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The world of work has changed dramatically in the U.S. And, that change is permanent. So, once you gain employment, you could just as easily find yourself challenged to stay that way … unless you know and practice the new rules for career security.
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The Job Seeker With the Dragon Tattoo
By now, you’ve probably heard of Stieg Larsson’s best sellier, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. For those who haven’t yet read the book, it’s (sort of) a murder mystery intertwined with the self-identity quest of a young woman with distinctive body art. While all of the plot’s secrets are revealed by the end of the tale, one question is never addressed: what’s the meaning of the dragon tattoo? The answer is especially important to job seekers.
Lisbeth Salandar – the girl with the dragon tattoo – is the antithesis of the conventional girl next door. She’s amply pierced and decorated and socially maladroit. She’s also an expert in her field. Whatever her difficulties with “normal” people, she can bring a computer to life.
Her specialty is probing online communications and Web-sites for private information. That expertise leads her to work with a journalist who’s trying to solve a decades-old mystery surrounding a missing person.
You’ll have to read the book to find out how the mystery gets solved. But, Lisabeth Salander is another story altogether. She’s a complicated figure with a lot of baggage.
Her past has so many dark corners, it makes a polygon look straight. In fact, her history is so overwhelming, it has the power to shape both her present and future. If she lets it, the damage done to her by others could poison her perspective and ultimately eviscerate her hope. And, it’s that possibility which brings us to the dragon tattoo.
What Does the Dragon Tattoo Mean for Job Seekers?
The conventional view, of course, is that dragons symbolize the danger in our lives. They are the embodiment of evil in many a knight’s legend and child’s fairy tale. Whether they’re breathing fire or swinging their spiked tails, dragons wreck havoc on innocent people.
And, Lisbeth has certainly had more than her fair share of such figures in her life. She suffers through a cruel stepfather, an evil guardian and even malicious street thugs. So, why is she portraying their symbol on her body?
The answer is in its location. Lisbeth’s dragon tattoo is on her back. She put it there to prove she has vanquished the beasts in her life. Their evil is behind her. They no longer have the power to influence the way she sees her present or her future.
That’s not the case, unfortunately, for a lot of us who are in transition. The dragons are still wrecking havoc in our lives. In fact, they are hurting us in two ways.
The loss of a job or a frustrating job search can derail our career and set us back financially. It can also poison our perspective and eviscerate our hope. The first brings hardship, to be sure, but hardships can be overcome. The second, however, causes despair, and despair can be a debilitating affliction.
So, here’s my advice for 2012 (and every year thereafter):. Follow Lisbeth’s example. Be very good at what you do AND put your dragons behind you. Stamp out their power to shape your present and your future.
Yes, that’s easier said than done, but think of it as getting a spiritual tattoo. It’ll hurt a little in the beginning, but the final result will be permanent … and an unforgettable symbol of your courage and determination.
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You’re Worth It!
Most of us begin a new year with resolutions for self-improvement. We start diets or physical fitness programs. We commit to spending more time with our families or doing something for others.
But what about our careers? Shouldn’t we be taking care of them, as well? We spend one-third of our day on-the-job, so don’t we deserve more than a (shrinking) paycheck?
Absolutely! And one of the best ways to do that is by reading my books for career success. They include:
Work Strong: Your Personal Career Fitness System. This book introduces a complete regimen of activities that will help you successfully compete for and hang onto the job of your dreams. Its one-of-a-kind program not only tells you what to do, but how to do it and how often.
Recognizing Richard Rabbit. This fable for adults will entertain and delight you and help you out of the boxes that keep you from becoming the champion inside you. It is a novel and engaging way to recognize the talented person you are meant to be.
The Career Activist Republic. This blockbuster of a book provides a provocative yet positive assessment of the changing world of work in the American economy and describes an innovative strategy that will enable you to avoid the pitfalls and capture the opportunities in this new environment.
Job Nation: The 100 Best Employment Sites
The American Staffing Association was kind enough to call me the “Zagat” of the online employment industry. And, just as Tim and Nina Zagat used their classic guides to identify the best restaurants, I have published a guide to the best employment sites on the Web.
Called Job Nation: The 100 Best Employment Sites on the Web, it’s my pick of the top job boards, career portals and professional networking sites on the Internet.
Every site is profiled with a complete consumer’s guide to its features, services and resources. That way, you can shop smart and pick the sites that will work best for you.
While admitting to some bias, I think Job Nation is the single best way to use the Internet to find a new or better job. And, it retails for just $14.95.
The Success Matrix
While I’m first and foremost a writer, I also serve as the executive director of the International Association of Employment Web Sites, the trade organization for jobs boards, career portals and social media sites. That role has given me a unique perspective on the changing world of work in the United States and the new strategies and tactics required for success in today’s job market.
I’ve now shared that knowledge in a new book that’s just been published. Called, The Success Matrix, it includes dozens of short, easy-to-read articles organized into two sections:
While admitting to some bias, I don’t think there’s a better guide to job search and career success available anywhere. And at just $14.95, it’s a bargain, as well.