There are a LOT of career support websites…many very helpful. Just when you think that there’s nothing new to add to the discussion along comes one that does…The Muse (www.themuse.com).
The Muse is an attractive and nicely structured website. But like a pretty supermodel who also has personality and brains, The Muse is much more than just good looks. The first major point of difference between The Muse and other career sites is the ability to literally take an inside look at prospective employers…with photos showing the actual workplace. It’s enlightening…and sometimes surprising…to see what kind of environment you would be working in. The default work environment of startups seems to be a no-frills big room with rows of inexpensive desks manned by workers staring at laptops.
The Muse also offers an exceptionally deep amount of career content…much of it personalized. It’s all nicely presented and updated daily. I don’t know of any other career site that offers the quantity and quality of usable articles as does The Muse.
Another differentiating feature of The Muse are the classes you can take at Muse University to improve your job search and career management skills. The classes are all free and delivered to your inbox.
Finally, The Muse also lists open jobs (with photos of the typical working environment attached). You can browse by market and job type. Most of the positions are at startups and tech firms, although you’ll also find a sprinkling of companies like Goodwill and McKinsey. The majority of the jobs are entry and mid-level positions.
The Muse skews toward new grads, startups, and tech jobs in a few major markets (e.g. San Francisco/Silicon Valley, New York, Boston, London, Chicago) but seems to be broadening their scope in recent months. As the site continues to evolve I expect it will become much more comprehensive.