ThriveYard provides in-depth/detailed career advice articles, infographics, videos, and slides to help people get a job, love their job and succeed in their careers.Topics addressed include interview preparation, resume writing, cover letters, job promotion, resigning gracefully, managing email, using LinkedIn, job searching, being proactive, taking initiative.
This is a detailed list or a handy reference guide for 100 career blogs and websites that help people in their quest to find a good job and also in their desire to succeed in their professions and be the very best at what they do.
These websites answer career questions and provide career advice for both jobseekers and working professionals. They help you to improve your job, offer useful articles and empower you with information on career development.
Methodology used: Over a period of six months, I combed through the Internet looking for, reading and curating great career websites based on: overall blog content, career advice topics and categories addressed, ease of navigation on the websites, website layout and presentation, passion evident for helping jobseekers and career climbers, and information available on social media.
The websites are not ranked in any way. They are listed in alphabetical order and show the website or blog name, logo, a summary description, what you will learn and two samples of interesting articles to read on each blog.
At the end of this article, there is a list of other career websites and resources and some do a good job of ranking the best or top career blogs and websites.
You can quickly skim all the 100 helpful career blogs and websites on the table of contents below and then click on any website to read further details. Please enjoy reading. Thank you.
The Colors of Interview Success – Struggling to choose your interview outfit? This post walks you through what colors to wear during an interview and which colors can portray you in a favorable way.
2. Ask A Manager
Ask A Manager answers questions that readers are grappling with in their day-to-day work. (Founder: Alison Green)
What You Will Learn
Many topics are addressed including advice about your boss, advice about your coworkers, job searching, internships, interviewing, resumes, networking, layoffs, unemployment, rejections, job offers, being the boss and work habits.
Interesting Articles To Read
What does “culture fit” really mean? – Curious if you will fit into an organization’s culture? This question is answered by explaining what fit means, examples of fit and figuring out factors that are likely to make one succeed in a company.
Best-Job-Interview offers guidance to help job seekers prepare and succeed in job interviews. (Founder: Julia Penny)
What You Will Learn
Topics addressed consist of answering common job interview questions, questions to ask during interviews, interview tips and advice, mastering behavioral interviews, preparing for phone interviews, panel and group interviews, how to dress for an interview, closing an interview, thank you letters, negotiating salary and accepting a job offer.
How To Answer: Why Should We Hire You? – Why should you be chosen over other candidates? Explore reasons why interviewers ask this question, pitfalls to avoid and how to prepare and convince them that you are the best candidate for the job.
6. Bossed Up
Bossed Up helps ambitious women to beat burnout and achieve sustainable success in their career and life. (Founder & CEO: Emilie Aries)
What You Will Learn
Blog topics entail career inspiration and motivation, job interviews, mentorship, dealing with stress, staying positive at work, being productive and managing emails. Podcasts are also available.
Interesting Articles To Read
3 Types of Mentors You Need to Succeed – Looking for a mentor? Learn about different types of mentors who can provide helpful professional advice to help you navigate various stages of your career.
Career Attraction helps high achievers get the position and compensation they deserve. (Co-Founders: Kevin Kermes & Olivia Gamber)
What You Will Learn
Blog posts cover topics such as executive resumes, job searching, recruitment, resume mistakes, interviews, changing industries/changing careers, work environment, LinkedIn tips, working abroad, networking and negotiating.
What Does a Career Coach Do? – Should you hire a career coach? This post outlines how a career coach can help during different stages of one’s career.
10. Career Contessa
Career Contessa helps women build successful careers by providing expert advice, interviews, one-on-one mentoring, online skills-based courses and resources and a curated job board. (Founder & CEO: Lauren McGoodwin)
What You Will Learn
Career advice articles are categorized into five groups: career fit, job search, career growth, money and work life balance.
Career Enlightenment strives to make job search easy and straight forward by offering better ways to find work, better ways to leverage technology and better ways to approach networking. (Founder: Joshua Waldman)
What You Will Learn
Blog topics addressed include social media job seeking, resume building, confidence, veterans, personal branding, LinkedIn..
If you are thinking of resigning, take a moment to think about the major reason or reasons why you want to quit.
Assess how strongly you feel about leaving your job. Perhaps the thought of resigning has been recurring in waves or cycles, over and over again on your mind.
It might have been a small thought initially which subsequently progresses to a strong feeling which compels you to take action.
Perhaps you have lost passion about your job. The spark, fire and enthusiasm that you once had for your job has gone or is now just a dim or flickering light.
Perhaps the work conditions have deteriorated or your prospects for career advancement have stagnated.
Perhaps your motivation has dwindled over time and you feel that you need a fresh start.
Perhaps you are already searching online for resources on how to resign or how to write a resignation letter.
When you find yourself constantly asking – Should I quit my job? – then it quite possibly could be time to do so.
Keep reading this article for deeper insights on the proper way to resign without burning bridges to ensure long term career success.
2. 3 Signs It Could Be Time To Quit Your Job
Some warning signs that indicate it could be time to quit include when you are always stressed, uninspired or demotivated.
2.1 When you are constantly stressed
When the demands of your job significantly outpace your capacity to meet them, this can lead to stress.
Stress at work can be caused by many factors such as continuous never ending urgent deadlines, excessive fear, worry or anxiety, feelings of powerlessness, loss of control and a toxic or hostile work environment.
The stress can lead to body aches, pain and tension, loss of appetite, constant fatigue or exhaustion, loss of concentration, inability to sleep properly, irritability etc.
A little stress at work can be manageable and could possibly push you to be more productive.
However, if the stress is too much to the point of affecting your health and well-being, it could be time to make hard decisions about whether to stay or move on.
2.2 When you are uninspired
At the workplace, people are usually inspired by many things such as the company’s vision, mission, your boss, the team, your work, your goals, training opportunities, customers, doing something that benefits many, making a contribution and doing good and meaningful work.
If one or a combination of these things change, it could affect your levels of enthusiasm – for example, if your boss who you worked with well and had great rapport together is transferred or moves on to another company.
The change in leadership could adversely affect some people especially if a new boss comes who doesn’t connect well with the team.
2.3 When you are demotivated
If waking up to go to work has become a challenge, if your self-drive is gone, if you no longer feel enthusiastic about a job that you used to like then it could be time to assess your situation.
Find out what has led to the loss of enthusiasm? Is it a one-time event that has happened or is it a series of things that have slowly eroded your motivation over time?
Is there anything that can be done to recharge your passion?
What has caused you to be demotivated?
Perhaps it could be lack of promotion, being passed over again and again for promotion, lack of recognition, unethical or questionable practices in the office, a toxic or hostile work environment, your skills and abilities are not being stretched or fully utilized etc.
3. What To Consider Before You Resign/Resignation Checklist
Before you decide to resign, it is a good idea to go through a checklist of important things to do or address to ensure that you make a graceful exit.
Below are 14 items to include on a resignation checklist to safeguard that you have covered all angles before leaving your current position.
Why do I want to resign?
How much notice do I want to give?
Have I determined my last day at work?
Do I have a job offer ready?
Have I written a resignation letter?
What are the major pending tasks that I am working on?
Have I written handover notes?
If I don’t have another job lined up what plans do I have for accommodating living costs?
Have I removed personal documents from the computer?
Have I cleaned out and packed personal items? Because in some companies you might be asked to leave immediately after you tender your resignation.
Have I scheduled a resignation meeting with my supervisor?
Have I prepared for an exit interview?
Have I thought about how to say goodbye to colleagues?
Have I asked for references?
4. 30 Reasons Why People Resign/Quit Their Jobs
People quit jobs for various reasons. What would make one person quit is different from what would make another resign.
Below are 30 reasons why people resign from their jobs.
Found a better job.
Too much work.
Bad boss or manager or lack of chemistry with a new boss.
When you are always unhappy at work.
Low salary or pay cut.
Lack of or poor benefits.
Conflicts with co-workers.
Hostile or toxic work environment.
Lack of appreciation or recognition.
Lack of career advancement opportunities.
Long commute to work.
Hectic or inconvenient work schedule or hours.
Lack of challenge at work, boredom or the work no longer stimulates or excites you.
Poor work life balance.
Going back to school.
Company facing financial difficulties.
Family or personal situations such as starting a family, caring for a loved one or illness, medical or health reasons.
Being passed over for promotions.
Lack of training opportunities or professional development.
Bad company culture.
Poor company leadership or management.
Pursuing a dream.
The job is not a good fit.
Unsafe working conditions.
Bait and switch – the job you are doing is different from the one you had applied for.
Company facing external pressures such as government regulations, severe competitive threats, technological changes that could make the company obsolete etc.
You are about to get fired.
Taking a career break.
5. How Much Notice Should You Give?
The official resignation notice period differs from one company to another.
The exact amount of notice to give would be stipulated on your employment contract or the company’s employee policy, manual or handbook.
The typical notice period is usually two weeks.
If you are in a more senior position, a one month period would be appreciated or even required to help in the smooth handover of your tasks.
Depending on the complexity of your job and your own personal goodwill towards the company, your boss and colleagues, you can choose to give more notice such as one month notice instead of two weeks.
Always remember to clearly state your last day of work.
6. 10 Tips For A Successful Resignation Meeting
Your boss should be the first one to know about your decision to resign.
It is inappropriate for your boss to learn or hear from others that you are planning to leave the company.
Once you have made a decision to resign, the next step is to write a resignation letter then schedule a face-to-face meeting with your supervisor to break the news to them.
The resignation meeting can be nerve wrecking both for yourself and your boss.
It would be especially tough if you were a highly valued employee because your boss would feel sad to loose you.
Below are ten tips for a successful resignation meeting.
6.1 Schedule a resignation meeting immediately
As soon as you decide to resign, immediately schedule a meeting time and date with your boss.
Aim to have the meeting behind closed doors – in private.
Ideally the meeting should coincide with the beginning of your notice period.
In other words if you intend to give a two week notice, then your resignation meeting should be shortly before the two weeks countdown begin or on the actual day the countdown begins.
Do not schedule a resignation meeting on your last day at work.
6.2 Have a resignation letter ready
When you meet with your boss to break the news that you are leaving, have a resignation letter ready.
It is best to first have a formal discussion where you break the news that you are resigning then at the end of the meeting you can handover your resignation letter.
Alternatively you can inform your manager that you will email your resignation letter immediately after the meeting.
Emailing helps especially in circumstances where you need to simultaneously alert Human Resources and any other key staff about your departure.
In this case you would “cc” them on your resignation email with your resignation letter as an attachment.
6.3 Express gratitude to your supervisor and the company
Take a moment to sincerely thank your boss for the opportunity to have worked in the company.
Mention a few key things that you learned and enjoyed such as opportunities for training, working with great colleagues, the good leadership skills of your boss, the mission of the company, the company culture, clients etc.
6.4 Reason for leaving?
During the resignation meeting, the topmost question that will be on your boss’s mind is – Why are you leaving?
Your boss might ask you this question or they could wait for you to volunteer any information.
In this case it is up to you to decide how much information you want to share with your manager.
If you don’t want to share any information or details, you could give a high-level and respectful summary such as “I found a great opportunity which I believe will help me to advance in my career.”
If you decide to share details you can mention or reveal what your new job will be and the name of the company.
Alternatively, if you are leaving to pursue other interests or opportunities such as going back to school, starting a business, traveling, starting a family, relocating, career change etc you could also share or disclose what you are comfortable revealing.
6.5 Give your notice period and specify your last day
Inform your boss about how much notice you want to give and also ensure that you specify your last day of work.
This helps to ensure that both of you are on the same page and prevents any misunderstandings.
6.6 Outline how you can help with the transition
Mention that you are willing to assist in ensuring a smooth transition.
Point out ways you can help such as updating your job description with all your roles, preparing handover notes, training colleagues etc.
Also ask your manager for their preference in the handover process and when to begin it.
6.7 Identify pending tasks on your plate
Discuss with your boss the status of major tasks and projects that you are working on.
Point out any pending tasks that will need to be addressed after your departure.
Offer to prepare a list of major or pending tasks that you were working on as well as sharing tips, tricks or tidbits for how to efficiently perform your job.
Mention where everything is located such as files, documents, passwords etc.
6.8 Listen to your boss’s tips, views or feedback
Your boss might have some words of wisdom to share with you or some tips.
Your boss might also want to share some feedback such as expressing appreciation for your work, mentioning aspects that they liked about your work performance and wishing you success as you move on.
Listen and thank your boss for wishing you well.
On the other hand sometimes a boss might be shocked or angry that you are leaving.
If your boss is angry, yells or shouts, stay calm and be quiet. Don’t yell back, this can escalate the situation.
Your boss could be reacting out of fear or they might feel betrayed that you are leaving.
Calmly and respectfully restate that you are willing to help with the transition, reaffirm your last day at work and thank your boss for the opportunity to have worked in the company.
6.9 Request your boss to be your reference
You might want to ask your boss to be your reference.
This is especially true if you got along well and had a cordial, friendly, respectful or pleasant working relationship.
A strong and positive reference from your immediate supervisor will serve you well in your career.
In most organizations, the Human Resources Department would typically provide bare bones reference such as confirming your job title, salary and employment starting and ending dates.
Whereas this information is important for administrative fact checking or background checks, usually a much stronger reference than this would be needed to comfortably secure a job.
On the other hand, your boss can speak directly about your work abilities, skills, attitude and achievements.
The best time to ask your current boss to be your reference is after you have already received a contingent job offer.
It would not be advisable, except in extreme circumstances, to ask your current supervisor to be a reference while you are still working on your job.
This scenario can be challenging in a situation where you don’t get a new job offer and then you continue working on your present job.
Your supervisor might get doubts about your commitment.
6.10 Ask your manager how they wish to break the news to others
At the end of the meeting, ask your supervisor how they would prefer to share the news to others.
Some bosses might prefer to communicate the news directly to team members in a meeting or through an email.
In some companies there could be a policy where only the Human Resources team can communicate staff departures to all staff.
In other companies it would be ok for the departing employee to communicate the news to either team members or all staff.
Some companies even have a culture of doing a farewell party for departing employees so team members would need to know your last day at work so that they can plan the sendoff party accordingly.
7. How To Write A Resignation Letter
The elements of a good resignation letter include the following:
7.1 Effective date of resignation
Clearly identify the last day of your employment at the company.
You can write a statement such as “My last day of work will be month/date/year.”
It is very important to include a date on your resignation letter. The date will be at the top or at the beginning of the letter.
This date signifies when the countdown begins towards your effective resignation date or your last day of employment.
Your notice period is the duration between the date on your resignation letter and your last day at the company.
7.3 Supervisor’s name
Write the name of your boss and their job title.
7.4 Company name and address
Just below your supervisor’s name, write the company’s name and address including physical location, zip code, city and state.
7.5 Reference or subject
It is optional to include a reference line. The subject helps to quickly convey at a glance what the letter is about.
The reference can simply say “RE: Resignation” then you format it in bold and underline it.
Depending on your relationship with your boss or your preference, you can address your supervisor by their first or last name.
For example Dear Jason or Dear Mr. Brown or Dear Ms. Taylor.
7.7 Identify the position you are resigning from
On the opening paragraph of your cover letter, clearly state the job that you are resigning from.
For example you can state it as follows: “Please receive this letter as notice of resignation from my position as an Administrative Coordinator at Company XYZ.”
7.8 Opening or first paragraph
This is where you identify the purpose of the letter.
Items to include in the first paragraph are a clear statement that outlines you are resigning, the notice period that you are giving, the position and company your resigning from and your last day of employment.
7.9 Second paragraph
Here you convey gratitude for the opportunity to have worked at the company.
Mention your willingness to offer support in the transition process or handover activities.
You can also highlight a plan or specific actions that you will do to help in the handover.
If you choose to, you can provide brief information about your next move or your new job.
Discussing your future plans is not required. Volunteering this information is optional.
7.10 Third or closing paragraph
Thank the reader and end the letter. Thank your boss and wish the company well.
7.11 Signing off
Write the word sincerely and include your signature. Your will then add your name below your signature.
7.12 Cc line
Sometimes you might want or could even be required to officially inform other parties about your resignation.
In this case add a “cc” line below your name at the bottom of the resignation letter.
Write “cc” and then list the names and titles of other people who should receive a copy of your resignation letter such as the Human Resources Manager or Director.
8. Sample Resignation Letters
There are generally two types of resignation letters in terms of content.
The first type of letter gets straight to the point where you simply announce your resignation and do not provide any details about your next move.
The second type of resignation letter divulges information about your new opportunity such your job, the company or any other opportunity that you are pursuing.
It is your personal choice regarding how much detail you want to include in your resignation letter.
Always review your letter after you have written it ensure that it is free from typos and spelling mistakes.
8.1 Sample 1 – Straight to the point resignation letter
This sample resignation letter highlights the key facts in a simple and respectful way.
Please accept this letter as notice of my resignation from my position as a <insert your position/job title> at <insert company name>. My last day of work will be <clearly specify your last day in the office – month, day and year>.
I appreciate the opportunity to have worked at <insert company name> and I look forward to help in ensuring a smooth transition.
<Your first and last name>
8.2 Sample resignation letter 2 – Where you provide details on your next move
The additional details can be as simple as shown on the second paragraph on the sample resignation letter below.
Please accept this letter as notice of my resignation from my position as a <insert your position/job title> at <insert company name>. My last day of employment will be <specify your last day in the office – month, day and year>.
I have received an offer to work as a <insert your new position/job title> at <insert company name>.
It has been a great pleasure working with you and my colleagues.
I would like to help with the transition of my duties so that work continues smoothly after my departure.
Thank you again for the opportunity to work for <insert company name>. I wish you and the company the very..