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.
Use Your PALs to Network Effectively
You can now find hundreds of discussion groups on the Web that are specifically targeted to job seekers. They attract large numbers of people, but unfortunately, don’t do most of them much good. Sure, it may help to commiserate with others in transition, but if your goal is to find a new job, there are better places to network.
The mythology about online job seeker groups is that they are places where those in transition can help one another advance their job search. While they certainly have that potential, however, they seldom enhance a person’s occupational brand or connect them to appropriate employment opportunities.
Instead, the discussions typically take one of two tacks. They provide answers to job search questions and information about employers or they devolve into grousing about recruiters and the state of the job market. And yes, that insight and venting may be helpful, but the time and effort they require can yield better results elsewhere.
To network most effectively, use one or more of your PALs. They are the Web-sites of:
In order to wring the best results from these sites, however, it’s important to remember your goal. You’re investing your time and effort for just two reasons: first, to help you find a great employment opportunity and second, to help ensure you’re selected for it. And, to accomplish those two objectives, you have to practice the Golden Rule of Networking whenever you visit those sites.
A Better Way to Network
As with networking at conferences and meetings in the real world, networking online involves more than just showing up. The word says exactly what it means. It’s netWORK, not net-sit-back-and-have-a-pina-colada. You have to participate in the conversations your peers are having – the discussion forums, chats and listservs – that are underway at the PALs.
No less important, you have to participate in the right way. The Golden Rule of Networking is as simple as it is profound. You have to give as good as you get. In other words, if you want people to be helpful to you, you have to be helpful to them first.
How does that typically occur? Unlike job seeker discussion groups, the dialogue at the PALs is typically about profession or industry-related trends, issues, work problems and opportunities. You network, therefore, by contributing your occupational expertise and experience so that your peers can use it to their advantage. You share your talent with them and, in the process, you both build up the stature of your occupational brand and encourage others to be helpful to you.
There are only so many hours in the day, and you have only so much energy for networking. Given those constraints, it’s important that you network at the right places and in the right way. While online job seeker groups can provide a measure of psychological or emotional support, the peer discussion forums, chats and listservs of your PALs are the most productive spots for networking, and the Golden Rule of Networking is the key to your success there.
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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 last year’s winners and cast your ballot for the elite of the online employment services industry – the winners of WEDDLE’s 2013 User’s Choice Awards.
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