When you’re choosing between career options you need detailed information on the day to day activities of the role, what skills and qualifications are required, basic salary data and industry trends.
Use the list below for this but it won't help much to find specific companies, or know whether you'll be good at or enjoy the role (for which you have to I'd recommend you to perform the Life Produtions process) Also, bear in mind that networking is very powerful, so only use these for getting the basics before you talk to people that can give you a much clearer picture. Thanks goes to 80000 Hours for pioneering this job search method.
1. A Google search is always a good place to start. Google around the type of roles you are looking for to see what's out there and who has been recently hiring.
2. Use the best recruitment sites for law jobs before moving to jobs outside of law. To avoid repetitive agency listings visit reed.co.uk, Law Society Gazette Online and Ten Percent Legal Recruitment Site to find up-to-date vacancies.
3. Contact organisations directly. If through your searching you come across a company which interests you check their website. Often vacancies are not advertised elsewhere. It can be time consuming but is an effective way of finding interesting roles.
4. Then and only then should you think of options outside of law. Start from point 1. and google around then take a look at the BLS Occupational Outlook Handbook and find the professional association for your industry to get started.
5. Research the industry. There are details about activities, skills and qualifications at ONET, Vault, and other general sites. Get more information on salaries for different jobs using the Occupational Employment Statistics site and salary.com. Find out about particular companies and careers by looking at Glassdoor, looking on directories of companies and talking to people.
2. Get Government data
Use this for basic information on job activities, salaries, skills, hours, and industry trends. Although accurate, this isn't perfect and doesn’t take account of earnings such as bonuses that are not part of the basic salary.
Occupational Outlook Handbook from the US Bureau of Labour Statistics’
The online BLS Occupational Outlook Handbook is useful to find lists of different occupations in the early stages of searching, including job descriptions, skills required, pay, job outlook and work environment information. You can then go on to the Occupational Employment Statistics site from the US Bureau of Labour Statistics, which has profiles for each occupation covering detailed information about salaries.
3. Use the UK Office of National Statistics Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings
ONET is a US Department of Labour website that contains the most detailed profiles on different occupations taken from interviews with actual employees.
4. Show Me The Money
Salary.com collates data on the salaries of jobs in the US that is more fine-grained than government data. They also categorise careers by seniority - for example, Software engineer I, II, and III - so you can trace expected earnings increases as you get promoted. Each job has both median and other percentile data and you can see salary + bonuses as well as basic salary.
Salary.com appears to be the best-quality non-government source of salary data. They take use employer-reported salaries and more than 90% of the job salaries listed take data from 100 or more people in that job. They also have data on salaries by location, but since they calculate it by adjusting national averages using a weighting factor rather than by presenting actual salary data by location it might be better to use the BLS occupational employment statistics handbook for location-based salary information.
Glassdoor’s salary data is taken from self-reports by people who register on the site and is displayed by company, so it’s less useful for getting an overview of salaries by job type. However, glassdoor is excellent for doing research when you’re thinking about which companies to apply to. As well as the salary data they have job adverts, reviews of each company by employees, and summaries of interviews at different companies written by people who have interviewed there.
5. Dive into Career advice websites
These sites don’t simply present information from other sources - they write guides to different aspects of career planning. Because of this, it is hard to be sure of their quality. Make sure that check the advice you read with other sources and by talking to more experienced people.
Vault is a source of career related analysis. Rather than just presenting data (like salary.com) or user-generated content (like glassdoor) vault provides written guides on many career topics. They have:
- Profiles and rankings of companies in some industries.
- Profiles of industries and professions
- Overall career advice
- A long list of day in the life profiles
- They also publish Vault guides which are books on particular industries and other career-related information such as interviewing.
Targetjobs UK-based. An advice site with job-search, employer profiles, summaries of different career sectors, and general career advice.
6. If You've Got some Steam Left in You
Quora :A question-and-answer site that you can search - often the people answering are experienced professionals. It’s useful for getting an insider perspective on many jobs and is especially strong for tech jobs and non-technical jobs associated with the software industry (e.g. sales and online marketing).
University careers service websites may be helpful. e.g. Oxford University Careers site and the University of London’s careers group has advice as well as information on many different industries.
Wikipedia also has articles on most jobs and industries. Useful for getting your bearings.
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