In addition to my previous articles on 5 podcasts and 6 websites for career-minded women, I’ve put together 4 miscellaneous career resources that are online for those who can’t get enough of career content! (You may notice that LinkedIn is not included in this list. That’s because there are already a plethora of articles on the benefits of LinkedIn, so the topic is well-covered. Absolutely use LinkedIn as a resource, in addition to the 4 resources listed below.)
4 Online Resources for Career Advice
I’ve found that career-oriented Facebook groups can offer a lot in terms of learning from others, sharing resources, and networking. You can get as specific (CHHA jobs in North Jersey) or as broad (Career Advice) as you need. So in between tagging friends in memes and watching food videos, look into joining a community of professional women sharing ideas, asking questions, and inspiring each other. To get you started, below are three groups I’m a part of:
New skills don’t just come from college classes, jobs, and internships. Online courses are great career resources for you to expand your skill set and challenge yourself. Taking these classes in your free time can demonstrate initiative and a passion for improvement, and there’s no need to depend on an external opportunity to do it. There are many websites offering free courses on a wide variety of topics, and most of them have free options. Once a class is completed, it’s a great addition to your resume and LinkedIn. This can be especially helpful if you’re trying to transition into a new field and don’t yet have any experience.
Here are 3 websites you could use to find online courses:
Pinterest isn’t just for DIY crafts and recipes! I’ve found some of the greatest career resources through Pinterest, and I use it to organize all the articles I find about career navigation. There are impactful infographics on every topic you could need (resumes, networking, interviewing, promotions, etc.), and resources for every step of the way (from figuring out what you want to do, to how to manage your department). Having a dedicated board to career information has been so helpful when Google overwhelms me with limitless results on every question I have. You can also pin interview outfits, pictures of your dream company, photos of Beyoncé for motivation, whatever works! (Here’s my Career Advice board, for reference)
Notes from the Universe
While this isn’t exactly a career-oriented resource, this daily email newsletter has been a thought-provoking and reassuring addition to my inbox. Some days, the messages you receive will feel like they were written just for you and whatever you’re going through. If you’re having a rough day at work or getting frustrated with your job search, having this inspiring newsletter to break up all the emails from Indeed can be a breath of fresh air and keep you motivated on this journey. Signing up is free and simple.
Erin Ford is a public relations account executive and has been blogging for many years. While attending Penn State, she discovered a love for Women’s Studies, which she found empowering and illuminating, and graduated with a minor in the subject. Since then, she finds fulfillment in speaking up about issues impacting women and girls, and believes that through honest conversations everyone can be empowered to do the same.