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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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How to Interpret a Job Posting
Job postings are the lingua franca of the job market. They are the way employers communicate with job seekers. All too often, however, the messages conveyed by those ads are one-sided and muddled by corporate jargon. So, how can you interpret the content of job postings to determine which openings are right for you?
Unfortunately, many employers have so reduced the size of their recruiting teams that individual recruiters are now handling dozens of open positions. As a consequence, they often lack the time to write clear, complete and informative job postings. Instead, they fall back on the tired old formula of a job’s “Requirements” and “Responsibilities.”
It is, of course, important to know a job’s Requirements and Responsibilities. They describe the work the employer wants to have done and the skills needed to perform it satisfactorily. That’s what employers want you to know because it will enable you to determine whether or not you are qualified to apply.
Being qualified to apply, however, is very different from wanting to. The former serves the employer’s interests; the latter serves yours. Requirements and Responsibilities may tell you what employers want you to know, but they seldom describe what YOU want or need to know. They cannot help you evaluate openings because they fail to reveal “What’s In It For You.”
What’s In It For You
How can you interpret a job posting to determine What’s In It For You? Read through the ad’s description of the job and look for the answers to five questions:
What will you get to do?
Identify the most significant challenge or opportunity provided by the position. Then, evaluate the importance of that work to you and your career.
With whom will you get to work?
Determine the caliber of the coworkers and/or the culture of the team associated with the position. Then, evaluate how comfortable and motivated you will be to work with such individuals.
What will you get to learn?
Establish the developmental opportunities presented by the work performed in the position. Then, evaluate if they will enable you to perform at your peak and expand your capabilities at work.
What will you get to accomplish?
Assess the potential impact or significance of the work to be performed in the position. Then, evaluate how engaged you will be by such work and how helpful it will be in advancing your career.
How will you be recognized and rewarded?
Pin down the employer’s commitment to and mechanism for acknowledging and compensating superior work. Then, evaluate if your contribution at work will be sufficiently remembered and honored.
If a job posting doesn’t provide the answers to those five questions, you’re rolling the dice to apply for the opening. Indeed, the key to a successful job search is knowing when to apply AND when not to. Employers use Requirements and Responsibilities in a job posting to help you determine if you’re qualified to apply. To know if you should, however, you have to interpret the posting to evaluate “What’s In It For You.”
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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.
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.
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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