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About Us

So, What’s Unique About CareerFuel?

We solve the problem of 2 billion matches on Google for “find work” or “start a business.”  

CareerFuel has reduced this overwhelming information to the essentials— what you need to know and the best resources to get it done.  Updated daily, our direction and suggestions reflect the constantly changing landscape of news, apps, social networks, etc.

It’s free and most of the resources we recommend are too!

We connect you to the latest products and services for job search and startups.

For example, the Find Work section suggests Purzue for creating an effective resume in minutes, About.me for organizing your social media profiles and Huntsy to consolidate your job postings as you search. The Start a Business section recommends Panabee to help you find a company name, Docracy for free legal documents to protect your business and Clarity to get quick answers from industry experts.

CareerFuel’s original blogs and videos profile real success stories—people who found jobs or started successful businesses.

Each story delivers real advice that anyone can follow to create their own success.   Our job seeker success stories include millenials, recent grads, Wall Street executives, a teacher and a lawyer. Our video series, entitled “How America Works”, covers Main Street business ranging from an organic farm, a tree removal business that travelled from Alabama to New Jersey to help with Hurricane Sandy, a sandwich shop, gas station, bilingual school, fitness facility, children’s hair salon, etc.

Wish you had an effective network—we’re creating one for you on CareerFuel.

Come join the CareerFuel community and be get ready to start giving and asking among people who care.


We at CareerFuel are passionate about solving the jobs crisis, restoring people’s dignity and returning this great country to prosperity.


The Team

AnnMarie McIlwain

Founder and CEO

AnnMarie McIlwain is a savvy businesswoman with a visionary feel for market timing and opportunities. For the past fifteen years, AnnMarie has run her own consulting firm specializing in new business development for Fortune 500 companies such as J & J, Schering-Plough, Novartis, and Mellon Bank.  A recipient of numerous civic and leadership awards, AnnMarie has a long-standing commitment to social enterprise and community engagement.  In 2009, her husband was laid off from his marketing job. His job search, and the plight of over 23 million other Americans like him, inspired AnnMarie to create and invest her savings in CareerFuel.


    Jim Napier

    Social Media & Content Manager

    Jim bought his first computer in 1998 and has been mastering the web ever since. He started blogging in 2005 and never looked back. He has a voracious appetite for all forms of media, including movies, music, TV and video games. He is passionate about photography, art, and technology.

    Jim specializes in web design, social media and content management. Hire him today – JimNapier.co

      James Blake


      James Blake is a freelance filmmaker who graduated from The New School in 2012. He has studied with independent filmmakers such as Caveh Zahedi and Sam Green, and shot for companies such as Sony Asia, ThorLabs, and Dream Careers, Inc. Recently, he has devoted his time to making short films and creating content marketing for companies who believe that the knowledge you provide is as important as the product you sell. His hobbies include traveling, reading, and working. Click here to view his portfolio.

        Greg Peters

        Guest Blogger

        Life during the last five years has read a lot like a country song for Greg. Got laid off ­– got hired. Went to work, and then the new job expired. Went back on the street looking for work, but who’s going to hire somebody older than dirt? Worked the graveyard shift for a year or two, hoping against hope to find something new ­– and at long last did, working in communications for a university.

        Dream job is still blogger-in-residence for YourCompany.Com, but thankful every day to have a workplace to call home. Best advice: never stop believing in yourself.

          Shannon Alexander

          Guest Blogger

          Shannon Alexander is a Millennial living in Washington D.C. She has studied, lived and worked in Cuba, England, South Africa, The Netherlands and Sweden. Her employment experiences have been eclectic ranging from crafting lattes in Arlington, VA to serving as a CEO minion in Portland, Oregon. All, of course, while engaging in her first love: complex legal research and immigration advocacy.

            Gracie Foxwell

            Guest Blogger

            Gracie Foxwell is President and Co-Founder of Foxwell Digital along with her husband. When she is not editing books, doing fundraising consulting, or managing the digital marketing needs of her clients, Gracie is traveling, collecting new cookbooks, and enjoying most any glass of Pinot Noir.