Feature: Swimming With Something On

Feature: Swimming With Something On

Feature: Swimming With Something On

Warren Buffet describes the impact of the current financial turmoil in banks and other financial institutions this way: “You only learn who’s been swimming naked when the tide goes out.” It’s a wonderfully instructive image. A high tide covers a lot of missteps and oversights, while a low tide makes them visible for all to see. Witness the emperors on Wall Street who are now running around without their designer (or any other) apparel.

The same is true with your career. When times are good, when the economy is firing on all pistons and employers are hungry for new hires, you can get away with a lot of weak spots on your occupational balance sheet. When the economy goes south, however, when employers suddenly get much pickier about who they hire and, no less important, who they retain, those aneurysms can lead to career cardiac arrest or what most of us call unemployment.

What should you do?

How do you protect yourself in today’s lowest of low tides economy? Make sure you’re swimming with something on, something that will protect you from the environment and enable you to glide more powerfully through the waters ahead. All that’s required is that you take two steps.

Step 1: Learn the principles of building a healthy career or what I call Career Fitness. Career Fitness won’t give you job security-in fact, there is no such thing in the topsy-turvy workplace of the 21st Century-but it will enable you to achieve genuine and lasting “career security.”

Job security is something an employer controls and depends entirely on its financial health. We all know how it works: when times are good, you’ve got a job; when times are bad, the job disappears and so must you. In short, job security never has and never will have anything at all to do with you. It is all about the security of the job, and from an employer’s perspective, jobs are simply boxes on an org chart. You can add them, move them around or erase them at will. The workers involved are simply collateral damage.

Career security, in contrast, is something you control, and it depends entirely on the health of your career. Career security describes your ability to find employment consistently and always in a job and with an organization that will enable you to express and experience your natural (and best) talent. It isn’t a matter of settling for the first available job or employer, but rather seeking out and successfully landing the right job with the right employer for you. Career security, then, is your capacity to act as a “smart consumer” of both employment opportunities and organizational employers at each and every stage in your career.

Achieving that capacity doesn’t happen by magic or wishful thinking. It isn’t some inalienable right granted to you by the Constitution or deeded to you by the status of your family or guaranteed to you by the pedigree of the school you attended. No, being secure in your career comes only from building and maintaining career fitness. It is the measure of the effort you make to ensure your access to the American Dream.

Step 2: Put the Career Fitness principles to work for your future by engaging in the right activities on a regular basis to build strength and endurance in your career. As indicated below, there are just seven such activities. I call them your Career Fitness “exercises.” They aren’t difficult, but like anything else that’s important, they do require an investment of time and effort on your part. They should be tailored to your individual situation, but they are applicable to everyone, whether you have thirty years or thirty minutes of experience in the workplace.

Career Fitness Exercises

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.

II. Strengthen Your Circulatory System The wider and deeper your network of contacts, the better able you will be to spread the word about your capabilities and goals in the workplace.

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.

IV. Increase Your Flexibility & Range of Motion 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.

V. Work With Winners Successful organizations and coworkers aid and abet your ability to accomplish your career goals, while other organizations and less capable peers diminish it.

VI. Stretch Your Soul A healthy career not only serves you, it serves others, as well, by enabling you to do some of your best work as good works for your community, your country or your planet.

VII. Pace Yourself A fulfilling and rewarding career depends upon your getting the rest and replenishment you need to do your best work every day you are at 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 that is presented in my new book, Work Strong: Your Personal Career Fitness System. Think of it as a plan for preserving and protecting your part in the American Dream.

Now, I know what you’re thinking-the tide is already out, so isn’t such an effort way too late? Aren’t some of us-maybe many of us-already exposed and therefore at the mercy of the elements? Yes and no. If you find that you’ve been swimming without something on, the year ahead is probably going to be a bit bumpy. However, it need not leave you high and dry. The tide will come back in and, when it does, you can be ready to reset your course-you can be primed to reaccelerate your momentum in the workplace-if you are swimming with something on. If you have prepared yourself by building a fit career.

Thanks for reading,

Peter

P.S. President Obama called out to our better selves and asked all of us to pitch … so, pleased, help a friend in these hard times; tell them about WEDDLE’s Newsletter.

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, when, where and with whom you can achieve career success in the 21st Century.

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

    Adicio, a company that provides job board technology to newspapers and niche employment sites, has launched CareerCast.com, a new portal for job seekers and even those just testing the waters. What’s special about this resource? There are at least four factors that set it apart:

  • First, its range and diversity. CareerCast.com is a network of Adicio’s 500+ national (The Wall Street Journal‘s WSJ.com/careers) and local newspapers (The Virginian-Pilot, Cleveland Plain Dealer) and select niche sites that specialize in a career field or industry (RetirementJobs.com, the Institute for Electrical & Electronics Engineers, American Medical Association). While the geographic and occupational coverage isn’t 100% complete, it’s as close as there is to a true one-stop shop for job hunting online.
  • Second, its other resources. In addition to all of the employment opportunities it posts, the portal provides a range of job search tools and a dashboard with which to keep them organized, career advice columns written by some of the best in the business, a “JobsRated” feature that ranks the appeal of different career fields, a daily workplace video, a rotating blog which draws in select commentary from around the Web, and more.
  • Third, its appeal. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or just entering the workforce, whether you’ve been sitting in the corner office or the mailroom, there’s plenty of content on the site that can be helpful to you. Today, for example, there’s a news spot about the job market for recent graduates; a column about the pluses and minuses of counteroffers that should give every manager pause; and for the seasoned pro, a blog about what your cubicle (or office) might say about you to a recruiter.
  • Fourth, it’s a member of the International Association of Employment Web Sites (IAEWS). Why should you care? Because the Web is now clogged with job boards offering employment opportunities. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with these offers, if the sites on which they appear are reputable. The IAEWS is the trade organization for the global online employment services industry; its Code of Ethics assures you that the members of the Association are committed to good business practices. They won’t sell your contact information to unscrupulous marketers or knowingly post fake or fraudulent job openings.
  • News Item #2

    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.

    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

    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:

    Net-Temps

    http://www.net-temps.com

    Post full time jobs: Yes

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

    Distribution of jobs: International-USA & Canada

    Number of jobs: 28,473

    Salary levels of jobs: $60-100K/year

    Offer a job agent: Yes

    Resume database: Yes

    How long are resumes stored: Indefinitely

    Restrictions on who can post: None

    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

    Don’t Be a Career Wimp. 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, when, where and with whom you can achieve career success in the 21st Century.

    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!