The 2001 recession was the first economic downturn in history during which the sale of job search and career books went down. They’ve stayed down ever since.
Because there’s no lack of career and job search advice available online. Why bother to wade through something that has the look and feel of a school textbook when you can get everything you need in a couple of paragraphs on some blog or website?
Whether we’re employed and looking to get ahead or in transition and looking for work, that’s been the view of a lot of us for over a decade now. So, let’s ask ourselves how it’s working out. Just how much success has anyone had using this get-it-quick-and-on-the-Web approach?
The facts, sadly, are obvious to everyone. The number of long term unemployed in this country is now at historic levels. The percentage of those who are employed but worried about the security of their jobs has also never been higher. And, the vast majority of all Americans now say that they are dissatisfied, bored or unhappy with their work.
It’s a miserable condition, but it doesn’t mean that the approach we’ve been using is bad. It does mean, however, that what we’ve been doing falls far short of what we need. You see, the world of work in America today is profoundly and permanently different from what it was just five years ago.
It may not yet be fully apparent, but we have entered a new era. And, that reality requires that we adopt an entirely new outlook and approach if we want to achieve and hold onto meaningful success.
So, the issue for most of us is this: how do we acquire an understanding of this radically different workplace of ours without subjecting ourselves to some job search or career textbook that offers all of the excitement of a brick?
My answer is a novel. Called A Multitude of Hope, it uses fiction to depict the very real dangers and equally as real opportunities of our time.
The book tells a tale ripped right from today’s headlines – it involves three out-of-work Baby Boomers and a secret online group of workplace activists practicing “economic disobedience” against the vulture capitalists of Wall Street – to explore what we can do – what we must do – to reaffirm the power and promise of the American Dream.
I hope you’ll get it, enjoy it and, just as important, find it helpful. (The book is available at Amazon.com and in bookstores nationwide.)
Peter Weddle is the author of over two dozen employment-related books, including A Multitude of Hope: A Novel About Rediscovering the American Dream, WEDDLE’s 2011/12 Guide to Employment Sites on the Internet, The Career Activist Republic, Work Strong, Your Personal Career Fitness System and Recognizing Richard Rabbit. Get them at Amazon.com and www.Weddles.com today.