Defibrillator Jobs-Part III

Defibrillator Jobs-Part III

Defibrillator Jobs-Part III

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, you have to build up the strength, endurance and reach of your career and then, only after you’ve done that, can you get out there and compete for the job you want. How do you achieve that necessary level of upfront career fortitude? And equally as important, how can you do so 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 III

Editor’s Note: Peter’s last two columns introduced “defibrillator jobs” and described how to find them. (See the Newsletter Archive at WEDDLE’s Web-site to read these columns.) This column explores what you must do with a “defibrillator job” to put it to work for your career.

Being in transition is tough so advice is often offered with a spoonful of sugar. While well intentioned, however, that approach sends the wrong signal to those most in need of candor. So, being as frank (and respectful) as I can, here’s the unvarnished truth. This job market is filled with “irrational expectations.” You cannot find a job today using job search strategies and techniques that were devised for yesterday’s workplace. To put it more bluntly, you won’t find work-any work-in such a tough environment with a weak career record.

And sadly, that’s what a lot of people are bringing to their job search. They haven’t kept their skills up-to-date. Their ability to make a contribution commensurate with their experience has atrophied. Even their network of contacts has all but withered away.

Historically, such an out of shape career didn’t matter much. You could be laid off and, with little or no change in your credentials, hit the job search trail and in relatively short order, find another, similar (or even better) position. Basically, we had a come-as-you-are job market.

Unfortunately, those happy days are gone and gone forever. Why is that? Remember the jobless recovery of the 2001 recession? Well, this recession built on that development to create the “less jobs” recovery. When things start to get better, there will still be fewer jobs-not more or even the same number-as there are right now during the recession. Jobs aren’t being left open until things get better. They are being destroyed.

What does that mean for people in transition? Now, you have to enter the job market in a very different way. If you want to find employment in the new world of work, you have to fix your career first. Or, at a minimum, you must be fixing it while you’re searching for a job. But, the point is that Step 1 in a job search today-not step 2 or 3 or 4-is to upgrade your capabilities and your credentials. Whether you have 20 years in the workplace or 20 minutes. From now on, you have to have a strong career if you want to conduct a strong job search.

And then, once you find a job, you have to go on building up the strength of your career. You can’t stop simply because you’re earning a paycheck. Why? Because only a fit career will enable you to hang onto that job you have and get an even better job once the recovery starts.

How do you build career strength? It takes a regular and repetitive commitment to seven kinds of activities. As detailed in my book Work Strong: Your Personal Career Fitness System, they are:

I. Pump Up Your Cardiovascular System The heart of your career is your occupational expertise, not your knowledge of some employer’s standard operating procedures. Re-imagine yourself as a work-in-progress so that you are always been adding depth and tone to your knowledge and skill set and memorializing that enlarged capacity on your resume.

II. Strengthen Your Circulatory System The wider and deeper your network of contacts, the more visible you and your capabilities will be in the workplace. Adding to your network, however, means exactly what the word says-it’s netWORK, not net-get-around-to-it-whenever-it’s-convenient. Make nurturing professional relationships a part of your normal business day.

III. Develop All of Your Muscle Groups The greater your versatility in contributing your expertise at work, the broader the array of situations and assignments in which you can be employed. Develop ancillary skills-for example, the ability to speak a second language or knowledge of key software programs-that will give you more ways to apply your primary capabilities in the workplace.

IV. Increase Your Flexibility & Range of Motion In the 21st Century world of work, career progress is not always a straight line, nor does it always look as it has in the past or stay the same for very long. Moving from industry-to-industry, from one daily schedule to another or even from one location to another is never easy, but your willingness to adapt will help to keep your career moving forward.

V. Work With Winners Successful organizations and coworkers aid and abet your ability to accomplish your career goals, while less effective organizations and less capable peers diminish it. Working with winners enables you to grow on-the-job, develop useful connections that will last a career and establish yourself as a winner in the world of work.

VI. Stretch Your Soul A healthy career not only serves you, it serves others, as well. A personal commitment to doing some of your best work as good works for your community, your country and/or your planet is the most invigorating form of work/life balance. It regenerates your pride in what you do and your enthusiasm for doing it.

VII. Pace Yourself A fulfilling and rewarding career depends upon your getting the rest and replenishment you need in order to do your best work every day you’re on-the-job. The human body and mind have limits, and those limits cannot be extended by multitasking or even a Blackberry. Instead, you have to discipline yourself and your boss to set aside time to recharge your passion and capacity for work.

Understanding what’s involved in these exercises and then performing them on a regular basis is the foundation of a “system” for building Career Fitness. Think of it as a strategy for surviving and prospering in today’s and tomorrow’s workplace.

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.

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

    WEDDLE’s Research, a division of WEDDLE’s LLC, released a preliminary data set from its upcoming 2009 Recruiting Excellence Survey which will be published in later this spring. Why should you care? Because this one-of-a-kind report examines both sides of the job market; it explores which strategies and tactics recruiters prefer and what job seekers are doing to find a new or better job. For example, we asked job seekers to tell use which job boards are most helpful. Here’s what they said:

  • #1: Niche job boards that specialize in a specific career field, industry or location (48.9%);
  • #2: General purpose job boards that post openings in a wide range of career fields, industries and locations (45.9%);
  • #3: Vertical search engines that locate and compile job openings from around the Web (2.9%);
  • #4: The job boards operated by employers that post their vacancies on their own corporate sites (2.2%).
  • The almost equal support for niche and general purpose job boards reinforces my view that the best way to find a job is to use five sites: 2 general purpose job boards + 3 niche job boards (1 each that specializes in your career field, industry and location). This approach gives you access to the fullest possible range and depth of opportunities posted online.

    News Item #2

    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 #3

    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 2009/10 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:

    AAAS

    http://aaas.sciencecareers.org

    American Association for the Advancement of Science

    Post full time jobs: Yes

    Post part time, contract or consulting jobs: No

    Distribution of jobs: National: USA

    Number of jobs: 2,802

    Salary levels of jobs: Not Reported

    Offer a job agent: Yes

    Resume database: Yes

    How long are resumes stored: Indefinitely

    Restrictions on who can post: Anyone

    Other services for job seekers: Discussion forum for networking, 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!