Get your news quickly and easily with these free resources! It will keep you informed and give you a competitive advantage in your job search and career!
How do you get your news? I don’t mean sports and weather updates. I mean a daily dose of information related to your job search, career, and industry.
Staying current with trends in your industry, occupation and the workplace overall will help your career and job search.
Information will provide you with “conversational currency.” In other words, you’ll have topics you can discuss with people. It also ensures knowledge about trends in your field are current. And this will help you determine which skills you should develop.
I’m always amazed by how little people read. You can learn in many ways – podcasts, videos, classrooms, but reading is still valuable.
These four free resources make it easy to get your news and stay up-to-date.
SmartBrief creates summaries of the most important stories within industries. Free! Here’s what they say:
Serving nearly 6 million senior executives, thought leaders and industry professionals, SmartBrief is the leading digital media publisher of targeted business news and information by industry. By combining technology and editorial expertise, SmartBrief delivers the most relevant industry news – curated daily from thousands of sources – in partnership with leading trade associations, professional societies, nonprofits and corporations.
You can subscribe to one of many industry summaries containing curated articles from the top industry publications. Here’s a list of key industries:
- Health Care
- Marketing & Advertising
- Food & Travel
- Life Sciences & Technology
- Energy & Chemicals
- Aviation & Aerospace
If you don’t see what you are looking for, try using the search bar!
Looking for job search and career advice? SmartBrief On Careers has those too.
Alltop lists top publications by topic. Though many of these are not industry-specific, it’s still a good way to get updates. You can even build your own page to read all the information in one spot based on your interests. All you have to do is enter the RSS feed address. This resource is free. Here is the listing of topics:
CEOExpress is another resource you can use to search for news by industry. It provides industry news and top business topics. The page is quite busy, but you’re quite likely to find articles/news you are looking for.
Add your favorite news feeds to Feedly for one-stop review. You can easily digest recent articles from your favorite outlets (blogs). In addition, you can search for topics and add recommended feeds to your Feedly account. Learn more about how to use Feedly here.
Whether it’s Google Alerts or Google News, Google is a top destination for finding information.
LinkedIn News which appears on the top right section of your desktop is another place to find current events.
But don’t stop there. Follow hashtags and thought-leaders in your industry.
News and communities combined. Reddit is a popular destination. They say it’s “a network of communities where people can dive into their interests, hobbies and passions. There’s a community for whatever you’re interested in…”
Slack offers public and private channels. You’ll find discussions and news about topics the community is interested in.
Scoop.it is a news aggregator. Here’s how they describe themselves:
Scoop.it’s advanced content engine monitors global sources to find and curate relevant third-party content.
With a content curation tool you’ll:
- Boost credibility with readers and build brand awareness
- Establish thought leadership and strengthen influencer connections
- Access sources ranging from mainstream media to niche publications
Another news aggregator, Flipboard allows you to select news that’s important/relevant to you. You can search for topics and follow them to make it easy to skim the most important news regularly.
Pocket lets you find and save articles that are relevant. As a news aggregator, you’ll find stories on a variety of topics and interests. Select the categories you are most interested in.
There are trade publications for many different industries. You can search online and also ask people in your network which publications they rely on to stay up-to-date.
Similar to trade publications, industry newsletters are generated by organizations or individuals on a specific topic.
Thought-leaders and industry experts often host podcasts to discuss important industry topics. With advancements in technology, it’s become easier to host a podcast. You can search Google but you can also search your favorite podcast host site.
Looking for an answer to a question? Search Quora. They say it “is a place to gain and share knowledge. It’s a platform to ask questions and connect with people who contribute unique insights and quality answers.”
Many thought leaders have their own website or publish regular articles. Find and follow their work.
Read and Learn
Become an information sponge. Learn as much as you can about current events and new trends. It makes it so much easier to have great discussions with people while networking.
Hannah Morgan speaks and writes about job search and career strategies. She founded CareerSherpa.net to educate professionals on how to maneuver through today’s job search process. Hannah was nominated as a LinkedIn Top Voice in Job Search and Careers and is a regular contributor to US News & World Report. She has been quoted by media outlets, including Forbes, USA Today, Money Magazine, Huffington Post, as well as many other publications. She is also author of The Infographic Resume and co-author of Social Networking for Business Success.