Make Weddles.com Your Job Search Headquarters
Modeled after Pinterest, Weddles.com offers four channels of information and resources found nowhere else on the Web. And, one of those channels is specifically tailored for smart Job Seekers – those who want to find not just any job, but a great one!
What’s in the Job Seekers channel at Weddles.com? There are:
- Books & Tools for job search and career success
- An archive of outside-the-box Job Search Tips
- An Association Directory organized by career field & industry
- A Career Fitness evaluation that will help you strengthen your credentials
- And much, much more!
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It was first a novel published in 1968, then a movie starring John Wayne, and more recently a movie with Jeff Bridges in the lead role. According to the Vice President of Human Resources at Google, however, “true grit” is also a key attribute for job seekers. Employers, he argues, want people who can demonstrate the ability to stick with difficult tasks and complete them.
The dictionary defines grit as “courage and resolve; strength of character.” I think of it as the quality of principled determination. It is on display when a person believes the task they are performing is important or especially worthwhile and refuses to let obstacles or problems interfere with their completing it.
Why would employers think grit is an important attribute for new hires? I suspect they believe it is essential to their use of “doing more with less.” You’ve probably heard about this strategy which was named by a Harvard Business School professor. Practically every employer on the planet is now using it to cut labor costs and improve productivity.
If you have any doubt about that consider this: according to a recent report from Dice Holdings, it now takes twice as long for major employers to interview and hire new employees as it did just five years ago. And, all too often, after putting the finalists through six, eight or a dozen or more interviews, the company ends up not filling the position at all. Instead, it just dumps the work on its current employees, and those workers get the job done because … that’s right, they have true grit.
So, setting aside the not insignificant question of whether you would want to work for such employers, the pass-fail criterion in today’s fickle job market is your ability to show that you too have the grit to accomplish whatever your employer asks you to do.
Demonstrating True Grit
How do you show employers you’ve got true grit? Add a new dimension to the way you describe your accomplishments.
Whether it’s on your resume or during an interview, follow the traditional guidelines of highlighting what you did and what you accomplished, but then, also detail the obstacles, difficulties, challenges, problems, issues and roadblocks you faced and overcame in achieving those results. To put it another way, add some color to your commentary on the facts of your performance and focus that color on your personal perseverance and resolve in the face of adversity.
The goal is not to be dramatic or tell tall tales, but rather to reveal the “strength of character” you displayed. Now, I realize that some people might find it uncomfortable to recite such personal details, so let me share some advice I got early in my career. “It ain’t bragging if ya’ done it”. It’s entirely appropriate and professional to describe the hurdles you overcame and the challenges you faced down in doing your job. They are a part of your tract record – a part that is just as deserving of visibility as the total sales you closed or the new system you installed or the savings you achieved for your employer.
In fact, I would argue that they may well be even more important. Why? Because those facts describe your capability, and there are others in the job market – maybe many others – with similar assets. The color you disclose, on the other hand, describes your character, and character is so rarely revealed by other job seekers, it will set you apart and set you up for success.
Thanks for reading,
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2014 User’s Choice Award Winners
If you’re tired of reading the pundits’ picks for the best employment sites on the Web, here’s the alternative you’ve been looking for.
Each year, WEDDLE’s hosts an online poll for job seekers and recruiters to vote for THEIR picks of the best sites. We call it the User’s Choice Awards.
To see the 2014 winners, click here.
To cast your vote for next year’s winners, click here.
Get the Advice That Works
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 so many Americans out-of-work and finding it so hard to get reemployed.
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:
A Multitude of Hope: A Novel About Rediscovering the American Dream. This modern-day epic traces the journeys of three out-of-work professionals searching for answers in today’s seemingly nonsensical job market. Along the way, they discover the secret to “career security” and the pathway to real and lasting success.
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.”
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.
The Unbiased Connection to Great Jobs
For over 15 years, WEDDLE’s has published the leading guidebook to job boards and career portals. WEDDLE’s Guide to Employment Sites on the Internet is considered the Gold Standard for job seekers and career activists. In fact, no less an authority than Dick Bolles, author of What Color is Your Parachute?, rated the Guide “Highly recommended!”
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