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INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS & THEIR URLs

One of the most reliable and easy-to-use job resource for gathering accurate information about a particular industry, the current trends of the industry, and clues as to where the hiring may be occurring, is the industry's association Internet web site.
 
For your job search, we have provided a starter list of web sites for some prominent industries. This list is very selective, but can be expanded in a big way and tailored to your own career pursuits by using one or both of the following respected industry directories: Encyclopedia of Associations, a 7-volume set published by Gale Research, or the National Trade & Professional Associations of the United States, published by Columbia Books of Washington, D.C., each of which can found at most public and university libraries.

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Job Search Links
Advertising Research Foundation
www.arfsite.org
American Assn. of Engineering Societies
www.aaes.org
Air Transport Assn. of America
www.air-transport.org
American Assn. of Healthcare Consultants
www.aahc.net
Aluminum Association
www.aluminum.org
American Accounting Assn.
www.aaa-edu.org
American Apparel Manufacturers
www.americanapparel.org

American Assn. of Advertising Agencies
www.aaaa.org
American Assn. of Engineering Societies
www.aaes.org
American Assn. of Healthcare Consultants
www.aahc.net
American Assn. for Higher Education
www.aahe.org
American Automobile Manufacturers Assn.
www.aama.com
American Bankers Assn.
www.aba.org
American Bar Assn.
www.abanet.org
American Booksellers Assn.
www.bookweb.org
American Hospital Assn.
www.aha.org
American Institute of Architects
www.aicnet.org
American Institute of CPAs
www.aicpa.org
American Institute of Chemical Engineers
www.aiche.org
American Institute of Contractors
www.aicnet.org
American Marketing Assn.
www.ama.org
American Society of Civil Engineers
www.asce.org
American Society of Mechanical Engineers
www.asme.org
American Textile Manufacturers Institute
www.atmi.org
Association of American Publishers
www.publishers.org
Associated Builders & Contractors
www.abc.org
Assn. for Computing Machinery
www.acm.org
Assn. for Manufacturing Technology
www.mfgtech.org
Biotechnology Industry Organization
www.bio.org
Center for Software Development
www.center.org
College & University Personnel Assn.
www.cupa.org
Competitive Telecommunications Assn.
www.comptel.org
Electrochemical Society
www.electrochem.org
Electronic Publishing Assn.
www.epanonline.com
Fashion Group International
www.fgi.org
HTML Writers Guild
www.hwg.org
Insurance Information Institute
www.iii.org
International Advertising Assn.
www.iaaglobal.org
Int’l Assn. of Food Industry Suppliers
www.iafis.org
Marketing Research Assn.
www.mra-net.org
National Aeronautic Assn.
www.naa.ycg.org
National Assn. of Broadcasters
www.nab.org
National Assn. of Credit Management
www.nacm.org
National Assn. of Personnel Services
www.napsweb.com
National Assn. of Realtors
www.realtor.com
National Assn. of Tax Practitioners
www.natpax.com
National Glass Assn.
www.glass.org
National Medical Assn.
www.nmanet.org
National Paralegal Assn.
www.nationalparalegal.org
National Restaurant Assn.
www.restaurant.org
National Retail Federation
www.nrf.com
National Society of Accountants
www.nsacct.org
National Society of Professional Engineers
www.nspe.org
Printing Industries of America
www.printing.org
Professional Aviation Maintenance Assn.
www.pama.org
Public Relations Society of America
www.prsa.org
Securities Industry Assn.
www.sia.com
Society for Information Management
www.simnet.org
Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration
www.smenet.org
Technical Assn. of Pulp & Paper Industry
www.tappi.org

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INTERNET NEWSGROUPS

Job hunters are missing out on one of the most valuable Internet resources for personal networking, information gathering and discovering current job vacancies if they fail to use Newsgroups. Currently, there are almost 250 Newsgroups presenting job vacancy listings and they cover everything from full time, part time and temporary positions to home-based, feeelance and consulting work.

Many web surfers are intimidated by Newsgroups, especially newcomers, because they are unfamiliar with the “netiquette,” or rules, of newsgroup communications and the fact that many of the newsgroups have moderators who control the posting process. Nevertheless, serious job hunters and career changers should transcend these apprehensions and take advantage of newsgroups. It’s really very easy. Assuming you have a traditional Internet connection, you need only to access a newsreader. The newsreader is a tool for organizing all of the Newsgroups and allows you to post a message to a Newsgroup’s message board. Both Internet Explorer and Netscape have built-in newsreaders. Here are a few selected Newsgroups with vacant job listings to get you started:

Nationwide (US)
USA Job Opportunities
alt.bestjobsusa
Nationwide Job offerings
misc.jobs.offered
Nationwide Entry-Level Jobs
misc.jobs.offered.entry
Job Vacancies - USA
us.jobs
Contract Labor Jobs - USA
us.jobs.contract
More Job Vacancies -USA
us.jobs.misc.
US Job Vacancies
us.jobs.offered
Jobs in Washington, D.C.
dc.jobs
Midwest
Job in Chicago
chi.jobs
More Chicago Jobs
chi.jobs.offered
Jobs in Akron, OH
akr.jobs
Jobs in Cleveland, OH
cle.jobs
Jobs in Indianapolis, Indiana
in.jobs
Jobs in Kansas City, Missouri
kc.jobs
Jobs in Michigan
mi.jobs
Jobs in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
milw.jobs
Jobs in Minnesota
mn.jobs
Jobs in Ohio
oh.jobs
Jobs in Nebraska
nebr.jobs
Jobs in St. Louis, Missouri
stl.jobs
Mid-Atlantic/Northeast
Jobs in Baltimore, MD
balt.jobs
Jobs in Connecticut
ct.jobs
Jobs in Washington, D.C.
dc.jobs
Jobs in Long Island, NY
li.jobs
Jobs in Maine
me.jobs
Jobs in New England
ne.jobs
Jobs in New Hampshire
nh.jobs
Jobs in New Jersey
nj.jobs
Jobs in New York City
nyc.jobs
More New York City Jobs
nyc.jobs.offered
Jobs in Pennsylvania
pa.jobs.offered
Jobs in Philadelphia
phl.jobs.offered
Southeast
Jobs in Alabama
alabama.jobs
Jobs in Birmingham, AL
alabama.birmingham.jobs
Jobs in the Atlanta Area
atl.jobs
Jobs in Florida
fl.jobs
Jobs in Virginia
va.jobs
Jobs in Tennessee
tnn.jobs
West/Southwest
Jobs in Arizona
az.jobs
Jobs in San Francisco Bay Area
ba.jobs
Jobs in Los Angeles Area
la.jobs
Jobs in Colorado
co.jobs
Jobs in Nevada
nv.jobs
Jobs in Las Vegas, NV
vegas.jobs
Management Jobs in Portland, OR
pdaxs.jobs.management
Jobs in San Antonio, TX
sat.jobs
Jobs in Seattle, WA
seattle.jobs
More Seattle Jobs
seattle.jobs.offered
Jobs in Texas
tx.jobs
Jobs in Utah
ut.jobs (also: utah jobs)
Jobs in the Sacramento, CA area
sac.jobs
Jobs in San Diego, CA
sdnet.jobs
Jobs in New Mexico
nm.jobs
Jobs in Wyoming
wyo.jobs
International
Jobs Worldwide
alt.jobs.overseas
Jobs in Australia
aus.ads.jobs
Jobs in Canada
can.jobs
Jobs in Europe
euro.jobs
Jobs in Europe
eunet.jobs
Jobs in United Kingdom
uk.jobs

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SELECTED INTERNET JOB BOARDS

It takes a lot of nerve these days to list particular Internet job boards, much less recommend visiting them. The Internet continues to be a very volatile environment where URLs come and go as frequently as the rising and falling of the ocean tides. The following job boards are interesting and unique in some way, and most of them have been around long enough to say that their presence is reasonably stable. They make for a helpful counterpoint to the large and very prominent generic job boards like Monster.com.

www.floridacareerlink.com
Voted Florida’s No. 1 employment site. Listings include all industries and are updated weekly. Excellent links to other career sites, recruiters and resources like career fairs, etc.

www.cfonet.com
Featured financial jobs from CFO Magazine. Not a lot of jobs in terms of quantity, but all of them are executive-level. If a candidate has filled out a professional profile, CFOnet will e-mail matching job listings directly as they are announced.

www.bankjobs.com
Bankjobs.com typically has more than 5,000 banking jobs listed. It hosts job listings for several well-known financial and banking firms such as the newly-merged First Union and Wachovia organizations. The site is updated twice a week and allows job seekers to post their résumés anonymously.

www.fincareer.com
Offers a wide range of financial positions ranging from entry-level to senior executive in sales, risk management, financial research, trading operations and investment marketing.. Many of the listings are from major financial organizations such as Chase Manhattan, Merrill Lynch, and J.P. Morgan.

www.marketingjobs.com
Over 5,000 advertising, marketing and sales vacancies listed. Search by job category, company, industry, location or keywords.

www.aviationemployment.com
A small site in term of number of jobs listed at any one time, but nevertheless a quality place to look if your career is in the aerospace or aviation industry.

www.brainbuzz.com
A relative newcomer, brainbuzz.com has earned a well-deserved reputation as one of the most powerful sites for connecting information technology (IT) professionals with the best jobs in the industry. Innovative and a leader in providing cutting-edge skills assessments and educational resources in addition to job listings.

www.bio.com
BioOnline not only features over 1,000 jobs, it’s value is enhanced by the fact that it provides valuable links to industry news and an open forum discussion area for networking.

www.computerjobs.com
A site that is growing by leaps and bounds, fueled by the explosion in high-tech information processing. More than 20,000 jobs that can be searched by job category, location and keyword. Has a résumé matching feature, too.

www.dice.com
A well-respected site for finding information technology (IT) career positions. Lists over 200,000 vacant positions and has an e-mail feature to notify registered users of new listings.

www.hightechcareers.com
This is the web presence for High Technology Careers Magazine. It is an excellent site for researching high tech career fields. Believe it or not, the site offers access to more than a half-million articles plus an unsurpassed database of high tech employer profiles.

www.mactalent.com
It had to happen sooner or later. An employment site for all those Apple Macintosh fanatics.

www.selectjobs.com
An unusual site in that it is a combine of over a dozen other Internet career sites. Job listings are focused in computer and high tech careers, and typically number over 5,000 vacant positions. Lots of recruiters and employment agencies to deal with, but still a valuable site to visit.

chronicle.com/jobs
Safe to say this is the No. 1 site on the Internet for academic careers. Usually has 1,000 or more faculty, administrative and executive jobs for U.S. colleges and universities.

www.jobsfed.com
Web presence for Federal Job Digest, featuring over 5,000 federal and private sector positions. Lots of extra services like hotlines and job matching service.

www.healthcaresource.com
A high-quality site for the healthcare industry with more than 1,000 current vacancies. Has helpful links to professional associations, career resources and healthcare industry sites. Can be searched by job category or job title, industry and geographical location.

www.medzilla.com
Typically has more than 2,500 vacant positions in science, biotechnology and healthcare. Has helpful links to employer web sites, general information on the healthcare industry as well as articles on job searching.

www.physemp.com
One of the oldest and most reliable web sites for medical and healthcare professionals, from physicians to nurses and health practitioners. Usually has about 5,000 positions from across the U.S.

www.shrm.org/jobs
The official site of the Society for Human Resource Management. Top quality listings, usually more than 1,000, mostly U.S. but a few international. Helps to be a member of SHRM to get full use of this site.

www.oillink.com
An essential resource for people pursuing careers in the petroleum, gas and mining industries. Many major oil companies post their vacancies here. A very valuable site for industry news and links to related newsgroups, associations and government sites.

www.lawjobs.com
This site is sponsored by the American Lawyer Media, which publishes a number of legal industry newspapers and journals. Usually has over 200 vacancy listings, but more importantly, has links to recruiters, temp agencies and classified ads.

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ONLINE JOB BOARDS MOST FREQUENTLY USED BY
COMPANY RECRUITERS & EXECUTIVE SEARCH FIRMS

According to a recent survey taken by a respected polling firm, the following seven Internet job boards are the hottest with the professional and corporate recruiters.

Monster.com Headhunter.com
America’s Job Bank (www.ajb.org)
Exec-U-Net (www.execunet.com)
Recruiters Online Network (www.recruitersonline.com)

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THE JOB HUNTER'S CHECK LIST


Define Yourself

You must have a clear vision of who you are in the workplace-from the employer's perspective. Employers hire for value. Survey your skills, education and work experience for the value that answers the employer's question, "What can you do for me?", or "Why should I hire you (and not one of these other candidates)?"

  • Make a list of the specific abilities, specialized knowledge, technical know-how and people/communication skills that you bring to the table in exchange for wages.

  • Give thought to your personal values and life interests to make sure they are compatible with the areas of employment you are considering.


Examine the World of Work

At any given time there are identifiable trends in the world of work. Some economic activities are on the increase, driven by technology or market demands while other areas have reached a plateau, or maybe are sliding toward obsolescence. Focus your job hunting efforts toward those industries which are experiencing the greatest growth or change, and are upward-trending.

  • Learn to use electronic resources like INFOTRAC and Business Newsbank Plus to efficiently identify the "movers and shakers" who are most likely to be hiring TODAY.

  • Check out your local library for business information resources like The American Business Disc (CD-ROM) or Dun and Bradstreet's Microcosm (microfiche) to identify the "players" in your local business community.


Prepare Personal Marketing Documents

Next to your driver's license, your résumé(s) and cover letter(s) are the most important documents in your working life. Spare no amount of time and money in preparing them. Remember: The purpose of these documents is to secure a personal interview-no interview, no job! The most competitive moment in the whole job hunting process is when your résumé is competing against hundreds of others for the few initial interviews that will be granted.

  • The résumé is not a job application form! It is advertising media promoting a product-YOU. It should be upbeat, focused in the talent areas most valued by the prospective employer, and totally professional in presentation and appearance.

  • Computer typeset your résumé and print it on a high quality paper, preferably a 24 lb. linen paper. Keep in mind that your résumé may be computer scanned, so keep formating simple and avoid desktop publishing gimmicks.

  • Proofread your résumé several times for errors, and also have one or two friends read it not only to check for spelling errors, but coherence and organization as well. Typos, incorrect words and lack of organization suggest poor education, ignorance, lack of attention to detail and sloppiness.


Contact Quality Employers

Use the information gained from surveying the world of work to identify specific employers, then use every method available to contact them.

  • Information is the key to uncovering the "hidden job market." Any resource or method that is not used will result in missing quality job opportunities.

  • There is no one perfect method or technique for identifying and contacting prospective employers. The success rate of a particular method varies depending upon a myriad of factors including industry type, market demand, size of business community, nature of the work sought, and others.

  • Leave no stone unturned: use industry research and focused direct mail, personal networking, automated job lines, Internet job sites, recruiters and employment agencies, career fairs, state employment resources and telemarketing to spread the word of your availability. Remember: the greater the number of companies and people that know you are available, the greater the number of interviews you will get.

Practice Interviewing

Be prepared for a telephone interview, an increasingly common screening device. Do your "homework" on a company before returning their call to set up an interview. Prepare "prompt cards" summarizing what you know about the company and to help field the most likely questions about your abilities.

  • Read a good book on interviewing. Two favorites: 101 Great Answers to the Toughest Interview Questions, by Ron Fry, and Sweaty Palms-The Neglected Art of Being Interviewed, by Anthony Medley.

Interviewing

Ask your most important questions in the first 5-10 minutes of the interview, then let the interviewer run the show. Your initial questions should be aimed at finding out as much as possible about the vacant position. Thus armed, you are better able to understand and answer the questions that follow in the interview.

  • Always, always follow-up the interview with a brief, courteous letter. This letter may also be used as an opportunity to clear up or amplify some point that arose during the interview. End the letter with assurances that you are very much interested in the position, and would take it if offered.

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