Defibrillator Jobs–Part II

Defibrillator Jobs–Part II

Defibrillator Jobs–Part II

You Can’t Find a Job With a Wimpy Career

This is the toughest job market in 100 years, so looking for a job the old fashioned way simply isn’t going to work. What should you do differently? First, build up the strength, endurance and reach of your career and then, with that foundation in place, get out there and compete for the job you want. How can you do that? And equally as important, how can you do it quickly and effectively? The answer is to pay a visit to CareerFitness.com. Based on Peter Weddle’s new book Work Strong: Your Personal Career Fitness System, it is a state-of-the-art resource center for successful career self-management and job search. Think of it as “your careerspace” for the 21st Century. Where should you begin? Use the site’s free Career Fitness Evaluation to see how well you’re positioned to survive and prosper in today’s and tomorrow’s turbulent world of work. You’ll also find other insightful assessments and a full featured program for career success at the site, so we hope you’ll take full advantage of all of it and tell your friends and colleagues all about it.

Feature: Defibrillator Jobs-Part II

You can waste a lot of time looking for your dream job in today’s rigor mortis job market. You can be just as frustrated if you settle for a stop gap job-one that holds you in place even as your income goes down. What’s the alternative? Get yourself a “defibrillator job”-one that will provide financial survival in the near term and the space to shock your career into the momentum you need for success in the mid-to-longer term.

How do you find a defibrillator job? And how do you use that job to stimulate your career? There’s only one way: learn and practice the principles of Career Fitness. Acquire the skills of a career athlete and put them to work for you in the one-third or more of your life you’re going to spend at work.

Finding a defibrillator job is a three step process:

Step 1: Have a frank talk with yourself about what you’re doing. Taking a defibrillator job is not a step backward, unless you look at it that way. There’s nobility in work, no matter what the occupation or task. That said, a defibrillator job search begins by focusing on the least lousy of your options and, if that proves untenable, then takes you through a series of other alternatives that are less beneficial than that, at least in terms of the income and workplace experience they provide.

So, why bother? Because reinstating yourself in the workforce provides you with at least four powerful benefits:

  • It gets an income stream flowing again so you can meet at least some and maybe even all of your obligations without tapping into savings or taking other draconian financial measures;
  • It demonstrates character traits-tenacity, a sense of personal responsibility and courage-that will impress any employer and stand you in good stead in today’s and tomorrow’s job market;
  • It accords you the stature of “an employed person” which, rightly or wrongly, will enhance your perceived value to employers and recruiters down the road; and
  • It accords you the time you need to shock your career back into a success sustaining momentum by learning and then implementing the principles and practices of Career Fitness.
  • .

    As a career athlete, then, you’re taking a defibrillator job not as a stop gap measure but as a platform for stepping up and out in your career. It is not a last ditch attempt to hang on by your fingernails, but a proactive strategy for preserving and enhancing your dignity and self respect.

    Step 2: Have a frank talk with your family about what you’re doing. While today’s economy has been widely covered in the news, it’s entirely possible that your spouse or partner, your kids or family may not fully understand the impact of the situation on your career. Now’s the time to fill them in, not to frighten or panic them, but rather to make sure they understand the challenge you face in finding a new job-any job-in the current environment.

    Then, you have to educate them on the value of your taking a defibrillator job. Just as you did for yourself in Step 1, you must convince them that it’s not a step backward, but rather a chance for you to prepare for a significant leap forward when the economy improves. That’s admittedly often a difficult and unpleasant conversation to have, but it’s essential to your success. Why? Because your spouse or partner, your kids or family will also have to sacrifice (by adjusting their expectations and even their standard of living) in the near term. You need their support to achieve your goal as a career athlete so they deserve an explanation for their sacrifice and a sense of the outcome they can expect from it.

    Step 3: Work your way through alternative employment options until you land the best defibrillator job you can find. Looking for such a job does not mean you should take the first minimum wage position that comes along. While it’s true that a defibrillator job provides survival income, that’s only half of the “benefit” it should offer. To be a true career-saving opportunity, a defibrillator job must also give you the time to strengthen your occupational prowess and momentum. Its workday schedule and demands must enable you to practice Career Fitness regularly and without interruption.

    What are the options you should consider for a defibrillator job? They compose a hierarchy of different job search paths:

  • Path 1: The Least Lousy Option-a part time position in your current career field and at the same level of seniority as your previous full time job. These kinds of positions enable you to keep your skill set fresh and demonstrate the caliber of contribution you can make on-the-job. That demonstration is, in essence, an extended job interview, which can serve you well as the economy improves and your employer looks to staff up for the recovery. In fact, the American Staffing Association reports that about a third of those who are hired in part time jobs are eventually employed in a full time role by their employer.
  • Path 2: A position in your current career field, but at a lower level of seniority than your previous job. Such a position draws on less of your experience and demands fewer of your skills than the job you last held. It’s especially tough to land such a job and then hang onto it because you must convince the employer and your prospective boss that you won’t bolt as soon as the economy improves and, for those of a certain age, you have to convince yourself that you can work productively for someone who is likely to be younger and even less capable than you.
  • Path 3: A position in a different but related career field, so it draws on at least some of the skills and experience you acquired in your own field. For example, if you were in sales, you might take a position in customer service. The challenge, of course, is to convince an employer that you know enough to ramp up to full productivity quickly and that you bring other qualities-maturity, insight, teamwork-that will pay dividends despite your lack of hands-on experience in their particular field.
  • Path 4: A position in a different and totally unrelated field, but one which offers a genuine opportunity to practice Career Fitness and the likelihood of sustained employment. These positions often pay significantly less than the first three options-in many cases, they are pegged at the minimum wage-but they do provide an income and sometimes also offer healthcare and other benefits. The most visible of these kinds of jobs and, therefore, the most competitive (at least in this economy), are those in the hospitality, light industrial, transport and delivery, retail, and building maintenance industries.

    How do you implement this strategy? I call the process “parallel pathing.” In effect, you maintain your search for a full time position in your current career field and at your current level of seniority, but at the same time you conduct a parallel search that works through each of the paths in the hierarchy. Spend two-to-three weeks on Path 1, then move on to Path 2. Spend two-to-three weeks on Path 2, and then move on to the third path and so on. Obviously, the goal is to return to gainful employment as quickly as possible, but in the right job-one that will enable you to turn being downsized into a personal upgrade. You don’t give up on your primary job search, but you are also realistic about what’s possible in today’s job market and adjust accordingly.

    Admittedly, taking a defibrillator job requires a healthy dose of both humility and courage. But give yourself credit-you’re responding to the greatest economic downturn since the Great Depression, and you’re doing so by holding down not one but two jobs. However, these are not your traditional first and second jobs. Quite the contrary. They are two first jobs: one where you meet your employer’s performance expectations and deliver on the paycheck they’re providing, and another where you invest in yourself and your career-where you show the fortitude and self respect required to voluntarily shock your career back into the momentum required for success.

    I’ll explore how you use Career Fitness to produce that shock in my next column.

    Thanks for reading,

    Peter

    Follow me on Twitter at www.twitter.com/PeterWeddle

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

    This Issue’s Sponsor: Work Strong

    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!

    Section Two: Site News You Can Use

    News Item #1

    Peter Weddle has launched a new blog which you can reach from 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, Peter believes that the key to success for both job seekers and recruiters 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. We hope you’ll read the blog regularly and tell others about it.

    News Item #2

    At a time of widespread anxiety among those in transition and those who fear they will soon be, CareerCast.com has published a helpful bit of guidance. It evaluated a range of different occupations and identified those it felt were the most and least stressful, at least in today’s environment. Its lists follow:

    Most Stressful

  • Surgeon
  • Commercial Airline Pilot
  • Photojournalist
  • Advertising Account Executive
  • Real Estate Agent
  • Least Stressful

  • Actuary
  • Dietician
  • Computer Systems Analyst
  • Statistician
  • Astronomer
  • How can this list help you? Well, if your goal is find a job that minimizes your stress and you’re not a dietician or an actuary, you might check out jobs in your field in the industries where dieticians and actuaries tend to work (e.g., food and dietary services, insurance). It’s not a fool proof strategy, to be sure, but it might help you avoid more angst prone environments.

    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:

    SeattleJobs.com

    http://www.seattlejobs.com

    Post full time jobs: Yes

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

    Distribution of jobs: Regional: Seattle, WA

    Number of jobs: 2,500+

    Salary levels of jobs: $76K-$100K/year

    Offer a job agent: Yes

    Resume database: Yes

    How long are resumes stored: 1 year

    Restrictions on who can post: Must register

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

    Member, International Association of Employment Web Sites: Yes

    Get 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!