In the career space, there are a ton of self-proclaimed experts. Thousands, maybe.
So, how do you know who to listen to – right now – to help get your first, or next, job? Who gives out practical, non-fluffy, actionable advice you can put to use right now?
At YouTern, we help answer that question with the 2013 version of our “Top 50 Bloggers for Young Careerists”!
With all the career sites out there, how did we select these 50 bloggers?
- First and foremost: the quality of the content; nothing is more important
- Second, we value consistency: frequency of blogging, a constant voice, etc. (alas, some of our previous favorite bloggers… well, stopped blogging consistently)
- Third, we chose to eliminate those in the deep end of the self-promotion pool
- Lastly, we selected those bloggers, regardless of their years of experience (yes, that means there are some old-school types in here!) whose advice is wholly applicable to young careerists
This selection criteria means that like our Top 100 Twitter Accounts You MUST Follow, you may not find some of the most popular or well-known personalities on this list. You will, however, find those who will help your career the most. And isn’t that why we seek out these bloggers?
With great respect, and in alphabetical order, here is YouTern’s Top 50 Bloggers for Young Careerists…
About.com’s Job Search by @AlisonDoyle | Always beneficial information for internship and job seekers at any level.
Ask a Manager by Alison Green (@AskAManager) | Always candid, no-hold-barred advice for job seekers and employees – and we love it!
Blogging4Jobs.com by Jessica Miller-Merrill (@blogging4jobs) | Amazing collection of job search advice from one of the best – period.
Brazen Life by @BrazenCareerist | There’s still no better online community for young careerists – and the stable of writers here is second-to-none.
Campus to Career by Kirk Baumann (@kbaumann) | Kirk always delivers thought-provoking posts that go way beyond those “build a better resume” pieces; consistently excellent work.
CareerTrend by Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter (@ValueIntoWords) | An outstanding resume expert and social media enthusiast, Jacqui’s contemporary advice is perfect for Millennials.
Careerealism by J.T. O’Donnell (@jtodonnell) | A well-respected standard-bearer in the career space, and deservedly so. A great read, every day.
Career Bliss (@careerbliss) | Great collection of workplace related blogs, interview tips and advice pieces – a top pick!
Career Diva by Eve Tahmincioglu (@careerdiva) | One of the most prolific career bloggers, and one of the best (Eve contributes to CNN and Careerbuilder, also)
Career Enlightenment by Joshua Waldman (@JoshuaWaldman) | The author of “Job Searching With Social Media For Dummies” delivers, every time.
Career Rocketeer by Chris Perry (@CareerRocketeer) | Always exceptional career advice from this powerhouse blog, which also features excellent guest bloggers.
Career Sherpa by Hannah Morgan (@careersherpa) | One of our favorite bloggers – and people – period, with a wide range of expert career advice for all ages.
Careers Done Write by Debra Wheatman (@debrawheatman) | A real pro, prolific blogger – and we always respect Debra’s willingness to share quality content.
Come Recommended by Heather Human (@HeatherHuhman) | A true expert in the internship, entry-level and Gen Y career space – never disappoints.
Community College Success by Isa Adney (@IsaAdney) | Isa’s energy and passion come through in every post – and we sincerely admire her work.
Cube Rules by Scott Herrick (@cuberules) | No rah-rah stuff here… just tangible, practical advice for those working in our cubicle-based workplaces.
Degrees of Transition by Lea McLeod (@LeaMcleod) | Love the practical, actionable advice Lea dispenses… all targeted at soon-to-be and recent grads.
Doostang (@doostang) | The advice on Doostang’s blog is top-notch, with a variety of topics and authors (including the YouTern team).
Educated and Inexperienced by Scott Keenan (@ScottKeenan27) | A self-described “cynical twenty-something” who has a great eye for quality subjects and snarky content.
EmilyBennington.com by Emily Bennington (@emilybennington) | One of the best career bloggers out there – on her site and for Forbes, Monster, Huffington Post and more.
Exclusive Executive Resumes by Erin Kennedy (@ErinKennedyCPRW) | Don’t let “executive” in the name fool you… when it comes to resume strategy, Erin’s advice is global.
Gen Y Girl by Kayla Cruz (@GenY_Girl) | The perfect blend of edgy, snarky and thoughtful, Kayla certainly supplies content that makes us think.
Glassdoor (@Glassdoor) | A career and workplace community with not only a great blog, but also many other tools for job seekers, including company rankings and reviews.
JobMob by @JacobShare | A highly respected job search expert and influential, consistent blogger who seems to talk about what is most important.
Keppie Careers by Miriam Salpeter (@Keppie_Careers) | A contributor to CNN and the Wall Street Journal, Miriam’s advice is second-to-none.
Levo League (@levoleague) | A terrific resource for career, mentorship and Gen Y lifestyle advice; we love their “Office Hours” feature.
Life After College by Jenny Blake (@jenny_blake) | Simply one of the best blogs out there for young careerists; you’ll love Jenny’s honest, sincere approach to delivering meaningful content.
Life Without Pants by Matt Cheuvront (@mattChevy) | While not all about careers, this bold blog is 100% unique with no punches pulled – one of our favorite reads.
Loosen Your White Collar by Melanie Axman (@mellymelanz) | This Gen Y blogger and entrepreneur, and former HR professional, gives it to us straight and fast.
My Pathfinder by @myFootpath and @NoelRozny | Consistent advice on a wide variety of subjects makes this blog one of the best out there.
MyCareerTopia by Bryce Christiansen (@BryceChr) | A highly creative voice in the career blogging space, we love everything Bryce does.
Move Up or Move Out by Chris Westfall (@westfallonline) | No career path is safe without a solid elevator pitch – and no one knows Elevator pitches like our buddy, Chris.
OnlineCollege.org (@OC_Org) | A blog full of diverse and relevant content for both the traditional and non-traditional student.
Paid to Exist by Jonathan Mead (@jonathanmead) | With a focus on “getting paid to be who you are” Jonathan is a fresh – and more-than-welcome – voice.
Pathfinder Careers by @DawnRasmussen | Dawn provides common sense advice and career information (and trust us when we say that approach isn’t common enough).
Resume Bear by @BobWarren | Expert career advice curation from one of the best networkers in the business.
Revolution.is by Amber Rae (@heyamberrae) Each week, the story of an amazing member of Gen Y who went out and captured their dream is featured… inspiring!
Start Networking Today by @JMMuscarello | Networking advice for the college student, recent grad and young professional from a great guy who gets “pay it forward”.
Switch and Shift by @Shawmu and @TedCoine | Leadership, engagement and service are all critical to success in today’s economy… and that is what you get at Switch and Shift.
TalentCulture founded by Meghan Biro (@MeghanMBiro) and her team | Simply one of the best blogs – and talent communities – available; a terrific resource for professionals of all ages.
The Daily Muse (@DailyMuse) by Kathryn Minshew (@KMin) and team | Always fresh career, job search and Millennial lifestyle advice… so well done.
The Daily Undergrad by @UGSuccess | @JessaBahr and @SamuelHersh9 bring you contemporary career advice from the perspective of two current college students.
The Undercover Recruiter (@UndercoverRec) | Great site for finding career, job search and recruiting advice (you know, for the person on the other side of the table).
The Unlost by Therese Schwenkler (@tschwenkler) | Witty, intelligent, engaging – and a bit edgy at times – Dave Ellis, YouTern’s CM says: “pretty much my new favorite blogger.”
The Voice of Jobseekers by Mark Anthony Dyson (@markadyson) | A refreshing voice in the career advice spectrum – and one we respect a great deal.
The Work Revolution by Josh Allan Dykstra (@joshallan) | Josh is a work revolutionary and a change catalyst – and his blog reflects his passion for positively changing how we work.
Tim’s Strategy by Tim Tyrell-Smith (@TimsStrategy) | Great advice here from a guy who doesn’t just talk action – he expects action; a favorite!
Under30Careers.com (@Under30Careers) | Brought to us by @JaredOToole and the team at Under30CEO, this new entry is already a terrific resource for the young careerist.
Water Cooler Wisdom by Alexandra Levit (@alevit) | Author, speaker and blogger, Alexandra focuses on helping you get a job – and then excel once you get there.
WetFeet (@WetFeet_Career) | A terrific resource for career advice with original content and excellent curation (and one of YouTern’s favorite partners!)
Work Awesome by Pooja Lohana (@workawesome) | We love Work Awesome’s approach, design and content – one of our new “must reads”.
And, of course, we’d like you to continue to check in on YouTern!
We know there are many other career advisors and influencers that could be on this list – and, as always, we welcome your suggestions. Who do you enjoy reading? Who has influenced your career? Please let us know, in the comments below!