The AlstarsIT Info centre
provides you with papers and useful links to sites which relate to careers,
salaries and other items of value to IT professionals. Our aim to provide
you with only the best sites available, and to identify sites with which
you may not be familiar. For example in the Search area we have listed
some Meta search engines, Australian search engines, and a site which
allows you to use any of 500 specialised site and directory searches.
Please let us know of any
sites that you have found that you would like to share with your colleagues
in the industry.
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Resume Guide by Yana Parker
A useful site if
you are preparing you resume. Has some sensible tips on how to
increase the impact of your resume
ACS - salary survey
What are you worth?
The Australian Computer Society's annual salary survey (April
99) will give you information on salary increases in the last
year, and ranges for positions.
University of Waterloo - Career Development Manual
The University of
Waterloo in Ontario, Canada has produced a Career development
manual. Lots of reading! but some interesting tips. It takes you
through a process which is designed to help you evaluate yourself,
the market and make some decisions. If you are looking at a change
of career direction, but are feeling a bit lost then follow this
ABA Career Help Resumes, Cover
Letters and Interview Technique
Some good practical advice.
The Do'd & Don'ts and Pitfalls sections are particularly valuable.
There are many sites that
offer Interview advice. Many of these are developed by tertiary
institutions for students. These are some of the better sites.
This site has an index of
directories from which you can download software. Some of these
sites are focused on particular technologies - worth a look as
there is lots available. Also has links to many general download
A Guide to Australian
GangGang - Australian shareware
Not a bad site featuring
Australian developed shareware. Has a lot of downloads available
- even has footy tipping for ARL & NRL. Worth a look to get
Australian specific things and to see what your colleagues have
been up to!
The Australian CNET
site - provides different information to the US site, but
does not have much specific Australian content.
PC Week Online Australia
A ZD net publication
with PC news and some Australian content. Links to all other ZD
The Melbourne Age & Syney Morning Herald IT sections
The Melbourne Age and
Sydney Morning Herald have the same online IT section. This has
good local and international content.
A good source of Australian
hardware and software reviews and comparisons, Australian IT news,
and technical forums. Seems to have more Australian content than
some other Australian publications.
There are many search
engines and new ones coming online all the time. I have outlined
below some of the Meta search engines, and some of the Australian
search engines that you may not be familiar with.
Meta Search engines
If you have not tried
a meta search engine you shuld give one a try. By entering your
search once the Meta search engine looks it up on multiple search
engines for you and presents you with the results from them all.
Each will search different sources and present the information
in varying formats. Try a few and see which one you like.
All One Search - search over 500 search engines, databases
Not a meta search site
but provides search capabilities to over 500 different search
engines, databases, indexes and directories- If you want specific
hard to find info then this is the place for you. For example
search a bug data base, search for MP3 files, search for free
Perl code. Worth a look as this could answer those tricky questions.
Australian Search engines
There are a suprising
number of Australian search engines. If you are having trouble locating
local information give these a try. The most widely used is the
familiar Yahoo in its Australian version www.yahoo.com.au
One of the larger Australian
search engines. Uses the Looksmart directory structure.
A page thats lets you
search on a large number of Australian and International search
engines. Quite a useful resource if you are having trouble finding
what you want.
A recent Australian
search engine. The content is building. Feels a bit like using
Cowleys Australian Search Engine
- A small Australian search engine.
Good for locating businesses in your area.
- Australian Internet Service Providers Directory
- If you are looking for an new
ISP this directory gives a comprehensive list. I have found
it a useful indication of the services and pricing, although
some of the information is a bit out of date.