We all go online looking for answers to health questions, or job opportunities. So, here are some reputable websites to get you on the right track, courtesy of Money magazine. They consider these the best sites when it comes to health and work:
- To find out who the best doctors in your network are: Check out Vitals.com. It’s a comprehensive site that shows you which doctors are covered by your health plan. It also tells you about their education, board certifications, work backgrounds and patient ratings. Also, if you’re sick, but not sure what kind of doctor you need, you can punch in your symptoms and it’ll refer you to a specialist.
- If you’re not sure which hospital to go to: Visit HealthGrades.com. Just click on “hospitals” and enter your location and procedure. The website will rank the quality of hospitals near you, showing how often their patients had major complications following their surgeries. It’ll also tell you which hospitals use advanced technology, such as robotic arms for surgery.
Let’s move on to the best WORK websites.
- If you’re looking for a JOB: You need to check out LinkedIn.com. You may already be a member of this website – 55 million people are. According to Colorado job coach Vicki Brackett, you could probably be using it more effectively. Make sure your profile is completely filled out, and publicly available. Also, add keywords that highlight your skills, and borrow phrases from job descriptions to help recruiters find you. You should also join the Linked-In groups in your industry. The coolest part? You can search your own network to see who has connections to a company that’s hiring.
- I Tunes U will help keep your job skills sharp. It’s not technically a website – it’s located inside Apple’s iTunes Store. This “virtual university” lets you download free materials ranging from finance lectures at Yale, to interviews with faculty members at Wharton. No, it won’t earn you any college credits, but in today’s job market, knowledge can be just as powerful as credentials.