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.
Brand Yourself as a Person of Talent, Not a Job Seeker
Employers call today’s job market a War for Talent. Why should you care? Because it signals a change in the way they hire. Employers are no longer making offers to people who can do the job. They are looking for those who will do more and can prove it.
If you have any doubt about that, take this test. Find a job opening for which you meet 100 percent of the stated requirements. You are, in effect, a perfect match for the position, so go ahead and apply for it. Then, wait and see if you’re asked for an interview. In many, maybe even most cases, you won’t be. Why? Because employers have changed the definition of “qualified” for their openings.
In the past, “qualified” meant competence. You could do the job. You could handle its responsibilities because you met all (or most) of its requirements. That’s how most people found their most recent job and the one before that and the one before that. It was an unwritten “rule of the game,” but one that we all understood and relied on.
Today, we can’t. “Qualified” now means something entirely different. Employers want to hire people who can give them an edge in the competition they face on the local, domestic and international levels. They are searching for people who can prove they will excel at their work. That’s what they mean by “talent” – people who do superior work from their first day on the job.
Proving You Have Talent
While employers may have changed their definition of “qualified,” those who are looking for a new or better job haven’t. You can use the same approach you have always used to determine if you have the credentials to be a credible applicant for an opening. Simply ask yourself whether you meet its stated responsibilities and requirements. If you do, go ahead and apply, but, change the way you describe your qualifications. Submit a radically different kind of application.
I call this application “a smart resume” because its purpose is not to prove you can do the job, but rather that you will excel at it. It has a number of differentiating features, but the following are two of the most important:
- Prove that you make an impact at work. Resumes have always included a person’s accomplishments on-the-job. You describe the results you achieved in each of the positions you held in the past. Accomplishments, however, are difficult to judge because they are idiosyncratic to each organization. From an employer’s perspective, one company’s All Star can be another company’s Loser. So Accomplishments must be expressed in quantitative AND relative terms. In other words, don’t just describe what you did, but how far you moved the meter from the baseline to accomplish your results. For example, instead of saying, “I achieved gross sales of $1 million,” say “I increased sales by 25 percent year-over-year, achieving $1 million in gross sales in the last fiscal year.”
- Prove that you are still getting better. Today’s workplace is morphing at warp speed. In many fields, half of the skills and knowledge currently required for success will be obsolete in just a couple of years. The only way to have a sustained impact on an organization, therefore, is to position yourself as a “work-in-progress.” No matter how senior you are, no matter how many years of experience you have, regardless of your accomplishments and track record, demonstrate that you are still gaining in expertise by enrolling in an appropriate course or training program and featuring that initiative in the Education section on your resume. That will signal to employers that you understand the need to stay up-to-date in your field and that you take personal responsibility for doing so.
The dirty little secret of today’s job market is that employers have changed one of the key rules of the game. They are still advertising for competence, but they are looking for excellence. Make sure they can see your ability to deliver superior work by submitting a smart resume – one that proves you have talent and will deliver it on-the-job today, tomorrow and into the future.
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 people 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.