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More than 16,000 public users rated more than 600 online job and career tools in the U.S. Department of Labor's Tools for America's Job Seekers Challenge.

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Social Media Job Search

Web 2.0/social media sites specializing in job searches or job postings use social media to list online job postings and other related items. Such sites could use items such as user generated content (UGC) and other mechanisms as the avenue for informational exchange.

The tool descriptions below were provided by the tool vendors. Descriptions do not reflect the opinions of the Department of Labor or any of its grantees or contractors. CareerOneStop is not responsible for ensuring the content provided by the tool vendors is complete or entirely factual. These tools were recommended by the public and the Department of Labor does not formally endorse any online job tool.


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Ask Liz Ryan Online Community - (http://www.yahoogroups.com/group/asklizryan)
The Ask Liz Ryan Online Community is a free online discussion forum where 25,000 members and national careers expert Liz Ryan support job-seekers, career-explorers and all working people with practical, specific advice on resumes, cover letters, career direction, networking, using LinkedIn, salary negotiation and lots more. Post a question to our forum and get highly relevant advice from friendly, resourceful professionals who've been through it before. Liz Ryan is the Workplace Expert for Business Week Online, the Networking Expert for Yahoo! Hot Jobs and a careers advisor with 50 million monthly readers. Join our community now! All are welcome.


BarnBuildr ? Build it forward. - (http://barnbuildr.com)
Overview

Borrowing from the Amish tradition of barn building, where the community comes together to build a barn for one of its own...

BarnBuildr is a collaborative community of entrepreneurs, subject matter experts, and business professionals that mobilizes start-ups, leverages common resources, and shares in the value created.

We change the way entrepreneurs accelerate their ventures by matching them with needed resources for free.

-and-

We better serve the vast talent pool, whether they be looking for a job, project, or career change, or just seeking to contribute to their community.

BarnBuildr
Your next start-up, career, project.
Build it forward.

Given the current economic downturn, entrepreneurs continue to emerge with compelling ideas for new products and services.

Yet they are often hindered by lack of resources (money, office space, development tools, personnel) and lack of experience (securing funding, building a company, launching a product). They are underserved by headhunters and networking happy hours. These entrepreneurs require a community that can efficiently connect them to resources, delivering high-value, skilled personnel with minimal investment of time and money.

BarnBuildr is a collaborative community of entrepreneurs, subject matter experts, and business professionals working to leverage common resources, mobilize start-ups and share in the value created.

BarnBuildr is an initiative of Tech Ranch Austin. See BarnBuildr.com or techranchaustin.com for more details.


Better Jobs Faster - (http://www.betterjobsfaster.org)
www.betterjobsfaster.org is a community career site designed to take advantage of web 2.0 and social networking with the direct intent to help provide job seekers with information for 21st century job matching. Unique tools found on this site include:

1. Resume Clouds - recruiters scan resumes, they don't read them. The Resume Cloud is a free tool showing job seekers a unique view at what their resume is really saying. It can help candidates differentiate and get a job.

2. Phantom Job Seeker - we have job seekers go "underground" and investigate job seeker products and services and report back on what works, why, and more importantly, what doesn't and what's a scam.

3. Subgroups for Job Networking Groups - NH Net Works is the southern NH networking group run as part of NHWorks OneStop. It allows for community engagement at a sublevel.

4. Hidden Jobs Exposed - jobs come from a variety of sources, and these are jobs that are usually hidden in side-channels, email threads, and through job seekers who've found jobs. By showing them to job seekers they're able to gain an advantage.

5. Recruitment Group Leader Tools - Exercises that networking and placement professionals can download and use to help job seekers in their groups. Exercises include:
- the Resume Reel - an engaging, interactive exercise that helps job seekers see what their resume is really saying.
- the networking reel - applies "speed dating" techniques to networking to help job seekers practice networking skills in a fun and valuable way.
- an exercise in gratitude - helps job seekers manage afflictive emotions relating to job loss and focus on what's most important to develop motivation.
- Pay It Forward Exercise - links job seekers in a race to get a meaningful job and help them help others.

6. Job Hunting Articles - content pulled from multiple sources that provide the best insights and wisdom to job seekers to help give them the right knowledge, skills, and abilities to get the job.

7. News for Job Seekers - keeping job seekers up to date with the latest developments.

8. Peace of Mind Tip of the Week - Helping job seekers to maintain perspective as they move forward in their job search.

9. Discussion forums - to enable job seekers to support each other.

10. Personal and professional profiles - to help members help each other and develop deeper relationships

11. Member endorsements - to help qualify job seekers to employers

12. Member objectives - ability for job seekers to indicate what they want so employers and other job seekers can be helpful to them.



CAREERSPICE - (http://www.careerspice.com)
A tool that empowers all to align their career with passion that will result in taking the nation's Productivity, Creativity and Happiness to a new dimension.


DiscoverPolicing.org on Facebook - (http://facebook.com/discoverpolicing)
Discover Policing is a nationwide police recruitment initiative brought to you by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA). Our Web site, DiscoverPolicing.org, is a premier source for law enforcement recruitment, hiring, and career information. Our goal is to bring more of the right kind of people into law enforcement and connect them with hiring agencies nationwide. No other site on the Web offers a more comprehensive window into police service, all backed by the credibility of the IACP and BJA. DiscoverPolicing.org also has an active presence on popular social networking sites, including Facebook. Become a Fan, and receive updates on new vacancy announcements and police recruitment news. Use the discussion forums to post questions, make comments, and interact with DiscoverPolicing.org's knowledgeable team of police recruitment specialists. Agencies from coast to coast are looking for diverse, service-minded individuals from all walks of life to fill both civilians and sworn positions. There is no better time to discover policing!


DiscoverPolicing.org on Twitter - (http://twitter.com/discover_police)
Discover Policing is a nationwide police recruitment initiative brought to you by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA).

Our Web site, DiscoverPolicing.org, is a premier source for law enforcement recruitment, hiring, and career information. Our goal is to bring more of the right kind of people into law enforcement and connect them with hiring agencies nationwide. No other site on the Web offers a more comprehensive window into police service, all backed by the credibility of the IACP and BJA.

DiscoverPolicing.org also has an active presence on popular social networking sites, including Twitter.
Follow us, and receive updates on new vacancy announcements and police recruitment news/information.

Agencies from coast to coast are looking for diverse, service-minded individuals from all walks of life to fill both civilians and sworn positions. There is no better time to discover policing!



Door64.com - (http://door64.com)  *
Door64.com is a free, successful, and growing grass-roots community of technology professionals in Central Texas. Our goal is to help members grow their peer networks of colleagues. Started in 2007, our community has grown virally to over 7000 members, and experienced excellent testimonials of doors opened and jobs found.


Emails4Corporations.com - (http://www.emails4corporations.com)
Emails4Corporations.com is a free online resource that shows you how corporate email addresses are set-up. Proactive job seekers use this type of information in order to improve their networking efforts by reaching out directly to company insiders at their target companies.

Networking/Informational Interviewing best practices:
1) Job seekers should utilize business networking websites like Linkedin.com or Xing.com to identify inside company contacts at their target companies. Look for people working in your desired industry/functional area.
2) Next go to www.Emails4Corporations.com to figure out the email address pattern for the target company you are trying to reach.
3) Craft a compelling email to your contact by identifying who you are, how you found them, and what information you are seeking to uncover. People love talking about themselves, so if you ask questions about people's previous successes, they will be more willing to talk with you.
4) When you get a reply, you might try asking a few more questions or even suggest a short phone conversation be set-up. The goal of the conversation is to create rapport and show that you are a good person and might be a good fit for their company. If your contact offers to help forward your resume onto an internal recruiter/hiring manager, take them up on it, and thank them for their help.


Ideas from Iowa - Excel File with TONS of JOBS TOOLS!!! - (http://www.ideascale.com//userimages/sub-1/683551/Tools-for-Success.pdf)
Iowa Workforce Development surveyed our regional managers and WIA directors from across the state to find out what on-line tools they use. The list is large! We have attached an Excel spreadsheet listing the different tools recommended/used in each of the 15 regions. There is some duplication.


iSpeak Blog - (http://iseekinteractive.org/blog/)
iSpeak is a career and education information blog associated with Minnesota's ISEEK.org web site. The site covers a broad range of topics including: job search, dealing with job loss and the recession, green careers, working arrangements, career management, education planning and understanding labor market information.

iSpeak tackles timely and relevant topics with an interesting and informative approach.



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