Labor Department recommends job-hunting Web sites picked in online contest

Sunday, February 21, 2010; K01

Sick of the same three job-hunting Web sites? Check out a new suite of niche career sites, career planning tools and social media jobseeker sites compiled in an online competition run by the U.S. Department of Labor.

It recommends about 60 sites, from the obscure to Monster, at

After online votes last month by 16,000 employers, techies, unemployed people and others, the U.S. Department of Labor posted the favored tools on its CareerOneStop site.

"These are extraordinary times, and we need to get the tools to people" eager to work, said Jane Oates, assistant secretary for the department's Employment and Training Administration. The idea came from a White House meeting last summer on open government and technology, in which Oates recalled saying, "I wish I could improve the job-seeking tools available."

Among the crowd-sourced winners are AfterCollege, CareerStallion, GreatJob and LinkedIn. There are also links on résumé writing tips, online class resources and sites for older workers, ex-military personnel, and sales or human resources executives. Since the results were posted this month, Oates said, she has heard from job seekers who have snagged interviews after using the sites chosen.

-- Vickie Elmer

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