A Multitude of Hope
A Novel About Rediscovering the American Dream
Are you tired of hearing the U.S. is no longer the world leader it once was? Are you fed up with pundits who opine that the American Dream has been replaced by the Chinese Dream?
If so, get my new book, A Multitude of Hope. Ripped right from today’s headlines, it recounts the experiences of three laid-off Baby Boomers and a secret online group of “career activists” practicing economic disobedience against the vulture capitalists in the American workplace.
A Multitude of Hope will entertain and educate you and, as it names implies, give you hope for the future – yours and your kids.
The book won’t be published until April, but you can place a pre-order with Amazon right now by clicking here.
Job Search Outside the Box
New research to be published shortly in Psychological Science reveals that the connection between our minds and bodies is much stronger than previously known. The best way to be more creative in a job search, therefore, is to behave the way we want to think.
Researchers at the University of Michigan and New York University have now finished a series of tests to evaluate the validity of a frequently used aphorism. When we want to be creative – to do something that is original or innovative – we often tell ourselves to think “outside the box.”
Among the tests they conducted was one involving word correlations. One group was asked to come up with alternative word associations while seated in a 125-cubic foot box, while another was assigned the same task while sitting outside the structure.
The results were startling. There was a strong correlation between the location of a test participant’s body and their mind’s ability to be creative. In other words, when a person is able to step outside of real world boundaries, they are more likely to come up with original ideas.
What’s that got to do with a job search?
In today’s difficult job market, doing the same old things in the same old way is the kiss of death. Instead, we have to think outside the box when deciding what to do, where to look, whom to contact, how to do so, and when. Since everyone else in the job market is making those same decisions, the more original our answers, the more successful we are likely to be.
Stepping Outside the Box
Many of us inadvertently put ourselves into boxes in a job search. Among the most prevalent are our:
How can you physically step outside these (and other) boxes in order to think more creatively about how to conduct your job search? The research suggests that, as with real estate, there are three keys to success: location, location, location. You have to put yourself in a different physical location with the intention of looking at issues and ideas from that new perspective.
For example, if you only network at social media sites and only with people you already know, get out of your PJs and attend a meeting of the local chapter of your professional association with the explicit intention of connecting with people you’ve never met before.
Or, if you’ve limited your job search to the kind of job you had at your last employer and in the town where you now live, take a trip to a different locale and use that unfamiliar environment to push you into looking at jobs that apply your talent in a different way or in a different industry.
Making those kinds of changes isn’t easy, I know. Nevertheless, physically stepping outside whatever box you’re in – and we’re all in one or more – can erase your sense of limitations and energize your sense of possibilities. Make that change and you’ll also put another aphorism into effect: you’ll be getting yourself out of a rut.
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There’s Social Media & There’s Success Media
If you’re looking to connect with friends and colleagues, social media is your best bet. If, on the other hand, you’re looking for the keys to an effective job search and a healthy career, you’ll be better served with “success media.”
What constitutes “success media?”
Guides and other books that let you in on the secrets to finding, winning and holding on to the job of your dreams. They include:
Work Strong: Your Personal Career Fitness System. This book introduces a complete regimen of activities that will help you successfully compete for and hang onto the job of your dreams. Its one-of-a-kind program not only tells you what to do, but how to do it and how often.
The Career Activist Republic. This blockbuster of a book provides a provocative yet positive assessment of the changing world of work in the American economy and describes an innovative strategy that will enable you to avoid the pitfalls and capture the opportunities in this new environment.
The Success Matrix. This unique book offers dozens of short, easy-to-read articles organized into two sections: How to Find a New or Better Job in a Tough Job Market and How to Hang Onto Your Job in an Unpredictable Economy. It’ll show you how to be successful and stay that way.
Job Nation: The 100 Best Employment Sites
The American Staffing Association was kind enough to call me the “Zagat” of the online employment industry. And, just as Tim and Nina Zagat used their classic guides to identify the best restaurants, I have published a guide to the best employment sites on the Web.
Called Job Nation: The 100 Best Employment Sites on the Web, it’s my pick of the top job boards, career portals and professional networking sites on the Internet.
Every site is profiled with a complete consumer’s guide to its features, services and resources. That way, you can shop smart and pick the sites that will work best for you.
While admitting to some bias, I think Job Nation is the single best way to use the Internet to find a new or better job. And, it retails for just $14.95.