Feature: A Two-fer for Your Soul

Feature: A Two-fer for Your Soul

Feature: A Two-fer for Your Soul

Those of us who are in transition (and the rest of us who are worrying that we might soon be) often look at this, the last two weeks of the year, and think “holiday.” Searching for a decent employment situation is hard work, and we think it’s time for a break. Even in this gloomy economic period, we assume that most employers are all but closed until January. They aren’t recruiting so it doesn’t do us any good to keep working our network and sending in applications. No one is going to look at them, which means we may as well sit back and relax a bit too. And if we do, we’re making a mistake.

The 51st and 52nd weeks of the year are an especially opportune time. Sure, they give us a chance to focus on our family and friends, but just as important, they present a rare opportunity to do something special both for ourselves and for others. I think of it as a Two-fer for your soul. So, here’s my suggestion for the rest of 2008.

First, do something that will benefit you.

The urban legend that no recruiting or hiring gets done during the Holidays is simply untrue. Employers and recruiters may work a little more slowly during the last two weeks of the year, but they continue to post openings, review resumes and talk to candidates. And the fact that they do gives you a chance to gain an edge in the job market.

A lot of your competitors in the job market will, in fact, take a break during the next two weeks, so if you don’t, you will have the marketplace to yourself. You will stand out when you submit your resume, you will actually get a living, breathing recruiter on the phone when you call into a company, and you will be able to reconnect with contacts who, up until now, have been too busy to respond. It will be as if you stepped into an especially generous spotlight.

What’s the most effective use of this extraordinary time? I suggest you pick the top three of the openings for which you’ve applied or are tracking and do the following:

  • Use every node in your network (e.g., former coworkers and bosses, classmates and teammates, and current neighbors, fellow PTA members and kids’ athletic team parents) to see if you can find an employee of those organizations whom you know or with whom you have a connection (the same alma mater, members of the same association or affinity group). Reach out to each of these individuals by telephone and email and once you make contact (and reinforce your relationship), ask them to hand carry your resume into the appropriate recruiter sometime during the next two weeks.
  • Use professional networking sites (e.g., LinkedIn.com, Ryze.com, Xing.com) to locate line managers (not executives) within each of the organizations. Reach out to them to see if they can connect you to the hiring manger for the opening in which you’re interested. Normally, such “cold networking” wouldn’t do much good, but during this period of slower activity, you may just get a helpful response. Then, hone a hard hitting, but succinct statement of what you can do for each of those managers and convey that message to them by both email and voice mail. Close those communications by asking to meet with them or at least to have a conversation with them about your credentials sometime during the next two weeks.
  • Second, do something that will benefit others.

    My latest book Work Strong: Your Personal Career Fitness System comes off press next week. It’s a career book with a twist. It introduces a new philosophy of work-one that is attuned to the rough and tumble workplace of the 21st Century-and it provides a detailed set of activities you can do on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis to build a healthy and rewarding career.

    One of those activities is to “Stretch Your Soul.” Here’s how I describe it: “Work that serves your own well-being and happiness is the external dimension of a successful career; work that serves the well-being and happiness of others is its internal; dimension-its soul.” In other words, a meaningful and fulfilling career is one that enables you to do your best for yourself and for others.

    What does that mean during the last two weeks of the year? Well, of course, many of us are already very generous during the Holidays. We drop some money into the Salvation Army kettle or we donate some food or toys to a homeless shelter. Those are wonderful acts-they do help others-but they do not share the one gift that is uniquely yours to give: your talent.

    To “stretch your soul: means that you exercise your talent in the service of others. You employ your special expertise not to benefit yourself, but to benefit those with whom you share your hometown, your state, your country or your planet. The opportunities are almost endless:

  • If you’re a sales professional, you might look for a local environmental organization that needs help selling their value proposition to potential donors.
  • If you’re a Java programmer, you might offer to fix up the Web-site of your town’s community center.
  • Or, if you’re an expert in administration, you might offer to help clean up the files of a regional nonprofit arts group.
  • Whatever your skill, the idea is to put it to work during the last two weeks of the year (or any time for that matter) helping others. That gesture will not only improve their situation; it will enrich your own self-esteem, as well.

    The 51st and 52nd weeks of the year aren’t a dead time or a lost period … unless you let them be. In fact, those 14 days offer you a rare opportunity to contribute to your own well-being as well as the well-being of others. Take advantage of that precious gift, and you’ll be experiencing a Two-fer for your Soul.

    Thanks for reading … and My Best Wishes to You & Yours for a Happy Holiday Season,

    Peter

    P.S. Commit an Intentional Act of Kindness. Do something special for a friend or colleagues in these difficult times. Tell about them WEDDLE’s newsletter. It’s the best advice they’ll never have to pay for!

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    Section Two: Site News You Can Use

    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 January 2009. (For pricing and to order the report, please call WEDDLE’s at 317.598.9768.) 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, to examine the impact on job search strategies since the decline in the business environment, we compared answers to the question How do you expect to find your next job? during the first nine months of the year and during the last two and a half months. We found the top five strategies were exactly the same in both periods. They were:

  • #1: Responding to an ad or posting a resume on a job board;
  • #2: Networking;
  • #3: Sending a resume into an employer;
  • #4: A call from a headhunter; and
  • #5: A tie between a referral by an employee of the company and a tip from a friend.
  • What was different?

  • There was more interest in the ads posted on company Web-sites.
  • There was a lower propensity to check the recruitment ads in print newspapers.
  • There was less faith in the usefulness of networking at work (perhaps because there were fewer coworkers to network with).
  • And, there was less interest in checking the ads in the publications of professional associations.
  • What does all this mean for job seekers? Talented people continue to use a wide array of methods to look for a new or better job. In addition to the top five listed above, there were significant levels of support for at least five other job search methods. In these difficult times, however, those in transition appear to be shifting their allegiance from traditional media-print newspapers and association publications-to more online destinations-job boards and corporate career sites. So, here’s my advice: the job market is increasingly competitive so you can’t rely on a single or even a small number of job search methods or media. Make sure you use at least several methods in several media-don’t rely on just one print publication or on just traditional face-to-face networking, but also don’t rely on just online resources or on just one job board or just one professional networking site. Success comes quickest to those who use a multimedia, multi-method approach.

    WEDDLE’s is pleased to announce the publication of Peter Weddle’s soon-to-be career classic–Work Strong: Your Personal Career Fitness System. Specifically designed for those who want to be the master of their career rather than its victim, this book has two uniquely powerful features:

  • First, it introduces a revolutionary approach to working and it provides a set of daily, weekly and monthly activities that will empower you to Work Strong and achieve the career success you deserve.
  • Second, it enables you to acquire a deep understanding of Career Fitness by explaining its principles and practices both in traditional prose and through an accompanying story-the Diary of a Career Activist.
  • This book will change the way you view your work, your employment, your employers, your career and your workplace dreams. It will give you the knowledge and the know-how to transform the one-third of your life you spend on-the-job into a rewarding and fulfilling experience. For more information and to order your copy of Work Strong, call WEDDLE’s at 317.598.9768 or click here. Act now, before your career suffers cardiac arrest … or what most of us call unemployment!

    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!

    WEDDLE’s also offers a number of other publications that can help you land the job of your dreams, even in today’s tough job market. They include:

  • WEDDLE’s 2007/8 Guide to Employment Sites on the Internet. Called the “Zagat of the online employment industry” by the American Staffing Association, it provides full-page profiles of 350 of the best job boards in a range of occupations, industries and locations;
  • WEDDLE’s 2007/8 Directory of Employment Related Internet Sites. The “address book of the online employment industry,” it lists over 9,000 sites and organizes them by the career fields, industries and geographies on which they focus; and
  • WEDDLE’s 2007/8 Guide to Association Web Sites. The key to the “hidden job market” online, it details the employment resources and capabilities that are provided at the Web-sites of over 1,900 associations and societies.
  • Finding a job in the present environment is difficult; finding a great job is even more difficult. Part of the challenge is knowing where to look. With over 50,000 job boards in the U.S. alone, there are lots of places where you can waste a lot of time and effort. How can you avoid that trap? Be a smart consumer. Get the gold standard of job board guides: WEDDLE’s. They will help you identify the job boards that will work best for you. So, don’t delay! Call WEDDLE’s at 317.598.9768 or click here to place your order today.

    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:

    AfterCollege

    http://www.aftercollege.com

    Post full time jobs: Yes

    Post part time, contract or consulting jobs: Yes-Part time, Summer, Internships

    Distribution of jobs: National-USA

    Number of jobs: 177,008

    Salary levels of jobs: $101-150K/year

    Offer a job agent: Yes

    Resume database: Yes

    How long are resumes stored: Indefinitely

    Restrictions on who can post: Members Only: specific college academic departments and student groups

    Other services for employers: Assessment instruments, Automated resume agent, Banner advertising, Status reports

    Member, International Association of Employment Web Sites: Yes

    Get Recognizing Richard Rabbit Today!

    This issue of WEDDLE’s newsletter is brought to you through the generous support of Recognizing Richard Rabbit, Peter Weddle’s big bestseller in a little book. It offers a gentle way to survive and prosper in tough times.

    Recognizing Richard Rabbit is a fable for adults. In the genre of Who Moved My Cheese?, it’s a tale about some forest friends who make an amazing discovery by trying to help one of their own. They don’t uncover the key to organizational change, however, or to setting strategic goals for the enterprise. No, Recognizing Richard Rabbit is a much more personal book and its gift is unique to each and every reader.

    This story opens the door to genuine self exploration. It is all 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.