Free Career Tools

Worth Checking Out 

eBook: Job Search Networking for Introverts by career coach Wendy Goldberg, published by Job-Hunt.org
Interested in learning more helpful networking techniques? Here’s a great resource for those who’d like more detailed strategies and step-by-steps. Check out this free eBook, Job Search Networking for Introverts, that has several helpful networking tips and strategies for quieter and reflective types. Enjoy!

Video: Interview No-Nos to Avoid: A Humorous Look
Here's a Fast Company video showing a very humorous and interesting take on some interviewing  no-nos to avoid. Check out the You Tube video. I shared this on LinkedIn, and it was pretty popular in terms of views and likes. Enjoy!

Video: 40-Plus Job Seekers:  Quick Tips for Overcoming Age Bias
In this brief video segment from a recent TV interview, career coach Ford Myers, author of the fantastic book Get the Job You Want Even When No One’s Hiring, discusses four things that mature job seekers can focus on to sharpen their professional image and dispel the many misconceptions about older employees.

Video: Do’s and Don’ts of Executive Recruiting 
Check out this video interview conducted by CEO Update as part of its "Association Newsmakers" series, with executive recruiter Leslie Hortum of Spencer Stuart, one of the world’s largest search firms.

Video: Tips for Creating that Elevator Speech
Many people agonize over what to include in their “elevator speech.” [Warning: This video by Kathy McAfee was from a few years back so try to look past the dated hairstyle and business attire.]

Webcast: Becoming a Recognized Expert/Thought Leader
In her latest book, Stand Out: How to Find Your Breakthrough Idea and Build a Following Around It, Dorie Clark, an adjunct professor at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, provides practical tips and strategies that you can implement to become recognized for your unique expertise. 

Website: Networking in the DMV
Speaking of networking to uncover the hidden job market, for those of you in the Washington, D.C. metro area, check out this article Networking Success in the DMV, written by Edythe Richards of A Top Career. I was honored that Edythe included me in the group of career professionals in the DMV she asked for practical pointers on networking. The article includes some great tips as well as specific groups you might want to check out in the D.C. area. Enjoy!

Website: Federal CareerOneStop
Interested in seeing what training and education options are available to help you brush up on skills or develop new ones to transition into a new career direction? Check out the Federal CareerOneStop, which includes a Training Finder with information to help you decide which training options would work best for you.

Website: Calculate Your Telework Savings
Here is a telework calculator that can help you figure out how much you can actually save in terms of annual total costs, vehicle costs, and hours of productivity gained.

Website: Free Career Matching Tool for Career Changers
Thinking about making a career change or shift, but not sure what other jobs require your skills? You’re in luck. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Career OneStop website includes a free tool that can help you match the skills you have or would like to use with a list jobs requiring those skills. You can also use the tool to compare your current job to one you may be thinking about switching to.

Website: The Employees Have Spoken: The Top 150 Employers in the DC Metro Area
Interested in knowing what companies in the DC area are considered great places to work? More than 50,000 DC-area employees participated in the second annual Washington Post survey to select the top workplaces for 2015.