Jobs Out of the Blue | CareerAlley

It is better to be beautiful than to be good. But… it is better to be good than to be ugly.” – Oscar Wilde
The best thing about job search is the worst thing, you just never know where your next job will come from. A former colleague of mine had been looking for a job for over a year after being a casualty of the “Great Recession”. I’ve been lucky enough to have never been out of work for more than a few months, but even a few weeks can feel like a lifetime when you are out of work and don’t know where you next paycheck will come from. Anyway, back to my friend. So, he finally finds a pretty good job at a major financial institution and a few short weeks later he gets offered another very good job at a more prestigious company, out of the blue. It’s almost like show business, where someone becomes an “overnight sensation” (after having clawed their way to the top over 30 years). Rarely does anyone become an overnight sensation or find a job overnight. But the point is, you never know where your next break will come from so the best bet is to look at every opportunity no matter how remote the chance. Today’s post is a mix and match of job search resources, information and leads. Take a look because you just never know . . .
  • 100 Best Career Posts for Recent College Grads – Tons of job search resources for the recent college grad (100 to be exact). While many of these articles are geared to college grads, most of the advice applies to everyone. Posted by onlinedegreeprograms, the article provides a brief one-liner for each site with links to the detailed articles. Topics such as resume writing, internships, interview mistakes and more. And, coincidentally (not), number 29 on the list is CareerAlley.
  • The 10 Worst Social Media Mistakes That Will Prevent You From Landing a Job – It’s always nice to learn what not to do before you do it (rather than learning the hard way). This article, posted on, provides some great advice on what not to do on social networks (and hopefully it is not too late for you). In addition to providing great advice, each tip has an embedded link which leads to a related article. There are additional resources on the left hand side of the page, with articles and links. Top of the page has a link to career guides.
  • College Times – This site is dedicated to college students and the link at the start of this paragraph leads to their careers page. There are links at the top of the page for Browse All Jobs, Job Preparation Tips, Job Negotiation Tips and more. Below this is two search engines, one for “on campus jobs” and one for “off campus jobs”. Center page is a listing of the latest jobs posted on the site, and you can use a “Full Time”, “Part Time” or “Freelance’ filter. The site is definitely worth a look.
  • 100 Useful Social Sites for Every Kind of Job Seeker – Seems like a good match, 100 useful social sites and the link above for social site mistakes. This article is posted on and has sections for the top job search sites, sites for college grads, Resume help, Job Prep and Research and so much more. Each topic has a list of 10 or more links related to the topic.
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  • Top 10 Cities to get your first job –   You know what they say, “a picture is worth a thousand jobs” (or was that “words”). This link provides an interesting graphic on average monthly salary and rent in the top 10 cities. There is also a list of top hiring companies at the bottom of the page.
  • Studio Blue – A job search blog, there are lots of great articles on a variety of job related topics
Good luck in your search.