Great Career Resources Courtesy of Our American Government

The U.S. Department of Labor recently sponsored a challenge that they called, “Tools for America’s Job Seekers Challenge.” I caught the tail end of this 3-month challenge and managed to sign up to vote for some of the websites that folks submitted.

Last week, I received an e-mail from the “DOL Challenge Team” that contained some useful information about the challenge and future plans. Here’s the bulk of the e-mail:

Thank you for participating in the Department of Labor’s Tools for America’s Job Seekers Challenge.  This was the Department of Labor’s first foray into the use of crowd sourcing and other web 2.0 technologies, and we consider your participation a major factor in the success of the Challenge.

Over the course of the three month challenge, over 16,000 registered users cast 30,000 votes for the 634 submitted tools.  The Department of Labor has examined these tools, users, and votes for fraud, abuse, and other questionable content and has posted the top tools in alphabetical order on .  We also intend to make the available for some time to allow job seekers, the workforce community, and the public to browse and use all submitted tools.

During the next few weeks, the Department of Labor will upload all submitted job tools to so job seekers, the workforce community, and the public will be able to link to these tools from a single site.

The Department of Labor will continue updating this list of online job tools, and hopes to conduct more “Tools for America’s Job Seekers” challenges in the future.

Thank you again for participating in the Challenge, and be sure to check out the top tools on

Though I suspect that there are some critical voices as to how the challenge was run, I give major kudos to the team behind this inaugural (pun intended) challenge.

Both the challenge and this e-mail reminded me of the wonderful career-related resources produced by the Department of Labor. The one resource provided by the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) that seems to be used most often by career information seekers is the Occupational Outlook Handbook. I know I refer students to this resource quite often. Now I need to check out those other resources as well, like the website.

How about you? Did you participate in the DOL Challenge? Do you have any experience with utilizing any of the career-related resources provided by the good people in our government?


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