by Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D.
Whether this article is the first you are reading on the Quintessential Careers site, or you are a seasoned veteran of our free, expert articles, tutorials, and tools, this piece, in honor of the site’s 15th anniversary, should provide you with additional insights into the best — and most useful — resources we offer for all job-seekers, career-changers, and students.
People sometimes complain, in a funny way, that Quintessential Careers has “too many resources” and that visiting the site can be “overwhelming.” With this thought in mind, here are the 15 most important places to visit on our site — a shortcut to the best features we have to offer you.
Annual Report on Online Job-Hunting
You can find no better place to start your quest for a new job or career than our most recent detailed report on the emerging trends of online job-hunting, which provides amazing insights into where job-hunting has been — and where it is going. These reports will provide you with expert advice, along with the hottest job-search and career tools to assist you in advancing your career.
Go to our Annual Report on Online Job-hunting.
Job-Search Samples and Examples for Job-Seekers
Other sites may offer more job-search samples than Quintessential Careers does, but none can compare to the breadth and depth — as well as the quality — of our samples. The saying goes that we learn best by seeing what others have done — and if that is indeed the case, you’ll be quite prepared for your next job-search by studying the job-hunting samples we offer. Wondering about the most popular samples on our site? See our article, The Most Visited/Used Job-Hunting Samples and Examples on Quintessential Careers.
College Planning Resources
Whether you’re a teen considering options after high school, a parent of a teen hoping to find inspiration for your student, or an adult considering additional education, training, certifications, and degrees, you’ll find the information and resources you seek. We offer additional resources to help teens succeed in high school — and in college — offering even more resources on our sister site, MyCollegeSuccessStory.com.
Go to our College Planning Resources.
Career Change Tools
While most of us will face multiple career changes in our lives, nothing is more frightening than leaving the comfort a known career for one full of uncertainties. We provide you with what to expect in the process and present the guidance and tools to make your career transition as stress-free as possible.
Go to our Career Change Tools.
Job-Seeker Quizzes and Tests
Tens of thousands of visitors have taken our wide variety of job-seeker tests, quizzes, and assessments. With tests on subjects ranging from choosing a college major to resume strategy to job burnout to starting your own business — and the whole gamut in between — you’ll find a quiz to meet your current situation. Each quiz not only provides you with great information for self-reflection, but includes links for additional tools and resources.
Go to our Job-Seeker Quizzes and Tests.
Career and Job-Related Articles
By far, the largest category on Quintessential Careers is our collection of career and job-search articles, covering every single aspect of job-hunting and career management. Beyond straightforward content-driven articles, we also offer how-to pieces, frequently asked questions (FAQs), checklists, quick tips, and more. You can find an alphabetical list of all our articles, as well as a directory listing major article categories. See also our Context Index, which includes descriptions and publication dates for our articles and other forms of content.
Go to our Career and Job-Related Articles.
Career and Job-Hunting Tutorials
Most of the tutorials you’ll find on Quintessential Careers are the result of detailed workshops we have presented at colleges and universities across the country, although a few have been inspired by visitors who requested more information on a particular topic. If you are searching for the detailed nuts and bolts of a particular career or job-hunting topic, such as resume-writing or finding your career passion — where an article will just not do — then one or more of these tutorials provides the perfect solution.
Go to our Career and Job-Hunting Tutorials.
Career and Job-Search Networking Tools
We cover this topic — perhaps the most important element for a successful career — in great detail, providing articles, tutorials, tips, tools, and links to other useful career networking sites. You’ll find information on traditional, person-to-person networking, as well as on online, social networking.
Go to our Career and Job-Search Networking Tools.
Career Branding Tools for Job-Seekers
This growing section of Quintessential Careers is one that is near and dear to my heart, as it’s my belief that the future of career development and job-hunting is personal, career branding — part of a paradigm shift from reactive job-hunting to proactive job-hunting. In this section you can find articles, tutorials, tools, and links to other useful career branding sites.
Go to our Career Branding Tools for Job-Seekers.
Resume Writing, Editing Tools for Job-Seekers
Everyone knows that your resume is a core and essential tool of job-hunting, and the more precisely crafted (written and presented) your resume, the more success you’ll have in your next job search. Because of the importance of your resume, we offer quite a large number of articles, tutorials, tools, samples, and links to other resume-related sites.
Cover Letter Tools for Job-Seekers
There’s no question that Web-based job-hunting has reduced the impact and use of the cover letter — a key tool job-seekers use to entice a hiring manager to review their resume — but cover letters still have many uses, including their use as part of a direct-marketing campaign to hiring managers. As with other content sections, you’ll find articles, tutorials, tools, samples, and links to other cover letter-related sites.
Go to our Cover Letter Tools for Job-Seekers.
Job Interviewing Tools for Job-Seekers
Perhaps because the job interview is THE make-or-break moment for many job-seekers to convince prospective employers how well matched they are for the job, the job-interviewing section of Quintessential Careers may be our strongest content area. While we provide key articles, tutorials, tools, and links to other job interview-related sites, the cornerstone of our interviewing tools is our Job Interview Questions Database, which contains questions and answers to 150 typical traditional and behavioral job-interview questions that employers ask of job-seekers.
Go to our Job Interviewing Tools for Job-Seekers.
Salary Negotiation Tools for Job-Seekers
If reader questions are any indication, the one area of job-hunting that gives the most trouble to job-seekers is negotiating salary and other compensation. Because compensation affects everything — from your ability to provide for yourself and your family to your self-worth to the size of your next raise to the amount of money contributed to a pension fund (if you are so lucky) — understanding the strategy of salary negotiation is vital. We provide, articles, tutorials, tools, and links to the best salary-related sites on the Web.
Go to our Salary Negotiation Tools for Job-Seekers.
Workplace and Work-Related Resources and Tools
While many job-hunting and career sites stop at the point of hire, we recognized a serious void in providing the tools for job-seekers once they get the job — from the very first days on the job to dealing with bad bosses to working on teams to workplace wellness to asking for a raise and/or promotion to determining when it’s time to leave. You’ll find articles, tutorials, tools, samples, and links to other key workplace-related sites.
QuintZine, our Career and Job eZine
With thousands and thousands of subscribers over the many years we have published our online newsletter, this publication is truly the source in which to find our latest articles, tutorials, tools, and samples. Each issue is packed with topic-specific information covering the gamut of our content areas, from job-search basics to resume and cover letters to networking to career branding to issues specific to distinctive groups of job-seekers — such as new grads and mature workers. You can subscribe by email or simply read each issue online.
Go to our QuintZine, our Career and Job eZine.
Final Thoughts on Our Quintessential Career Resources
If even this list of resources, tools, samples, and tips is a bit too overwhelming for you, we strongly recommend using either our A-Z Index of our College, Career, and Job Resources or our Site Search Page to find the exact information you seek. But I can’t help but mention that the more time you spend on our site, the more informed and prepared you’ll be for the next phase in your career.
Questions about some of the terminology used in this article? Get more information (definitions and links) on key college, career, and job-search terms by going to our Job-Seeker’s Glossary of Job-Hunting Terms.
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