Career Fitness: Threatspotting
In This Edition of WEDDLE’s Newsletter:
- Career Fitness: Threatspotting
- 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: Threatspotting
One of the greatest obstacles to job search and career success is to be caught off guard. To be struck by a bolt out of the blue. When such situations occur, our options are almost always limited and our prospects for achieving our goal – whether it’s to land a great job or to achieve security in the one we have – are diminished. How can you protect yourself in today’s seemingly unpredictable job market and workplace? Become a practitioner of threatspotting.
No one likes to look for threats to their employment. We’d all rather be doing almost anything but analyzing the world around us to spot an industry being disrupted by technology or an employer with a fading market position or some institution’s growing infatuation with using part time or temporary employees. It’s depressing, to be sure, and frustrating. It forces us to acknowledge the instability in our environment and heightens our feeling that we are losing control of our future. But for those very reasons, threatspotting is also critical to career self-protection.
Now to be clear, threatspotting is not gazing into the futurist’s crystal ball. It’s not about looking at the long wave of social and cultural change and predicting what might happen in twenty, ten or even five years. No, threatspotting is an exercise is examining what’s going on right now. Think of it as research into present conditions, but with a very specific purpose: threatspotting is performed to determine what the implications of current events and trends could be for that job you want or that position you have. To put it another way, it is the act of being aware of what could happen to you.
Assessing the Clues & Acting on Them
Threatspotting is often begun in response to a situation or event – when the news gets out, for example, that your employer is closing a local facility or a discussion with your boss indicates that you’ve reached your peak with your employer or because your spouse has taken a new job which is forcing you into the job market in a new location. While that’s certainly appropriate, threatspotting is best done as an annual process, something you do regardless of external events. Optimally, it is a discipline of regularly assessing your employment environment to determine what – if anything – might disrupt your job search or career advancement.
Threatspotting is a 3-step process involving data and information collection about the state of your personal “sphere of employment,” the identification of any threat within that sphere and the development of the best possible response and its implementation, should that be required. Your personal sphere of employment encompasses your profession, craft or trade; your job and/or the local job market; your employer and/or potential employers in your area; and the local economy.
- Step 2: Determine What It All Means to You. The key to performing this step is understanding and overcoming a natural bias that can creep into your analysis. It involves the assumption that whatever potentially dangerous situation or trend you uncover won’t affect you. Everyone else may be susceptible to its harm, but somehow you will be left unscathed. Resisting that view, of course, must also be balanced with an equal determination not to overreact to events and trends. The best perspective, therefore, is to assess each situation with a very narrow field of view: Ask yourself if it could affect you directly (or indirectly) within the next 12-18 months and if so how.
- Step 3: Develop Possible Responses & (if appropriate) Act Environmental awareness is necessary but not sufficient for career self-protection. What’s also required is preparation for an identified threat and, if necessary, action to respond to it. For example, does an untenable situation with your boss indicate that you would be wise to explore other positions within your current employer or alternatively with another organization? Or, does a job market that is shifting toward a predominance of temporary positions suggest that you should explore using your skills in a new industry or in a different field? Yes, such changes can be unsettling and have their own set of risks, so the goal isn’t simply to act for action’s sake, but rather to understand your options and then evaluate the relative merits of staying where you are versus pursuing the option with the best potential upside.
Step 1: Collect Relevant Data & Information. Unlike in the past, the challenge today is not gaining access to news reports and other information about the state of employment within your personal sphere, but rather deciding which of the thousands of available sources you should rely on. Whether you make your selections with trial and error, peer recommendations or personal research, however, ensure they collectively cover your field of work, industry, and your home town economy effectively. Then, review and update those resources on an annual basis to ensure you’re getting the best insights possible.
In today’s unsettled and ever changing times, threatspotting is a core competency of successful career self-management. It is the single best way to ensure you have genuine opportunities in the job market and genuine security in the workplace.
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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.
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.