The best resources for career change can be found electronically, in print or through personal and professional networks. One of the best online resources is the National Career Development Association (NCDA). Also, social and professional networking websites, such as Facebook, Jobster and LinkedIn, assist in the career change process.
Founded in 1913, the NCDA is the first and longest running career development association in the world. The NCDA helps users explore careers, plan for the future, search for employment, and find the training necessary to pursue a career change. Most of its resources, services, and tools are free and several were taken from the book, "The Internet: A Tool for Career Planning, 3rd Edition."
A network can act as an anchor during a change in careers. The art of networking is establishing and maintaining relationships with people who can bring advantages, such as job or business opportunities. A good networking relationship is reciprocal in that each party gives and receives information, advice and referrals.
Facebook offers several applications to assist a career change, such as LinkUp, virtual business cards, and Inside Job. Jobster allows users to create a professional profile and a video profile or resume. It then allows users to search available jobs located on its job board as well as others. LinkedIn is a social networking website with more than 90 million users and executives representing all Fortune 500 companies, 170 industries and 1 million companies.