Career Tools for DIYers

There are lots of tools out there for people who want to take charge of their own careers. Here are some of my favorites:

Tools to Find Key Words

Wordle: Copy and paste job descriptions to create a word cloud

O*Net: Search your occupation to find common keywords

Manage Your Job Search

Jibber Jobber: A free online database to help manage your job search

Grammar & Spelling Tools

Grammarly: Create a free account; Grammarly was launched in 2009 and it instantly eliminates grammatical errors and enhances your writing.

Personal Branding Books

Ditch. Dare. Do!: 3D Personal Branding for Executives by William Arruda and Deb Dib

Career Distinction: Stand Out By Building Your Brand by William Arruda and Kirsten Dixson

Resume Writing Classic

Resume Magic: Trade Secrets of a Professional Resume Writer by Susan Britton Whitcomb. This book tells you the how’s and why’s of private sector resume writing.

Tools to Help You Answer the Question: What Do I Want to Do?

What Color is Your Parachute? By Richard Bolles

O*Net Interest Profiler: This free online assessment measures your interests and shows how they relate to different careers. At the end of the Interest Profiler, you are presented with a list of careers that match your interests and preparation level.

And of course, FEDweek’s handbooks:

The Complete Guide to Completing a Federal Resume,

The Complete Guide to Interviewing for a Federal Job,

The Complete Guide to Federal Career Transitions,

Take some time during the holiday season to review these resources and let us know what you think. If you have favorites, please share them. Best to you and your loved ones for the season!

– Nancy


Nancy Segal is a federal human resources training and job search expert. Following her own 30-year federal HR career (much of it at the senior level), she founded Solutions for the Workplace LLC in 2003 to provide an HR management perspective to both federal managers and astute applicants to U.S. government positions. Nancy has unmatched federal career management insight, high standards, and respect for people’s time, and her clients use this to their advantage.