Feature: You’re Only Kidding Yourself

Feature: You’re Only Kidding Yourself

Feature: You’re Only Kidding Yourself

I’ve been unemployed in my career. Twice. So what I’m about to say is based as much on personal experience as it is on a lifetime of studying the best practices in career self-management. There’s a single, profound truth in hunting for a job: you’re only kidding yourself if you think it will be quick and easy. It won’t.

Whether the economy is in recession or firing on all cylinders, whether you’re starting out in your career or have years of experience under your belt, whether you’re a skilled tradesperson or a senior executive, looking for a decent employment opportunity is the hardest job you will ever have. It will take every bit of knowledge you can muster, every insight you can gain, every piece of wisdom you can acquire, and even then, it will take pluck, determination and plenty of hard work.

That’s why I was absolutely stunned to see the results of a 2008 poll taken by Alan Krueger and Andreas Mueller and reported recently in The Economist. They found that unemployed workers in the U.K., Sweden and Germany devote 10 minutes or less per day looking for a job. That’s people who are unemployed mind you. They either believe they are entitled to a job-wishful thinking in today’s global economy-or that pixie dust will make it happen for them-the employment equivalent of buying a lottery ticket.

Job search efforts were better in Spain and France, but nowhere near what’s required for success. Unemployed workers in those countries spent 20 to 30 minutes per day searching for a new job. And in the U.S., the survey found that unemployed workers spent barely 40 minutes per day looking for a new employment opportunity. That’s less time than average American spends watching television (4.7 hours) or getting showered and dressed each day (53 minutes).

So What?

Most of us will spend one-third or more of our lives at work. Doesn’t it make sense, therefore, to invest the time necessary to get it right? Isn’t it worth the effort to acquire a knowledge of the key principles and skills of effective job searching and then to practice them rigorously until you land a good job-one that will enable you to excel? Aren’t you more likely to see a real and sustainable return on such an investment in yourself and your future than you are in an investment with (allegedly) smart stock market analysts?

So, why do so many of us sell ourselves and our careers short? Why are we spending so little time in the one wealth creation activity we can actually profit from and control?

A Matter of Misunderstanding

I can’t say what’s behind the less than vigorous efforts of workers in other countries, but in the U.S., I think it comes from a misunderstanding of the Declaration of Independence. That wonderful document, of course, defines our culture. It establishes our expectations both in our neighborhood and in the workplace. And subconsciously, many of us believe that the Declaration of Independence guarantees us Life, Liberty and Happiness. It doesn’t. It entitles us to our Life, our Liberty and our pursuit of Happiness.

The word “pursuit” may be a noun, but it describes a state of action. The act of striving for something-in this case: Happiness. In other words, the Declaration of Independence accords us the opportunity to strive for a fulfilling and rewarding job-and despite its all too obvious faults, the U.S. delivers on that promise better than any other country on the face of the earth-but it’s up to us to do so. To take the steps that will achieve our goal. To turn the potential for personal success and happiness into reality. To create our own version of the American Dream.

Yes, there will always be exceptions to the rule. There will always be the lucky handful among our peers who have a great job drop in their lap. But for most of us, finding that job-a job that will engage and fulfill us-requires that we invest a meaningful level of time and effort. What’s meaningful? Think of it as an equivalency. The Happiness you derive from a job search is equal to the personal commitment you make to execute it. So, give yourself a full 8 hours of Happiness each day on-the-job by spending a full 8 hours each day searching for the job that will enable you to do so.

Thanks for reading,

Peter

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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 Successful Job Searching 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. Today’s environment, in particular, creates a number of potential pitfalls for job seekers. With the competition for jobs so intense, it would be easy to adopt the risky approach of overlooking bad behavior by potential employers. What constitutes bad behavior? To find out, we asked job seekers What is the single worst thing that has happened to you in a job search?. Here’s what we learned:

  • #1: They submitted a resume and heard nothing back from the employer (45.4%);
  • #2: They received no information or feedback from the employer once they entered its recruiting process (23.7%);
  • #3: They had no serous negative experiences (18.8%);
  • #4: The hiring manager or recruiter who interviewed them was poorly prepared (6.9%); and
  • #5: The hiring manager, recruiter or an employee was rude or hostile to them during the process (5.2%).
  • Sadly, these results confirm that bad behavior among employers is pervasive in today’s job market. Fewer than one-out-of-five of our respondents had a positive experience. So, what should you do? First, don’t become the courtesy police. That’s simply not appropriate and will get you nowhere. Second, don’t reply in kind. Hold yourself to a higher standard. And third, use your experience in an organization’s recruiting process to evaluate it as a prospective employer. Those organizations that condone the mistreatment of job candidates by their employees are telling you something about their culture and leadership. They’re warning you about what you can expect should you accept an offer from them.

    If you’re searching for more meaning in your career, if you want the time you spend on-the-job to be more fulfilling, read Peter Weddle’s new book Recognizing Richard Rabbit. It’s a gentle way to uncover what’s important to you.

    Recognizing Richard Rabbit is a fable for adults. In the genre of Who Moved My Cheese?, 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.

    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:

    CollegeRecruiter.com

    http://www.collegerecruiter.com

    Post full time jobs: Yes

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

    Distribution of jobs: National-USA

    Distribution of jobs: International

    Number of jobs: 250,000

    Salary levels of jobs: $20-30K/year, $31-50K/year

    Offer a job agent: Yes

    Resume database: No

    How long are resumes stored: N/A

    Restrictions on who can post: N/A

    Other services for job seekers: Listserv or discussion forum, 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, when, where and with whom you can achieve career success in the 21st Century.

    Work Strong is a career book with muscle and soul.

    Designed specifically for the challenging workplace of the 21st Century:

    This book 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.

    This book 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!