Make Your Job Search Headquarters

Make Your Job Search Headquarters

Make Your Job Search Headquarters

Modeled after Pinterest, 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 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 the place where you start your job search day! And, encourage your friends to join you there, as well.

Next Practice: Getting Better Than Smart

The conventional wisdom celebrates functional knowledge as the key to job search success. Upgrading your skills, the thinking goes, is the one sure way to land a great job. Get a degree, earn a certificate and bitta bang, bitta boom, you’re on your way to blissful employment. It’s a constant refrain … and it’s wrong.

Check the facts. According to a study done by the Associated Press, 84 percent of recent college graduates – better than four-out-of-five of the people who have invested their time and money in advanced education – are either unemployed or underemployed. That’s hardly the return they expected on their investment.

So, does that mean upgrading your skill set is a waste of time? Of course not. Keeping your functional expertise current is a necessary component of career success, but it is not sufficient to ensure it. To put it another way, you need state-of-the-art skills and something else. What is that? According to recent research (conducted in academia, no less), it’s grit.

What researchers have discovered is that, in the vast majority of cases, neither functional knowledge and skills nor personality traits are enough to land a new job, in and of themselves. Taken together, however, they act like cat nip for employers. Recruiters and hiring managers simply can’t resist a person who has both.

Generating True Grit

Some researchers prefer a more formal term than “grit” to describe a set of personality traits that are increasingly seen as central to job search success. One, for example, calls it the combination of conscientiousness, defined as “diligent, dutiful and hardworking,” and openness, defined as a willingness to consider new ideas and adopt better ways of doing things. I think a more accurate definition is a person’s commitment to being the best they can be. In my book, that’s the essence of true grit.

Whatever the definition, however, if this triat is so critical to job search success, how do you get it? Whether you’re looking for a new job or searching for a better one, how do you generate true grit?

Unfortunately, some will tell you that either you have it or you don’t. In their view, personality is fixed by nature or nurture or both, but ultimately it’s not something you can acquire or add to on your own. In effect, they’re saying that job search success is a matter of fate. If you’re lucky enough to have grit, you’re good to go; if not, you might as well throw in the towel.

Happily, the research I mentioned earlier is also uncovering another fact: personality traits in general and grit in particular can be acquired through individual learning. As a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, I know that’s true. While the Academy is an academic institution, it places as much emphasis on character development as it does on classroom instruction. It’s imperfect, of course – all human enterprises are – but it routinely graduates men and women who have a pretty full reservoir of grit.

And that means that you can acquire grit too. You too can teach yourself – or learn from others – how to behave as a person committed to being the best you can be. Do that, highlight that on your resume, marry that to state-of-the-art knowledge and skills, and you’re likely to see a long line of employers offering you a job.

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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.

What’s the Best Job Board?

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 WEDDLE’s User’s Choice Awards.

To see the 2014 winners, click here. (The 2015 winners will be announced shortly.)

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.