Career Fitness: Make Sure You Get Career Insurance
A recent survey by Glassdoor found that 45 percent of those who are currently employed expect to change jobs within the next 12 months. What kind of position will they consider? The same kind a person in transition should be looking for: a career advancement opportunity.
There are, of course, many different reasons for taking a job and those reasons often determine the kind of opening to which we apply. Some of us are looking for a position that offers a high salary. Others want a job with great benefits. And still others search for work that’s only a short commute from home.
Such goals can shape successful job searches, of course, but only in the short term. They will get you off unemployment or put more money in your pocket; they can give you medical insurance or more time with your family. They do not, however, guarantee sustained career success. They’re term insurance, not whole career insurance. They cover you for awhile, but not for the long haul. And in today’s unpredictable economy, being always protected is a must.
How do you find such protection? Get career insurance.
Look first for a different kind of job, one that will position you for long term success. Make finding a “career advancement opportunity” your first priority and then look for the other factors – pay, benefits, the commute – that are important to you.
Why are these opportunities so good for your career? Because they motivate and support you to perform at your peak. They enable you to excel at your work, grow in your field and be rewarded for your contribution. And those outcomes are the best insurance you can get for a long and successful work-life.
Finding Career Insurance
What makes a job a career advancement opportunity?
It meets two important criteria:
- The job itself challenges you to do your best, while offering access to new knowledge and experiences that can be helpful to you in the future.
- The organization offering the job enables you to do your best, by offering an environment and the resources that position you for success.
How can you evaluate a job to see if it satisfies those two criteria? Ask yourself these five questions:
- What will I get to do?
- What will I get to learn?
- With whom will I get to work?
- What will I get to accomplish?
- How will I be recognized and rewarded?
If you can’t answer those questions about a job or if the answers you do get leave you less than excited about the prospect, don’t accept an offer – no matter how enticing it may be. A good employer will want you to have all of the information you need to determine if its job is as good for you as it is for the organization. To put it another way, a good employer will want you to have career insurance because by protecting your success, its success is protected as well.
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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.
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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.