The beginning of March celebrated ‘National Careers Week’ which although mostly focused at the younger generations is a great way to highlight the wealth of career resources around to help you. There are some great resources out there and a lot are free, however if you don’t know what you are looking for you may never find them!  So, to help you out Saffron has picked out the very best for you and our recommendations on what you should be accessing during 2015 to advance your career. 

Happy internet surfing! 

 

1. Career Inspiration & Personal Development

TED Talks – videos of inspiring speakers on a whole range of topics, new topics added daily 

Harvard Business Review – interesting news articles on the latest research in business & management

LinkedIn – not only do we highly recommend LinkedIn for networking and finding jobs it is also great to read blogs, follow inspirational thought leaders and join professional groups

Meetup.com  – find local networking groups in your area, everything from bookclubs and pubcrawls to business competitions and professional networking

Career & Personality Quizzes – great distraction on your lunch break! Find out your leadership style or how to tame that annoying personality trait. There are lots of sites that offer these and we often tweet them (follow @CareerCircus) but for starters why not try Psychologies.co.uk  

 

2. Industry Insights & Information

Guardian Careers  – a great resource with real career insight and blogs from insiders and also live Q&A panels on Thursdays. Lots of information added daily so subscribe to their newsletter

Professional Bodies – Utilise the professional body for your profession/industry. As a student or full member you can attend events, use their job searches and become a member to get discounts on everyday items such as car insurance (don’t know which is yours then find out through TotalProfessions.com) Also useful to find out which training providers are accredited in your industry and recommended professional development courses and to access industry mentor programmes

 

3. Career Advice & Support

If you are unemployed: The Job Centre & local career centres (for example MyGo in Ipswich for 16-24 year olds) plus Citizen Advice Bureau are there to help get you back in to employment

If you are Under 18: access National Careers Service for entry level jobs profiles and info on Apprenticeships and Training requirements plus links to more interactive career sites aimed at young people

Graduate/professional Job profiles: Times Top 100 and The Guardian 300 list the top graduate employers. TargetJobs & Milkround are good for finding internships and graduate scheme opportunities. Graduate specific job profiles and recruitment support is available through forums and sites such as: Glassdoor, Wikijob, Assessment Day & Prospects

University Career Services – most Universities continue to support their alumni or have open access website with excellent career information such as LSE Careers website for expert international resources

Finding jobs: There are hundreds of ways to do this and you will need to tailor to the level of job and industry you are aiming at. Recruitment agencies may be one way as well as job search engines. We recommend you also use your network and contact organisations direct

Independent Career Support: Like us here at Career Circus there are lots of professional organisations that offer impartial and expert career advice and consultancy. Check out Career Circus ‘Career Resources’ page for all our Toolkits and handy templates and resources. Contact us if you would like to book a one to one appointment or attend one of our events to get more specific advice. 

 

We hope you find these lists useful. Please let us know how you get on and if there are any sites you recommend we add to the list then tell us and we will review them and add them to our Career Resources pages if we agree 😉 

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