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.
Bring Your Talent to Interviews
It is articulated in many different ways, but the same question is asked in almost every job interview: How will you help make our organization more successful? And though it too is expressed differently, the answer is almost always the same: I’ll work really hard to do my job really well. It’s an appropriate response, but also an incomplete one that sells job seekers short.
Johnson O’Connor is widely recognized as the founding father of the study and measurement of aptitude. The Google dictionary defines aptitude as “a natural ability to do something.” I think a better term is “talent” and a better definition is “the capacity for excellence.”
As O’Connor discovered, talent is an attribute of the human species. Like our opposable thumb, it is one of the characteristics that defines being human. We are all endowed with the capacity for excellence, yet sadly, many of us never recognize or nurture that gift.
There are at least two reasons for this cultural myopia.
- First, our educational system all but ignores individual talent, so people have to discover it on their own. Some of us are lucky and instinctively recognize it, but for many others, their talent remains a mystery that requires testing, counseling or extraordinary introspection to uncover.
- Second, talent is often confused with educational attainment or occupational success. We become expert in a field or activity, and assume that our knowledge or skill is the same as our inherent capacity for excellence. Talent must be combined with expertise to be fully expressed and experienced, but it is very different from what we learn or accomplish.
So, then, what does talent look like? It might be the natural ability to organize a group of disparate individuals into a high performing team, or the ability to disaggregate complex challenges into more easily understood and accomplished tasks or the ability to communicate complex ideas so they can be understood by everyone.
Not every talent can be expressed in every occupation, but in every occupation, the expression of talent separates the peak performers from everyone else. And that’s why, it should never be ignored or go unmentioned in an interview.
Showcase What Makes You Different
The Human Genome Project discovered that, while physical appearance makes every single one of us seem unique, we are at our most basic physiological level just 3 percent different. In other words, very small distinctions ultimately have a huge impact on the way we are perceived by others. That’s especially true in the job market.
Typically, recruiters interview five or more candidates for an opening, and as they typically do, when they ask each of those candidates to describe how they will contribute to the employer’s mission, they invariably get five or more variations on the exact same theme. Despite the earnest efforts of each individual, the recruiter’s perception is that they are virtually indistinguishable from one another, at least in terms of how they will perform their role.
It’s that reality which makes talent your most important differentiator in an interview. When you’re next asked how you will contribute to an employer’s mission, begin by describing how you will apply your skills and knowledge on-the-job. Then, go on to detail how your inherent capacity for excellence will enable you to leverage that expertise to do more for the employer in more work situations.
For example, you might explain that your ability to organize and lead teams will enable you to take on assignments with special projects or ad hoc study groups. Similarly, your ability to communicate complex ideas so they can be generally understood could be valuable to an organization when it introduces new workplace technology or processes.
This showcasing of your talent during an interview will set you apart in the recruiter’s eyes first by the expanded view they’ll get of your potential contribution and second by the extraordinary self-awareness you’ve demonstrated in recognizing and engaging your talent.
Thanks for reading,
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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.
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.