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.
A Multitude of Hope
Today’s job market is a cold and indifferent place. It feels as if it is operated by uncaring organizations that are guided by a quest for machine-like productivity rather than by the bonds that join us one to another. I believe that’s wrong. I’m certain that America’s working men and women deserve better. I’m also certain, however, that they won’t get what they deserve unless they put up a fight.
No one likes confrontation, but sometimes it’s the only way we can make change happen. That’s the central thesis of a book I’ve written about the post-recession job market in this country. It’s not your typical career or job search primer, but is, instead, a novel called A Multitude of Hope.
The book traces the experiences of three out-of-work Baby Boomers as they struggle to find a way through today’s dehumanizing job market. Along the way, they meet a secret online group of radical activists practicing “economic disobedience” against the all-for-me-and-none-for-you class of corporate America.
The group’s philosophy is both a throwback to the traditional American value of self-reliance and a paean to the power of individual initiative in modern culture. Economic disobedience asks each working man and women to see themselves differently in the workplace and to leverage that new self-image to extend the rights they have as citizens into the experience they have as employees.
Now, I know some will say that’s naïve. Work is a four-letter word, so the best we can hope for is to minimize its unpleasantness. When we’re in transition, therefore, we take the lesser of two evils or, equally as bad, the only evil we’re offered. We let productivity – the quest to find a job as quickly as possible – trump our human right to fulfillment.
Economic disobedience offers a different way. It empowers us to stand up for ourselves. It gives us the fortitude and strength to avoid the evil options and reach for the only good one. Economic disobedience is a declaration of independence for working men and women … but only if they are willing to do the hard work involved.
The Three Challenges
Economic disobedience involves three challenges. Each and all of them must be accomplished to reap the benefits of workplace independence.
Challenge #1: We must pull ourselves out of the boxes employers put us in. We have to re-imagine who we are in the workplace. We must no longer accept the label of “worker” or “employee” or “labor.” We have to see ourselves, instead, as a “person of talent.”
Talent is not something reserved for the winner of some made-for-TV dance contest or the NCAA basketball tournament. It is the capacity for excellence. And that access to superior performance is an attribute of our species. Like our opposable thumb, talent is a defining characteristic of being human.
Challenge #2: We must refuse to fit into employer’s “normal distribution” of talent. They believe only a few of us are capable of doing great work and that the best the rest of us can accomplish is mediocrity. We have to show them they’re wrong by living up to our decision to be a person of talent.
Talent can only be expressed and experienced, however, if it is taught the skills and knowledge for a compatible career field. A person of talent, therefore, sees him or herself as a “work in progress.” They are a perpetual student who is forever upgrading their ability to bring their talent to work with them AND use it effectively on-the-job.
Challenge #3: We must deny our talent to those who don’t deserve it. We must no longer lend our talent to abusive employers who treat working men and women as disposable widgets with DNA, costs to be offloaded the minute the economy gets tight (and threatens their bonus).
Employers believe they are engaged in a War for Talent. Sadly, they’re right. An awful lot of people don’t know what their talent is, haven’t bothered to give it up-to-date skills and/or don’t bring it to work with them. And, ironically it’s that reality which makes employers vulnerable to economic disobedience.
The shortage of talent gives a huge competitive advantage to those of us who see ourselves as a person of talent and act that way. In essence, we can cherry pick the best employers – the ones that will respect and support our capacity for excellence. That not only gives us employment security, it enlists us in a new American assembly – the one I call “a multitude of hope.”
Thanks for reading,
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We Aren’t Number Two, Three or Four
Are you tired of hearing the U.S. is no longer the world leader it once was? Are you fed up with pundits who opine that the American Dream has been replaced by the Chinese Dream or the Indian Dream or the Korean Dream?
If so, get my new book, A Multitude of Hope: A Novel About Rediscovering the American Dream. Ripped right from today’s headlines, it recounts the experiences of three laid-off Baby Boomers and a secret online group of workplace activists practicing economic disobedience against the vulture capitalists in the American workplace.
A Multitude of Hope will entertain and educate you and, as it names implies, give you hope for the future – yours and your kids.
The book won’t be published for another week or so, but you can place a pre-order with Amazon right now by clicking here.
Remember What Your Mother Taught You
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There’s Social Media & There’s Success Media
If you’re looking to connect with friends and colleagues, social media is your best bet. If, on the other hand, you’re looking for the keys to an effective job search and a healthy career, you’ll be better served with “success media.”
What constitutes “success media?”
Guides and other books that let you in on the secrets to finding, winning and holding on to the job of your dreams. 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: Wisdom from the Web on How to Get Hired and Not Be Fired. This anthology collects the best of Peter Weddle’s columns on job search and career success. It is the only book you’ll find that provides a candid and totally up-to-date look at how to get and stay ahead in today’s workplace.
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.