The endless stream of career advice can feel overwhelming, frustrating, and even misleading. So much online advice is outdated, boring, or too general to be helpful for any one person’s unique situation. To get career seekers headed in a better direction, I've updated my list of favorite career websites for 2015:

1.  Still on my list from last year, Randy Wooden at the Goodwill Professional Center (part of Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina) posts excellent YouTube videos addressing common career questions. In this treasure trove of videos, he addresses all career levels and many of the most challenging job search situations such as: 

  • How to answer difficult interview questions
  • Preparing your 'elevator speech'
  • Effective networking
  • How to discuss salary requirements with a potential employer

2.  If you think of career resources as boring or full of regurgitated content, then you haven't met Alison Green! Her website's name and tagline say it all: "Ask A Manager...and if you don't, I'll tell you anyway." Alison injects her blog posts with humor and a direct, casual, and approachable tone. Ask A Manager tackles very specific career-related questions and scenarios from the perspective of, you guessed it, a hiring manager.

3.  The Brazen Careerist Blog is a great site for browsing fresh articles written by a variety of career experts.

4.  Quintessential Careers has been “empowering job-seekers since 1996." They are an invaluable repository for frequently updated career advice.

5.  As a fellow Preferred Career Coach for the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan (pardon the not-so-subtle plug) Miriam Salpeter runs Keppie Careers and a blog that’s chock full of sound career advice.

6.  Work Coach Café founder Ronnie Ann now runs the cozy Career Nook, a site for people of all ages with a focus on career transition. Ronnie Ann does a great job of making you feel at home on her new site.

7.  The Muse is a glossy comprehensive career site with a large following and tons of advice.

8.  Idealist Careers is operated by a the great job search site, Idealist. They’re all about “connecting idealists - people who want to do good - with opportunities for action and collaboration.

9.  Ivy Exec describes itself as “the premier source for career information and job opportunities for high caliber professionals.” In addition to a well-known job search feature, they provide high caliber career advice.

10. I saved U.S. News & World Report’s On Careers for last because it features articles by top career experts including some who’ve already shown up on this list. Think of On Careers as a one stop shop for the best of the best.

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For more career advice, check out my other articles on Psychology Today:

Landing Interviews But Not Job Offers? 20 Possible Problems

5 Reasons Entrepreneurs and Business Startups Should Journal

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Brad Waters, MSW provides career coaching and consultation to clients by phone nationwide. He specializes in working with non-traditional career seekers, entrepreneurs, creatives, introverts, and Millennials. Brad helps people clarify their career direction and take action on life transitions. He holds a Master's degree in social work from the University of Michigan and is a preferred career coach for the University of Michigan Alumni Association. More info at BradWatersCoaching.com

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