If you’ve looked around online for career resources, you may have noticed that most of them fall within one of three categories:
- They’re written for entrepreneurs.
- They look Instaglamourous, but have no real substance.
- The graphics and advice appear to be from 1993.
But good news—there are relevant, attractive, helpful career blogs out there. While I hope this blog is one of your favorites, I know the value of having fresh sources of inspiration. I hope you’ll enjoy some new finds in this round up of the best 20 career blogs for women who want to make a difference.
Because you know it’s not just about climbing a ladder and getting gold stars for achievement. It’s about building a whole life, and having a career that allows you to contribute to something bigger than yourself. Here are the best blogs to help you do that, alphabetically.
Some of them are written specifically for women, and others have a message that’s important for women on the rise.
And if you’d like to keep tabs on all of them, you can follow this Twitter list.
The Best Career Blogs for Women Who Want to Make a Difference
BLACK CAREER WOMEN’S NETWORK
While the BCWN is dedicated to the professional growth of African-American women, most of the resources here are beneficial for all women. There are tips to grow in your current role, change careers, and handle tricky social situations at work.
BLUE SKY RESUMES
Hands down the best resume resource for creative professionals. Articles on resume writing, job search strategies, building a successful career, and creating a strong online presence.
The Career Contessa blog has multiple authors and strives to be a place for “honest conversations by real women.” Especially geared towards Millennials, categories include work, life, money, wellness, and culture. Articles are quick to read and actionable.
Chris is an author, world-traveler, and host of the annual World Domination Summit. He writes about travel, life, and work for “unconventional people doing remarkable things.” You can sort his blog by topic in case you’re only into the career stuff. His writing is always a good reminder that you don’t have to do things the “normal” way.
A great resource for those in higher ed, addressing the job search, teaching effectiveness, and navigating the changing waters of education.
The Daily Worth bills itself as “every woman’s guide to money, career, and business.” While you will find more typically feminine-themed topics like work-life balance, what I love about The Daily Worth is their no-nonsense financial and career advice.
Ellen is a career & business strategist for people with big ideas and ambitions. I appreciate how she honors having aspirational goals by also advocating good old fashioned grit. The highlight of her blog is the “Ask Ellen” series where she answers readers questions, Dear Abby style.
Idealist Careers helps purpose-driven professionals find and land social impact careers. From finding your passion to the job search to leading once you have the job, this is a hub for social-good and non-profit career advice.
Kathy is a career coach who specializes in helping women get out of their own way and overcome professional crises to reach their potential. Her blog is a nice mix of “how to,” think pieces, and inspiration.
Are you a Baby Boomer looking for a meaningful “second act” career? Kerry’s blog is your first stop. She knows that you don’t have to start from scratch to have a job you love.
The Levo blog is specifically for people at the start of their professional journey, but there are plenty of solid resources for every stage of your career, including topics like being more confident at work, handling difficult situations with co-workers, and how to speak up at meetings.
LIVE IN THE GREY
Yes! Someone else who understands that in The Purpose Paradigm, life and work are integrated. These guys get modern career challenges and opportunities.
LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
Written by author and career coach Jenny Blake, this blog is full of articles about all things post-college, but of course I admire the career articles the most. Jenny has had an impressive and varied career, and she brings that experience to bear on her blog.
My Domaine is a lifestyle blog for women with Pinterest-worhty appeal, and their Career & Money category is a mix of quick action advice and “here’s how she did it” profiles of successful women.
Penelope is a polarizing writer in the best way possible. If you’re not turned off by her live tweeting her miscarriage, calling out people she hates, and writing about sex on a career site, you will love her candor.
Seth is a best-selling author (I love reading his stuff while traveling) who writes about marketing, leadership, and the way ideas spread. Reading him is always a good shake up and inspires action.
Tara is an expert on women’s leadership and well-being. Her ground-breaking book, Playing Big, helps women share their voices and ideas in work and life. Lots of grounded, sensitive writing on her blog.
The Muse is a multi-authored blog with career advice articles, and I think their best resources are in the job search category. If you know what you want to do and your search has stalled, mix up your strategy with their advice.
WHEN I GROW UP
Career coach Michelle Ward helps creative women create their dream careers. Having left the corporate world to start her own business, Michelle’s “I’ve been there” blog features articles on discovering what you want to, ditching your day job, and starting a creative business. Lots of personality, loads of substance.
On the surface, this looks like a blog about productivity, but the articles are much deeper than “how to get stuff done.” A great resource for insights on creativity, leadership, and making ideas happen.