Smart Stops on the Web

BY MEGAN PINKSTON

  

 
 
 
HUMAN RESOURCES

EASY DOES IT
www.simplyhired.com

Many of us may not consider a job search “a simple yet effective, enjoyable journey,” but that’s exactly what the creators of this vertical employment search engine strive to provide. The site features millions of positions fed from thousands of job boards and HR sites. You can easily refine searches by job type, work experience, education and date posted with a single click of your mouse. Through partnerships with Working Mother, Care2 and RetirementJobs.com, to name a few, the site offers specialty searches that limit results to mom-, eco- and 50-plus-friendly companies, respectively.

UNCLE SAM IN YOUR OFFICE
www.workplacefairness.org

Brush up on your legal rights regarding whistleblowing, privacy and non-competition agreements, plus a host of other employment laws, at this site from nonprofit group Workplace Fairness. It presents information, resources and publications on employee rights—free of legal jargon—at the state and national level. Check out “The Issues” tab, which tracks high-interest topics of healthcare, retirement and work/life balance, or click on “Features” to sign up for the group’s two e-newsletters, Workplace Week and In the News .

TAP THE TAX COMMUNITY
www.taxtalent.com

As a portal for tax professionals looking for tax positions, employees, training events and career management information, this site is a Smart Stop for all members of the tax sector. Looking for a mentor or protégé? How about a local tax conference? Visit the “Career Tools” page for access to the mentor forum or to search tax events by specialty, date or location. Employers can search resumes to fill permanent or contract positions, post job listings or request a salary benchmark survey, which provides a view of the current compensation landscape, to use when setting compensation policies, hiring or creating new positions.

A BETTER WAY TO WORK?
www.culturerx.com

This site is the home of work force management initiative ROWE, or the Results-Only Work Environment. In this result-oriented work style, founded by former Best Buy employees Jody Thompson and Cali Ressler, workers “do whatever they want whenever they want as long as the work gets done.” Under the program, employees are not judged on how they spend their time, but only evaluated on the end result, eliminating what Thompson and Ressler define as “sludge, or any negative language in the workplace that is used to cast judgment, place guilt or add stress.”
GENERAL INTEREST

CUTTING EDGE
www.smallbusinessedge.com

Both seasoned owners and potential entrepreneurs toying with the idea of opening a small business can use this Smart Stop to learn how to start, manage and grow a small business—or save one that’s in trouble. The site, home to Small Business Success, Leader, Urban Success and Winning Bids magazines, provides articles and resources on small biz financing, sales, marketing and technology, plus access to resources from its partners, including the Small Business Association, Inner City Economic Forum and the Association of Small Business Development Centers .

PORTFOLIO OF KNOWLEDGE
www.investopedia.com

Confused by unfamiliar lingo concerning foreign exchange, bonds, taxes or trading? Use this online dictionary to hone your financial vocabulary, then search market and trading calculators and tutorials, including retirement planning tutorials on 529 and 403(b) plans and IRAs. Whether you’re a beginner looking to learn the basics or a sophisticated trader looking to test advanced strategies, the Investopedia Stock Simulator, billed as “a fantasy sports pool for investing,” lets users of all experience levels buy and sell with $100,000 of virtual cash.

TAKE FINANCIAL CONTROL
www.wesabe.com

Part financial management program, part social network, this ad-free, Web 2.0 site lets its users, who could be your clients, children, co-workers or even yourself, track their financial accounts and goals. It then provides custom tips—submitted by fellow members—based on their actual spending patterns to help users meet spending targets and make responsible financial decisions. Purchases can be tagged by category (grocery, for example), then tips appear on your user page, like how to get more value for your money at the grocery stores you frequent.  

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