Defibrillator Jobs–Part I

Defibrillator Jobs–Part I

Defibrillator Jobs–Part I

My New Blog-WorkStrong

Before I begin this week’s column, I would like to invite you to visit my new blog which you’ll find on the home page of the WEDDLE’s Web-site. Called WorkStrong, its audacious mission: is to help bridge the looming gap between the working men and women on either side of the job market. Although they have very different roles in that marketplace, I believe that the key to success for both recruiters and candidates is to re-imagine the purpose of their work and the direction of their careers. To paraphrase a noted (if controversial) scientist, only the fittest will survive these difficult days, and that’s what WorkStrong is all about. I hope you’ll read the blog regularly and tell others about it.

Feature: Defibrillator Jobs-Part I

This is the worst job market since the Great Depression. Each new day seems to bring another corporate bankruptcy announcement or another round of layoffs or both. The competition for work, as a result, is fierce. There are now millions of Americans looking for a new job and far fewer jobs to find. It doesn’t matter how many years of experience you have or how distinguished your past record may have been, if you’re breathing as you read this, you’re dealing with the most difficult and frustrating job market of your life.

So, what should you do?

Increasingly, some are saying that you should take any marginally acceptable job you can get and hang on until the recovery arrives. With a mortgage to pay and a pesky need to eat from time-to-time, I can understand that point of view. However, I think it’s wrong, dangerously wrong. Hunkering down is the worst tactic in such an environment. It puts your career on hold, when you should be fortifying yourself for what is likely to be a challenging decade or more. You see, the good times won’t return simply because the economy recovers. The job market may ease a bit, but employers are going to be just as demanding and just as picky as they are today. They won’t change which means you will still be at risk of spending month, even years in search of reemployment.

So, here’s my suggestion: look for a “defibrillator job.” That’s a job that will shock your career back into a rhythm that can sustain you even in the face of unprecedented competition in the job market and the fussiest employers in history.

A defibrillator job has two characteristic benefits:

  • Survival income that pays the mortgage and other bills and puts food on the table. These positions do not draw on all of your talent or capabilities. They do not put you at the same level of seniority or power as that which you had attained in your former jobs. But, they are gainful employment. They reestablish you in the employed workforce-with the stature inherent in that position-and provide a paycheck you can count on, not to enjoy some previous standard of living, but simply to survive.

    Is taking a defibrillator job a step backwards in your career? To put it bluntly, yes. But, it’s a backward step with a very important forward looking advantage. Finding a job that fits you perfectly takes far too long and may even be an impossible dream in today’s job market. A defibrillator job acknowledges that reality and enables you to avoid harming your financial position further by drawing down on your savings or selling your home in a lousy real estate market. It provides a foundation that you can use both to get by in the short term and, equally as important, to get ahead in the longer term as the economy recovers.

  • Flexibility during the day so that you are able to regain your occupational strength and momentum. Either your work schedule or the demands of the job provide the space you need to focus on expanding your professional knowledge and skill set, extending your range of contacts in your field and doing all of the other things required to move yourself forward again.

    When you’re unemployed in this kind of environment, your career is sick. As with a physical illness, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ve done anything wrong. It simply recognizes that your occupational health has been weakened, and you need to recuperate. Unlike with the flu or even a virus, however, your career cold won’t get better by itself. You have to take proactive steps that will enable it to regain its health. That’s why a defibrillator job is one that provides both a survivable income and the time it takes to regain your career fitness.

  • How do these two benefits “shock” your career back to health? The income stream holds you and your family steady financially while the aggressive acquisition of new skills and occupational stature jolt your career back into a rhythm that will sustain your progress. It takes a bit of humility and a lot of courage to attain the first and unflinching determination and a wellspring of drive to give yourself the second. Acquire both and you will have everything you need to survive and prosper, no matter how terrible the job market.

    I will explore how you find and compete for defibrillator jobs in my next column.

    Thanks for reading,

    Peter

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    P.S. Please tell your friends and colleagues about WEDDLE’s Newsletter. They’ll appreciate your thoughtfulness, and so will we.

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    News Item #1

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    News Item #2

    The American Staffing Association reports that one-third of those who take a part time or temporary job through a staffing firm eventually get hired full time by their employer. So, staffing firms can be an effective component of any job search strategy. How should you connect with them? For many of us, the best place to begin is a company’s Web-site. But, what should a staffing firm Web-site look like? My nomination is AmericaonDemand.net. In the interest of full disclosure, I helped this company conceptualize the site, but I think it stands out for a couple of reasons:

  • First, it removes the transactional feel of many other sites by offering visitors a Career Center that provides them with tools and resources not only to find a job, but to manage their career, as well. In other words, this is a site that can help you succeed when you’re looking for a job and when you’re not.
  • And second, it doesn’t just talk at visitors, it engages them in a dialogue. This first version of the site offers polls for job seekers and HR professionals so they can express their opinions on key job search and career issues. Future plans call for the site to include discussion forums and other kinds of interactive functionality.
  • Is the site perfect? No site is, but AmericaonDemand.net transforms the standard, old staffing firm site into a 21st Century career portal that serves your best interests now and throughout your time in the workplace.

    News Item #3

    WEDDLE’s publishes the perfect job search tool for hard times-an inexpensive, quick and easy-to-use series of guides to the best job boards and career portals online. Think of them as the CliffsNotes to career success on the Internet. Called WEDDLE’s WIZNotes-Fast Facts on Job Boards, each book includes compact, but complete profiles of the key sites that specialize in a specific career field or employment situation. There are WIZNotes for:

  • Sales & Marketing professionals,
  • Finance & Accounting professionals,
  • Engineers,
  • Human Resource professionals,
  • Scientists
  • Women Professionals
  • Managers & Executives,
  • and

  • Recent Graduates.
  • Plus

  • Finding a Job on the Web
  • Writing a Great Resume
  • All you have to do is select the WIZNotes that’s right for you. Each volume has exactly the information you need to find the right job boards and career portals for you. And best of all, at $12.95 each, WEDDLE’s WIZNotes are a bargain to boot! Get one for yourself and one for your spouse or partner, son or daughter, friend or colleague or boss. They’re helpful to any and everyone regardless of their years of experience. To order your WIZNotes, call WEDDLE’s at 317.598.9768 or click here. Order today!

    News Item #4

    If you’re searching for more meaning in your career, if you want the time you spend on-the-job to be more fulfilling and rewarding for you, then read Peter Weddle’s new book Recognizing Richard Rabbit. It’s a gentle way to figure out your dreams.

    Recognizing Richard Rabbit is a fable for adults from 22 to 62 and older. In the genre of Who Moved My Cheese?, it opens the door to genuine self exploration. It is a story about finding the secret to authentic living. To being your own true self.

    How does Recognizing Richard Rabbit do that? Unlike traditional fables, this tale unfolds in two synchronized parts: one in fiction-the fable, the other in nonfiction-a parallel self-interview. In essence, you are invited to tap both the creative and the analytic sides of your brain-to probe the whole of your inherent talent-so you can find the pathway to the person you were meant to be.

    Why is that so important? Because whether you are a mid-career professional or a first time job seeker, whether you are a senior executive or a skilled tradesperson, whether you are actively looking for a job or just keeping your options open, the key to success is a sure understanding of who you are and what you stand for. So, make sure you know the authentic You. Get your copy of Recognizing Richard Rabbit today. All you have to do is call WEDDLE’s at 317.598.9768 or click here. Don’t delay. Get Recognizing Richard Rabbit right away.

    Section Three: Site Profiles

    Site Spotlite … from the pages of WEDDLE’s 2007/8 Guides and Directories

    There are 50,000 job boards now in operation in North America and an equal number operating elsewhere around the world. The key to a successful online job search, therefore, is knowing where to find and how to select the best sites for your specific employment objective. WEDDLE’s 2007/8 Guide identifies 350 of the top sites worldwide and provides the information you need to determine which job boards will deliver the best opportunities for you. For example:

    6FigureJobs.com

    http://www.6figurejobs.com

    Post full time jobs: Yes

    Post part time, contract or consulting jobs: Yes-All

    Distribution of jobs: International

    Number of jobs: Thousands

    Salary levels of jobs: $100K-$1M+/year

    Offer a job agent: Yes

    Resume database: Yes

    How long are resumes stored: Indefinitely

    Restrictions on who can post: Members only

    Other services for job seekers: Discussion forum for networking, Assessment instruments, Career information, Links to other sites with career information

    Member, International Association of Employment Web Sites: Yes

    Asl Your Bookstore for Work Strong Today!

    This issue of WEDDLE’s newsletter is brought to you through the generous support of Work Strong: Your Personal Career Fitness System, Peter Weddle’s new book on how to condition your career for job search success and fulfillment at work.

    Designed specifically for the challenging workplace of the 21st Century:

    Work Strong not only tells you what to do for career success, but when, where and how to do it.

  • Career Fitness includes both a revolutionary philosophy of work and a regimen of daily, weekly and monthly activities that empower you to apply that philosophy to your career.
  • Using physical fitness as a metaphor, it introduces an approach to career self-management that is appropriate for everyone from senior executives and seasoned professionals to recent graduates and those who are reentering the workforce after an extended absence.
  • Work Strong helps you tap both sides of your brain in learning how to build a healthy career.

  • It encourages you to use your reasoning ability on the left side of your brain by presenting all of the information you need to Work Strong in your career. That’s The Career Fitness System
  • It also encourages you to use your creative ability on the right side of your brain by presenting a fictional account of what it would be like to Work Strong. That’s The Diary of a Career Activist.
  • In today’s world of work, you have only two choices: you can be the master of your career or you can be its victim. Get the tools you need to take charge of the one-third or more of your life you spend at work. Get Work Strong today! You’ll increase the paycheck and the satisfaction you bring home from work!

    But don’t forget about others. Get Work Strong for yourself and for your spouse, your sons or daughters and even for your mother and father. Everyone deserves to Work Strong. To place your order, call WEDDLE’s at 317.598.9768 or click here. Don’t delay. Get Work Strong right away!