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:
- 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!
So, don’t delay! Visit Weddles.com today. And, make sure you tell your family and friends about the site, as well.
Use the Back Door if You’re a Career Changer
A lot of people are making changes these days. Some are shifting into a new career field, others into a different industry. It’s a daunting challenge because many of these change-makers lack the gateway credentials to be considered a qualified applicant. They have work experience and maybe even some transferable skills, but can’t convey the credibility required to land a job.
Making a change is always a difficult and stressful passage, but in a job search, it’s made more so by the nature of recruiting. In most cases, recruiters have no actual experience performing the job for which they are recruiting. As a result, they base their candidate evaluations almost entirely on the skills and knowledge specified for an opening by the hiring manager. In effect, those requirements become gateway credentials. If you have them, you’re considered a viable applicant and allowed through the front door; if you don’t, the door will slam shut and you won’t get a second look.
For career changers, that reality almost always eliminates them from the competition. They’re summarily rejected before they even have a chance to make the case that they have other skills that compensate for those they lack or that they have the drive necessary to quickly catch up with their peers.
Does that mean they can’t succeed in the job market? Absolutely not. It means they have to conduct their job search in a different way.
Taking a Different Way In
The primary strategy for most job seekers today is best described as “application overdrive.” Its rationale is simple: the more applications you have in circulation, the better your odds of getting an offer. So, job seekers visit dozens, sometimes even hundreds of job boards and corporate career sites to find as many opening s as possible for which they are qualified and then apply for every single one of them.
Whether that strategy is effective for “regular” job seekers is open to debate, but for career changers, it’s definitely a dead end. Submitting dozens or even hundreds of resumes which highlight a lack of gateway credentials is the quickest way to be seen as a throw-away applicant.
What’s a better approach? Slip in through the back door. Here’s how you do it:
- Step 1: Visit those job boards and corporate career sites to see which employers are posting jobs in the career field or industry into which you want to move.
- Step 2: Visit professional networking sites such as LinkedIn, Ryze and Ziggs to identify individuals who work at those employers. Make a list of the ones who hold a senior technical or supervisory position in their organization.
- Step 3: Review the profiles of the individuals you identified in Step 2 to see if you can uncover which LinkedIn groups or other discussion forums they have joined.
- Step 4: Join several of the groups and then lurk for awhile. See if the individuals you’ve targeted are participating and, if so, get familiar with the topics the group covers and its culture and look for where you could make a contribution to the discussion. If not, move on to other groups your target individuals have joined.
- Step 5: Strut your stuff. Acknowledge right up front that you’re a career-changer, but then add your insight and wisdom to the group’s discussion. Show how you can overcome your lack of experience and skills by making a credible contribution to the exchange. Don’t dominate it, but participate regularly, always interacting with the others as a peer.
- Step 6; Once you’ve established yourself as a credible peer, reach out to each of the individuals you identified in Step 2 and ask if they would be comfortable vouching for you with the hiring manager who has the openings for which you’d like to apply. If so, ask them to walk your resume in the back door and hand it to the recruiter working the position.
Yes, it takes time to get through the back door, but no more so than sending off dozens or even hundreds of applications to employers. More importantly, the prospects for success are infinitely greater for career changers because it avoids the barricade of gateway credentials.
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.
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.
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.