100 Web Tools to Help You Boost Your Resume and Reputation During the Recession

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By Sarah Russel

Even if your particular industry or company isn’t laying off hundreds of workers across the country, a recession makes everyone feel antsy about the future. Becoming indispensable is necessary to surviving at work. The competition inside the office is fierce, but it doesn’t even compare to the numbers of unemployed lining up to take your spot. Here are 100 web tools to help you boost your resume and your reputation during the recession, just in case.

Resume Tips and Guides

Get your resume in tip-top shape with these ideas.

  1. Clean up your resume in time for spring: Paym Bergson’s guide to decluttering your resume suggests using a new design and enforcing your bottom line.
  2. Only include what’s relevant: Only include the job experience and achievements that are directly relevant to the job you’re applying for. This technique makes it easier for employers to see exactly how and why you’re the perfect candidate.
  3. 6 Tips for a Recession-Proof Resume: Let this guide help you stand out from all the other unemployed during the recession.
  4. Get a peer editor: Ask a friend who’s in the business you’re trying to break into review your resume. Besides checking for typos and grammar errors, they can evaluate how well your resume will read during the job selection.
  5. Keep your resume updated at all times: In this volatile economy, you never know when you might find yourself unemployed. Keep your resume updated so that it’s ready the moment you need it.
  6. Resume Writing That Gets Results: Find out which skills and traits you need to highlight depending on your experience.
  7. Top 10 Resume Tips: Dana Byrne explains how defining your role on specific projects and understanding how to be targeted and personalized in your resume and communications are vital.
  8. Advantages of a Video Resume: It got Elle Woods into Harvard Law, and a video resume may be able to give you the edge you’re looking for.
  9. Top 5 Steps to Recession-Proof Your Resume: Tips here include "be a specialist; not a generalist" and "write to the future."
  10. Resume Writing Tips: Here you will find tips for picking font, including important information and discarding frivolous information, and more.
  11. Make Your Resume Stand Out: Find out what HR professionals look for in a resume.
  12. 25 words that hurt your resume: Check your resume against this guide to make sure your resume isn’t redundant or boring.

Freelancing

Freelancing is a good way to diversify your skills, gain more experience, broaden your contacts base, and make a few extra bucks on the side or while you look for something more permanent. Just make sure it doesn’t directly interfere with your current company’s agenda.

  1. Client Analyser: Figure out which clients deserve the most attention here.
  2. Hourly Rate Calculator: Discover how much you should be charging with this rate tool.
  3. Box: Use Box to collaborate with clients and business partners, share files and more.
  4. Writeboard: Use Writeboard to collaborate on writing projects without having to commute to clients’ offices.
  5. Harvest: This tool helps with invoicing, expense accounts, time tracking and more.
  6. Lulu: Publish your writing samples online for free with this tool.
  7. MyNewCompany: Free tools through this program include business plan help, a business startup checklist, marketing tips and more.
  8. Google AdSense: Make a few extra bucks by blogging when you use AdSense.
  9. Work: Learn what it takes to run a business in your field with this set of guides.
  10. ProjectStat.us: Keep your projects organized online with this tool, which also lets you update customers in a timely fashion.
  11. HelpMeWork: Use this tool to organize credit checks, vacation and holiday pay, taxes, insurance and more so you can get back to work.

Job Boards

Look for jobs on these effective boards.

  1. JobPile: Streamline all your job board accounts into one spot.
  2. Vault: Search by state, keyword, industry and exact occupation.
  3. IMdiversity.com: Minorities can search for minority-friendly employers here.
  4. Net Temps: Consider finding a temp job until you land a more stable position.
  5. Juju: Use this job search engine to find jobs from multiple sites quickly.
  6. Top 100 Job Board Niches – 2008: Make sure you’re on the right job board for your industry.
  7. Snag a Job: Snag a Job is a site for those seeking hourly employment.
  8. Are the major job boards all they’re cracked up to be?: Determine whether or not advertising on a huge job site is worth it when you read this guide.
  9. AllFreelance.com: Find freelance opportunities on this site, which also has tools for branding, customer relations and more.
  10. Craigslist: Depending on your industry, you may find that Craigslist is an extremely helpful resource for finding work.
  11. SoloGig: SoloGig is another job board for freelance projects.
  12. 6 Figure Jobs: If you’ve got the experience and credentials to back yourself up, use this site for executives only.

Social Networking

Social networking isn’t just for kids anymore: it’s extremely important for building up your professional contacts, snagging job opportunities and boosting your brand.

  1. LinkedIn: LinkedIn is a very popular social site for professionals to network and collaborate on projects.
  2. Ryze: Ryze is a professional-oriented social networking site that lets you share events, find jobs and more.
  3. Plaxo: Plaxo tunes you into the stuff your friends are doing on sites like Flickr, Amazon, YouTube, Digg and more.
  4. MeetUp: Use this site to network in-person and online with professionals and friends in your city.
  5. Twitter: Twitter is a great microblogging site that helps with branding, showcasing your stuff online, and meeting people in your industry.
  6. Facebook: There are countless business opportunities available to Facebook members. Create your own profile to network, and then create a group or page for your company.
  7. Xing: Xing is a professional networking site that brings together ambitious individuals from around the world.
  8. Ziggs: Here you can expand your network, search for jobs, join groups, manage contacts and more.
  9. Fast Pitch: Business professionals market themselves and their services on this social networking site.
  10. Yorz: Find jobs through this networking community.

Reputation

Build and monitor your reputation with these online tools.

  1. Letter to Fall Recruits: Clean Up Your (Cyber)Space: This article directed at law students emphasizes the importance of removing incriminating or embarrassing pictures and blogs online.
  2. Digg: Bookmark, rank and review articles on this site to boost your popularity with other users. Just be careful what you digg, and make sure it’s nothing obscene or offensive.
  3. Gather: Build up your reputation as a knowledgeable expert who reaches out to the community by keeping up with the discussions on Gather.
  4. Furl: Share useful websites to make connections and establish yourself as a go-to person for your industry.
  5. Board Tracker: Get directed to the discussion boards that mention you or will provide an opportunity for you to contribute using this tool.
  6. Technorati: With Technorati, you can monitor which blog posts mention you, your industry, or your company.
  7. Google Alerts: Set up an alert for yourself and your company to find out what others are saying about you online.

Job Search Tools

Let these tools help make your search more effective.

  1. Resume formats and samples: Virginia Tech shares these resume formats and tips for job searchers.
  2. Indeed: Search classifieds from job boards and newspapers with this search engine.
  3. Job Search Test Drive: Get an idea for what’s out there without setting up an account with this Monster tool.

Job Security Tips

Try out these tips and tools if you’re worried about losing your job.

  1. In Depth: How to Secure Your Job: Forbes.com’s guide encourages you to boost your profile, take on new projects and figure out ways to save your company money.
  2. How Secure Is Your Job in 2009?: Read this article to help you determine whether or not your job will still be there at the end of the year.
  3. Job Jeopardy/Layoff Assessment: Take this quiz to evaluate your job security.
  4. NASDAQ ticker: Follow your company’s stock to get an idea of how healthy the overall business is.
  5. The Best Entrepreneurship Courses in America: Consider going back to school to open your own business or to get promoted within your small company.
  6. Surviving the evolving job market: This guide tracks the evolution of jobs like telephone operators, file clerks and more.
  7. 7 Jobs for Job Security in a Recession: Consider segueing into one of these industries–if you’re willing to take the risk–that are supposed to be healthy even in a recession.
  8. Network Your Way to Job Security: Networking builds your contacts base and opens you up to new opportunities.
  9. 8 Tips to Increase Your Job Security: Tips here include "be appreciative," "be indispensable," and "conserve cash."
  10. How to Keep Your Job in a Recession: ABC’s Bob Rosner encourages professionals to stay calm, keep their perspective and research the health of their company.

Going Back to School

Consider going back to school if it will propel you to the next level of management or job security.

  1. Online Education Database: Search this site for continuing education opportunities that may enhance your job prospects.
  2. FAFSA: Find out if you can receive federal aid for your continuing education program.

Branding Tips and Tools

Nurturing a personal brand is vital for increasing your career prospects and getting your name out to the people who matter.

  1. Ning: Once you’ve got a veritable following of customers, contacts and associates, create your own social network just for your group using Ning.
  2. Wetpaint: This wiki tool lets users create their own websites for free.
  3. 10 Ways Personal Branding Can Save You From Getting Fired: Dan Schawbel shares the tips that can make a difference between becoming indispensable at your office and getting laid off.
  4. FriendFeed: Create an account on this community site to save a portfolio and share meaningful information with friends.
  5. StatCounter: Use StatCounter to generate a report of your blog followers.
  6. Career Branding: What’s the Value of Your Personal Brand?: Take this quiz to determine how influential your brand is.
  7. CafePress: Create novelty items and promotional items for your brand using this site.
  8. TweetBeep: Make sure your brand is receiving positive feedback on Twitter with this tool.

Contacts and Communication

Protect your contacts lists and communication records for backup should you need it.

  1. Campfire: Campfire is a team collaboration tool that features real-time chat, so you can hold meetings from your home.
  2. Gmail: Use Gmail to search your contacts, save addresses, access email from a web browser, chat, and more.
  3. Pidgin: Chat with users from all kinds of instant message accounts from one spot with Pidgin.
  4. Highrise: Manage communications with your business partners and clients, track new leads, get instant reminders via e-mail and text, keep an address book and more with Highrise.
  5. Famundo: Keep your calendars, files and projects organized on this shareable site.
  6. 30 Boxes: This tool helps you remember important dates and contact information.
  7. WhosOff: Keep track of who’s out of the office and who’s available for collaboration with this tool.
  8. Central Desktop: Share files with this collaboration tool.
  9. Loose Stitch: Keep meetings fun and easy when you use this tool for remote access collaboration.
  10. ubernote: With this tool, you can send e-mails, update your Twitter account, save contact information and a lot more.

Miscellaneous

Staying organized and ahead of the competition is vital if you want others to recognize your dependability and expertise. These tools will buoy your reputation even while the rest of the economy drowns.

  1. Clean up your credit for your job search: This article explains why it’s important to have good credit when applying for a job.
  2. 6 Fields That Stand to Benefit from the Stimulus Plan: Consider applying for a job in one of these industries if you’re worried about job security.
  3. Jott: Catalog reminders sent via text messages and e-mails with this tool.
  4. Nozbe: Use Nozbe to track assignments, stay on top of projects and more.
  5. Business-Paper: Manage your business cards through this system.
  6. Professional on the Web: Put your profile online using this tool to find freelancing opportunities.
  7. Ping Me: Be known as the guy on track when you use Ping Me to send reminders and stay on schedule.
  8. Evernote: Keep all of your projects, web clips, notes and ideas organized with Evernote.
  9. Zoho: Use Zoho’s free office tools to save your company money and keep all your documents and communications organized.
  10. Viapoint: With this organization tool, you can quickly do a people search, search your history to retrieve research, and more.
  11. Monkey on Your Back: Send a reminder–in the form of a monkey e-mail message–for regular errands, job interviews, assignments and more.
  12. MyMemorizer: This calendar sends you reminders via text message.
  13. GoToMeeting: Hold meetings online with this service, saving your company time and money on travel expenses, and letting you get more work done at the office.
  14. Spamato: Use Spamato on your work email to block spam. It’s free, too.

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