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.
The Reciprocity Rule of Online Networking
It’s all the rage these days. If you’re in transition, you have to be using LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. But why? The rationale seems to be that if you can just reach the right person – no matter how distant and tenuous the link – you can depend on them to help you land a job. Best sellers have been made with such a claim, but in actuality, it’s more wishful thinking than a realistic expectation.
Stop and think about it. If you were in the place of some remote contact – if you were a friend of a friend of a Web connection – would you risk your reputation and credibility to stand up for someone who was essentially a stranger? I doubt it, and that reality is the invisible flaw in online networking today.
As it’s currently practiced, networking on the Web is a contact sport. The more connections, friends and followers you have, the better. Your networking prowess is determined by the size of your address book.
What’s the purpose of all that effort? Apparently, it’s to increase the odds that someone might tell you about an opening you haven’t seen or recommend you for a job you’re trying to land. The math makes sense but the strategy doesn’t.
Why? Because it violates Mom’s Rule. What was the first lesson your mother taught you? That’s right, “Don’t speak to strangers.” Or, to put it in workplace terms, don’t risk your reputation or your own job security by vouching for someone you don’t know.
Now, some will say that violates the Golden Rule, but it depends on which Golden Rule you mean. You see, there are actually two: one for everyday human interaction and one for the interactions that occur in the job market.
- Do unto others as you would have them do unto you is a wonderful way to approach life. Its fundamental ethos is responsibility. We should hold ourselves to the same standards we apply to others.
- While responsibility is also important in the job market, however, the fundamental ethos in that venue is reciprocity. Hence the Golden Rule of Networking is to give as good as you get. In other words, if you want others to help you in your job search, you must first be helpful to them.
Build Reciprocity in the Blink of an Eye
If networking is all about mutual support, there’s more involved than simply making contact. You have to transform those contacts into relationships. Or to put it another way, networking isn’t a contact sport, it’s a team sport. It’s colleagues coming together to help one another.
How do you establish those relationships? By investing the time and making the effort to share your knowledge, wisdom, information and ideas with peers, friends and colleagues. You look for ways to be of service to them so that they will be of service to you whenever you need it.
Developing such mutual support doesn’t occur overnight, however, so it’s best to get started before you find yourself in transition. That said, it is possible to generate at least some level of reciprocity in the blink of an eye, so you can rely on it during an active job search.
Here are a couple of ways to get started:
- Join the discussion forum on a job board that specializes in your field or on the site of your professional society or trade association and take part regularly. (I recommend 3-4 times a week.) Look for ways to contribute to the conversation by providing information and insights that are helpful to the other participants.
- Identify the most popular peer blog or LinkedIn group in your field and replicate your behavior on the discussion forum. Brand yourself as someone who contributes regularly and for the good of others.
Make those investments of your time and talent for a couple of weeks, and you’re likely to find at least some of your contacts have become relationships. And, relationships are the safety valve of Mom’s Rule. They transform strangers into people you can count on.
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.
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.
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.