Job Seekers’ Resources

MasterMind Connections  – Resources & Relationships for Chicago Executives in Transition

The Best Job Banks on the Internet

Directory of Chicagoland’s Best Specialized Recruiters compiled by ResumeStrategy

Our Top Picks of Employment Firms in The Chicagoland Area


Career Transition Sites

Best Jobs in the USA Today: A large site with lots of career exploration information as well as job listings. However, also advertises many for-profit services.

InDeed.com Consolidated Job Postings

Careerealism Career Advice For Inquiring Minds

Beyond.com – A better way to manage your career

Career One Stop:  A publicly funded meta-site for all kinds of career information from wages and employment trends, state labor market conditions, career exploration, and job listings.

CarouselExpo.com:  A listing of career fairs and company open houses in the Illinois area. This list is not comprehensive but it gives you more options.

ChicagoJobs.Com:   Covering the employment scene across 11 counties in and around Chicago.

ChicagoJobTalk.org The Definitive Chicago Area Job Guide

CareerJet  Employment Search Engine

Jibber Jobber  – Career Management 2.0

The Muse offers exciting job opportunities, expert advice, and a peek behind the scenes into fantastic companies and career paths.

Recruiting Blogs  See what is going on inside the industry.

Glass Door  Provides current salaries, common interview questions, and research on companies nationwide.

Crain’s Chicago Business  Tremendous Chicago business resources with up-to-date activity.

Dice Career Hub for Tech Talent

Executives Only   – Listing of quality jobs.

ExecUNet – $150k plus networking.

Job Hunters Bible resources from the Author of What Color is Your Parachute?

Spoke  Provides executive names and contacts

Hunter Search Site  – Good job search site

The Ladders – Job Matching for $100 K + Positions

MetroChicagoJobs.com

Lumity Non Profit Opportunities  – Job Postings for Not-For-Profits

Recruiter.com – Connecting Recruiters and Job Seekers

SparkHire:  SparkHire provides a new way for job seekers and consultants to present themselves more completely to companies. Coupling innovative video technologies with traditional online job board features, Spark Hire revolutionizes the application, screening and interviewing process for job seekers, consultants and companies.

Chicago AMA:  The Chicago Chapter of the American Marketing Association provides job listings as well as networking and volunteering opportunities.

HRMAC Job Bank Listing of Human Resource Positions Available

For Financial Executives


Services and Products

Career Direction Coaching – Systematic approach to answer the question: “What is the best and highest use of this talent?” from Chicago Executive Coaching

Coe Financial Group – 401K Rollovers, IRAs, Health Insurance

The Careers College – Self-Paced, Online Job Search Training and Career Resource Center

CPaths  – Doug Seville – Executive Search. Has a great newsletter.

Hoovers  – Subscription based service for corporate contacts and more. Access available for MasterMind Connectors Members.

Inspired Choice Executive Search  – Transition Coaching by Gail Sussman-Miller

Improve-ization – Executive & Career Coaching by Rosemary Monahan

The Mentor Group   – Job Transition Services –  The Mentor Group assists individuals, especially managers and executives to effectively uncover and land their next job or business opportunity.

Legal

  • Labor Attorney – Jonathan Vegosen is an attorney specializing in labor matters
  • Employment Contract Attorney – Eugene Jacobs at Seyfarth-Shaw in Chicago


Vista Print
  Great business card resource- utilize both front and back sides.

Your Life Counselor   – Robin Mitzen is great for reality check and motivation.

Realize Your Light – Betsy Rooth, Reiki practitioner


Job Transition GroupsGroups and Organizations

Business Network Chicago BNC

Career Transitions Center – Chicago

Career Place – Previously Barrington Career Center – Barrington, IL

Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce Events

Community Career Center of Naperville provides a supportive and professional setting where job seekers can conduct an effective and successful job search.

E.L.I.T LinkedIn Group for senior level Financial and HR people in search of their next career path. ELIT membership is comprised of Candidates, Sponsors and Alumni.

Jewish Vocational Center  JVS Chicago – Working to transform lives, providing career coaching guidance, job training and crucial support to more than 10,000 people annually.

Job Search Circle  Networking groups meeting weekly in Lake Forest and Palatine

Jewish B2B Networking  Jewish Business Networking for the Midwest

St. Hubert Job & Networking Ministry – Hoffman Estates, IL

Society for Human Resource Management:  Includes information on a wide range of human resources areas. Job postings are listed by location, job title and posting date.

Technology Executives Club Dedicated to the success of IT professionals


BooksRecommended Reads (&/or Listens)

  • The Success Principles – Jack Canfield
  • Who Moved My Cheese – Spencer Johnson
  • Dig Your Well Before You’re Thirsty – Harvey MacKay
  • The Power of Peopletizing – Chad Coe
  • The Peak Interview: New Insights into Winning the Interview and Getting the Job  – Bill Burnett
  • What Color is Your Parachute? by Richard N. Bolles
  • Five O’Clock Club – Career development books and CDs from the NYC based career coaching organization.
  • Breakthrough Networking: Building Relationships That Last by Lillian D. Bjorseth
  • OUT OF UNIFORM: Your Guide to a Successful Military-to-Civilian Career

Articles

Go Through The Motions by Brian Johnson from Big Ideas on Optimal Living

The Key to Self Change by Guy Finley from Big Ideas on Optimal Living

Resume Samples – from the For Dummies series, a bank of resume formats

MasterMind Connections Blog  Insight and Inspiration for Executives in Transition

How To Answer Talent Assessment Surveys