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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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Advertising Research Foundation
American Assn. of Engineering Societies
Air Transport Assn. of America
American Assn. of Healthcare Consultants
Aluminum Association
American Accounting Assn.
American Apparel Manufacturers

American Assn. of Advertising Agencies
American Assn. of Engineering Societies
American Assn. of Healthcare Consultants
American Assn. for Higher Education
American Automobile Manufacturers Assn.
American Bankers Assn.
American Bar Assn.
American Booksellers Assn.
American Hospital Assn.
American Institute of Architects
American Institute of CPAs
American Institute of Chemical Engineers
American Institute of Contractors
American Marketing Assn.
American Society of Civil Engineers
American Society of Mechanical Engineers
American Textile Manufacturers Institute
Association of American Publishers
Associated Builders & Contractors
Assn. for Computing Machinery
Assn. for Manufacturing Technology
Biotechnology Industry Organization
Center for Software Development
College & University Personnel Assn.
Competitive Telecommunications Assn.
Electrochemical Society
Electronic Publishing Assn.
Fashion Group International
HTML Writers Guild
Insurance Information Institute
International Advertising Assn.
Int’l Assn. of Food Industry Suppliers
Marketing Research Assn.
National Aeronautic Assn.
National Assn. of Broadcasters
National Assn. of Credit Management
National Assn. of Personnel Services
National Assn. of Realtors
National Assn. of Tax Practitioners
National Glass Assn.
National Medical Assn.
National Paralegal Assn.
National Restaurant Assn.
National Retail Federation
National Society of Accountants
National Society of Professional Engineers
Printing Industries of America
Professional Aviation Maintenance Assn.
Public Relations Society of America
Securities Industry Assn.
Society for Information Management
Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration
Technical Assn. of Pulp & Paper Industry

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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
Nationwide Job offerings
Nationwide Entry-Level Jobs
Job Vacancies - USA
Contract Labor Jobs - USA
More Job Vacancies -USA
US Job Vacancies
Jobs in Washington, D.C.
Job in Chicago
More Chicago Jobs
Jobs in Akron, OH
Jobs in Cleveland, OH
Jobs in Indianapolis, Indiana
Jobs in Kansas City, Missouri
Jobs in Michigan
Jobs in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Jobs in Minnesota
Jobs in Ohio
Jobs in Nebraska
Jobs in St. Louis, Missouri
Jobs in Baltimore, MD
Jobs in Connecticut
Jobs in Washington, D.C.
Jobs in Long Island, NY
Jobs in Maine
Jobs in New England
Jobs in New Hampshire
Jobs in New Jersey
Jobs in New York City
More New York City Jobs
Jobs in Pennsylvania
Jobs in Philadelphia
Jobs in Alabama
Jobs in Birmingham, AL
Jobs in the Atlanta Area
Jobs in Florida
Jobs in Virginia
Jobs in Tennessee
Jobs in Arizona
Jobs in San Francisco Bay Area
Jobs in Los Angeles Area
Jobs in Colorado
Jobs in Nevada
Jobs in Las Vegas, NV
Management Jobs in Portland, OR
Jobs in San Antonio, TX
Jobs in Seattle, WA
More Seattle Jobs
Jobs in Texas
Jobs in Utah (also: utah jobs)
Jobs in the Sacramento, CA area
Jobs in San Diego, CA
Jobs in New Mexico
Jobs in Wyoming
Jobs Worldwide
Jobs in Australia
Jobs in Canada
Jobs in Europe
Jobs in Europe
Jobs in United Kingdom

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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
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.
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. 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.
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.
Over 5,000 advertising, marketing and sales vacancies listed. Search by job category, company, industry, location or keywords.
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.
A relative newcomer, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It had to happen sooner or later. An employment site for all those Apple Macintosh fanatics.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
America’s Job Bank (
Exec-U-Net (
Recruiters Online Network (

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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.


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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