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3 Online Job Research Tools That Will Keep You Ahead Of The Curve

In a previous post, I defined Career Consciousness as the state of being awake and aware of one’s career and the surrounding influences that have an impact on it. I never apply to a job or accept an offer from a company without first doing my research. In today's world, who can afford not to? So to that point, I will dive deeper into some great career research tools that I have used many times and have come to really appreciate.

1. O*net Online - (

With its “Occupation Quick Search” feature you can research an occupation you want or already have. You can find out:

2. GlassDoor - (

GlassDoor is a great way to get information about the culture and vibe of the company and some of your potential coworkers before you apply or accept an interview. There you can find:

3. PayScale - (

Get a salary report for any job before accepting a job offer, asking for a raise, or just to see if your current employer is paying you fairly. Helps you to know your worth and gives you the knowledge to ask for a fair wage. This salary range is based off several variables:

Lastly, it also helps you to set goals for increasing your earning potential by showing you what you could earn after you have a few more years of experience or if you were to get a credential like a certification, license or degree.

The bottom line is simple. Career-conscious creatures take the time to research job market trends, average salary ranges, companies and potential employers. They consider not only whether they are a good fit for a company or job but whether it is a good fit for them. They know their worth, they demand it, and work hard to constantly increase it.

If you have any other career and salary resources, please share them in the comments below!


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