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.
Don’t Transfer Your Soul (or Your Talent)
Taking a job offer from an employer you barely know is like ignoring the terms and conditions vendors impose when you make an online purchase … only worse. If a product is defective, you can usually return it. When an employer turns out to be bad, however, there is no such recourse. And, the harm can be long lasting.
For April Fool’s Day in 2010, the online retailer Gamestation changed its terms and conditions to include an “immortal soul clause.” It read, By placing an order via this Web site on the first day of the fourth month of the year 2010 anno Domini, you agree to grant us a non-transferable option to claim, for now and forever more, your immortal soul.
As you might have suspected, 88 percent of those who made a purchase that day, blithely clicked the “I read it box” and got on with their purchase. They were sold on the product, but ended up soulless.
What’s that prove for job seekers? The devil is in the details.
It’s no secret that job seekers are in a rush. No one wants to extend their job search one second longer than they have to. But failing to check the details about an employer can have consequences, and all too often, those consequences can hurt for a very long time.
Choosing Your Devil
A job search is often a choice between devils. You have to select between the devil you know and the ones you don’t.
Now, most job seekers assume that any devil is better than the one they endure in transition. What could be worse than the frustration, the despair, the anxiety of being unemployed? Even a lousy job provides a paycheck.
So, let’s be clear about what I mean by the devil you don’t know. It includes two kinds of organizations:
That second mismatch is not as easy to recognize from the outside, so many of us end up going to work for just such a devil. And, when we do, we set ourselves up for both serial unemployment and serious unhappiness.
When you’re working for the wrong employer, you can’t do your best work. And, in these dog-eat-dog times, substandard work makes you vulnerable for a pink slip. The next time your employer decides to cut staff, you’re likely to be at the top of the list.
While you’re slaving away for the wrong employer, you aren’t looking for the right one. And, it’s only when you’re employed by the right organization that you can excel on-the-job and thereby increase both the paycheck and the satisfaction you bring home from your work.
So, protect yourself. Take the time and make the effort to research the culture, leadership style, HR policies and practices and reputation of any organization you’re considering as an employer. As a minimum, visit each organization’s Web-site to see what it says about its vision and values and do a browser search of what others are saying about the organization. Those factors represent the terms and conditions of the work experience it offers. And, if they prevent you from excelling at your work, they are in effect taking away your immortal soul.
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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.
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.
The Success Matrix. This unique book offers dozens of short, easy-to-read articles organized into two sections: How to Find a New or Better Job in a Tough Job Market and How to Hang Onto Your Job in an Unpredictable Economy. It’ll show you how to be successful and stay that way.
Recognizing Richard Rabbit
Recognizing Richard Rabbit is a fable for working adults of all ages.
The book explores the secret to authentic living. It uses fiction (the fable) and self-discovery (an integrated guide) to help you find your own true self – the unique person you are meant to be.
Like that other famous fable, Who Moved My Cheese?, Recognizing Richard Rabbit is a small book with a big message. It will intrigue and entertain you and give you plenty to think about.
A great book for career changers, soon-to-be and recent college graduates, people reentering the workforce after a long absence and anyone looking for more fulfillment in their work.
Click here to get the book at Amazon.com.
Or, click here to get the book, signed by me, at Weddles.com.