Mini web guide: Careers

Whether you're searching for a new job or just looking for some helpful career hints, the web hosts a wealth of good information. Here are a few US-based sites to get you started.

          Whether you're searching for a new job or just looking for some helpful career hints, the web hosts a wealth of good information. Below are a few US-based sites to get you started.

          PS: Most career sites are good at protecting your privacy, so if you post your résumé online, rest assured it will be protected from prying HR eyes.

          www.careerjournal.com

          This site, brought to you by The Wall Street Journal, offers a number of useful features, including classifieds, salary and hiring information, job hunting advice, and a database where interested parties can view your résumé.

          Q&As with recruiting company executives provide interesting content. The interviews cover topics like the state of the executive job market and the troubled e-business sector.

          The site also offers links to other good career sites, such as CollegeJournal.com and CareerJournal Europe and Asia. CareerJournal gets its content from The Wall Street Journal, other Dow Jones publications and a number of partners, including executive recruiting company Futurestep.

          www.economist.com/globalexecutive

          The Economist's career website, the Global Executive, is produced in conjunction with Whitehead Mann, an executive recruiting company headquartered in London. While the Global Executive does not have the same depth as CareerJournal.com, it does have useful information presented in a simple manner.

          The site's main sections are labeled Executive Thinking, Manage Your Career and Toolkit. There is a list of classifieds, résumé-writing advice and a link that allows you to submit a résumé to Whitehead Mann. The subsection on Executive Search Firms includes articles describing search firms, advice on how to choose one and a glossary of recruiter jargon. Other features include a salary calculator, management book recommendations and information on business education.

          www.chiefmonster.com

          ChiefMonster is the executive counterpart to the popular Monster.com website. To use the site, executives first have to qualify by answering a series of questions about job title, compensation and education, to name a few.

          The site allows users to search a job database and set up a search agent that notifies them when jobs that fit their list of specifications become available. There's no need to worry about confidentiality at this site because executives can choose from three levels of privacy for their information; the highest level sets up a dummy email address where interested companies can contact you.

          ChiefMonster has other features, including interview questions and recommended answers, a place to sign up for Monster's weekly email newsletter and a link to Monster.com's moving resources. The Reading Room offers content on a variety of business subjects and summaries of business books. The cost is $US250 per year, or $US9 for an individual summary. The Recruiter Directory is a service that sends résumés out to selected recruiters for $US99.

          The websites of executive recruiters tend to offer less content and fewer job listings than the sites mentioned above, but many offer useful resources like newsletters, studies andquestion-and-answer sections. Three examples are Christian Timbers, Spencer Stuart and AT Kearney Executive Search.

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