“Assessment” Tools for Discovering and Articulating Strengths

http://www.reachcc.com/360reach   360 Reach Personal Branding assessment tool (Basic tool is free)

http://www.dependablestrengths.org/   Dependable Strengths (self-assessments)

http://www.strengthsfinder.com/home.aspx  Clifton StrengthsFinder  (1.0 and 2.0)  Code accessed through several books by  Marcus Buckingham, Douglas Clifton and/or Tom Rath (Gallup organization)

http://www.cappeu.com/Realise2.aspx  Realise2 (Marketed as a strengths assessment AND development tool)

http://viacharacter.org/www/   http://www.viacharacter.org/SURVEYS.aspx  VIA Classification and Inventory of Strengths (Billed as the scientific study of character, and the “backbone” of the science of positive psychology”


Articles on (and Definitions of) Social Media and Job Search Techniques

http://mashable.com/follow/search?q=job+search+and+social+media+2012&commit=Search   (a search on Mashable for job search and social media 2012)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_social_networking_websites  (pretty current)

http://www.job-hunt.org/social-networking/social-media.shtml  Social Media and Job Search



http://jobsearch.about.com/od/onlinecareernetworking/a/socialrecruiting.htm   Social recruiting and your job search,  by Alison Doyle
http://jobsearch.about.com/od/networking/a/socialmedia.htm  How to use social media in your job search,  by Alison Doyle





Top Social Networking Sites (and Articles, Reviews and Comparisons)




http://www.ebizmba.com/articles/social-networking-websites    (April 2012)

http://social-networking-websites-review.toptenreviews.com/  2012 Social networking Website Comparisons



http://www.fastcompany.com/1818177/the-unexpected-way-to-use-your-social-network-strategically article by Don Peppers


For more current, and very lively, discussions of job search, resume techniques, cover letters and anything job-search related, look at LinkedIn’s  Career Central Group – managed by Phil Rosenberg (an uber-connector, recruiter and prolific writer of inflammatory articles on related topics)


http://www.preptel.com/resources/   company has developed an ATS-look-alike computer process (called Resumeter) to “grade” resumes for “Fit” with a job description – claims that ATS determines the keywords and phrases used (for Resumeter™, sign up for 7 days free – normally $25/month after that)
…Articles of particular interest on the resources part of the site  “Technology: Foe or Friend?”
Information cited:
…At most companies, computers read your resume, not humans.
…About 75% of resumes are discarded for low word match..
…More than 20% of resumes have formatting issues (per machines).
…Only 1% of total applicants get an interview.
…worthy of a news flash: Today, most employers no longer share your résumé with hiring managers. Hiring managers receive a summary report generated by Applicant Tracking System (ATS) software that removes bias-causing problems, tracks EEOC compliance and performance, and supposedly levels the playing field across the applicant pool. Regardless of how your clients are getting into the company – friend, job board, recruiter, or online application – everyone goes through these ATS systems
….A survey of more than 300 biotech and health care job seekers showed only 20% knew the importance of keywords and the correct way to use them strategically in a résumé. About 80% knew the importance of doing pre-interview company research, but none of them thought about using that research to devise and derive keywords to use in their résumé.
— Quotes above from http://www.preptel.com/resources/   by Jon Ciampi


Also see  http://wordle.net   Word Cloud tool


For continuing information on the topic later, see Seattle Career Trainer   ( http://seattlecareertrainer.com/blog/ )