Today I want to share with you some of the most useful online resources that are both free and require no subscription.
These are valuable resources whether you are looking for a promotion or the next career move or maybe you’re going back to work after a career break or redundancy.
1 – Flexible working for Mums Like Me (Dads Welcome)
This is a free online resource on Facebook set up by Katy Fridman in February 2018. In just 10 months, it’s grown to over 15,000 members which is incredible.
Katy set up the group because she had found it hard to find senior roles offering flexibility. She wanted to create a community of like-minded people to share experiences and challenges, offer support and advice, build their network and create a platform for job opportunities that offer flexibility (all levels and sectors).
It’s become a powerful community of (mostly) women supporting one another and also a platform to source brilliant candidates for roles. I have seen some amazing roles posted and it’s now one I always recommend to my clients to join.
2 – The Career Mum
Another Facebook group which grew incredibly fast when first set up by its founder Amanda Newman in October 2017. Amanda’s background is IT so a kindred spirit.
She set up the group to support, empower and inspire women. It’s a space to get careers advice, discuss work dilemmas or share the challenges of trying to do it all.
3 – TED.com for ideas worth spreading
TED is a non-profit organisation devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. The concept has grown incredibly and there are now independently run TEDx events to share ideas in communities all around the world.
You can explore by topic or speaker. This is my go to place for 20 minutes at lunchtime. And in fact it’s how I found Ingrid Fetell Lee who’s the author of Joyful, which we explore in my first book club journey.
4 – CV Library for top CV tips
This site is a brilliant resource if you’re thinking about your next career move and you need to refresh your CV.
Although it’s a job search site however what I love most about it is the extensive collection of blog posts with smart tips on how to present you and your career experience on your CV.
5 – Flexible Working Directory
I’m not just sharing this because it’s something I created. I’m sharing it because literally 100s of women (and a few men) have downloaded it and found this directory really useful.
In this directory, I have compiled a list of recruitment agencies and job sites that specialise part-time roles, job share or flexible working in some other shape or form. It hasn’t been updated for a few months and I will be adding the Flexible Working Facebook group mentioned in (1) above.
I also plan to include a sub-directory of franchise opportunities.
What about you?
What online resources do you find really useful? Post them in a comment below to share them with other women.