This interactive website features useful exercises to help you discover your “path,” find your purpose, and get hired.
You don’t have to go in any particular order. Start with blocks that best fit your situation, and you’ll be rewarded with free resources and advice that match where you are in your journey. There’s no perfectly linear path.
The founders of 80,000 hours started the site because they wanted to help as many people as they could lead purposeful careers.
They do this by offering career advice for young talent who want to make a social impact.
The site is based on in-depth research alongside academics at Oxford on how graduates can make the biggest difference possible with their careers, both through overall career choice and within a given field.
PayScale has an interactive survey/quiz that will help you determine if your current job or the job you’re considering is paying the right price. Having this information gives you a lot more power when applying for a job or asking for a promotion.
You’ve probably come across TED before (it stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design), but it’s a site worth bookmarking and visiting regularly.
TED has come a long way since its humble beginnings as a non-profit. It now hosts multiple conferences every year, and it’s always updating its site (and blog and podcast) with the latest talks from some of the brightest minds out there.
Blinkist is the ideal website for anyone who loves reading but also has a busy schedule. Blinkist users can get digestible summaries of some of the most popular books out there—delivered as essays or audio “shortcasts.”
You can try Blinkist free for a week, and it’s $150 a month after that.
If Blinkist seems a little too pricey, you can try Actionable Books, which is completely free. It has over 1,000 books in its library, and each one comes with a summary that shares a bit of context, the big idea behind the book, and some of the main sub-points it makes.
As the 50th anniversary of their graduation approached, Harvard Business School’s class of 1963 came together to share their wisdom and insights on everything from their careers to their personal lives. The advice is written for their younger selves, making it perfect for anyone who is navigating the early stages of adult life.
If you’re like most people, you probably turn to Google several times a day for answers. But how much do you know about how Google works—and are you using the tool as efficiently as you could be?
This self-paced course by Google will turn you into a wildly fast and efficient Googler. Over the course of a month, you’ll learn the basics of how the search engine works and how to use it effectively.
You must be good at Google to succeed at work today because you must be good at finding answers to your questions without bothering your boss every two seconds.
Be proactive and self-sufficient. Learn how to Google.
Zapier is a tool that automates redundant, annoying processes by making apps talk to each other and do a sort-of “if this, then that” procedure. (More on that below.)
Though Zapier is a paid product, they’ve done a really nice job with their free content marketing. You’ll learn a lot about a variety of topics around things like spreadsheets, project management, and productivity.
This website by VC-firm First Round Review features some of the best advice for anyone thinking about building a startup.
My favorite thing about First Round is how they curate their content. Click on the Collections section, and you’ll see articles grouped together around topics like starting a company or becoming an effective leader.
Don’t want to create yet another account on another platform?
BugMeNot has you covered.
Enter the URL of the site you need a login for, and see if someone else already shared their login credentials, saving you an account registration. This works well when you want to “try before you buy” or avoid signing yourself up for yet another pointless mailing list.
Fast internet is no longer a luxury—for those of us who work online, it’s an absolute must. And sometimes, it’s hard to know if your internet is really slow, or if it’s just a fluke with your machine.
Fortunately, websites like Fast.com make it easy to get a quick answer. As soon as you open the site, you’ll get a rating on how fast your internet is, so you can decide if you need to call up your internet provider or just restart your laptop.
There are so many organization apps and programs out there today, it can be overwhelming (and costly if you subscribe to too many!).
Fortunately, tools like Workflowy can help you pare down on the number of tools you’re using by rolling everything into one platform. The free version gives you most of the perks—including the ability to organize your workflow exactly how you want.
This app is extremely useful when reaching out to people you don’t know, before interviews and when applying for jobs.
Search for people in your network or input an email address, and out will pop a “profile” about the person along with a “relationship report” about how you guys would potentially get along/work together.
It gives you guidance on this person’s personality type and information about how you can approach a conversation with them for maximum value.
(Don’t tell anyone, but I’ve used this on dates before!! lol)
From Venmo to Google Pay, there are a number of apps you can use to get paid instantly—whether you need a client to settle an invoice, or just want your friends to cough up their portion of the dinner bill.
Out of all of them, Cash App is by far my favorite. It’s so easy to use, and it has a much better UX than some of the others on the list (looking at you, Venmo).
You know what they say—things posted on the internet are forever. That’s especially true if you know about the Internet Archive Wayback Machine.
Enter any URL for a site that existed at some point, and you’ll be able to look at old versions of the site just as they once appeared. It’s a lifesaver for hunting down that old article or website that seems to have vanished.
IFTTT is a free website that allows you to automate your life.
Integrate your apps in the dashboard, then set up custom event triggers to complete actions automagically. For example, you can ask it to automatically track your Fitbit activity into a Google Sheet, or sync your likes on Soundcloud to Spotify.
Based on her bestselling book, Insight, Tasha Eurich created this quiz to show takers how self-aware they are, because as it turns out, most of us are really out of touch with reality.
To take the quiz, you only need to answer 14 questions, and then include the email address of someone who knows you well. They’ll get a quiz with 14 questions as well, about you, and when both quizzes are done, you’ll get your results.
Ikonick makes super sick wall art for motivated entrepreneurial types. From simple motivational posters to life-sized replicas of passports and monopoly game pieces, this is the perfect place to browse if you want to spice up your home office.
This is one of my favorite remote job boards. Find jobs scattered across the globe that allow you to work from home. You can easily sort job listings into categories based on your industry or what kind of work you’re looking for (like part-time or full-time).
If you’re building a freelance writing career, it can be difficult to find a paying gig. Fortunately, FreelanceWriting.com is here to help, with a comprehensive job board for wordsmiths who work for themselves.
If you use a tool like Bonsai (below), then this won’t be necessary. But if you’re starting out on your freelance career and just want to create some quick, simple, and easy way to make a good-looking invoice, this generator is a good fit.
If you’re a creator of any kind, then you may be missing out on big money if you aren’t using Patreon. This platform allows you to provide your fans with exclusive content for a subscription fee—and it’s entirely up to you how much you charge and what sort of content you offer (provided it falls within their guidelines).
For folks who have an interest in web development, Hacker News is a great public-sourced curated list of the best stories and articles on the subject. Even if you aren’t big into web development, you’ll still likely find some interesting tech-focused content to enjoy.
StackExchange is a group of online forums, which are focused on a variety of topics about virtually anything, from technology to business to culture. Ask questions, and the community will help you get answers.
What did I miss?
Welp, I could go on and on here, so I’m going to stop with the hopes of not overwhelming you.
I’m sure you know of a few websites or two that I don’t know about yet… PLEASE share the wealth of knowledge in the comments below. ❤️