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.
Career Fitness: Nano-Networking Is Notworking
They say that the best things come in small packages. That’s probably true when you’re talking about personal relationships as an entire industry devoted to tiny, colored boxes will attest. For business relationships, however, small isn’t the best; in fact, it can actually be injurious to your job search.
If you’ve been in the world of work for more than fifteen minutes, you will have heard someone opine about the importance of networking. Having a robust circle of business contacts, preferably on a social media site like LinkedIn, is now considered de rigueur among those looking for a new or better job.
But here’s the problem with that advice: what’s done on social media sites today isn’t networking, it’s nano-networking. It’s the smallest (and easiest) part of networking – making contact. Nano-networking involves building up the widest possible circle of friends, followers and connections and leaves out the hardest (and most productive) part – forging meaningful relationships with the people behind those electronic touch points.
Why go to all that trouble? Because you’d like to draw on that network for assistance with your job search, right? Well then, ask yourself this: do you really think that someone you’ve never met, never communicated with since your initial contact and know only as a profile on some social media site is really going to risk their reputation and maybe even their own employment situation by recommending you to their employer or even referring you to some other contact they may have? It’s not likely.
So, if you want your network to actually work for you, you have to work at it. As the word itself says, it’s netWORK, not netNAP. You have to invest the time and effort to build professional relationships among all those friends, followers and connections you have.
Moving From Nano to Giga-Networking
Networking isn’t a contact sport; it’s a team sport. You win when the people in your network care enough about you to help you out. How do you get them to feel that way? You practice the Golden Rule of Networking: “You give in order to get.” You make yourself helpful to them so they’ll be inclined to be helpful to you.
Start with your closest friends, followers and connections or what the social media mavens call your 1st degree of separation contacts. Then, start building a relationship with each of them:
- First, invest the time to learn more about them; check their LinkedIn profile, Facebook page and personal Web-site to see what they’re interested in and care about.
- Second, look for articles, blog posts, videos and any other kind of content they might enjoy or find useful. You can either make this an intentional search or simply be on the lookout for appropriate material as you go about your day.
- Third, pass whatever appropriate content you find along to them with a personal note indicating that you thought of them when you came across it.
That simple process will signal to each person in your network that you’re working for them – that you care enough about them to take a little time out of your day to be helpful to them. I call that giga-networking – it uses small gestures of support to others to create a big impact on their willingness to help you in your job search.
Thanks for reading,
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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 2015 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.