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:
- One of a kind books & tools for job search and career success
- An archive of outside-the-box, get-it-done-now Job Search Tips
- An Association Directory with job boards organized by field & industry
- A Career Fitness evaluation that will help you strengthen your credentials
- And much, much more!
So, make Weddles.com the place where you start your job search day! And, encourage your friends to join you there, as well.
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 treat job seekers as second class citizens. The situation is frustrating and disrespectful and calls out for change. But, here’s the rub: change doesn’t happen because it should; it happens because it’s forced to.
No one likes confrontation, but sometimes going toe-to-toe with an adversary is the only way to get things done. That’s the central thesis of a book I’ve written about the American world of work in the second decade of the 21st Century. It’s not your typical career or job search primer, but instead, is a novel called A Multitude of Hope.
The book traces the experiences of three out-of-work professionals as they struggle to find a way through today’s dehumanizing job market. Along the way, they meet a secret online group of radical career 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 battle cry for 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 naive. 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 expediency – 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 provides a credo and set of practices that will force employers to treat us with the dignity and respect we deserve. Economic disobedience is a declaration of independence for working men and women … but only if we are willing to do the hard work involved.
The Three Challenges
Economic disobedience involves three personal challenges. Each and all of them must be accomplished to reap the benefits of workplace independence and job search success.
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 “human resource.” 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 college football championship. 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. So if we’re in transition, we have to bring our talent to work in a volunteer or self-created position so we can strut our stuff in a way recruiters and hiring managers will notice.
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. As a person of talent, therefore, we must see ourselves as a work in progress. We have to be perpetual students who are forever upgrading our ability to excel on-the-job. So if we’re in transition, we have to be enrolled in an academic course or training program even as we search for a new employment opportunity.
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 the bonuses of executives).
Employers believe they are engaged in a War for Talent. That shortage of talent gives a huge competitive advantage to those of us who see ourselves as a person of talent and act that way. So if we’re in transition, we must 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 experience – the one I call a multitude of hope.
Thanks for reading,
Visit me at Weddles.com
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.
There’s Still Time to Cast Your Ballot
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!”
Now, you can sign up for WEDDLE’s Job Alert and get your very own, private and totally unbiased connection to some of the best career advancement opportunities on the Web.
This no-cost resource scours the job postings at leading job boards and career portals and connects you with those that match your capabilities and aspirations. It’s the easiest way possible to find your Dream Job!
Get it for yourself and tell your friends and family about it, as well.