Today I'm bringing you myrrh, job seekers. In January the U.S. Department of Labor challenged the nation to submit its favorite job-search tools. Voting ended on January 15, and the DOL is now reviewing the entries. In the meantime, they're sharing the submissions on its Website, http://dolchallenge.ideascale.com/ . Before you click, you should know there are 634 tools on the currently unfiltered list. You're welcome to sift through the list-that's why they're posted-or, alternatively, you can check out the following resources I hand-picked from the list.
CareerWakeUpCalls.com or AbsolutelyAbby.com Abby Kohut, a corporate recruiting veteran, will call you, every two weeks-for free!-and answer your questions about any aspect of the job search from a corporate recruiter's perspective.
360jobinterviews.com Use your webcam or Skype to practice interviewing live and get live feedback and coaching from HR experts representing more than 55 fields-including IT. The service costs $99 per hour, a fraction of the cost of hiring a personal coach. The site also offers career planning and résumé building services at rates starting at $69.
Alison.com This U.K.-based site offers free online training in a range of fields at all levels. The IT section includes offerings ranging from "How to Use Gmail" to "Digital Enterprise," a suite of courses that might be useful for IT leaders to recommend to non-IT staff. It promotes IT literacy throughout the organization, including education on IT health and safety. There is one certification course, which will be an amazing freebie-if you reside in the U.K. Otherwise the certification won't help but the training could yet prove valuable.
TechnicalJobSearch.com A whole job-search portal just for IT professionals. It's got job search, salary guides, sample résumés, resources on labor laws, job fairs, best companies to work for, and a much more.
Door64.com Another regional tool for technology professionals in Central Texas, but worth mentioning for its unique community-based approach to the job search. Recognizing that many of the best jobs available are unlisted, Door64 strives to be a "hub not a club" for all technology professionals in the area. The network connects tech professionals through events, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, discussion forums and other social tools. From a job-search perspective the most valuable aspect of this is that by getting to know industry peers, and through Door64's own efforts to bring together job seekers and local recruiters, it's a great way to find those hidden jobs. If you live in Central Texas.
Undergroundjobnetwork.com Speaking of the hidden job market, The Underground Job Network is dedicated to helping job seekers tap it. The site provides job-search tools and techniques. It also shares research methods that enable job hunters to locate jobs by state and industry-and the people to contact for them.