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 End of the Nasty Know-It-All
Employers are desperate for talent, and talent has long been equated with expertise. The more a person knows, the higher their probability of being selected for an opening, even if they have the personality of a brick or are painfully unpleasant to work with. Now, however, that trend seems to be ending. More and more, employers want a combination of competence and collegiality.
We’ve all had to work with them – the nasty know-it-alls. They are tolerated, sometimes even celebrated by employers because they are very good at their jobs, but they make life miserable for everyone else. They are disrespectful, haughty, inflexible, intolerant, mean or some ugly combination of several of those traits.
You have to wonder how they ever got past the recruiters and managers who interviewed them. But, they did. By the thousands. The nasty know-it-alls seem to have no problem getting job offers and staying employed. At least, until now.
A recent international survey conducted by the training company Hyper Island found that character has surged to the top in importance among working professionals. An astonishing 78 percent of the respondents said that “personality” was the most desirable attribute among coworkers, besting “cultural alignment” at 53 percent and “skill-set” at 39 percent.
What did they mean by personality? According to Hyper Island, these professionals are looking for people who have drive and an open mind and who are dependable and creative in their job performance. They spend one-third of their lives at work, and they no longer want to share that time with socially stunted or maladjusted people.
Putting Personality Into Your Transition
If the views of those professionals are also the views of their employers, the job market is in the midst of a profound shift. Organizations that were once willing to overlook the character flaws of candidates will no longer do so, no matter how skilled they may be. To put it another way, they want to hire the Engaging Expert, not the Nasty Know-It-All. They want workers to be good at their own jobs and to contribute to the teamwork and camaraderie that fuel a high performing organization.
There are smart ways and not such smart ways to include personality in your job search. Yes, so-called “soft skills” should be an integral part of your portfolio of employment qualities. But when noting them – whether it’s on your resume or in an interview – it’s critical that you connect them to a workplace outcome that an employer will value.
You see, there’s a disease running rampant among employers these days. I call it “employment dementia.” If you’re in transition, they find it hard to recognize your value as a worker. They’ve lost the ability to see you as a potential contributor.
For that reason, you have remind them of what your soft skills will do for them. For example, if you have a track record of flexibility on-the-job, show how that trait enabled you to step in for an absent coworker so there was no loss of work output or to shift to another, more important project so it was completed on time and within budget.
To get the best results in today’s tough job market, don’t position yourself simply as a high performer and certainly don’t come across as a nasty know-it-all. Instead, build a brand as an engaging expert by featuring your soft skills AND the value they can add to an employer.
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.
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.
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.