Top Job Seeker Resources

Published: Apr 07, 2014 By Heather Krasna

Top Job Seeker Resources

By Heather Krasna


  1. Career exploration resources: If you are just starting your career, or at a pivot point where you aren’t sure what you want to do next, it is worth seeking a career counselor or coach. The National Career Development Association and your college career center (even if you are a distant alum) are excellent resources to do this. Other resources include free career assessments on O*Net.

  2. Networking resources: LinkedIn easily surpasses most other networking resources. In addition to LinkedIn, be sure to join relevant professional associations in your field.  Also, leverage alumni networks, family/friends and others to help you find connections that can assist you in your search. Try other social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, or boutique sites like for government.

  3. Employer research resources: When looking for a job, it’s crucial to find the right employers to target. LinkedIn can be a useful tool (especially Company pages), as can databases like (for nonprofit organizations), (a proprietary database often accessed through a library, with rich information for for-profit companies), ReferenceUSA, (for government information), and Lexis-Nexis (for news articles pertaining to employers you might be interviewing with). Don’t forget—a site where employees can review their existing employer. Take Glassdoor with a grain of salt, because some people don’t review their employer unless they have had either a terrible or a wonderful experience, but note if everyone has the same comments about the company culture. One of Glassdoor’s best overlooked features is the “interviews” section, which includes questions people were asked when interviewing for jobs at specific employers.

  4. Job-finding resources: Job board aggregators like or are useful starting points for a job search, but they don’t highlight every single posted job. Consider a variety of other boutique and large-scale job boards, especially the LinkedIn job board, job posting sites of professional associations and organizations,  job boards from colleges you attended, niche sites for specific industries, and the careers section of companies your are interested in. Be sure to follow up on your applications by leveraging your networking contacts.

  5. Salary research resources: Before you answer the question “What are your salary expectations?” it is crucial to have done your homework about what your job market should pay. Excellent resources for salary information include and Additional useful data can be found in the Occupational Outlook Handbook, published salary surveys (some of which can be found for free using Google), or asking the career services office of your college. If you are considering government, note that most salaries are public information therefore you can often find the salary of government employees by name on sites like

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