Find All the Tools and Resources You Need For Career Search Success

Here is my personal “Golden Rolodex” of top resources that can help you achieve your dream job

Brand You Guide — www.BrandYouGuide.com

Here you will find free templates, checklists, examples, resources, and so much more. You can take advantage of our low-cost services to write or enhance your résumé, build your LinkedIn page, create an effective cover letter, write a press release, create your business card and visual branding, build your website, or benefit from one-on-one coaching.

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VistaPrint — www.VistaPrint.com

This is a great source for all your printing needs. Take advantage of their easy-to-use templates to create your powerful and memorable business card to establish your personal brand. Additionally, they offer affordable personalized note cards, letterheads and envelopes. You can also print low-cost business cards and letterheads at quick print shops like The UPS Store, FedEx Office AKA Kinkos, or office supply stores like Office Depot and Staples.

Job Search Sites

There are dozens of websites which offer job listings and online applications. Many will archive your resume for ease of submission, and allow you to track applications. Almost all have published research studies, and have a wealth of statistics, insights, tips and services which can help you in your job search. Here are some of the most highly recommended:

  • LinkedIn
  • CareerBuilder
  • Monster
  • Indeed
  • Job.com
  • TheLadders
  • Robert Half
  • Glassdoor
  • JobMo
  • US.jobs
  • SimplyHired
  • SWITCH app
  • JobR app
  • JobCase

Social and Digital Media Sites

Claim you name by registering for a free account at all these free social media and digital branding sites immediately. You don’t need to build out a page right now, but make sure you secure you professional name before someone else claims it:

  • LinkedIn
  • Facebook
  • Google+
  • Twitter
  • Pinterest
  • YouTube
  • Instagram
  • SnapChat
  • Slack

Tools to Manage Your Online Presence

These sites can help manage your online presence and professional reputation:

  • Godaddy
  • Skype
  • MailChimp
  • EventBrite
  • Knowem
  • Namech_k
  • Hootsuite
  • Dashlane
  • Google Alert

Email Management Tools and Tracking Services

Learn when someone opens your email by using one of these services that were the top ranked by Computer World in 2015:

  • Gmail
  • Wisestamp
  • Bananatag
  • Boomerang
  • Mail2Cloud
  • MailTrack
  • Sidekick
  • YesWare

National Photo Studio Chains for Corporate Portrait

Get a great professional photo for all your job-hunting needs at a local photo studio, or one of these national chains:

  • Picture People
  • Target
  • Olan Mills
  • Glamour Shots
  • Penny’s
  • LifeTouch

Online Portfolio Services

Your university may offer online portfolio hosting for free. A number of companies offer free or low cost online portfolio hosting. Try some of these well-regarded companies:

  • Pathbrite
  • Issuu
  • Carbonmade
  • DROPR
  • Cargo Collective
  • Behance.net
  • Coroflot

Press Release Distribution Sites

The largest and most prestigious press release sites include PR Newswire and Business Wire, but their services can be expensive. To receive free or inexpensive press release distribution, try some of these sites:

  • Google News http://Googlenewssubmit.com/ currently $19
  • PR.com http://www.pr.com/
  • Online PR News https://www.onlineprnews.com/
  • PressReleaser.org http://pressreleaser.org/
  • Open PR http://www.openpr.com/news/submit.ht