Job Seeker Resources

This is a quick-start list of resources for job seekers. I have presented information to job groups about utilizing job boards. For a presentation regarding reference checking - what candidates need to know,please click here. For additional and concise resources for people who have just been laid off, please click here

Additional Resources for Job Seekers
Bay Area Tech Wire (mailing list with great updates)
The Deal (VC funding, other notices, email subscription)
Venture Wire (Info on privately held companies and a series of email lists)
50 Job Posting Sites Connecting Recruiters to New Talent

Networking Groups
Churchill Club
Commonwealth Club
WorkIt (networking events throughout the area)
CSix Connect (networking luncheon and mailing list)

Additional groups and some help from the government:
One Stop Locator
Taproot is a nonprofit organization that enables people to volunteer for businesses that need help. It's a way for you to gain current experience, fill in some blanks on your resume and expand your network.

Resume and Cover Letter Templates
HLoom (cover letter templates)


Some of the following downloads are in PDF format. If you don't have the latest Adobe Reader, please download the reader.

Marcia Stein's Downloads for Job Seekers:
    Addressing Common Job Search Questions
    Fundamentals for Effective Use of LinkedIn
    Reference Checking - What Candidates Need to Know
    Successful Interview Skills
    Utilizing Job Boards

Jenny Kahn, PHR has two LinkedIn downloads, both PowerPoints with different topics. LinkedIn: Beyond Basics and LinkedIn: Successful Profiles. NOTES: LI changes the interface and adds functions on a regular basis. Some slides may not reflect the latest, but you can still find the information on LI.  Jenny is an open networker so link to her and view her other presentations on her profile.

Dan Harris was on our panel about recruiting and here are his resources for job seekers and recruiters:

    For Jobseekers:

    For Recruiters: search through LinkedIn Group Members

Our group had a special event for job seekers in April, 2009, and two of the speakers provided files for us. NOTE: Scroll down in each handout and you will find a tremendous amount of information.

For selling and job search: "Cold Calling Techniques (That really work!)" by Stephan Schiffman
Great book about job searching, interviewing, general info with lots of sample questions/answers in the back: "Knock 'em Dead" by Martin Yate

Some private coaches with books or mailing lists:

Carol Martin is an interview coach and has written several books.

Need focus in your career decisions/job hunt? "What Color is Your Parachute" by Richard Bolles. His website is a supplemental site, not meant to replace the book.
KITLIST: This is an email listing of open positions primarily in the Silicon Valley (Some are outside of California or even the country.) If you subscribe, you are only allowed to post open positions. If you send in anything else you'll be dropped and banned from further participation. Best advise: subscribe to the daily digest and only read. DON'T POST!
REMEMBER THIS: STUDIES SHOW THAT APPROXIMATELY 80-90% OF ALL POSITIONS ARE FOUND VIA NETWORKING! My experience in recruiting and tracking staffing would agree with this data.

Disclaimer: This site contains links to other Internet sites. These links are not endorsements of any products or services in such sites, and no information in such sites has been endorsed or approved by this site.

Visit our Associates and Advertising Page