Career Fitness: The Employer Litmus Test

Career Fitness: The Employer Litmus Test

Career Fitness: The Employer Litmus Test

In This Edition of WEDDLE’s Newsletter:

  • Career Fitness: The Employer Litmus Test
  • 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: The Employer Litmus Test

It’s easy to apply for jobs online, so it makes perfect sense to shotgun out dozens or even hundreds of applications and hope the Law of Averages works in you favor. That seems to be the approach a lot of folks are taking in the job market these days, and in most cases, it’s a miserable failure. It wastes time that could be spent more productively doing other job search tasks and positions the practitioner as a “one-and-done candidate” – the kind of worker who can be hired and fired without much thought.

If you don’t mind being treated as a disposable widget – if you’re willing to work as a throw-away employee – then by all means, apply to any and every organization with openings. On the other hand, if you want to be employed by an organization that respects your talent and sees your employment as a partnership, then you need to vet each organization – you must evaluate its culture and values – before you make a decision about applying to one of its openings.

That’s easy to say when you have a job, but what about when you’re out-of-work and need a paycheck? In that case, knowing what you’re getting into in advance is still important. If you determine an employment opportunity is with a predatory organization, you’re under no illusion it’s a dream job. Instead, you can hold your nose and take the position, but still keep looking for something better while you’re gainfully employed. In effect, you use the employer just like it’s using you.

How can you tell the difference between an employer that’s a bust for your career and one that’s a boon? Use the Employer Litmus Test. It’s not a substitute for in-depth research once you’ve applied to an organization, but it will make your applications more targeted and thus both more efficient and effective.

The Color of Success

While there are a wide range of cultures and value sets among employers, they can generally be grouped into two categories: those that see employees as a line item in the budget called Labor (whether the jobs they fill call for a PhD. or a high school diploma) and those that see employees as an asset and therefore treat employment as an investment in nurturing an individual’s best performance.

The Employer Litmus Test is a simple way to determine a prospective employer’s category. It uses an employer’s advertising as a window on its operational focus and priorities.

When you see an ad that describes a job for which you’re qualified and in which you’re interested, step back and examine the ad’s word choice and content. If the employer uses words like “requirements” and “responsibilities” in its description and if the ad is basically a set of specifications for what the employer wants from you, then in all likelihood it sees the job solely as a mechanism for advancing its own success. The ad details the kind of worker the employer will find acceptable and the tasks it expects that worker to perform to its exclusive benefit.

On the other hand, if the employer uses words like “opportunity” and “growth” in its description and if the ad reads like an invitation to take the next step in your growth as a person of talent, then the employer is taking an entirely different tact. It is providing the information you need to determine if you will flourish in the organization. Typically, it does so by answering five questions:

  • What will you get to do?
  • What will you get to learn?
  • What will you get to accomplish/
  • With whom will you get to work/
  • How will you be recognized and rewarded?

Now, to be clear, there are good employers that post job ads written for the industrial era and there are even a few undesirable employers that post ads with all the right words. Your goal, however, is to optimize the outcome of your job search – to find the best alternatives for you – and to do so as quickly as possible. The Employer Litmus Test enables you to do that. It is clearly not a scientific cultural assessment instrument. It is, however, a reasonably good way to tell an employer’s true colors and thus to determine which organizations are most likely to offer a culture and values that will promote your success as well as its own.

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.

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.