The information boom has been nonstop for years. The Internet is a veritable Wild West of information. Off line, information is typically more managed and manageable. There is even an international organization, International Standards Organization (ISO), to help corporate America and others lasso knowledge and information into some form of uniformity. Because it can be a tough road to sift quality information from the rest that clogs the Internet, many people rely on information wranglers to steer them to a good cut of info. Quality information available in a timely manner with low fat content can be beneficial to college students embarking on a career. The Internet has you more than covered. Whether targeting Career Resources for HBCU students or not, the following offer equal opportunity access:
1. SOCIAL MEDIA
Social networks have sprung up all over the internet like crabgrass. Everyone is familiar with MySpace, Facebook and a few others, but LinkedIn and Mashable rise to the top for different reasons.
*LinkedIn provides a network of people from around the world who have professional goals in mind. While it has social elements, these benefits are secondary. It effectively pivots the fun of Facebook to capture practical business needs. Anyone can apply to join a network or set up their own network. Special interest networks are present, as well as employment vacancy notices. According to research, nearly 40% of human resources staff and other hiring bodies surf the Internet to inform their applicant selection process. Why not set up your personal branding scheme and represent your own interests in the best light?
*Mashable is a social and digital media, technology and web aggregation portal. It conveniently funnels blogs, videos, Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, business and specialty pop review sites like Technorati, Crunchbase, Techcrunch and CNET, among other forms of social media. Users can stay up on what’s going on in social media through this site. Users can sign up for alerts or notices. Users can find tons of critical info like “70+ Tools for Job Hunting 2.0”.
*JobRadio.FM career advice is a 24 hour internet radio stream of all things about jobs. Topics run the gamut and include topics such as how to handle a job offer, stressful occupations, and using LinkedIn for job hunting.
*Meetup.com takes social media to a higher level by fostering social networking beyond virtual connections. Users can meet online and meet off line in a variety of social, niche, or business groups. Anyone can form a group, and anyone can apply for inclusion in a group.
2. GOVERNMENT WEBSITES
*USAJobs.gov is the U.S. federal government job board. It can be used to target classes and training, as well as find summer employment or Stay in School positions. Its students.gov guides users with a variety of topics. Users can plan their education, pay for education, get online study help, locate internships, fellowship, and jobs. Users can find out about study abroad and graduate education.
*U.S. Department of Labor.
Its site map can direct users to a …