Job Search Books Are Boring

Job Search Books Are Boring

Job Search Books Are Boring

For most of us, reading a book about job search tactics is about as enjoyable as a root canal. And yet, understanding how the world of work has changed and what those changes mean for job seekers is absolutely essential to success.

What should you do? Read a job search book written as a novel. With a plot ripped right from today’s headlines, A Multitude of Hope: A Novel About Rediscovering the American Dream will entertain and educate you all at the same time.

You can read a free excerpt, click here.

Or, you can go directly to Amazon.com and get your own copy.

A Multitude of Hope will give you the tools you need to succeed in your job search and, equally as important, it will replenish your hope for the future.

Which Range Do You Want to Call Home?

Recent research from the National Employment Law Project contained a sobering finding. A majority of the jobs lost in the last recession were in the middle range of wages, while most of the new jobs added in the recovery have been in the lower range. This situation seems unlikely to change for the foreseeable future. It is your new normal, which means you have to ask yourself, “which range do you want to call home?.”

According to the research, the choices couldn’t be starker:

  • 60 percent of all jobs lost in the last recession were in the middle range of incomes. They encompassed such occupations as construction, manufacturing and information and had median salaries of $13.84 to $21.13 per hour.
  • 58 percent of the jobs created in the recovery have been in the lower range of pay. They encompassed retail sales, food preparation and home healthcare and had median wages of $7.69 to $13.83 per hour.
  • Now, let’s be clear. Retail sales, food preparation and home healthcare are all honorable ways of earning a living. However, if you aspire or need to earn a middle income wage, you must be able to qualify for and land jobs in other, higher paying occupations. And, the only way to make a home in that range is by first building a strong foundation.

    To set that foundation, you will have to change the underlying assumption in your job search. Whether you last looked for a job 25 years ago or just week, you probably relied on what is best described as a “come as you are” strategy. You simply updated your resume and started networking because you believed that you would find a new job with the skills and knowledge you used in your old job.

    That strategy will not work in today’s job market. Employers are facing fierce competition in both global and domestic markets, and those competitors are employing workers with ever better education and skills. The only way they can prevail in such an environment is by filling their openings with job seekers who bring a different assumption to their search for work. They want you to “come as you need to be” in order to make a real and sustained contribution to their success.

    Come As You Need to Be

    How do you prepare yourself to come as you need to be? You have to invest the time and effort to build up the health of your career.

    Sure, you can keep visiting job boards and the career areas on corporate Web-sites. Absolutely, you can keep on adding connections on LinkedIn, friends on Facebook and followers on Twitter. But, let’s be frank. Without a simultaneous commitment to building up the strength, reach and endurance of your career, those actions are unlikely to establish your home in the upper income range.

    So, even as you are executing your job search, also practice the rejuvenation of your credentials. In short, build “career fitness.” It involves seven different areas of activity:

  • Pump up your career cardiovascular system. The heart of your career is your occupational knowledge and skill level.
  • Strengthen your career circulatory system. The circulatory system of our career is your network of contacts and colleagues.
  • Develop all of your career’s muscle groups. The muscle groups of your career are the ancillary skills that enable you to expand the work situations in which you can contribute.
  • Increase your career’s flexibility and range of motion. The more adept you are at initiating and managing the changes in your career, the better the outcomes.
  • Work with winners. Identify and seek employment with those employers and colleagues who will support and assist your quest to excel on-the-job.
  • Pace yourself. Set aside the necessary time and space to regenerate the innovation and creativity you bring to work each day.
  • Stretch your soul. Invest the time and priority to use your talent – what you love to do and do best – for the benefit of others.
  • There are a number of specific actions you can take within each of those seven areas to fortify your career fitness. They range from taking a personal development course at your professional or trade association to relearning how to relax and recuperate away from work. No single action can prepare you to “come as you need to be,” but the sum of all seven can. And will.

    The post-recession economy has created a bimodal distribution of opportunity. There’s a range of low paying occupations and a range of much higher ones. Where you are able to make your home depends upon how you come to your job search. And, how you come to your job search depends on how you come at the fitness of your career.

    Thanks for reading,

    Peter

    Visit me at Weddles.com

    Invest in Yourself

    There’s plenty of free job search and career advice on the Web. But, if that’s all it takes to be successful, we wouldn’t still have 13 million Americans out-of-work.

    The reality is that too much of what you find online is incomplete (a short article here, a blog post there), out-of-date (posted before the Great Recession changed everything) or just plain wrong. So, if you’re looking for strategies and tips, tactics and techniques that will actually work in today’s tough economy, make an investment in yourself. Get one or more of the books below:

    The Career Fitness Workbook. This book introduces a complete regimen of activities that will help you successfully compete for and hang onto the job of your dreams. Think of it as “the habits of highly effective career activists.” It’s a one-of-a-kind program that 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.

    Job Nation: The 100 Best Employment Sites on the Web. This unique guide is drawn from other published WEDDLE’s research, which the American Staffing Association described as the “Zagat” of job search sites. It has all of the information you’ll need to be a smart shopper among the 100,000+ job boards and social media sites now operating online.

    Cast Your Vote …

    … for the best employment sites on the Web!

    Every vote counts, in the presidential race and in WEDDLE’s User’s Choice Awards.

    Each year, WEDDLE’s holds an annual poll of the best employment sites. Open to everyone, it is the only award in which job seekers and employers get to have their say on which sites served them best. The thirty sites with the most votes are designated WEDDLE’s User’s Choice Award winners for that year.

    So, click here to take a look at the 2012 winners and cast your ballot for the elite of the online employment services industry – the winners of WEDDLE’s 2013 User’s Choice Awards.

    Remember What Your Mother Taught You

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