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.

Career Fitness: Mirroring

Hiring managers often have a very clear image in their minds of the perfect candidate. While recruiters will press them to identify the education, skills and experience required to do the job, what supervisors want – more often than not – is for them to find someone just like Joe or Jane. They are looking for the person who most closely matches the attributes of their best performer. And that preference is what makes a technique called mirroring so effective.

Finding people matches is fast becoming a major trend among recruiters. A recent Time cover story, for example, introduced the large and growing battery of tests now being used to assess the personality and other traits of candidates. Their “scores” are then compared to those of an employer’s high performing workers to find the individuals who match and, according to conventional wisdom, are thus most likely to perform equally as well on-the-job.

Those tests are expensive, however, and therefore mostly used by very large organizations. Nevertheless, the notion of matching candidates to an employer’s proven workers continues to gain traction among recruiters. They still go through the motions of drafting the “requirements and responsibilities” of the job, but in the end, they want to please that hiring manager, and what he or she most wants is a clone of one of their best employees.

Searching for Your Clone

One of the key Career Fitness strategies in a job search is the “application two-step.” It involves applying for a job according to an employer’s stated directions and then networking to find someone in the target company who will refer you to the recruiter filling that job. Since recruiters believe that referrals are their best candidates, this technique ensures that the recruiter will give you the attention you deserve. It doesn’t, however, improve the odds you’ll be hired as that decision almost always rests with the hiring manager.

How can you positively influence BOTH the recruiter and the hiring manager? With mirroring. You find a person to refer you for your target job by conducting research (on social media, among friends and colleagues), and you extend that research to determine which attributes you share with the all stars in the unit where the job is located.

Finding someone who will refer you is an exercise in uncovering employees (a) whom you know or (b) with whom you share certain attributes. While it happens, it’s rare to find an acquaintance in the employer with your target job, so most of the time, you will be looking for a stranger with whom you can connect because you both:

  • Worked for the same company or organization;
  • Attended the same undergraduate or graduate school; or
  • Are members of the same affinity group (e.g., Iraq war veterans, a fraternity or sorority).

Those matches aren’t a guarantee of interest on the part of an employee, but in many cases they will enable you to open a dialogue with and convince them that they should refer you to the recruiter filling your target job.

Similarly, convincing a hiring manager that you have the right stuff for their opening is an exercise in finding that manager’s all stars and identifying the attributes you share with one or more of them. You’ll be looking at social media and talking to your connections to determine how you can position yourself as an all star because you and the manager’s all stars both:

  • Worked for the same company or organization;
  • Attended the same undergraduate or graduate school; or
  • Have the same personality traits and/or approaches to work.

The shared attributes you identify must actually exist, of course, but when they do, they should be highlighted near the top of your resume so the hiring manager immediately sees you are just like one or more of their top performers.

Mirroring gives you a way to separate yourself from all of the other applicants for a job by positioning yourself as a close match to a hiring manager’s best workers. Admittedly, it takes time and effort to establish that match and tailor your resume to convey it effectively, but doing so transforms you from just another applicant to a one-of-a-kind all star.

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Career Fitness: The Book

Are you frustrated by the hundreds of job search and career building techniques you’ve read and heard about? For many of us, all those options can be totally overwhelming. How do you know which are the most effective? And what’s the best way to perform them? And how often should you use them to find a great new job or a better one?

Well, now you can get the answers to all of those questions in one inexpensive, easy-to read resource. The Career Fitness Workbook introduces an easy 7-step system of job search and career development activities that will help you successfully compete for and prosper in the job of your dreams.

The Career Fitness system presents the 7 most powerful job search and career development techniques, tells you how to perform them effectively AND how often so you achieve your goals both in a job search and your career. So, don’t delay. Get The Career Fitness Workbook today! It’ll increase the reach, endurance and strength of your job search and lift your career to heights you could only imagine before.

The book is available on Amazon. Click here to place your order.

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.

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.