if you’ve locked them behind a private wall, they can be accessed through apps.

  24. Check up on app permissions:

    Be sure to go through your privacy settings to make sure that you’re not allowing too much. You can find out what permissions each app has and decide if you want to keep it by going to your application settings.

  25. Delete your account:

    There’s always the nuclear option: opting out of Facebook altogether. It’s a surefire way to keep things private, but also keep in mind that without a profile, employers may be missing out on valuable information that can get you hired.

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15 Storytelling Techniques to Boost Your Career

Jul. 26th 2012

If the whole world’s a stage, everyone’s life is a story being played out. And there are no bad stories, just bad storytellers. Whether you are applying for a new job or are being interviewed for a promotion by your current employer, your chances of success can be greatly enhanced by transforming yourself from a walking set of skills into an unforgettable lead actor in your own play. To create compelling narratives that engage your listeners and write you indelibly on their minds while highlighting your best qualities, follow these 15 storytelling techniques.

  1. Don’t limit stories to your work life:

    Obviously stories about career accomplishments and performances are relevant to a job interview and can be very effective to share. But don’t limit your pool of story ideas to just the office; some of the best yarns come from your private life. Connections can easily be made to the office environment through tales of climbing a mountain, landing a big fish, or raising kids.

  2. Identify the quality first, then develop the story:Annette Simmons, the author of The Story Factor, recommends you first pick a quality about yourself you want to highlight, then think back on the story. She suggests drawing on four “reliable buckets” for good stories: a time you showed off that quality, a time you failed, a valued mentor, or a favorite book or movie with a character who displayed that quality.
  3. Let job postings be your guide:As for what skills you should highlight with your stories, Katherine Hansen, the author of Tell Me About Yourself: Storytelling to Get Jobs and Propel Your Career, recommends looking to job postings. Pick a dozen or so listings and find which required skills pop up the most. For each skill, come up with a relatively recent story from work or play that shows how you have displayed that skill in the past.
  4. Tell the truth:Simple, right? Yet still the belief persists that “everyone lies on their resume” and a little fudging here and there is expected. Your mission as a storyteller is to take what you have, warts and all, and turn it into a compelling narrative. This means, for example, not hiding unemployment gaps but sharing what you learned from the experience that’s now made you a better person and worker.
  5. Speak with your audience in mind:

    As John Steinbeck pointed out, if a story is not about the hearer, he won’t listen. So your story needs to be relatable at its core. Stories that might put off your listener because they are offensive, haughty, or completely out of the realm of everyday life may get you remembered, but not for the right reasons.

  6. Bring your story to life with vivid imagery:What makes a story stick in a person’s mind is the ability to mentally place themselves in your shoes and picture what you went through. You pull this off by describing some of the sensory details: the smell of the fresh-cut grass, the sound of the lawnmower, the feel of the golf club in your hands, the look on your friend’s face when you hit that hole-in-one.
  7. Get to the point:You know you’ve told an awful story when you finish and the listener says, “Interesting,” and moves on. You know you’ve told a truly compelling story when he’s bubbling with questions when you finish. And that’s exactly what you want from him: interest in you. So sometimes the best storytelling technique is to drop question-begging statements and speed right past them in the telling.
  8. Nail the opener:Women take a notoriously brief amount of time sizing up potential male partners, and you probably don’t have much longer to capture a listener’s attention with a story. Pique their interest by promising them something unusual or surprising. Throw out phrases like “brush with death” or “funniest thing I’ve ever seen,” anything that makes their ears perk up and gives you their complete attention. Just be sure to deliver once you’ve built it up.
  9. Make your cover letter stand out:The cover letter doesn’t have to be a drab, formulaic “To Whom It May Concern” affair. William Zinsser, the author of the landmark book On Writing Well, advises opening a cover letter with an anecdote or something like “One reason I want to work for you is I always remember something my father told me…” As it’s still a cover letter, keep it concise and use simple, conversational language.
  10. Follow a story formula:

    There are a number of storytelling formulas developed by experts in this field of career advancement that you should stick to when crafting your stories. All of them involve progressing from some sort of problem or situation to the actions you took and the results that followed. For example, there is Kathryn Troutman’s CCAR formula: context, challenge, action, result. Another formula is Fred Coon‘s SHARE: situation, hindrance, action, results, and evaluation.

  11. Think of a resume as “story lite”:Because resumes are supposed to be concise, it can be hard to tell a story with one, but not impossible. Hansen advises thinking of each bullet point as a mini-story, concisely worded, to be expounded on in an interview or cover letter. Rather than leading with what you did, start each point with the positive results of your actions first in order to grab attention.
  12. Jazz up a LinkedIn invitation:Storytelling is basically about making business communication more conversational. Don’t overlook chances to make your communication memorable and interesting. For example, instead of sending the default “I’d like to add you to my professional network” on a LinkedIn connection invitation, craft a little message that will stick in the invitee’s mind (and cause him to accept): “Loved your recent post. I shared it, along with others in the past, with several of my LinkedIn Groups. Would you like to connect with me here on LinkedIn? I feel like I already know you!”
  13. Create a story-based personal branding statement:Personal branding is the art of establishing yourself as separate from the pack. The best way to do this is to incorporate your story and your experiences, which are inherently unique to only you. In David Andrusia and Rick Haskins’ Brand Yourself: How to Create an Identity for a Brilliant Career, they recommend using the formula “skills + personality/passion + market needs = branding statement.”
  14. Practice makes perfect:Don’t make the interview the first time you break out a story or you’ll meander and search for words or names and generally do a shoddy job. Consider writing out a story you want to use, then read through it and edit it down, cutting superfluous information. Once you have that, practice telling it with a natural rhythm and with the appropriate pauses and emphases.
  15. Know when to make your exit:

    Part of knowing your audience is being able to gauge how busy they are. Of course, everyone is busy, but some potential employers are busy. You’ll need to walk the line between taking the time to tell your story properly and taking up more of your interviewer’s time than you should. Either way, the key is to wrap up your tale leaving them wanting more, as any good storyteller can attest.

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62 Smartphone Apps Revolutionizing the Modern Commute

Jul. 23rd 2012

Communing can be a real pain in the patootie, especially when you have to contend with extensive or unreliable public transportation. But downloading the right smartphone apps gives commuters the potential to convert the tedium into something far more productive, even educational. And, of course, ensure the safest, most efficient route between points. Consider the following — most available on the iPhone, Android, and Blackberry devices — when looking to sharpen those time management skills and maybe learn a few things along the way.

Audio and Video

  1. TED:Watch and listen to TED Talks about pretty much every subject imaginable, making that long commute home an educational multimedia experience.
  2. Savage Love:Sex and relationship columnist and It Gets Better Project founder Dan Savage is unafraid to tackle the tough questions on his podcast in order to educate the world about topics it all too often sensationalizes and misunderstands; do remember that, given the nature of the material, he gets explicit!
  3. NPR Music:America’s venerable public radio station allows users to watch videos and listen to songs and interviews with seasoned music veterans and up-and-comers from across different genres.
  4. NPR Podcast:As with its music app, NPR encourages both live streams and archive browsing of some of its most popular programs in podcast form.
  5. Netflix:Netflix users can download the company’s official app and watch its extensive holdings of films, TV shows, and documentaries on the go.
  6. Pandora:Wildly popular Pandora creates customized radio stations tailored to individual users’ tastes, exposing them to new bands they may not otherwise hear about.
  7. YouTube:Millions of the Internet’s best videos about cats and lip-synching teenyboppers are now available on Androids, Blackberries, and iPhones around the world at the touch of an icon. Be afraid.
  8. HBO Go:The app download may be free, but anyone wanting to take advantage of the thousands of streaming episodes of current and past HBO shows (like Game of Thrones, The Wire, and Curb Your Enthusiasm) must own a subscription to the channel first.
  9. Audiobooks:One of the most well-received audiobook applications available boasts a library of well over 28,000 classics that also just happen to be completely gratis.
  10. Khan Academy:The vast majority of Khan Academy’s 2,700 educational videos stream for free on its amazing app that encourages audiences to learn a little something in their spare time.

Learn and Play

  1. Wikipedia:When looking for a little accessible commute reading that isn’t about plucky journalists in poorly researched BDSM arrangements (we’re looking at you, 50 Shades of Grey), give Wikipedia a chance. Getting lost in its pages for hours still stands as a new media rite of passage.
  2. Draw Something:Build both creativity and social relationships in this ridiculously popular app that transitions Pictionary-style sensibilities into the 21st century.
  3. eHow:eHow encourages users to learn new skills and tackle new projects by sharing crowdsourced instructions, which receive rankings based on their effectiveness and clarity.
  4. Google Sky Map:Day or night, Google’s atlas of the night sky corresponds to wherever smartphone enthusiasts point their devices and displays what stars and other heavenly bodies sit directly overhead.
  5. Words with Friends:If you’re looking for a sociable game with some degree of academic challenge, try Words with Friends and its vocabulary-nurturing Scrabble-esque setup.
  6. MoMA:Art lovers, regardless of their proximity to New York, use the Museum of Modern Art’s official app to learn about and view its impressive holdings, tour it remotely through multimedia, soundtrack virtual and in-person visits, snap and send photos, and more.
  7. Instagram:Instagram encourages budding young (and sometimes old) photographers and artists to snap their world and fiddle around with special effects to create some different interpretations of what they see in front of them.
  8. National Geographic:Rather than staring out the bus or train’s window at the same old scenes, fire up this application and delve into the wondrous sights, sounds, and cultures our planet offers.
  9. Rosetta Stone:Rosetta Stone offers up a few different programs for a few different smartphone platforms, making it easier than ever to pass the time building acumen in the world’s most common languages.
  10. MIT Open Courseware Lecture Hall:MIT continues leading the world in open source classes and resources, much of which curious commuters can download, read, watch, and listen to as they head to and from work and school.
  11. NYTimes Crosswords:The New York Times brings its legendary crossword puzzles to smartphones everywhere, offering both spelling and trivia challenges for the more solo-oriented puzzle fan.
  12. Math Quiz for All Ages:Great for self-learners and students and professionals needing a little supplement, this seriously nifty resource has math quizzes for all skill levels, covering many different practices.


  1. Slate:One of the Internet’s most popular digital magazines also happens to provide a handy app so fans can search the latest stories and commentary regarding culture, politics, and current events.
  2. BBC News:BBC allows users to search the latest headlines based on geography and subject matter, making it a quick and easy resource for savvy commuters.
  3. CNN:Not only does CNN’s officially sanctioned app provide video and audio in addition to the usual articles, it also encourages citizen journalists to upload their own stories about what’s going on in their neighborhoods.
  4. Fluent News Reader:Rather than spending time scanning multiple apps from multiple news sources, Fluent acts as an aggregator cobbling together the most popular news stories from dozens of different sources, from BBC to TMZ.
  5. Al Jazeera English:Because of America’s military involvement in Western Asia, its citizenry should know of all the news and views impacting the regions; granted, its citizenry should stay on top of stories worldwide simply anyways, even if it holds no direct influence.
  6. AP Mobile:The Associated Press’ official application constantly comes out on top as one of the most popular, well-stocked news resources around.
  7. NPR News:NPR News archives writing, video, and audio from its numerous affiliates to render local news easier to find; in addition, you can download its extensive programming as podcasts for offline listening.
  8. Stitcher Radio:Subscribe to trending topics and political candidates, then read up on aggregated stories curated from more than 10,000 popular news sources using this heavily decorated bit of technology.
  9. FOX News:One of the most incendiary news sources out there also happens to exist as one of the most popular as a result, and its app follows suit, with streaming video and talk radio features.
  10. The Wall Street Journal:Considering the economy’s shoddy state, The Wall Street Journal consulting helps Americans stay on top of the financial and political news that holds influence over it.


  1. Out of Milk:If you have to run to the supermarket before heading home, Out of Milk keeps a digital copy of both your “to-buy” and “in the pantry” lists.
  2. Dropbox:Constantly touted as the best productivity app ever, Dropbox connects smartphones with computers back home for sorting, browsing, and uploading/downloading.
  3. iThoughts:With a $7.99 price tag on the iPhone, iThoughts isn’t exactly the cheapest productivity tool out there, but it certainly works wonders when needing to mindmap a current or future project while on the go; inspiration, like ninjas, can unexpectedly strike at any time.
  4. Evernote:This incredibly valuable little app offers nearly everything workers and students need to stay on top of their tasks, including voice reminders, to-do lists, searchable bookmarks, and plenty of other super-duper Type-A features.
  5. Box:Box provides space for users to store their various media files for use on many different devices, with both online and offline capabilities.
  6. PageOnce – Money & Bills:Use commuting time to take care of pesky bills and other financial obligations through the convenient, safe, and free PageOnce application, which boasts a handy interface and compiles together all accounts that require payouts.
  7. Yelp:Whether looking for a quiet coffee shop conducive to studying or a chic sushi bar that will impress the big boss, Yelp will help you find it and provide user reviews chock full of details to point you toward the right spot.
  8. QuickOffice:The announcement of Google’s QuickOffice purchase literally hit an hour before this writing, leaving the app’s future a Godzilla-sized question mark. Until then, though, enjoy how fluidly it lets you whip up and share Microsoft Office documents away from your desktop or laptop.
  9. Personal Finance:Another heavily decorated personal finance app, this time focusing more on personal budgeting. Turn commuting time into productivity time and enjoy home once you finally get back.
  10. Flashcards:Flashcards is an essential customization tool that lets users of all ages and skill levels create their own decks covering any subject they need to review or master.

Reading and Writing

  1. Stanza:This app partners with various e-book purveyors to deliver more than 100,000 choices, covering both the classics and newer reads, at varying prices.
  2. Pulse News:Though advertised as a quick and easy way to follow several news sites at once, Pulse actually opens itself up to adding regularly read blogs and websites that have nothing to do with current events.
  3. My MLA:Ideal for commuting students and anyone else wanting to publish academic writing, My MLA makes the eponymous handbook available anytime, anywhere for quick reference.
  4. Kindle:Amazon’s Kindle app converts your smartphone into an e-book reader and connects you directly to the site for downloading everything from free public domain standbys to today’s hottest bestsellers.
  5. The Cracked Reader:Start or end a rough work or school day with one of the Internet’s most beloved repositories of offbeat humor about science, pop culture, history, sex, society, current events, and almost every other subject imaginable.
  6. Easybib:Like the title states, Easybib makes compiling a bibliography for class, work, or personal reference quickly and painlessly, which is ideal for both commutes and library or bookstore jaunts.
  7. Google Currents:Use Google Currents to download lush, full-color digital copies of your favorite magazines and newspapers, or convert the rss feeds of blogs and websites you follow!
  8. Manuscript:Hammer away at that novel, short story, or essay you’re secretly working on with a portable word processor boasting word count, dictionary, and thesaurus features.
  9. Instapaper:Its mission is simple, but effective: save favorite websites for offline viewing and reading in the event your Internet or 4G service hiccups or shuts down.
  10. Advanced English & Thesaurus:Workers and writers on the go will likely find one of the best dictionary and thesaurus smartphone apps available an incredibly handy time-saver when using commutes productively.

Traffic, Transportation, and Safety

  1. StreetSafe:StreetSafe requires a subscription service, but anyone who commutes later at night or in dangerous areas might like the idea of staying on the line with a live advisor who stays on top of your location, dishes out safety tips, and dials 911 if anything goes awry.
  2. TripIt:Commuting workers and students studying abroad absolutely adore how TripIt alleviates some of the headaches associated with hotel, transportation, airplane, itineraries, and other hallmarks of globetrotting.
  3. Beat the Traffic:On days you just can’t take public transportation, this beloved traffic app — available all over the United States and Canada — acts as a one-stop shop for planning drives around clogged streets.
  4. SaferBus:Run by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, SaferBus helps commuters make the right decisions about which bus to take, as it provides updated records about any accidents or violations savvy consumers have to know.
  5. Hollaback!:If public instances of verbal or physical harassment of a sexual, racial, or gender-oriented nature happen on the regular, Hollaback empowers the marginalized by allowing them to take photos and share their stories to raise awareness and alert other potential victims.
  6. FlightAware Flight Tracker:When commuting to the airport (perhaps to commute to a business or school trip), this incredibly popular app is a handy dandy little tool to keep you posted on your flight’s current status.
  7. INRIX:Another excellent traffic app drivers use to plot the best route to work, school, chores, and leisure activities that pulls from the input of around 100 million contributors.
  8. Everyblock:Everyblock is available in most major cities and culls emergency data from the fire, police, and medical sectors for an (almost) real-time look at what’s going on in every block (bet you didn’t see that one coming).
  9. Tiny Flashlight:For Android users, Tiny Flashlight takes advantage of the in-camera LED to convert the device into exactly what the title states. Anyone whose commute involves walking through darkness will greatly appreciate such an innovative safety measure.
  10. TripAdvisor:Use TripAdvisor to learn of the best possible flights and hotels through the reviews of other consumers and travelers who enjoy (or, at least, must) travel.
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14 Uplifting Facts About the Job Market for New Grads

Jun. 25th 2012

By : Maria Rainier

Even if we wanted to, we couldn’t fool new grads into thinking they’ll have an easy time landing a job after graduation. There is too much bad news bombarding them daily about the job market and the economy. Still, somebody’s getting hired this year, and it could be you; that alone is reason to hope. But if that’s not enough, here are 14 bright spots about the job market to brighten your day and lift your spirits.

  1. Hiring this year is expected to climb 10.2%:

    Although a previous estimate pegged 2012 hiring at 9.5%, the number is now slotted at nearly a full percentage point higher, according to a National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) survey. In a very positive sign of economic recovery, college career fairs are buzzing with activity. The number of companies attending fairs is regularly being reported as much as 30% higher than two years ago.

  2. More businesses plan to hire this year:

    In addition to the volume of hiring forecast for 2012, more employers across fields said in a recent survey that they planned to hire. Whereas 46% planned to take on additional employees in 2011, 54% said they plan to hire college grads this year.

  3. Job creation is trending up:

    Every month for more than two years, the private sector has seen employment gains. Since February 2010, 4 million jobs have been added to the market. The best hiring opportunities this year are in accounting and finance, STEM fields, sales, education, social services, and health care.

  4. Starting salaries are going up:

    The NACE survey also had good news for new grads’ pocketbooks: the average starting salary for this year’s class is up 6.6% to $44,442. The median salary is also up, by 4.5%. The highest rise is in the education field, where new grads are starting with salaries up by 4.5% on average from 2011.

  5. Baby boomers retiring is helping the job market:

    The number of adult Americans employed or seeking employment fell to its lowest mark since December 1981. Two economists say these drops are part of the exodus of baby boomer workers from the workforce via retirement. The first of the boomers hit 65 in 2011, and the number of them retiring and freeing up employment positions is only going to increase.

  6. Small business hiring is up:

    If you’re not interested in being one of hundreds of employees, there’s good news for you too. A recent Gallup poll found that small businesses‘ hiring intentions are at their highest level since 2010. More than a quarter want to hire new workers, which is similar to their preference before the recession.

  7. Flexible jobs are increasing:

    New grads will be faced with a job market with arguably the most flexible jobs in history. The Flexible Index Report conducted by found that entry-level jobs that offer options like working from home rose faster than any other job category. Jobs in data entry, customer service, administration, and health care saw the biggest increases.

  8. Job creation has hit a seven-year record:

    More than 100,000 jobs have been added to the market during eight consecutive months, something that hasn’t happened since 2005. If it continues through the end of 2012, it would be the first time more than 100,000 jobs have been added every month of a calendar year in 13 years.

  9. Jobs in IT are surging:

    A recent survey by job search site turned up a number of positive findings for IT majors. Sixty-five percent of surveyed IT managers planned to hire more IT employees in the first half of this year than they did in the latter half of 2011, with 37% of those planning to hire up to 20% more workers. And nearly half the respondents foresaw higher wages for entry-level IT workers in 2012.

  10. Career center workers are seeing more students receive job offers:

    We have the anecdotal evidence of counselors at college career centers that things are looking up. Counselors at Northwestern University have noticed more seniors getting job offers, and more students receiving multiple offers. They say the situation is similar at other colleges as well.

  11. Cities will see job growth:

    For college grads looking for a life in the city, the outlook is promising. A forecast made by IHS Global Insight predicts all but three metropolitan areas in the United States will experience job growth. The report also claims the country will have earned back 48% of jobs lost in the recession by the end of 2012.

  12. The manufacturing sector is on a tear:

    In recent months, the manufacturing industry has had its best growth since 2007. It added 13% of new jobs in 2011, despite making up only 9% of jobs in the overall workforce. Many see growth in manufacturing as a good sign, in what one professor calls “factory nostalgia,” although he adds such a feeling is “economically legitimate.”

  13. Green jobs are thriving:

    At 3.1 million, green jobs are an important sector of the market and one that is poised to provide positions to many college grads who need a job but would also like to help the planet with their work. Solar power companies, bio-fuel companies, and others in the environmentally friendly business have demonstrated they will continue to ramp up hiring in the future, both near- and long-term.

  14. Business optimism is up:

    Although companies’ outlook on the economy has been pretty dismal (and rightly so) in recent years, the attitude is getting better. Sixty-six percent of executives polled by the research firm Corporate Executive Board responded that they expect their companies to increase revenues this year, as opposed to just 57% last year. And increased revenue means increased ability to take on new talent like you.

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Top 100 Financial Blogs for College Students

Jan. 8th 2011

Realm of Prosperity

This blog from a 2009 graduate “serves as a medium to connect the lively reckless nature of the younger generation with the responsible attitude that financial stability requires.” Posts focus on money management, investments, debt management, and much more. Some popular posts include College Student Bought Home Instead of Renting, Investing Now v. Removing Debt, and A Weekend in College: Zero Dollars.

I Will Teach You to be Rich

This blog — and the book of the same title — offers advice on personal finance and business for college students and recent graduates (and anyone else who might be interested). In-depth posts discuss marketing, negotiation, debt management, home ownership, starting a business, and much more. Some recent posts include Behind the Scenes of a Psychological Campaign, Wednesday Workout: Testing Your Assumptions, and How to Apply the 80/20 Rule to Earn More, Work Less, and Dominate.

Grad Money Matters

This blog is “for those of us that are well-educated, yet clueless when it comes to money matters.” Posts cover topics ranging from consumerism to personal finance to investing. Some popular posts include 10 Steps Using Which Even a Lazy Person Can Be a Millionaire, 101 Tips for Frugal Living, and 11 Things You Do Not Learn in School.

Broke Grad Student

This former grad student started this blog to document his attempts to pay back $22,000 in student loans. Along the way, he shares his tips for saving money and managing personal finances for college students. Though the blog has not been updated in some time, there are still plenty of excellent articles in the archive. We liked 5 Easy Ways for College Students to Make Extra Money, How You Can Make $25 in 10 Minutes, and Building a Car Fund for College Students.

Independent Beginnings

Olivia is a college student at Brigham Young University, and her blog discusses “issues such as budgeting, credit, financial aid, savings, investing, taxes, insurance, and smart spending.” Many of the recent posts also include links to online coupons, freebies, and other deals for products and services.

20 Something Finance

The purpose of this blog is to “entertain and help inquisitive young professionals get out of debt, build wealth, and achieve financial freedom.” Post categories include investing, career, home buying, budgeting, retirement planning, insurance, and more. There are also reviews of Web sites, books, products, and more. Some recent posts worth checking out include The 57 Best 20Something Finance Posts of 2010, The Hidden 401k Fees that Can Crack Your Nest Egg, and Obama Tax Cut Extensions and New Payroll Tax Cuts: How Much Will You Save?

Consumerism Commentary

This personal finance blog started as one man’s personal efforts to hold himself accountable for his own account balances and spending habits. It has grown into a vast blog with a team of writers and in-depth posts about all aspects of personal finance. Some interesting recent posts include Low Savings Interest Rates: Good or Bad?, How to Buy Facebook Shares Now, and The Myth of Ownership.

Stop Buying Crap

Between posts about the silly and irresponsible ways that many of us spend our money (such as $166 jeans and these 9 Weird Crap You Can Buy on, there are thoughtful posts about ways to save money and wisely invest your money. Some interesting recent posts include S.3247: Fair Access to Credit Scores Act, How I Made the Most Money I’ve Ever Made in My Life but Still Felt Miserable, and Teach Your Children About Money Management by Playing Shopkeeper.


This blog offers economic advice for students, by a student. Some of our favorite recent posts include How a Reader’s Slapping College Loans Around, Should Parents Pay for College?, and Vagabonding 101: Everything You Need to know to Travel the World.


Here you’ll find guidance on financial products such as savings accounts and credit cards, as well as reviews on financial tools (such as software and phone apps) and books. Some of the most talked about posts include How to Win McDonald’s Monopoly Game, Rent Forever, Don’t Buy a Home, and $7,500 First Time Homebuyer Tax Credit.

Steadfast Finances

Here’s “a personal finance and investing 101 blog that delves into current events, consumer education, and techniques to improve your bottom line.” Categories include consumer education, frugal living, humor, index funds, infographics and chartology, investing 101, investor psychology, and real estate. Some notable recent posts include Could the Stock Market Rally Really be ‘This Simple?’”>Renting Hot, Home Ownership Not, and The Condo Money Trap: 68% Loss and In Foreclosure.

Man vs. Debt

The man behind Man vs. Debt encourages you to “Sell your crap. Pay off your debt. Do what you love.” Baker and his family sold all of their possessions to pay off $18,000 in debt and to spend a year traveling abroad. He hopes his experiences and his blog will help others find their own path to financial health. There are extensive interviews with financial experts and reflections on what it means to live simply and how to eliminate consumerism from your life. Baker and family will even be embarking on an RV tour of the country this year.

The Sun’s Financial Diary

Sun’s Financial Diary was started as a way for Sun to track personal investments and to share tips and advice with others interested in investing. Readers will find information on credit cards, the best stock brokers, promotional items, book reviews, and more. Some notable recent posts include Does Automatic Enrollment Improve Retirement Savings? Cash in Now for Secondhand Savings, and The 2010 Year in Money.

The Learning Curve

Muckdog offers his take on current events related to finance, with a focus on the stock market and investing. Some interesting recent posts include Whoa, Market Timing Works! It’s Official: “The Most Difficult Time to Invest”, and Are the Stocks Not to Own, the Ones to Own? A bonus for all the fellas: Many of the posts include a picture of a cheerleader or model.

The Simple Dollar

Trent Hamm is the author of 365 Ways to Live Cheap and The Simple Dollar: How One Man Wiped Out His Debts and Achieved the Life of His Dreams. His blog shares the financial advice that helped him overcome financial hardship. Many of his tips center around living frugally and adjusting attitudes towards money and success. Some of our favorite recent posts include The Post-Christmas Challenge, Intimidated by the Mistakes of the Past, and Flipping the Mental Switch for Success.

Shaun’s Real Estate Adventures

Shaun hopes to let others know that investing in real estate is “really not that difficult or scary.” Through posts such as Loan Closing and Apartment Financials Improving, Hard Money Loan #14 Paid Off, and House Now on the Market, readers can get a sense of Shuan’s personal experience in real estate and how investors like him are able to make money in the market — and maybe pick up some tips along the way.

Boston Gal’s Open Wallet

Boston Gal is a “single, 30-something” who is looking for “control of her net worth.” Her current net worth is $572,941.60, and her goal is $3,376,500.00. Her posts talk about ways to live frugally (including shared coupons and promotions), saving and investing, and other money-management tips.

Frugal Zeitgeist

“Your hostess” is a 42-year-old New Yorker who started the blog with the goal to pay off her mortgage in under seven years. Now, the blog discusses a range of topics related to personal finance and money management. The author closed out 2010 with a net worth of a half million dollars (excluding real estate) and savings of $67,000. Learn about her personal secrets and pick up a few tips for developing your own personal finance strategy.

Make Love, Not Debt

This “relationship finance blog” is written by a recently married Chicago couple and tracks their attempts to reduce debt and to increase their net worth. The blog notes: “Current statistics state that half of all marriages fail. One of the top reasons for divorce is disputes over finances!” The blog covers topics that are important to managing finances as a couple, including insurance, budgeting, groceries, and more.

My Money Blog

This blog’s author shares personal investing strategies and advice on how to make more money and to spend less. Posts discuss topics such as tracking your portfolio, managing your debt, and frugal living. Some popular posts include My Favorite Rewards Credit Cards, Our Complete Home-Buying Experience: From Offers to Mortgages, and Best No Fee 0% Balance Transfer Offers.

Million Dollar Journey

Here’s another blog that was started as a way to track personal net worth but has grown to become a source of information and advice for others interested in learning how to better manage finances and investments. Some notable recent posts include Top Stock Picks for 2011: What are Your Picks? Top Stock Pick Results From 2010, and Bah Humbug! Three Ways to be More Like Scrooge.

The Smart Passive Income Blog

Pat is “not a millionaire” but is “living off passive income made online.” Learn from his experiences and pick up a few tips for how to make your own passive income and improve your financial health. To get a better understanding of how he does it, check out My 2nd Annual Passive Income Report, My Income Report – December 2010, and 22 Take Action Ways to be a Remarkable Blogger.

Christian Personal Finance

This blog is dedicated to responsible money management according to the principles outlined in the Bible. The goal is to help others make more money, save more money, invest money wisely, and use financial gains to help benefit the lives of others. Some notable recent posts include 11 Tips for Getting Out of Debt, 6 Financial Mistakes and How to Recover Quickly, and How to Teach Kids About Money.

Money Smarts

Mike Holman is the author of a book about investment accounts in Canada, and he has nearly 20 years experience in the financial industry in Canada. Posts cover investment strategies and other tips for financial management. Some recent posts include Top Stock Picks for 2011 Contest, Why are Investors Only Using GICs and High-Interest Savings Accounts in Their TFSAs? and I’m Switching to e-Bills and e-Statements.

Budgets Are Sexy

J. Money had a financial wake-up call after he bought his first house. But after making some changes to his finances and reading some popular finance books, he has figured out how to improve his financial outlook. His blog shares tips on financial management and investing, offers a “millionaire to-do list,” budget worksheets and more. Some recent posts include Frugal is Sexy. Even When It Itches, My 7 Worst Money Mistakes, and Side Hustle Series: I’m a Craps Dealer.

The Budgeting Babe

This blog is “dedicated to all the young, working women who want to spend like Carrie in a Jimmy Choo store but have a budget closer to Roseanne.” Frugality and financial management are the focus. Recent posts include Are You Paying for Your Useless Baggage? Gazing Into the Retirement Crystal Ball, and Do You 6IOL?

Counting My Pennies

Counting My Pennies shares the experiences of a 20-something looking to increase net worth and instill better financial management principles. Some popular posts include Could You Go Cashless? The Value of a Good Work Environment, and Can You Spend Irresponsibly if You’re Rich?

Debt Hater

Debt Hater is a 30-something Washington, D.C. woman who hates debt — “Not just financial debt, but debt in all areas of life — physically, emotionally, spiritually and any other -allys you can think of.” She overcame $16,000 in credit card debt and has also paid off student-loan debt. There are regular updates on net worth and income. Some recent posts include Debt Hating 101: How to Spend Your Money Where Your Heart Is, Yet Another Reason I’m Glad to Be Debt Free: Painless Car Repairs, and I Got a New Job! How I’m Managing Money Between Paychecks.

Everybody Loves Your Money

This amateur personal-finance blog offers tips and advice on financial management. Some recent posts include Are You Winning the Slow-Motion Lottery? This Just In — Stopping Smoking Can Save You a TON! and Obama Tax Cut Saves Us Over $200 a Month.

Experiments in Finance

This blog talks about different “experiments in finance” such as investing and different financial strategies. Some of the most popular posts include How to Calculate Net Present Value (NPV) — An Introduction, How to Use VLOOKUP in Excel — A Simple Tutorial, and How to Calculate an Internal Rate of Return (IRR), and When Not to Use It.

Girls Just Wanna Have Funds

A certified psychotherapist writes this blog to offer women information and advice on how to take charge of their own finances to ensure self-reliance. Some notable recent posts include 2011 Income Tax and Payroll Changes: What You Need to Know, Easy Money-Saving Tips for the New Year, and 4 Fiscal Tips for the Savvy Single Woman.

Lazy Man and Money

The blog author explains: “Lazy Man and Money is my personal journal where I explore how I can save money and make more money. I try to cover topics such as: banking, budgeting, career, credit, debt, entrepreneurship, investing, taxes, real estate, insurance, spending, retirement, and estate planning.” Some popular posts include 15 Products that Save Time, Money, and Space, Seven Things You Must Do to Prepare for an Emergency, and Top 5 Paths to a Million Dollars.

All Financial Matters

This personal-finance blog discusses topics such as “budget, asset allocation, 401K, IRA, cash flow, insurance, financial planning, portfolio management, and other areas in personal finance.” Some notable recent posts include My Advice to Those Just Starting Out: Keep Good Records, Better Think Twice Before Playing the Lottery With Friends or Co-Workers, and 10 Ways You Can Give This Season (Without Spending a Lot of Money.

Blogging Away Debt

Beks is working to pay off $40,277.36 in debt. She has managed to pay off $31,662.16, with $8,615.20 left to pay on a student loan. She shares her experiences with financial management and what she has learned. Recent topics include travel, holiday spending, monitoring credit, and more.

Wise Bread

Personal finance, frugal living, operating a small business, and more are covered on this blog, which also includes community message boards. Some recent posts include Diagnose and Improve Your Financial Health: A 10-Item Checklist, Best Money Tips: Part-Time Jobs With the Best Benefits, and Best Money Tips: How to Take a Digital Break.

Fat Pitch Financials

George is a resource economist, and he shares his personal financial discovers through his blog, especially insight he has received through the writings of Warren Buffet. There are frequent portfolio updates and features about stocks and stock performance.

My Open Wallet

In this blog, “an anonymous New Yorker tells the world how much she earns, spends, and saves.” In addition, this 40-something single mother shares “my home-buying experiences, my financial goals and ambitions, my thoughts on class and what it means to be rich or poor, and anything else that relates to money.” There are frequent updates on investment performance and income reports.

Queer Cents

This blog proclaims: “We’re here, we’re queer, and we’re not going shopping without coupons.” Regular posts discuss credit and debt management, answers to reader questions, product reviews, freelancing tips, and more. Notable recent posts include How to Write and Publish Your e-Book,

Dog Ate My Finances

This is the blog of a “20-something, recently debt-free, married and laid-off” woman. She has since gained employment, and her posts share her experiences with financial management, including paying extra on bills, ways to spend less, self-employment, conducting business, and more.

Mapgirl’s Fiscal Challenge

Mapgirl shares her experiences with her own financial goals (such as paying off credit card debt and increasing her savings), and offers tips for personal finance and investing. Posts include regular updates on financial goals, as well as regular updates on personal net worth.

Fabulous Financials

A 30-something single mom with two children is the author of this blog, which shares her personal experiences and offers some insights and tips on financial management. Fitness and fashion are also frequent topics of conversation.

Bad Money Advice

This blog claims that “mainstream personal finance advice is not what it should be,” and Francis X. Curmudgeon, a “bitterly unemployed hedge fund manager,” aims to change that because “surprisingly, he often knows what he is talking about.” Posts that Frank thinks should be popular include Credit Cards and Our Nation of Children, House Prices: The Long View, and Our Personal Finance Problem.

Oblivious Investor

This blog offers tips for “simple, low-maintenance investing.” Posts cover taxes, accounting principles, investing, retirement accounts, and more. A free newsletter is also available. Recent posts include Does This Count as Market Timing? Do REITs (Real Estate Investment Trusts) Belong in Your Portfolio? and Teaching Kids About Investing: Giving Shares of Stock.

One Mint

Personal finance, technology and economics are explored on this blog, which offers tips and advice for personal investors. Some recent posts include Section 80C Tax-Saving Schemes, Tax-Saving ELSS Mutual Funds, and Post Office Monthly Income Scheme.

Sweating the Big Stuff

Daniel writes this blog to help educate people about ways to improve finances while maintaining a high quality of life. He notes that many bloggers suggest ways to save money that are too severe and disruptive to everyday living, and he endorses a more broad view of spending and saving. Some notable recent posts include What People Pay Shouldn’t Change Our Behavior, Comparing the Tax Cuts and Stimulus Packages, and Are You in Charge of Your Finances?

Blonde and Balanced

Amber is the writer behind Blonde and Balanced, and she writes about how to find a balance with finances and health to find happiness. Some notable recent posts regarding personal finances include When Personal Finance and Health Become Serious, Weddings: Sticking to a Budget & Vendor Customer Service, and Money Lessons from the Big Easy.

Girl With the Red Balloon

Red is a 20-something college student who blogs about her attempts to shrink debt, live simply, and spend and save wisely. Many posts reflect on simple living and the value of money and consumerism. Some notable recent posts include The Money/Power Exchange, What Have I Lost and Gained? and Are We Obsessed?

The Centsible Life

Kelly Whalen writes about personal finances, family and frugal living. She offers lots of tips for saving money, including regular posts with links to discounts and special offers. Some notable recent posts include Organizing Your Finances for the New Year, End of Year Tax Tips, and What’s Covered by a Flexible Spending Account?

Debt-Free Adventure

Learn how to become debt-free with this blog, which uses the principles of the Bible to offer tips on saving, investing, giving, managing taxes, and more. Some recent posts include The Wardrobe Mission, Does the FICO Score Matter? and Help Paying Student Loans.

Young and Thrifty

This blog was started when the author realized that her friends didn’t know what an RRSP was and that her sisters didn’t understand the difference between a debit card and a credit card. The blog aims to educated young people about personal finance and investing. Some notable recent posts include Top 4 Things to Buy After Christmas and New Year’s, How to Use the Homebuyer’s Plan, and Closing/Home Costs to Think About Before You Buy Your Home.

Paying Myself

A first-year lawyer struggles with a high student-debt load and finding financial independence. She shares her experiences and her tips along the way. There are weekly checkups and monthly goals set. Some recent posts include Thoughts from a Reformed Sales Whore, Tackling My Business Debt, and Preparing My Finances for 30 Something.

Punch Debt in the Face

This is the blog “where personal finance and stick figures meet.” Posts are populated by fun graphics and pictures. Though the blog started with a focus on reducing debt, it has grown to discuss other aspects of Boy Ninja’s life, as well. There is still plenty of talk about personal finance (with updates on net worth), there are also plenty of personal musings.

Well-Heeled Blog

This blog combines a “nerdy interest in personal finance” with savvy living. Posts often discuss strategies for frugal shopping, as well as the application of sound financial principles to other areas of life, such as health and fitness. Some interesting recent posts include SEP IRA: Have Side Income? Save for Retirement, High Cost of Healthy Groceries, and Lending to Family: The Easiest $20,000 Decision.

Dough Roller

Learn how you can be a dough roller yourself with tips on how to make more money, save more money and invest it wisely. Some notable recent posts include How Much Money is Won in the Lottery? The Dangers of No Pre-Set Spending Limit Credit Cards, and 5 Must-Follow Financial Resolutions for the New Year.

Enemy of Debt

Enemy of Debt aims to motivate and inspire others to attain financial discipline by teaching sound financial management principles and the important of personal planning. Recently, the blog issued a challenge to its readers to avoid restaurants for a full month. Other recent posts include What’s Your Debt-Free Plan? Get Organized! Homemade Wedding Tips and Benefits for 2011, and Saving Money on Renter’s Insurance.

Financial Samurai

This personal-finance blog aims to help readers “slice through money’s mysteries.” Posts also draw connections between money and current events (such as health insurance reform) and life choices (such as whether those with low incomes should have children, or how those who live at home with their parents can find dating success). Some popular posts include How Higher Taxes Saved Me a Boatload of Money, The Secret to Early Retirement, and Insuring the Uninsured is Worth It.

Five Cent Nickel

This blog offers tips for financial management and investing “because money matters.” The focus is on investing products and debt management, rather than personal experiences and goals. Some notable recent posts include Five Ways to Maximize Your Retirement Accounts, Financial Tips for Couples in 2011, and Investing for Future Income: Start Early, Save Often.

Good Financial Cents

Certified Financial Planner Jeff Rose writes this blog to help readers “make cents” of their investments. Posts offer advice for investing, saving money, instituting financial discipline, and more. Some recent posts include How to Determine the Best Banking Products for Your Small Business Needs, Easy (and Unusual) Ways for College Students to Save Money, and 7 Things You MUST Know About Roth IRA Rules for 2011.


Learn about “everything that’s wrong with you and your money” with this blog, which is based on the philosophy that most people do not know enough about their money or enough about where it goes. Sometimes, posts discuss pop culture or the author’s personal experiences. Some interesting recent posts include 2011 Predictions: Here are Mine, What are Yours? Couponing Yourself Out of the Market, and Share Lock-Outs.

Suburban Dollar

Kyle describes himself as a typical, middle-class dad, and he hopes that his blog will inspire others to learn more about finance and take control of their finances as he once did. His blog includes a lot of financial information and advice for taking control of aspects of your finances, such as negotiating bills, making extra income, and investing. Some recent posts include Using Volunteer Work to Improve Your Career Prospects, 5 Tips for Using Your Home and Car to Make Money, and How to Negotiate Medical Bills.

My Journey to Millions

This blog was started as a way to track a 27-year-old’s journey from broke lawyer to multimillionaire. He’s not there yet, but in the meantime, he shares his experiences and know how from his training in economics, law, and insurance sales to offer financial tips and investing advice. Some recent posts includes How to Avoid Debt — a Guide, Using Your 401(k) to Start a Business, and 4 Common Money Mistakes to Avoid.

The Psy-Fi Blog

This blog offers “a sideways look at psychology and finance.” Don’t expect to find lots of tips for the market here, or updates about net worth or debt load. Rather, you’ll find posts about the psychology of the market and spending. Some interesting recent posts include Economics and Psychology: The Divorce, Love Your Kids, Not Your Stocks, and Weird Markets.

Money Funk

Here’s another blog that tracks one family’s efforts to minimize debt — $85,000 worth — and live more simply and frugally. There are plenty of tips for ways to save money and to make smarter choices with your finances. Some recent posts include 6 Tips for Finding a Good Mechanic Who Won’t Break the Bank, Stop Living Paycheck to Paycheck, and Frugal to Survive or Frugal to be Rich?

Mighty Bargain Hunter

The Mighty Bargain Hunter shares tips for saving money, finding deals, living frugally, making money, and investing. There is also a free newsletter to which readers can subscribe. Some recent posts include A Hack to Include Online Purchases in a Cash Budgeting System, Six Tricks to Finding Deals on Coins, and Money-Tracking Advice so Simple that it Just Might Work.

Fabulously Broke in the City

FB managed to get out of $60,000 in debt in just 18 months, and now she finds a way to balance her “shopaholic” tendencies with healthy saving habits. Some notable recent posts include How Not to Spend More Than You Make, Are People Wealthier Because They’re Business Owners or Self-Employed? and Negotiating: Why You Can Only Win When You Ask for Money.

Small Steps for Big Change

This blog aims to guide readers toward “financial freedom — one step at a time.” A “reformed spendaholic” shares her monthly budget and net worth to offer some guidance for others. There are also reflections about work and personal habits as they relate to success. Some recent posts include Why I Don’t Track Spending, Chance Favors the Prepared Mind, and Self Worth and Work — I Can’t Tell the Difference.

Frugal Law Student

Brett McKay is a second-year law student who is trying to manage tens of thousands of dollars in student debt, and he share tips and advice for students and others who are also trying to find ways to manage their debts and their finances. Articles talk about personal finance, frugality, law school, career, and productivity. Some recent posts include Is Law School Worth the Cost? 7 Ways to Save Money on LSAT Prep, and Mac on a Budget.

Poorer Than You

This blog targets college students and 20-somethings, and offers financial advice “without being boring.” “Topics include credit cards, savings, budgeting, earning more money, evaluating job offers… from big financial decisions down to small ones, from the latest news to time-tested advice.” Stephanie had to drop out of school because of poor finances, and now she shares her journey back after getting her finances in better shape and returning to school and graduating.

Single Guy Money

This single guy had over $80,000 in debt at one point, but has since managed to pay off $40,000 in credit card debt and a car loan of $22,000, and is now working on paying off student loans and a mortgage. He offers great tips for saving money and making better financial decisions. Some notable recent posts include 5 Tips on Juggling Multiple Savings Accounts, Getting the Most Out of Ebay as a Seller, and Eating Out: Finding Restaurant Vouchers and Coupons.

TeacHer Finance

A 25-year-old high-school teacher attempts to get her financial house in order and to enjoy life on a small teacher’s salary. She shares her progress with her financial goals and with reducing debt. Share in her personal experiences and find inspiration for making your own financial changes.

Always the Planner

“I work in a field where I don’t make a huge salary and probably never will. Therefore, planning for a stable financial future starts now.” This blog shares the planning process and preparation for building a secure financial future, in addition to tips for saving money and budgeting. Some useful recent posts include The Life of a Part-Time Grad Student, 10 Tips for Group Travel Planning, and Starting Out in Life: How to Pick Up Cheap Furniture.

Engineer Your Finances

This blog focuses on three principles: optimization, education, and financial security. “I feel these fundamental qualities are lost in a world of get-rich-quick schemes and as they are the basis for my own beliefs,” the blog author explains. Some notable recent posts include Top 10 Ways to Avoid an IRS Audit, 3 Strategies to Envision Your Way to Debt Freedom, and 30 Ways to Wreck Your Career.

Simolean Sense

Simolean Sense describes itself as “a multidisciplinary blog for renaissance thinkers, financiers, decision makers, business students, and consilient observers.” Some recent finance-related posts include All Value Investors Must Read This! Have You Ever Tried to Sell a Diamond? and When Being Wasteful Appears Better than Feeling Wasteful.

Generation X Finance

This blog is meant to help members of Gen X have a better understanding of financial issues to improve their personal finances. Generation X includes those born between 1965 and 1980. “That isn’t to say the topics here aren’t applicable to others, but the primary focus is to help people get their debt under control, establish a successful career, and begin to accumulate wealth.” Some notable recent posts include How Much Money Do I Need to Save for Retirement? Should You Be Investing in Gold? and The Lost Decade of Investing: Was All Really Lost?

Homeowner by 30

This blog exhorts readers to “join me as I share the strategies, trials, and tribulations of getting out of debt and saving for a down payment on a home by the end of my 30th year!” Posts discuss life as a teacher, personal savings goals, personal efforts towards debt reduction, and ideas for saving money (even low-cost recipe ideas).

Life As a Purse

This 25-year-old explain that she graduated college with no debt and was making good decisions for her finances, but then sunk into a depression that caused her to wreck her finances by overspending. She has returned to graduate school, and uses this blog to keep herself accountable for her financial habits. Find inspiration by following along with her experiences with trying to build her net worth and reduce debt — all on a limited salary.

Money Maus

This blog tells the tale of “a 20-something gal trying to save her cheese.” Follow along with her as she tracks her goals to build an emergency fund, a Roth IRA, a birthday fund, a travel fund, a car maintenance fund and a gift fund.

M is For Money

Miss M managed to clear $20,000 in credit card debt in one year by understanding the value of saving money, living more simply, and investing wisely. Some interesting recent posts include Homeownership: A Never-Ending Expensive Adventure, Maybe It’s Your Major? and How Do You Divide Your Financial Goals?

The Digerati Life

Get some personal finance insights from a true Valley Girl — a software engineer in the Silicon Valley. There is a lot of great personal-finance advice here, accompanied by lots of graphics and photos. Some notable recent posts include Bush Tax Cuts Extension: What Are the Effects? Bill Paying Strategies to Help Find Your Spending Balance, and Investing in REITs to Diversify Investments.

Penny Foolish

Learn some personal-finance tips and find motivation from a “girl bad with the pennies, who’s trying to keep from making the really big mistakes.” There are posts about her online business efforts, career development, purchases, and debt management.

Accumulating Money

This resource-rich blog has a lot of articles on various personal-finance topics, including financial basics, investing, retirement accounts, insurance, debt management, taxes, and much more. Some popular posts include Spending Money: Needs vs. Wants, 5 Simple Do It Yourself Debt Reduction Strategies, and Spend Your Money on Doing Things Rather Than Owning Things.

My 1st Million at 33

Frugal made his first million in the following way: $360,000 from savings (after working for about 9 years), $90,000 from stock investments, $260,000 from a small condo, $200,000 from a company stock option, and a $90,000 gift from his parents for his wedding. His blog offers tips and advice for how you can make your own million through smart investing and financial management.

One Million and Beyond

Matt is an average guy working to pay down debt and build savings, and he writes his blog to document his efforts to move beyond living paycheck to paycheck. Some of the most popular posts on the blog include Accepting Financial Responsibility, Net Worth vs. Cash Flow, and Social Pressures to Spend Your Money.

2 Million

Brian is an engineer with a goal of attaining $2 million in cash and assets (excluding his home) — an amount that he believes will offer him financial freedom. His current net worth is just over $750,000. He shares frequent updates on his cash flow and net worth, and shares tips for investing and saving along the way. Some interesting recent posts include Tips for Saving Money on Car Insurance, Tips for Building Your Brand on the Internet, and Low Cost, Easy Business Promotion Tip.

Money, Matter, and More Musings

The title of this blog says it all: It offers musings on money, debt, frugality and other matters. Some interesting posts include Are Americans Killing the Economy by Saving Too Much? Are Poor People More Frugal than Rich People? and Stock Market Technical Analysis — Loads of Bull Crap and Bear Crap.

Art of Money

Jon says that the two primary keys to his financial success are “1. Be open to expanding your mind: for me the best methods I’ve found to accomplish this are to interact with people who are richer or more knowledgeable than me and to play the Rich Dad board game Cashflow 101. 2. Take action! It’s a cliché, but it is way better to get started and make a ton of mistakes than to sit around and dream about getting rich.” His blog shares these principles by offering others advice for how to implement them in their own lives. Some recent posts include Ultimate Blogger’s Survival Guide, Monday Morning SEO Tip — Google Exaggerates, and Careful, This Blog Rush is Going to Hurt.

Adult ADD and Money

This blog offers personal-finance and business advice for adults with ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). There are often free webinars on various topics, and links to other resources and support groups for those with ADD and ADHD. Some recent posts include Have ADD and Out of Work? 6 Overlooked Reasons Why You are Struggling with Your Finances, and Women with ADHD — Money Issues.

Savvy Saver

“Personal prosperity depends not on how much money you make, but on how much money you keep. This personal finance blog is dedicated to making smart money decisions, living below your means, and increasing net worth.” Find tips for ways to save (including links to online promotions and discounts), regular updates on debt reduction and savings efforts, and reflections on financial management.

Adventures in Money Making

Find advice for all kinds of ways to make money, from business ventures to tax management to investing. Career advice is also offered as a means of increasing earning power. Some recent posts include Tax Havens for Retirees, Buying Silver Coins, and How to Nail an Interview.

Debt Kid

The original Debt Kid racked up over $300,000 in debt through day trading. Debt Kid and two other writers now offer advice to others about how to minimize debt. There are also thoughtful posts about current events in finance, such as legislation regulating lending and credit cards. Some recent posts include Will That be Cash or Credit? Four Money Thoughts That Can Change Your Life, and Who Has the Best Free Online Checking Account?.

Eventual Millionaire

Though she doesn’t have a million dollars yet, Jaime says she grew up knowing that she would eventually be a millionaire. After college, she racked up $70,000 in debt and worked long hours at a job she didn’t love. Now, she works with other entrepreneurs to help them find work that they love while building their net worth. Pick up some tips here for how to do it yourself. Some notable recent posts include How to Start Tracking Your Expenses, Get Rich Quick Isn’t Always a Scam, and Increasing Your Business Confidence.

Not Made of Money

A husband and wife team offer tips on how to save money and live a debt-free life. Some notable recent posts include Start Saving Now for Your Summer Vacation, How Living Above Your Means Can Destroy Your Finances, and 8 Financial Mistakes to Avoid for 2011.

Give Me Back My Five Bucks

Krystal is on a quest for financial independence and has already eliminated $20,000 in debt in under a year. She posts about her spending habits, her progress towards further debt reduction and savings, and other personal goals. Find some tips and inspiration through her experiences.

Spilling Buckets

Ryan and Leslie started their blog after outlining some financial goals that included creating an emergency fund, buying a house, and eliminating debt. In their “manifesto,” they pose “Ask yourself this question: What would happen if instead of making a living I designed a life?” In addition to saving and investing, finding purpose and meaning is a part of their “freedom-driven lifestyle design.” Find inspiration here for designing your own life by discovering your own meaning and purpose. Some interesting recent posts include Consumer to Producer: Our Evolving Philosophy, Smart Tips to Cut Your Expenses, and What is Quantitative Easing?

No More Spending

This blog has a simple goal: To get out of debt and stay out of debt. Laura paid off approximately $65,000 in debt in under five years, and now she writes about how she lives frugally and stays under budget. Posts talk about saving, budgeting, financial management, living on a single income, planning for the future, financial independence, making extra money, and more. Notable recent posts include Paying Off Your Mortgage Early and Not Spending for a Month.

Ugly Debty

“One girl’s journey to freedom from an evil amount of personal debt. This blog is from an Australian writer with no financial smarts whatsoever. All advice should be triple checked with someone way better with money than me.” She started with a debt of about $131,000 and has whittled it down to about $42,000. She shares how she manages to reduce debt and save money through different financial strategies.

The Frugalista

Natale P. McNeal writes about “the frugal side of fabulous” on this blog, which shares tips for saving money while still living the fabulous life. The blog also talks about current events and celebrity happenings that are related to finance. McNeal is also the author of the book The Frugalista Files. Some recent posts include Money is Power-If you Spend it Smartly, College Debt Rises, and Could You Live Off Coupons for a Year?

Money Mate Kate

This self-employed massage therapist is living debt-free in New York City who is often the go-to person for financial advice in her family. She writes about career experiences, her strategies for minimizing debt, and her reflections on financial management, including current events. Some interesting recent posts include Will Healthcare Reform Go the Same Route as Credit Card Reform? Frugality Blogging–>Enriched Day-to-Day Life, and Penny Experiment 2: $204 for $23.

Stacking Pennies

Follow along with this young professional and her attempts to reach financial goals. She shares some tips and reflections along the way that others can use to develop their own financial plan — and meet their own personal goals.

My Pretty Pennies

This blog is “the journal of a girl trying to change her world one pretty penny at a time.” Lately, there have been a lot of posts about her upcoming wedding and wedding planning, but there are still plenty of posts with reflections about financial goals (among them to eliminate debt, build an emergency fund, and build a wedding fund).

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Top 50 blogs for those interested in teaching abroad

Dec. 16th 2010

One of the best ways to learn about the everyday experiences of teachers working abroad is to read their personal blogs. You can get a sense of what the work is like, as well as the ups and downs of living in and adapting to a new culture. From these blogs, you can also glean what the working conditions are like in a particular country or school in which you might be interested in teaching. Reading blogs is a great way to research the possibilities and, later, once you’ve made your decisions to work abroad, they are a great resource for learning about your new country and for finding ideas for the classroom. Regardless of where you live – Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Delaware, Connecticut, Arizona, Alabama – check these out to learn more about studying abroad.

Ted’s TEFL Newbie

Ted Tucker is a retired EFL teacher and trainer, and he has taught in Korea, Thailand, Taiwan and Saudi Arabia. His blog helps those who are interested in teaching English abroad get started. Posts often include advice on aspects of teaching abroad that aspiring teachers may not consider at first, such as being an overweight teacher, how socializing (and singing karaoke) can help you get a raise, and how to choose your career path (university work or private schools?). There are a lot of great tips and advice with each post. Some notable recent posts include Living Abroad is Not For Everyone?, Planning a TEFL Career Abroad: Your Education, and TEFL for Older Folks: Advice for the Job Search.

You Can Teach English

This blog is comprised of interviews from teachers living and working in countries all over the world. Some recent interviews include teachers working in Hungary, Chile, Colombia, Turkey, Costa Rica, Italy, China, Thailand, and France. Teachers share how they found their positions, what they do, and their experiences living in the country. The interviews share a lot of great insight for teachers interested in a particular location!

The Education Cafe

Parents and teachers living abroad can find resources and support here for the classroom and homeschooling. Some recent posts include recommendations for books, ideas for chemistry lessons and experiments, holiday activities, educational links, and more. There is also discussion about career development. This is a great resource for all types of educators living abroad!

Eat Your Kimchi

A married couple teaching in South Korea runs this blog, which is meant to help other teachers prepare for working and living in the country. The FAQ covers questions such as “What’s considered improper or strange?” “How do I get a cell phone?” and “What should I know about drinking culture?” There are also lots of pictures, useful resources, and, of course, blog posts exploring topics such as culture, teaching, and more.

Chris in South Korea – Travel and Life in South Korea

This blog is a great resource for foreigners living in South Korea! Posts cover practical issues for everyday living, such as Shipping Stuff Home — or, Help There’s No UPS!, 10 Survival Phrases in Korean You HAVE to Know, and Current Korean Slang Among Expats.

Thailand Delights

You’ll find the answers to many of your questions about teaching in Thailand on this informative blog — and maybe the answers to some questions you didn’t consider! Reader questions have included questions about age and teaching, discipline in schools, accent, and more. The blog includes links to job sites and some resources for learning the Thai language.


Tofugu explores “wonky Japanese language, culture.” There are episodes of “Tofugu TV,” as well, with some recent episodes discussing technology and travel clothing. The posts are informative and thorough. Some noteworthy recent posts include 10 Tips for Tipsy Japan, A Step-by-Step Guide on How to Learn Hiragana, and The 100 Most Important Japanese Words You Should Know. You can also search posts by category such as Japan, culture, language, news, reviews and resources.

So Handsome Teacher

There are a lot of great tips and guidance on this blog. Posts cover living in Korea, such as Having the Most Fun Tips (ie. How to Blow Your Entire Salary) and Money Management Tips (ie. How Not to Blow Your Entire Salary), as well as teaching, such as Effective Teaching in a Korean Elementary School, Confusion About “Severance Pay” and “Renewal Bonus”, and Tension Between Foreign English Teachers and Koreans. You’ll find frank (and funny) answers to all the questions you have about being a foreigner living and working in Korea.

Jonny on the Road

Jonny Finity teaches high-school students in Pohang, South Korea, and his blog chronicles his experience teaching and living there. Posts discuss Korean culture, as well as classroom experiences and activities. Some of our favorite recent posts include The Eight-Legged Playboy, sharing Korean expressions and their meanings; Evil Spirits: They Hate Red Beans, about cultural practices and superstitions; and Alliteration is Awesome, sharing some activities used in the classroom.

Postcards from Prague

Melissa has been teaching in Prague for just over four months. She shares her experiences teaching, learning about the culture of Prague, traveling, and even getting her visa. You’ll learn a little about the local history, a little about the language, and a little about the culture. Melissa even shares her experiences with TEFL training and her job search.

Kimchi for Breakfast

Danny and Katy Doerksen teach in Andong, South Korea, and their blog shares their adventures there. Reading their blog gives you great insight into what it will be like as a foreigner living in another country. Recent posts follow their experiences with the Lantern festival, a pot-luck Thanksgiving dinner, and Dr. Fish (a pedicure that uses tiny fish to nibble the dead skin from the bottoms of your feet!).

Teaching and Life — Not Necessarily in That Order

Learn about the joys of the jjimjilbang (public bath) and the hazards of not being able to find headache medicine at a convenience store in Korea with this fun blog by Audrey. You’ll get a window into the life of a foreigner here and pick up a few tips along the way about public behavior, language, and other Korean customs.

Wandering Solo

The author of this blog spent seven months teaching English in Vietnam, and is now teaching in Shanghai, China. You can read about Chinese culture and life in the classroom. Some interesting recent posts include 10 Things to Consider When Choosing a Teaching Job, 10 Things Chinese Students Think About Life in the U.S., and How to Be a Language Learning Role Model.

A Moment in the Sun

Follow along with this teacher on a one-year contract in Spain, and learn all about the culture, the ins and outs of teaching and a lot of new vocabulary! Some especially helpful posts include Links to Live By, Adventures in Tutoring, and Complication of Simple Things (about language barriers).

Adventures in Korean

“He who does not know foreign languages does not know anything about his own. ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Kunst and Alterthum” So titled is this blog, which documents the year that Alisa Williams has spent teaching in Suwon, just south of Seoul. Alisa’s blog also includes some Korean words (for others also interested in learning the language), Korean resources, pictures, and information on responsibly adopting or fostering a pet during your stay.

My Thai

Though this teacher’s contract in Thailand ended in October, there are still a lot of great posts in the archives to give you a window into the experience of teaching and living in “the land of smiles.” Recent posts explore Thai markets, classroom games and activities, the experience of being a foreigner in Thailand, and everyday customs.

Kristina in Korea

Learn about Korean history, language and culture as you follow Kristina’s adventures teaching and traveling in South Korea. You can also follow her on a trip to China and the Great Wall! There are lots of pictures and some great tips and insight for foreigners new to living abroad.

Rip City to Seoul

In addition to his reflections on life in Korea, Dustin’s blog is filled with video, pictures, and useful resources about Korea. Dustin has also written articles for local publications about Korean culture, and he has started a show for his blog on Arirang TV. His blog also includes an FAQ for those thinking about moving to Korea and other useful blogs.

Teaching English in Korea – ESL Blog

This blog shares lots of great ideas for teaching English. Some recent posts includes topic ideas for extra credit writing assignments, suggested videos for beginning a debate segment, and other topic ideas and stories for possible debate.

My Life! Teaching in a Korean University

You’ll find lots of helpful resources, tips, and other advice about finding a job in a university and managing your classroom. Books, podcasts and other resources are also available in the links section for further research. The author has also created other resources for living in Korea and teaching ESL, which she has also listed in the links section.

Wake Up and Dance

Danielle started her blog when she was teaching in Thailand; she went on to backpack through Asia and work in eco-tourism in Thailand, and is now teaching English in Korea. Posts take a humorous look at Korean culture and the way English is often misused, such as this notebook, this subway ad, and this shampoo bottle. There is also a lot of reflection about living in a foreign culture, often with comparisons drawn between Korea and Thailand.

Chance’s EPIK Adventure

Chance is a teacher at an elementary school on Daegu, South Korea, and her blog combines personal reflections with stories about her life as a teacher and a foreigner living in Korea. Her post Voice of Korea offers some insight into Korean culture through an interview with a Korean woman. In the Mood for Some Puppy Chow talks about the Korean practice of eating dog. You’ll find many more interesting posts about culture and teaching here!

My Korean Journey, Unfiltered

…with the caveat “OK it’s a little filtered.” Although recent posts cover trips to China and Japan, this blog is all about teaching in Korea — or at least it was. The author has finished up a teaching contract in Korea, but there are still plenty of posts in the archives to follow the experience and learn from it.

Teaching Traveling!

Read interviews with teachers and travelers all over the world for their tips and perspective on what they do. You can browse profiles and interviews for tips, info about lesson plans, or just inspiration. The site also includes useful links and a forum.

Jimbo’s English Teaching in Japan Blog

Jimbo blogs about his experiences teaching in Japan, with a focus on teacher education. Posts often discuss classroom activities and pedagogy. Some interesting recent posts include The Problem with PPP, Adapting a Task to a Junior High School, and What Do Kids Get Out of Listening to English Picture Books?.

Teaching English in Wuxi, China

Andis Kaulins is a Canadian teaching in Wuxi, China at Hylite Language School. His blog also acts as an unofficial home page for the Hylite Language School. Those interested in teaching at the school or in teaching in China in general can find plenty of information here. There are videos of language lessons, sample discussion questions, and, of course, job postings for Hylite.

A Sistah’s Seoul

Toya explains that she was a member of SISUTHS Inc. in college — which stands for Strength, Initiative, Spirituality, Tenacity, Unity, Health, Substance. She says “This women’s oraganization has taught me to embrace challenges in order to progress in life. I am forever a SISTUH. Now I’m a SISTUH in Seoul.” She shares her adventures as a teacher and foreigner living and working in Seoul, the capital of South Korea.

Teach English Abroad in Korea

This practical blog focuses on what you need to know about living and teaching in Korea, including profiles of cities and regions, information about public high schools, positions with EPIK, shopping markets, and more. There are also sections according to where you are in your journey, such as “Getting to Korea” (information on airfare, getting a visa, and more), “Living in Korea” (information on food, language, news, cost of living and much more), “Teaching in Korea” (information on public and private schools, administration, your co-teachers and more), and “Finding a Job.”

English Teaching in Japan

This blog includes frequent podcasts, videos, and video podcasts “sharing ideas and experiences about English teaching in Japan.” There are interviews with exchange students and former teachers, discussions about teaching, stories about travel and much more. This is a lively resource for any teacher interested in living in Japan!

A Girl Teaching English Abroad in Japan

Learn about things like Pocky Day (in honor of a treat of stick-shaped crackers dipped in chocolate), toilets in Japan (they are holes in the floor), Japan’s summer clothing habits and more in this fun blog that offers a Westerner’s view of living in Japan. There are some posts about teaching and classroom activities, but most of the focus is on the day-to-day experiences of living in Japan.


Rob combines his name with the common expression used to answer the phone in Korea — “yoboseyo” — for the name of this blog about living and teaching in Korea. Posts are in-depth and reveal a lot about Korean culture and everyday life there. Check out OK, Lee Hyori Gets it Right This Time for an interesting discussion about Korean pop music, as well as Korean attitudes about native Koreans, and Roboseyo’s Favorite Things About Winter in Korea, and Two Rabbit Trails for a funny look at winter in Korea.

From Busan With Love

Jenna shares lots of pictures and details about her adventures in Korea and in the classroom. She teaches in Busan, which is on the southeastern coast of Korea. Some popular recent posts include The Korean Talent Show, Love Land: The Discussion of Sex in Korean Culture, and Jenna Vs. The Bus.

Marshmallow Sensei

“Born in New Jersey, raised in Yorkshire, living in Japan. Don’t worry, I’m confused too…” Matt is a freelance writer and English Language teacher working in Nagano Prefecture, Japan. He talks about Japanese culture, including karaoke, Manga, fireworks and festivals. Other recent posts also share his experiences with the Japanese winter, traveling on a budget, and classroom interactions. This detailed blog will give you great insight into what it’s like teaching in Japan!

The Escapades of the Lovely Miss Edita!

The Lovely Miss Edita is a recent college graduate who is currently teaching at a public elementary school in Suwon, South Korea. She shares lots of great photos from travels and sightseeing around Korea, as well as the stories behind those travels. There is also a lot of discussion about teaching and experiences in the classroom, as well.

Well, That is Interesting Blog

Follow along with Christine’s experiences living in Korea, and read about Korean pop music (Life and All), tensions with North Korea (What’s Going On?), and daily life as a teacher (A Day in Life), among other topics.

Green-Eyed Geisha

This blog promises to show you “Japan like you’ve never seen it before from the skewed perspective of a foreign (at least to some people) twenty-something living with her Japanese beau in Tokyo.” She doesn’t work as a teacher, but there is enough here about the ups and downs of living as a “foreigner” in Japan to be of use to many English teachers.

Shotgun Korea

Follow the story of a couple who hastily got married so they could move to Korea to teach. (They were told that in order to live together in sponsored housing, they would have to be married.) Some interesting recent posts include Imports (about the differences in American and Korean customs), Applause (about the peculiarities of Korean bathrooms), and Should Have Known (about weight issues).

inhale. exhale. repeat.

Amy Kate shares her adventures teaching in Korea, ranging from misadventures with public transportation (Exploring in the Eastern Hemisphere) to classroom experiences (These Children Exhaust Me) to getting a physical (Healthcare – Korean Style). You’ll find lots of insights and humor along the way!

Subbing in Seoul

“A naive Irish freelancer and sub-editor negotiates Korea’s capital.” Though you won’t learn much about teaching abroad, you will learn a lot about living in Korea and its culture. There is thoughtful commentary and discussion about all aspects of living in Korea, from food and culture to current events to the language. Check out Jitters in Pyongyang’s Shadow, Drinking With the Islanders, and Rating the Beer. Many of the posts have a nice narrative style that brings to life the stories they tell.

Now I’m in Japan

Beth shares her experiences living in Tokyo with a wry look at many of oddities and other quirks that stand out about day-to-day life as a Westerner. Some interesting recent posts include Golden Gai, Children’s Toys for One Coin!, and Sick_Japan.

Taiwan Teacher

Posts here range from the practical ( What to Bring, What to Buy There and TTJ Bus: A Cool Thing for Taichungers) to managing life in Taiwan (Frizzle Frazzle and Keepin’ Legal). You’ll learn a lot from the more than two years this American has spent living and teaching in Taiwan.

Hungary is Alex’s Classroom

Alex teaches English in Békéscsaba, Hungary, and this blog shares his experiences and thoughts about his time there. Alex often uses a narrative style to bring the stories to life. Some interesting recent posts include How Lucky They Are, Why Worry, and Conjugate the Verbs or Learn the Words? Each post includes a Hungarian word of the day, also!

Caveat Dumptruck

Jared has a background in linguistics, and was a database programmer for many years. He has been teaching in South Korea since 2007 in different locations. He warns: “This is not an ‘about Korea’ blog, per se. It’s a ‘whatever I happen to be thinking about’ blog, that currently takes place in Korea.” But you’ll still learn a lot about Korea and about what it’s like to teach there.

Korea: My Life, My Story

Spenser chronicles his life in Korea as a teacher and the adventures he shares with other ex-pats. This blog gives a nice snapshot into a day in the life of a foreigner living in and exploring Korea — from everyday activities to travel in and around Seoul.

Tokyo Moe

Tokyo Moe has been living in Nakano, Tokyo with his Japanese husband since 2008. The blog is not about teaching, but rather about Japanese culture and life there. Moe explains the blog this way: “It includes my interests in male fashion and hair, male vanity and crime, male romance as created by women manga artists, ikemen and pop culture.”

This is Christie

Christie shares her experiences living and teaching in Hungary, with a lot of useful information for those interested in doing the same. Some posts that gives a good snapshot into daily life in Hungary include Sometimes Hungary is So Lame, Vidor Festival, and — specifically about life as a foreigner in Hungary — New Flat! (That’s Right, I Said ‘Flat’).

Mokdong Magpie

Sarah teaches middle school at a private Haegwon in Seoul. Her blog shares many reflections about teaching and living in Korea, as well as some advice and tips. Her last three posts were especially good: Christmas in Korea, explaining the Korean word “jung;” Letter to Prospective Teachers, offering advice to those considering making the move; and Easy Rice Cooker Gingerbread, with instructions on making gingerbread with the limited resources you’re likely to have.

Lauren in San Lorenzo de El Escorial

Lauren spent two years in Budapest, but now she’s in Spain studying for her Master’s in bilingual and multicultural education while teaching. Posts go back far enough to cover both her experiences in Hungary and in Spain.

Travels, or Such

Read about teaching and living in Tapei, Taiwan, as well as other travels including numerous locations in South America, Europe, and Asia. The blog includes numerous links to other resources, including helpful web sites, blogs and more.

Will Kill for Kalbi

The bloggers formerly known as the Kimchi-Lovin’ Canucks return to Korea after a hiatus after a two-year stint. The blog shares the experiences of this couple and their two children as they explore Korea and teaching once again.

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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,,, 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 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, 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 “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 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, 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 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,, 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, 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 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 “ 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, 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 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, 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 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’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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