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HireStrategy

HireStrategy is staffing firm so focused on matching the best people with the best possible cultural fit, that they can take up to a year to place you. Yes, they are slow moving, but they care about you as a professional and a person. You won’t be able to put all your eggs in this basket, but you can trust that they are on the hunt for you. Working with this firm along with a few others will put your job search on turbo.Visit Hirestrategy »
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Creative Circle

Creative Circle is a staffing firm founded by creative professionals, for creative professionals. If your experience is in marketing, editing, advertising, user experience, project management or art direction, Creative Circle is your go-to firm. After you meet with one of their agents and are added to their system, you’ll get multiple notices per day of open positions you can apply to.Visit creative circle »
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Vitamin T

The entire vibe of this place screams modern, forward-thinking, and ambitious. Send in your resume if you are a creative professional interested in freelance work more so than regular, full-time employment. Full-time positions are available, but the bulk of their work is tailored to professionals looking to take on new projects on a regular basis. If you’re looking to leap every few months or so, this is the firm for you.Visit vitamin T »
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Korn Ferry International

Korn Ferry is one of the most prestigious recruitment firms in the country. They focus on executive search and understand how to meet the needs of executive hires. There is no need to sift through hundreds of unappealing job listings; this site puts all the senior-level positions right at your fingertips so you waste no time landing your time career-defining role.Visit korn kerry international »

The McCormick Group

The McCormick Group is a first-rate resource for job seekers looking for a personalized experience. From first contact to hire, McCormick guides candidates through their job search processes, and matches their qualifications with worthy employers. It’s no wonder it is one of the top 25 largest executive search firms in the country.Visit The McCormick Group  »

Global Professional Search

Lots of people want an internationally-focused career; with Global Professional Search, you are on your way to having one. If you’re looking to leverage your foreign language and experience abroad, Global Professional Search is the place to go. GPS makes your profile and global skills easily accessible, thus making it easier for employers to find you. When you complete the survey on your skills and interests, they match you to real job openings that speak to your career goals. GPS only works with employers that value global talent and are ready to hire, so you waste no time looking for jobs with the wrong employer. It is the only service to highlight international experience, such as study abroad, foreign language proficiency, regional expertise and cultural competency, so it’s easier for you to get where you want to go.Visit Global Professional Search  »

Abbtech Staffing

This under-the-radar firm is great if you’re looking to work in technology at some of the country’s best employers; it staffs candidates in federal government jobs at top agencies like the U.S. Department of State and the Navy.Visit Abbtech Staffing »
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Indeed

Of course you’ll be looking for jobs on LinkedIn. But consider adding Indeed to the mix. There are a ton of job websites out there that make you feel like your resume has been sucked into a black hole. There’s nothing fancy about Indeed, but people get back to you. There are hidden gems on this site, and applying to jobs isn’t a marathon– it’s a simple form with simple instructions.Visit indeed »
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Jobscan.co

This is a super simple tool that helps you add more tailored keywords to your resume. Simply paste your resume into Jobscan is great for when you need feedback on your resume.Copy and paste your resume and Jobscan tells you if it’s a good match for the job you want, thus giving you a better sense for what the resume screener is looking for. It’s as easy as pasting your resume and the job description into the boxes on the home page, and you’ll get instant advice on what to prioritize, what you might be missing, and what changes you can make to get past the resume screeners.Visit jobscan.co »

Interview Stream

Interview Stream is the best way to help you practice your interviewing skills; with over 7,000 pre-recorded questions from a variety of industries, it feels like you are talking to a real person instead of to your mirror. If you are your own worst critic, you can replay your recorded answers to see what you need to improve. A good interview comes from good preparation, and Interview Stream prepares you to present your best self.Visit Interview Stream »

Brad Traverse Jobs

Brad Traverse makes it easy to search for jobs in the fields that DC does best: government, communications, PR, media, legal, international affairs, and more. A $5 per month subscription gets you access to the best that Washington has to offer; a simple search by category and keyword returns all the job listings you want to see but can’t seem to find on other job sites.Visit Brad Traverse Jobs »
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Vault Industry Guides

Consider Vault the destination for job hunt-related research. It is a database for hundreds of industry guides, career field and occupational profiles, and thousands of employer profiles, surveys, diversity profiles and message boards. There are rankings and reviews for companies, internships, and schools, all written by current and former employees. It offers help with resumes, cover letters, networking, and interviewing…what else could you need?Visit Vault industry guides »

Switch App

It’s like Tinder meets Pandora, but for jobs. Switch is the easiest way to directly connect you to employers looking for jobseekers like you without the hassle of a middle-man staffing agency. They swipe right on your credentials and you swipe right on their job description, and voila! You have applied to a job. The app actively learns your preferences based on your swipes, and shows you more jobs in which you may be interested. Furthermore, you will get a daily email with job recommendations based on your preferences, making your job search so easy you’ll wonder why you ever wanted to do it any other way. Visit Switch »

Negotiating Your Salary: How To Make $1000 a Minute Paperback

Yes, the cover of this book looks like something out of the stone age. But to date, it is the best book we have yet to come across on the very difficult art of salary negotiations. It has pictures (which are seriously helpful), it’s short, and it gives you a perfect script for what to say when you’re in the hot seat.learn more »

Working World: Careers in International Education, Exchange, and Development

If you’re interested in an international career, but don’t know where to start, this is a good first step in your research. International careers can be tricky, so having a good baseline understanding of where to start can answer many questions.learn more »

Mastery

From the author of 48 Laws of Power comes Mastery, a deliciously interesting book that chronicles some of the most powerful people in our history and the characteristics that led them there. Read this book for a deeper understanding of social politics in Washington and you won’t regret it.learn more »

Audible

Read more books, faster. Listen to all of these book on tape with Audible. After finishing your first book in just a few hours, you’ll be hooked. For a limited time, try audible and get 2 free books.learn more »

Momentum - FOCUS

Momentum is a personal dashboard designed to eliminate distraction and provide inspiration, focus, and productivity. Momentum only works with the Google Chrome browser. When you open a new tab, Momentum displays a beautiful page with your to-do list and an inspirational quote. Your new Momentum page is a moment of calm in an otherwise hectic day.Visit Momentum »

SelfControl - FOCUS

This Mac application is perfect for people who always find themselves distracted by certain websites when you should be getting work done. You can blacklist the websites that take you away from your work and set a timer that will prevent you from going to these sites – no matter what. Even if you turn your computer off and on again, the timer will keep going; you have no choice but to focus on your work. If you made a mistake or desperately need to turn it off, simply open your computer’s preferences and change the date to some day in the future, and your timer will deactivate (at which point you’re free to change the date back).Visit SelfControl »

Headspace - FOCUS

Headspace is designed to train and relax your mind through meditation. All you need is 10 minutes per day and Headspace guarantees to help improve your creativity, productivity, and focus over time.Visit Headspace »

Wunderlist - ORGANIZE

Wunderlist is a to-do list on steroids. Set due dates and reminders, assign to-dos, keep track of your deadlines, and prioritize your tasks. Wunderlist is available for free and works seamlessly across all major devices.Visit Wunderlist »

Planner Pro - ORGANIZE

Planner Pro is designed for people looking for a full-featured app to manage daily life better. You can sync with iOS calendars and events, remind yourself of tasks to complete, and take an unlimited number of notes.Visit Planner Pro »

Supernote - ORGANIZE

Supernote is not free, but it is powerful. The best feature is being able to record text notes along with voice notes and photos. Then share them via email, WiFi, or Dropbox.Visit Supernote »

Tiny Scanner - ORGANIZE

Incredibly convenient, this Tiny Scanner app turns your mobile device into a portable scanner. You can scan anything you want as an image, which can then be saved as a PDF. Organize them into folders and share them on the go.Visit Tiny Scanner »

Schedule Once - CALENDAR

Send someone a link and have them set up a time to connect with you. It connects with major calendar platforms like Google calendars and Outlook, so you can easily streamline the scheduling process. There is a nominal monthly fee after 30 days, but well worth the ease of finding a time that works for 2 or more parties. Visit Schedule Once »

Calendly - CALENDAR

Schedule Once may be the better scheduler, but Calendly certainly looks better. If you care more about design, go with Calendly. Forget going back and forth with email and easily schedule appointments, phone calls, interviews, demos, and more. Visit Calendly »

Streak - EMAIL

Want to know who’s opened your emails and exactly when they’ve read them? Want to schedule your emails for the next morning when you’re typing them out in the middle of the night? USE STREAK. Streak is a powerful CRM in your inbox. So whether you’re a project manager, sales rep, or just someone who gets and sends lots of emails Streak will save your life. Streak is a Chrome based plugin and will not work with any other browser. Visit Streak »

Rapportive - EMAIL

Rapportive is a Chrome extension that shows you an abbreviated LinkedIn profile of whomever you are corresponding with through Gmail; it shows you their title and company as well as common connections, and you can connect with them on the spot so you waste no time in growing your network.Visit Rapportive »

Jooicer

Jooicer is a growth hacking tool designed especially for Twitter. You tell it what results you want, and in return it targets potential followers who are interested in your content so they come to you.Visit Jooicer »

Buffer

Buffer manages and schedules your social media postings so you don’t have to. It shares your content at the times of day when there is higher social media traffic so that your followers see your updates more often. Use their mobile app to easily customize your accounts, format images, and add content to your queue.Visit Buffer »

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation

Through the CBCF’s 20-month fellowship program, participants work with congressional members and committees, attend leadership development seminars, complete community service projects and produce policy papers. Competitive internship opportunities are also available. Interns receive housing on the Hill and a stipend. The CBCF recently launched a Pathways to the C-Suite Internship, placing African-American students with some of the nation’s top executives in private companies. Visit CBCF  »

Capital City Fellows Program

The Capital City Fellows Program (CCFP) is a mayoral initiative to attract recent graduates of master’s degree programs in public administration, public policy, urban planning and related fields to work for the city of Washington, DC. In addition to on-the-job training in their host agencies, Fellows are given unique opportunities to meet with high-level city officials, participate in educational and professional development training and seminars. The program prepares Fellows to meet the challenges of local government public service and develops management talent for the city. Fellows are often offered and accept jobs at the end of their program. Visit CCFP »

Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship

Funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars, the Thomas R. Pickering Fellowship Program provides undergraduate and graduate students with financial support, mentoring and professional development to prepare them academically and professionally for a career in the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service. Women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and students with financial need are encouraged to apply. If you’re looking for a way into the Department of State, internships are one of the best ways to land a job offer. Visit Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship »

Management Leadership for Tomorrow

Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT) equips high potential minorities with personalized coaching. MLT works with over 500 new individuals per year through its core programs and provides career-long support for its community of over 4,000 Rising Leaders. Join an elite network of young professionals and access career support no matter where you are on your career journey. Visit MLT »

Give 1 Project

The Give1Project is part of Akon’s Lighting Africa initiative, which aims to give poor communities throughout Africa access to clean, affordable electricity. The Give1Project engages young leaders and recruits volunteers who want to help empower people in disadvantaged communities through hunger relief, health care, civic engagement, housing, legal services, employment training, and educational programs. Visit Give 1 Project  »

White House Internship Program

The prestigious White House Internship Program exists to give students and young professionals valuable experience and exposure to the public service sector at the highest level; within the Executive Office of the President, you can be placed in one of sixteen different departments, including communications, digital strategy, political strategy and outreach, and legislative affairs, to name a few. Visit White House Internship Program »

Virtual Fellows Program

The Virtual Fellows Program operates in a manner similar to the highly successful Virtual Student Foreign Service (VSFS) program, but on a more senior level. The VFP gives experienced U.S. citizen professionals the opportunity to contribute by serving as virtual consultants on issues, problems or questions faced by the State Department, without requiring that Virtual Fellows physically relocate. Fellows serve virtually on a part-time basis as unpaid consultants. The minimum duration of the Virtual Fellowship is six months, with extensions possible, if agreed to by both the Fellow and the State Department. Visit Virtual Fellows Program »

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation

Through the CBCF’s 20-month fellowship program, participants work with congressional members and committees, attend leadership development seminars, complete community service projects and produce policy papers. Competitive internship opportunities are also available. Interns receive housing on the Hill and a stipend. The CBCF recently launched a Pathways to the C-Suite Internship, placing African-American students with some of the nation’s top executives in private companies. Visit CBCF  »

The Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program

-The Rangel Program is a collaborative effort between Howard University and the U.S. State Department that seeks to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers as diplomats in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State. The program seeks individuals interested in helping to shape a freer, more secure and prosperous world through formulating, representing, and implementing U.S. foreign policy. There are two major components to the Rangel Program: an International Affairs Graduate Fellowship Program that provides support for graduate school, professional development, and entry into the U.S. Foreign Service, and an undergraduate International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program that provides undergraduates with the opportunity to enhance their skills, knowledge and understanding about U.S. foreign policy.Visit The Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program »

Bluehost - HOSTING

There are a ton of hosting companies out there, but Bluehost consistently ranks highest among customer service and quality. You can call them anytime– day or night– and someone will help you. Oh, and they are incredibly affordable. If you are launching a website for the first time, they are hands down the best option. (Also, this website runs on Bluehost, so we speak from experience.)  Visit Bluehost »

1776 - INCUBATOR

 A self-described “global incubator,” 1776 offers shared office space to businesses in the fields of education, health, energy, sustainability, transportation and more. But you don’t have to have an established start-up to join their incredible entrepreneurship community. Attend their events, classes, or meetups and discover a whole new world of Washington’s vibrant start-up community.Visit 1776 »

WeWork - COWORKING SPACE

WeWork is more than just gorgeous office spaces perfectly placed in DC’s most bustling neighborhoods; it’s a growing community of committed entrepreneurs. Four types of memberships allow you flexible access to office space, conference rooms, an online member network, benefits and discounts, and weekly events like office hours with industry professionals, educational workshops, and parties. Visit WeWork »

99Designs - LOGO DESIGN

 A self-described “global incubator,” 1776 offers shared office space to businesses in the fields of education, health, energy, sustainability, transportation and more. But you don’t have to have an established start-up to join their incredible entrepreneurship community. Attend their events, classes, or meetups and discover a whole new world of Washington’s vibrant start-up community.Visit 1776 »

Fiverr - LOGO DESIGN

Fiverr is more than just a place to have your logo created, it is a marketplace where you can get almost anything done for the rock-bottom price of $5. Find someone to type up your notes, create an illustration, edit a video, or even be your virtual assistant. Visit FIVERR »

17th Avenue - WEB DESIGN

Beautiful, affordable websites. With a budget at or under $600, you can have your website designed and launched. This small design shop also offers templates, themes, logos, and custom designs for Blogger and WordPress so you can spend more time developing great content and less time worrying about the nitty-gritty details.Visit 17TH Avenue  »

GoLive HQ - WEB DESIGN

This design firm isn’t cheap and I wouldn’t recommend it for new entrepreneurs. But if you have skin in the game and are looking to get something up and running in about a week, this is the firm for you. They will create your site, from design to development, in about a week. Visit GoLive HQ »
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CS MEDIA HOUSE - MARKETING

Sometimes you just want someone to find the designer, developer, and take care of the details of your website, event, and other media projects. Capitol Standard Media House (which runs capitolstandard.com) offers project management services to small and media sized companies and will help bring your idea to life. Email us today with details. Visit CAPITOL STANDARD MEDIA HOUSE »

FormGet - FORM BUILDER

FormGet is an affordable, easy-to-use platform for form building and email marketing. Through one platform, you can collect information, send surveys, and even take payments, in addition to managing engagement with your email subscribers.Visit FORMGET »

GetResponse- EMAIL MARKETING

There are a ton of email platforms out there. And I have tried them all. iContact is reliable and affordable and grows with you as your business grows. If you have less than 2,000 people on your email list, go with Mailchimp.com– it’s free and also easy to use. However as you grow, you may feel the need to jump ship as MailChimp can get expensive. When that time comes, this platform may be the right fit for you.  Visit GetResponse »

ForRent.com

It’s easy to forget the details when you’re apartment hunting. Luckily, ForRent.com has a handy checklist to help you ensure you get a place that’s up to code and worth the price you’re paying. Do not go apartment or house hunting without it. Visit ForRent.com »

Help-U-Sell

The name is cheesy, but realtors here can help you find an apartment free of charge, and when you’re ready to buy a home they’ll be there to help you too. It’s especially great for first-time home buyers and those looking for more personalization and help in the apartment hunting process. Visit Help-U-Sell »

Chatel Real Estate

Chatel Real Estate has both rental and sale properties in the most desirable locations in DC and its metro area, including Dupont Circle, Georgetown, and Alexandria. Visit Chatel Real Estate »

Scout Properties

Some Scout Properties listings start as low as $1,100 per month. Searching for an apartment on Apartments.com is a given. But when you’re looking for some personal service and properties put on the market from a private owner, use a property management company like Scout. Visit Scout Properties »

WC Smith

Search great rentals and properties for sale. WC Smith is a big believer in community service and chooses to make that aspect a priority in their business dealings. Visit WC Smith »

Frank Emmet Properties

Frank Emmet manages a variety of properties in all four DC quadrants as well as Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties in Maryland. This firm has over 40 years of experience in DC and is committed to providing a great living experience. Visit Frank Emmet »

Udemy

Learn anything, anywhere. Udemy is an online learning marketplace where you can join nine million others in taking courses in any field you can imagine. There are over 35,000 courses, all taught by expert instructors and many of which are free, so you can get a quality education to fit any budget on any device.Visit Udemy »

edX

Founded by Harvard University and MIT in 2012 as a destination for online learning, edX offers high-quality online courses through 85 global partners from the world’s best universities and institutions to all learners. Get real college credits, or learn about everything from the science of cooking to poetry just for fun. Visit edX »

SKILLSHARE

Skillshare is a global learning community for creators. Anyone can take thousands of online classes or even teach a class themselves.

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