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The five best career blogs

Isaac Klein is the CEO of Home Office Careers and NGM Media LLC. As an internet entrepreneur, Isaac is always creating innovative ways to better help people and businesses. In his spare time he enjoys; being with family, playing sports and helping several charitable organizations.

The Top 5 Career Blogs are great online resources that we, here at Home Office Careers, recommend to our members. The Top 5 Career Blogs are insightful, full of passion and commitment to helping people: find jobs, start new careers, write better resumes, improve interviewing skills, networking and much more. Whether you are in the middle of your career, just getting started or you’ve been at this for a long time, regardless of where you are in your life – you will find very useful information in these resources.

There are thousands of good career blogs and resources to find information about how to get a job or improve your interview techniques. There are career blogs targeted for specific niches and there are others that are more main stream and have a wide appeal. To help our members here at Home Office Careers find the best information for their careers, we have created a Top 5 Career Blog List. Now, this isn’t to say that there are not many other fabulous career blogs online, so what we did was find 5 really unique and helpful sites that we thought would be among the 5 best to recommend to our members.

 

The five best career blogs

The Top 5 Career Blogs are listed below in alphabetical order. I would like to congratulate each of these blogs, their owners and writers that put so much time and effort into creating the content that helps people and their careers!

 

The Top 5 Career Blogs

CAREEREALISM

Classy Career Girl

Kathy Caprino

Ms. Career Girl

Undercover Recruiter

 

Each of the winners was interviewed with a few general questions about their career blog. Here is information about these resources and how they came to be so popular:

 

CAREEREALISM

CAREEREALISM is a fun and exciting blog to help your career. I really like the CAREEREALISM site layout and the warm welcoming feel it has. I was immediately drawn to their career quiz pages where they provide a Free career quiz to provide candidates with a step by step career plan. CAREEREALISM has a team of coaches that can provide insight and guidance for your career. CAREEREALISM is a must read blog if you looking for help and counseling to guide your career.

We would like to thank Ariella Coombs, Director of Content Strategy & Creation for her responses to our questions.



1.) How long have you been providing career help to users?

Since 2009

2.) How and why did you start blogging about career advice and what has been the most personally satisfying part since starting your blog?

J.T. O’Donnell founded CAREEREALISM on the belief that “every job is temporary.” People no longer expect to work in the same job their entire lives. However, most people don’t understand job search and how to do it correctly. Unfortunately, we were taught everything in school except how to get a job. CAREEREALISM and her sister site, CareerHMO, teach professionals how to market themselves to employers and find jobs they love. Helping people find satisfying work is the most rewarding part of working for CAREEREALISM.

3.) What is the best piece of advice you ever got in pursuing your career goals?

Believe in yourself, or no one else will.

4.) If you could share your #1 piece of career advice for our members, what would it be?

Stop spending all of your time applying to jobs online. It’s incredibly hard to stand out. Instead, think about the top 10 companies you want to work for and start networking your way in. Networking is the most effective way to get the jobs you want.

 

Classy Career Girl

Classy career Girl is a beautiful blog that serves as a one stop shop for providing information about how to start a job or a business and other ways to make a living. I love the clean and simple feel of the Classy Career Girl site. I was drawn to their Free Resources page, which has some very useful career information. Classy career Girl might have a feminine theme, but the information is just as useful to men too – everyone will benefit from the Classy career Girls blog.

Classy Career Girl is a blog written by Anna Runyan. She helps women find careers they love and start businesses they love in 90 days or less.

 

1.) How long have you been providing career help to users?

In the past, I used to live a double life – working a day job I hated and then coming home and being a “job applicant” after work and on weekends. I was totally stuck and didn’t know how to get out.  I didn’t even care what jobs I applied to, all I knew is that I needed to get out!  It took years for me to finally figure out that applying to jobs online didn’t work because I needed to understand myself better first.  And as soon as I did that, that dream job just starting popping up left and right.  Eventually, I didn’t even have to apply for jobs because those jobs would just come to me. It took me a long time to figure out but I realized the simple tool of learning more about myself through networking and self-assessment.  Knowing myself better has helped me nail interviews so much better than before when I was shy, introverted and had no idea what I wanted to do with my life.

I started my blog, ClassyCareerGirl.com (http://www.Classycareergirl.com), in March 2010 to document what I was learning during business school at The Rady School of Management at UCSD and at my full-time job. (I am still not quite sure how I managed an MBA, a full-time job and a growing blog…. but somehow I did!) I quickly found that what I was learning was helping other professionals as well. After just a few months, Classycareergirl.com was named one of the top 50 up and coming HR blogs for career development and I quickly discovered her “passion project.”

2.) How and why did you start blogging about career advice and what has been the most personally satisfying part since starting your blog?

After graduating with my MBA, my career coaching plans were hatched while working as an Adjunct Professor at my company, Booz Allen Hamilton. I taught employees how to find career satisfaction by identifying their interests, motivations and skills.  While teaching that class, I discovered my own interests were coaching, mentoring and influencing others.  From that day on, I had one career in mind, a career coach and I went for it!

I finally realized that I absolutely loved helping people find careers they love and learn how to be satisfied in their work. I could do this all day, everyday and never get sick of it!

But, I was still stuck in a job I wasn’t happy in.  I would wake up at 5am to work on my career blog, go to my full-time job and then come home at night and work on my blog some more.  I realized that I could work on my blog 24/7 and it would never be considered “work” because I was so passionate about it.

Then, in 2012, after paying off more than $80,000 of debt with my husband, I made a decision to decrease my hours consulting to part-time so that I could focus on other opportunities that excited and challenged me.  A month after I made my decision, an opportunity to teach Career Development to undergraduate students popped up at DeVry University.  This position was 100% the perfect fit for my dream career of career coaching.

I realized that once you say no to those things in life that are holding you back, and free up more room and space for awesome things to come your way, doors will start opening.

3.) What is the best piece of advice you ever got in pursuing your career goals?

Don’t be afraid to ask. People can’t help you if they don’t know what you need.  The only way you will reach your career goals and success you want is to go out there and start talking to people. You can’t do it behind a computer.  It’s hard, especially if you are an introvert like me, but doors will start opening and you will gain a lot more confidence by talking to people in career fields that you want to go into someday.

 

Kathy Caprino

The Kathy Caprino blog is all about helping woman find careers that will make them happy. Kathy Caprino is a guru for woman’s careers and she has been featured in countless media outlets throughout the country. Kathy is a public speaker, a leader and inspiration. The website is very visually appealing and easy to navigate, making Kathy Caprino’s career blog an easy Top 5 for our list. When you subscribe to the Kathy Caprino newsletter you will receive a Free Career Self-Assessment and a lot of great advice.

We would like to thank Kathy Caprino, founder of the Kathy Caprino blog and Women’s Success Accelerator, Speaker & Leadership Trainer, for her responses to our questions.

 

1) How long have you been providing career help to users?

I’ve been supporting men and women to “dig deep, discover their right work, and illuminate the world with it” for 11 years now. After a brutal layoff in the days following 9/11, I finally left my unhappy corporate life,, earned a Master’s degree in marriage and family therapy, and became a therapist and career coach. In 2006, I began focusing intensively on career development, offering workshops and classes to women on how to thrive through change, and build happier careers. I saw firsthand then that there are 12 “hidden” crises working women face today, and desperately wanted to bring new solutions to the table that would help women (and men) overcome the common challenges they experienced in their professional lives.

From that experience, I then conducted research on “Professional Women Overcoming Crisis,” wrote my book Breakdown, Breakthrough and began developing programs and resources to help professionals build amazing, rewarding careers of significance. From private coaching programs, to online courses, to telclasses, workshops, articles, assessment and resources, I now offer programs designed to help professionals advance, make a positive impact, and create careers that align with who they are, authentically, at their core.

2) How and why did you start blogging about career advice and what has been the most personally satisfying part since starting your blog?

I started my own blog at kathycaprino.com/blog in 2007, then my Forbes blog “Career Bliss” and Huffington Post in 2011, and later on LinkedIn in 2014. I’ve published over 550 posts, that cover careers, leadership, and women in business, and thought leadership. The single most satisfying aspect of my writing is interviewing and learning from the brilliance and wisdom of top movers and shakers and thought leaders around the world who are changing with world with their positive ideas and messages.

3) What is the best piece of advice you ever got in pursuing your career goals?
When I was in my 20’s, I had a dear friend at work, Lillian, who was 20 years older than I, and I loved her. She was a powerful mentor and sponsor for me, and her intelligence, spirit, soul and giving nature were just beautiful. One day Lillian got sick, then very sick, and on one of her last days before she died (of cancer), she pulled me close and whispered, “Kathy, don’t waste it. Don’t waste your time. Just shine.” I was struck like a thunderbolt by those words, and I woke up that day to the realization that we are on this planet for a short time, and for an important reason. But if we waste our time – in figuring out that reason, or taking BOLD action to make a difference with our work – we’ll regret it deeply. Here’s a video I created that tells that story: Time to Shine.

4) If you could share your #1 piece of career advice for our members, what would it be?

Yes, my top advice is this. If you want a happier career, you need to take five critical steps that will clear the pathway for more fulfilling and rewarding work. They are:

Step Back – for an empowered perspective of who you are, and what you’re capable of

Let Go – of the thinking, patterns and behaviors that keep you stuck

Say YES! – to your most compelling and enlivening visions of the future

Try it On – physically and emotionally “try on” new, exciting professional directions to determine if they’re a good fit

Create it S.M.A.R.T. – build a S.M.A.R.T. plan, with measurable goals and actions steps, and someone in your corner to help you stay accountable

But most of all, get to know yourself intimately, and begin to draw on all that makes you amazing and special (because there’s so much inside of you that you can leverage) to make a positive impact in the world. Don’t settle for less.

As Maria Nemeth shared in her great book, The Energy of Money, people are happiest when they are giving form to their Life Intentions in ways that help others. Very true words.

 

Ms. Career Girl

From the moment you arrive on Ms. Career Girl you will be impressed by the style and feel of the blog. The imagery on the site and the way in which content is visually brought to life on this blog is absolutely outstanding! Ms. Career Girl blog has many topics to choose from, and the one that really caught my eye as being unique and very thoughtful, is the #Sidehustle page. Being that I am from New York City, the word; Hustle, brings back memories of my time living there. Hustle is a great word for getting off your butt and making things happen. Kudos to Ms. Career Girl for taking that direction and providing alternative inspirational things to do which can help your earn some money.

Linda Allen is the founder of Ms. Career Girl and we thank her for her time in answering our questions below.

 

1.) How long have you been providing career help to users?

Ms Career Girl began in 2008 with the goal of being a go-to source for career women.  Since then we’ve grown into a trusted voice. For your reference, I’ve attached our press kit.

On a personal level, I’ve been in management of one sort or another for longer than I think can be possible.  Time flies, but it’s been a rewarding journey as I watch those I’ve mentored grow and blossom in their own success.
2.) How and why did you start blogging about career advice and what has been the most personally satisfying part since starting your blog?

Blogging was the perfect outgrowth for anyone like myself who had done the hands-on management routine.  Being eye-to-eye with people has it’s own rewards, but of course they are limited by the number of people on your team.  So blogging gives the opportunity to share with and inspire a much larger audience.  Ripples, like waves of the ocean, travel far and wide.  That’s an awesome and yet humbling opportunity.


3.) What is the best piece of advice you ever got in pursuing your career goals?

It’s really no contest.  I had a boss once that very much lived such an exemplary life of sharing and teaching, and while he personally was quite comfortable financially, it was never about the money for him, and he took good care of his work “family.”  So it wasn’t traditional verbal advice – – it was leading by example.  And his example was that we’re all in this together.


4.) If you could share your #1 piece of career advice for our members, what would it be?

Never be afraid to let your light shine, and take on every opportunity to expand it.  When you stretch and grow, and in turn share that with others, you’ll see the results and reality of the whole being greater than the sum of the parts.

 

The Undercover Recruiter

When you have a cool name to your blog, you’re bound to have a really cool looking one as well, and that is the Undercover Recruiter. I really like that the Undercover Recruiter blog is in a different format and unique visual appearance that makes reading their blog even more interesting. The articles are also very useful and to the point. They have many great interview blogs with some very thoughtful ideas and recommendations for candidates during interviews. Adding Undercover Recruiter to our Top 5 Careers Blog lists was an easy decision for us.

The original founder of Undercover Recruiter is Jorgen Sundberg, and we would also like to thank Phoebe Spinks for her responses below.

 

1.) How long have you been providing career help to users? 

Since 2009 on the blog, and for many years before that as a recruitment consultant.


2.) How and why did you start blogging about career advice and what has been the most personally satisfying part since starting your blog? 

The blog was started while I was still working in recruitment. I didn’t put my name on the blog, hence the “Undercover” bit. The satisfaction comes from helping job seekers to understand how recruiters, HR and hiring managers act and think. While these professionals do it every day, people typically only look for a new role every two to three years, so will always have rusty skills in this department.


3.) What is the best piece of advice you ever got in pursuing your career goals? 

It wasn’t advice as such, however my dad ran his own business and I always knew I’d do the same, one way or another.
4.) If you could share your #1 piece of career advice for our members, what would it be?

Don’t worry too much about personal branding and social media. Instead, start small, do great things and impress people, that is the sure way to get into bigger and better things.

 

The five best career blogs

 

The Top 5 Career Blogs were selected with the help of Stephanie Willard, the Director of Marketing here at Home Office Careers. When we create an important resource and Top recommendations list for our members, I like to always have a team effort – thank you Stephanie for helping to create this list and for interviewing our 5 winning blogs.

At Home Office Careers we advise our members to be always searching for jobs, even when you are employed. The reality is that all jobs are temporary and online careers tend to be even shorter in duration than typical jobs. So whether you are unemployed, currently employed or somewhere in between, than I recommend taking some time and carefully reviewing these 5 great sites.

Congratulations again to our winners!  After you have reviewed them please share your thoughts and opinions in the comments area below.

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