Career Fitness: Listen to Your Mother (to Find a Great Job)

Career Fitness: Listen to Your Mother (to Find a Great Job)

Career Fitness: Listen to Your Mother (to Find a Great Job)

In This Edition of WEDDLE’s Newsletter:

  • Career Fitness: Listen to Your Mother (to Find a Great Job)
  • CareerFitness: The Book
  • A Prescription for the Soul – Peter’s New Novel About Boomers & the American Dream
  • The Unbiased Connection to Great Jobs
  • Get the Advice That Works

Also visit the all new CareerFitness.com for more resources.

Career Fitness: Listen to Your Mother (to Find a Great Job)

It’s all the rage these days. If you’re in transition, you have to be using LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. But why? The rationale seems to be that if you can just reach the right person – no matter how distant and tenuous the link – you can depend on them to help you land a great job. But, stop and think about it. If you were in their place – if you were the friend of a friend of a Web contact – would you risk your reputation and credibility to stand up for someone who was essentially a stranger? I doubt it, and that reality is the invisible flaw in online networking today.

As it’s now practiced, networking on the Web is a contact sport. The more connections, friends and followers you have, the better. Your networking prowess is determined by the size of your address book.

What’s the purpose of all that effort? Apparently, it’s to increase the odds that someone might tell you about an opening you haven’t seen or recommend you for a job you’re trying to land. The math makes sense but the strategy doesn’t.

Why? Because it violates Mom’s Rule. What was the first lesson your mother taught you? That’s right. Don’t speak to strangers. Or, to put it in workplace terms, don’t risk your reputation or your own job security by vouching for someone you don’t know.

Now, some will say that violates the Golden Rule, but it depends on which Golden Rule you mean. You see, there are actually two: one for everyday human interaction and one for the interactions that occur in the workplace.

  • Do unto others as you would have them do unto you is a wonderful way to approach life. Its fundamental ethos is responsibility. We should hold ourselves to the same standards we apply to others.
  • While responsibility is also important in the job market, however, the fundamental ethos in that venue is reciprocity. Hence the Golden Rule of Networking is to give as good as you get. In other words, if you want others to help you in your job search, you must first be helpful to them.

Build Reciprocity in the Blink of an Eye

If networking in a job search is all about mutual support, there’s more involved than simply making contact. You have to transform those contacts into relationships. Or to put it another way, networking isn’t a contact sport, it’s a team sport.

How do you establish those relationships? By investing the time and making the effort to share your knowledge, wisdom, information and ideas with peers, friends and colleagues. You look for ways to be of service to them so that they will be of service to you whenever you need it.

Developing such mutual support doesn’t occur overnight, however, so it’s best to get started before you find yourself in transition. That said, it is possible to generate at least some level of reciprocity in the blink of an eye, so you can rely on it during an active job search.

Here are a couple of ways to get started:

  • Join the discussion forum on the Web-site of your professional society or trade association and take part regularly. (I recommend 3-4 times a week.) Look for ways to contribute to the conversation by providing information and insights that are helpful to the other participants.
  • Identify the most popular peer blog or LinkedIn group in your field and replicate your behavior on the discussion forum. Brand yourself as someone who contributes regularly and for the good of others.

Make those investments of your time and talent for a couple of weeks, and you’re likely to find at least some of your contacts have become relationships. And, relationships are the safety valve of Mom’s Rule. They transform strangers into people you can count on.

Thanks for reading,

Peter

Visit Me at Weddles.com

Career Fitness: The Book

Are you frustrated by the hundreds of job search and career building techniques you’ve read and heard about? For many of us, all those options can be totally overwhelming. How do you know which are the most effective? And what’s the best way to perform them? And how often should you use them to find a great new job or a better one?

Well, now you can get the answers to all of those questions in one inexpensive, easy-to read resource. The Career Fitness Workbook introduces an easy 7-step system of job search and career development activities that will help you successfully compete for and prosper in the job of your dreams.

The Career Fitness system presents the 7 most powerful job search and career development techniques, tells you how to perform them effectively AND how often so you achieve your goals both in a job search and your career. So, don’t delay. Get The Career Fitness Workbook today! It’ll increase the reach, endurance and strength of your job search and lift your career to heights you could only imagine before.

The book is available on Amazon. Click here to place your order.

Also visit the all new CareerFitness.com for more resources.

A Prescription for the Soul

Is the sun rising or setting on the American Dream?

A Prescription for the Soul answers that question with two parallel stories.

One is a coming-of-age tale about a group of American teenagers – Army brats – living on a small U.S. Army garrison in Verona, Italy in 1963. They spend their weekends exploring the ancient city of Venice … and themselves … as they try to understand the social and political upheaval taking place back home. And then without warning, they are thrust into a crisis that will shape their lives and their view of the American Dream.

The other is a coming-of-wisdom tale about those same teenagers – now aging Baby Boomers – living on the Gold Coast of Connecticut in 2007. They spend their days exulting in their exclusive class … the 1-percenters of 21st Century America … even as they confront the despair inflicted on others by their own corruption and greed. Then once again, they find themselves facing a crisis, but this one will shape the lives of their children and the legacy of their generation.

A timeless saga of growth and redemption and an unwavering examination of the challenges facing America today.

This historical novel is not yet in bookstores, but you can read a free excerpt and order a pre-publication copy of the book at OneStoryforAll.com.

The Unbiased Connection to Great Jobs

For over 15 years, WEDDLE’s has published the leading guidebook to job boards and career portals. WEDDLE’s Guide to Employment Sites on the Internet is considered the Gold Standard for job seekers and career activists. In fact, no less an authority than Dick Bolles, author of What Color is Your Parachute?, rated the Guide “Highly recommended!”

Now, you can sign up for WEDDLE’s Job Alert and get your very own, private and totally unbiased connection to some of the best career advancement opportunities on the Web.

This no-cost resource scours the job postings at leading job boards and career portals and connects you with those that match your capabilities and aspirations. It’s the easiest way possible to find your Dream Job!

Get it for yourself and tell your friends and family about it, as well.

Get the Advice That Works

There’s plenty of free job search and career advice on the Web. But, if that’s all it takes to be successful, we wouldn’t still have so many Americans finding it so hard to get reemployed and so unhappy at work once they are.

The reality is that too much of what you find online is incomplete (a short article here, a blog post there), out-of-date (posted before the Great Recession changed everything) or just plain wrong. So, if you’re looking for strategies and tips, tactics and techniques that will actually work in today’s tough economy, make an investment in yourself. Get one or more of the books below:

A Multitude of Hope: A Novel About Rediscovering the American Dream. This modern-day epic traces the journeys of three out-of-work professionals searching for answers in today’s seemingly nonsensical job market. Along the way, they discover the secret to “career security” and the pathway to real and lasting success.

The Career Fitness Workbook. This book introduces a complete regimen of activities that will help you successfully compete for and hang onto the job of your dreams. Think of it as “the habits of highly effective career activists.”

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: Wisdom from the Web on How to Get Hired and Not Be Fired. This anthology collects the best of Peter Weddle’s columns on job search and career success. It is the only book you’ll find that provides a candid and totally up-to-date look at how to get and stay ahead in today’s workplace.

Recognizing Richard Rabbit. This fable for adults will entertain and delight you and help you out of the boxes that keep you from becoming the champion inside you. It is a novel and engaging way to recognize the talented person you are meant to be.