Feature: The Bill of Wrongs

Feature: The Bill of Wrongs

Feature: The Bill of Wrongs

Every school kid in America learns about the Bill of Rights. It is both a part of our heritage and a synopsis of our values, of what is enduring about this nation called the United States of America. It’s an important lesson, to be sure, but only half of what they need to know. To be successful as adults-to survive and prosper in the workplace-they should also be taught the Bill of Wrongs.

If there were such a document, it would codify and correct our misperceptions. It would make clear what we think we know but all too often don’t about the pursuit of Happiness in this country. It would be a bill of particulars that would redress the harm people do to themselves by misunderstanding the true nature of an effective job search campaign and a healthy and rewarding career. What follows, then, is the first five articles in my Bill of Wrongs for working men and women in the United States of America.

Article 1. You can apply for any great job you would like, but you are not guaranteed that job no matter how much you think you deserve it or how right you think you are for it. In today’s workplace, an employer’s decision to offer you a job is based on both your competency in performing the job’s responsibilities and your ability to communicate that competency persuasively. If either factor is missing, you are not qualified-at least from the employer’s perspective-and that’s the only perspective that counts.

Article 2. You can have a fulfilling and rewarding career even in today’s constantly morphing economy, but that success does not come without a commensurate investment by you. Accomplishment at work demands your best effort all of the time, not when it’s convenient or can be squeezed in around your social and other activities. In today’s highly competitive job market, you must commit the time and effort required to both keep your skills at the state-of-the-art and keep an eye on the future prospects of your career field. If you’re the best buggy whip maker in the world, but the world has turned to autos for transportation, your prospects at work are likely to be as dim as if you were a mediocre maker of whips.

Article 3. You can find a great job using traditional job search methods, but you cannot tap the full range of employment opportunities for which you are qualified and deserve to be considered if you don’t know how to use the Web. Job search online, however, involves more than a facility with the Internet and work-related functionalities (e.g., using search engines, accessing and parsing online databases). There is a body of knowledge and a set of skills associated with using the Web effectively for job search, and both must be acquired and used regularly if you are to achieve any sustained level of success.

Article 4. You can find a great job on the Web, but you cannot tap the full range of employment opportunities for which you are qualified and deserve to be considered if you don’t also use traditional job search methods. According to the latest research, about one-third of all job seekers will find their next job online. That means at least two-thirds will not. Therefore, to give yourself a reasonable shot at landing that dream job you’ve always wanted, you must take full advantage of the Web and of print publications (no matter how old fashioned you may think them to be) and the other real world venues that will connect you with employers and their open positions.

Article 5. You can do everything you should to find a new or better job, but it may still take longer and be more frustrating than you would like. Unfortunately, the Declaration of Independence promises us “the pursuit of Happiness” not its actual achievement or even its achievement on a time table that meshes with our needs and goals. It’s a much overused metaphor, but it’s also true: conducting a job search campaign is the hardest job you will ever have. Not only should you prepare yourself accordingly, but you should also take the time to prepare your spouse or partner and your family. Why? Because your search for a new or better job is likely to be one of the most difficult experiences they will ever have, as well.

Thanks for reading,

Peter

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This Issue’s Sponsor: WEDDLE’s Guides & Directory

This issue of WEDDLE’s newsletter is brought to you through the generous support of WEDDLE’s Guides and Directory, the leading reference books for online job search success.

You can follow the herd and go to the same job boards everyone else is visiting online or you can shop smart and find the job boards that are best suited for you. You can add your application to the hundreds of others being submitted for the jobs everyone else is seeing or you can find the special opportunities posted at lesser known job boards and career portals. The choice is yours.

If you want to take the path less traveled and find a great job online, you’ll need the gold standard of job board guides: WEDDLE’s. WEDDLE’s publications are your road map to the best of the 50,000+ job boards now operating on the Internet. WEDDLE’s books 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.
  • These books are a smart investment for the smart professional. They provide a real and important competitive advantage in your search for a great job during a difficult economy. So, don’t delay! Click on the link to your left or call WEDDLE’s at 317.598.9768 and place your order today.

    Section Two: Site News You Can Use

    The American magazine published an article that underscores why academicians should not be involved in developing compensation programs for employers. It is basically an apologia for the record levels of pay received by CEOs even as the employees they “lead” are seeing the buying power of their take home pay decline. The author, Xavier Gabaix is a professor of finance (that figures) at New York University. He does acknowledge that CEOs are now very highly compensated. In fact, according to the Corporate Library, the take home pay of the average CEO at a Standard & Poor’s company was $15.06 million in 2006. That figure is roughly 700 times the average take home pay of their workers, up from the historic norm of 40 times the average. To justify this obscene “me first” approach to pay, the author opines that “the median worker, sadly for him or her, just manages a very small part of the economy,” a part that “has not grown by that much-just 2.5 percent a year or so.” And yet, every management and leadership textbook on earth acknowledges that it is an organization’s employees who enable these captains of industry to manage their larger segments of the economy successfully. Perhaps the professor would do well to read one.

    The Center for Internet Addiction Recovery offered a list of questions to self-diagnose your level of Internet usage. If you were to answer “yes” to five or more of the following questions during any six month period, the Center would consider you addicted to Internet activity:

  • Do you feel preoccupied with the Internet, think about previous online activity or anticipate the next online session?
  • ,li>Do you feel the need to use the Internet for increasing amounts of time in order to achieve satisfaction?

  • Have you repeatedly made unsuccessful efforts to control, cut back or stop Internet use?
  • Do you feel restless, moody, depressed or irritable when attempting to cut down or stop Internet use?
  • Do you stay online longer than originally intended?
  • Have you jeopardized or risked the loss of a significant relationship, job, or educational or career opportunity because of the Internet?
  • Have you lied to family members, therapists or others to conceal the extent of your involvement with the Internet?
  • Do you use the Internet as a way of escaping from problems or of relieving dysphonic moods with feelings of helplessness, guilt, anxiety or depression?
  • If you think you may have an Internet compulsion, get help. If you’re employed, talk with a counselor from the organization’s EAP provider. If you’re in transition, speak to your primary care physician and get a referral to an appropriate counselor.

    Development Dimensions International (DDI) and Monster published the results of their survey of “the most outrageous, offensive and illegal interview questions.” While there were plenty of missteps on the employer side of the table, the following quotes suggest that job seekers might want to more carefully mind their p’s and q’s, as well.

  • “I can’t work with women.” (the interviewer was a woman.)
  • “I’ve already accepted another position, but I thought I may as well turn up for this interview just in case this was a better paying job.”
  • “Please excuse some of my replies as I am still a little hung-over from the weekend.” (It was Wednesday.)“I had a dream and a fairy told me I should work for your company.”
  • “I am applying to this job because I am about to be fired.”
  • The better alternative (to such statements), of course, is to stick to the topic-what you can do and how well you can do it in order to make a contribution to the hiring organization. You only get one chance to make a good first impression, so it’s important that you prepare thoroughly, to include practicing the way you will communicate your expertise and your work-related values to the interviewer.

    WEDDLE’s announced a fast-acting and effective antidote to slower hiring in a slow economy. It’s WEDDLE’s WIZNotes-Fast Facts on Job Boards. These books are a quick reference to job openings on the Internet and an inexpensive job search aid. Each WIZNotes 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,
  • Engineering professionals,
  • Human Resource professionals,
  • Scientists
  • Women Professionals
  • Managers & Executives,
  • and

  • Recent Graduates.
  • Plus, there are WIZNotes on:

  • 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! To order your WIZNotes, click on the link to your left or call 317.598.9768. 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:

    Dice

    http://www.dice.com

    Post full time jobs: Yes

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

    Distribution of jobs: National-USA

    Number of jobs: 84,000+

    Salary levels of jobs: $51-75K/yr, $76-100K/yr

    Offer a job agent: Yes

    How long are resumes stored: 1 year

    Restrictions on who can post: Must register

    Other services for job seekers: Discussion forums, Assessment instruments, Career information, Links to other sites with job search/career resources

    Member, International Association of Employment Web Sites: Yes

    Please Support Our Sponsor: WEDDLE’s Books

    This issue of WEDDLE’s newsletter is brought to you through the generous support of WEDDLE’s Guides and Directory, the leading reference books for online job search success.

    You can follow the herd and go to the same job boards everyone else is visiting online or you can shop smart and find the job boards that are best suited for you. You can add your application to the hundreds of others being submitted for the jobs everyone else is seeing or you can find the special opportunities posted at lesser known job boards and career portals. The choice is yours.

    If you want to take the path less traveled and find a great job online, you’ll need the gold standard of job board guides: WEDDLE’s. WEDDLE’s publications are your road map to the best of the 50,000+ job boards now operating on the Internet. WEDDLE’s books 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.
  • These books are a smart investment for the smart professional. They provide a real and important competitive advantage in your search for a great job during a difficult economy. So, don’t delay! Click on the link to your left or call WEDDLE’s at 317.598.9768 and place your order today.