Recommended Summer Reading: A Multitude of Hope

Recommended Summer Reading: A Multitude of Hope

Recommended Summer Reading: A Multitude of Hope

Recently, a reviewer on Amazon.com strongly recommended that readers add A Multitude of Hope to their summer reading list.

The book is Peter Weddle’s new novel about what’s happening to the American Dream. It’s a tale of three out-of-work Baby Boomers and a secret online group of workplace activists who are practicing “economic disobedience” against the vulture capitalists in the American economy.

Ripped right from today’s headlines, the book engulfs you in a no-holds barred war between a self-styled monarchy of greed-is-good investors and a virtual colony of revolutionaries using the Web to even the score. Part edge-of-your-seat thriller and part exploration of modern American culture, this is one novel you won’t want to miss.

To read a free excerpt, click here.

Or, order your copy from Amazon.com right now. Just click here.

What to Do About Ageism & Sexism

In today’s inhospitable job market, nothing could be more frustrating and demeaning than ageism and sexism. Finding work is hard enough, but trying to do so in the face of prejudice is the modern day definition of Dante’s ninth circle. No one should have to endure it, and yet many of us do.

Incidents of bias against people over the age of fifty and woman are clearly on the rise. These situations are typically viewed as a defect in an organization’s hiring process. The assumption seems to be that the recruiter or the hiring manager who does the interviewing is prejudiced, but the employer is held blameless – consciously or unconsciously -by most people in transition.

If you don’t believe that, consider the fact that countless job seekers would still go to work for an organization with a biased recruiting process if they could find a way around the offending individual. And, that would be a terrible mistake. Basically, they would be substituting the devil they know for the devil they don’t know.

One devil, however, is the same as the other. The way employers treat candidates is exactly the way they treat employees. If the leadership of an organization permits ageism and/or sexism to exist in the recruiting process, you can be sure they will accept or at least condone the same behavior in its day-to-day operations.

So, what should you do when you are confronted with the small mindedness of prejudice? Walk away.

I’ve long counseled those in transition to test drive an employer when evaluating an offer. I know that’s a hard concept to accept if you’ve lost your income and have bills to pay. Nevertheless, it’s critical that you find out what you’re getting yourself into before you make a commitment. You need to know what kind of culture and leadership values you would be subjecting yourself to if you went to work for an organization.

Why? Because research shows that the number one reason a new hire doesn’t work out isn’t that they can’t do the work. It’s that they don’t fit it. Their values and goals are incompatible with those of the organization. So, if you find ageism and sexism deplorable, don’t go to work for an organization which permits them.

What’s the Alternative?

Prejudiced behavior may be more prevalent, but it’s not the norm. Therefore, the key to success in today’s job market is not to waste your time either on looking for a way into a biased employer or on bemoaning the existence of bias in general. Certainly, we should voice our disapproval of such behavior, but then we need to move on. We must invest our energy in finding those organizations that operate with the right values.

How can you do that? With employer research. It is accomplished in both direct and indirect ways.

Direct Research

  • Use a browser (e.g., Google, Yahoo!, Bing) to look for published documents that describe the culture and leadership values of various employers in your geographic area, career field and/or industry.
  • Connect with peers and solicit their views of employers in the discussion forums on your professional society’s Webs-site or favorite job board and in the professional groups that operate on some social media sites.
  • Read the comments posted on such sites as GlassDoor.com and CareerBliss.com, but do so with a grain of salt. While many of the posts offer candid and useful assessments, others suffer from a bias all their own.
  • Indirect Research

  • As previously noted, assess the culture and values expressed by an organization’s representatives and by the candidate literature provided in its recruiting process.
  • Look for clues in the career area on employers’ Web-sites and on their Facebook pages (e.g., beware of any employer that doesn’t share employee testimonials or discuss its culture).
  • Examine the leadership structure of the organization as far down as you can to see if all age cohorts and both sexes are well represented.
  • What’s the best way to deal with ageism and sexism in today’s job market? Don’t share your talent with the organizations that condone it. Eventually, they’ll learn or they’ll go out of business. In either case, you’re better off finding the good employers that will respect your work and not unfairly limit your success.

    Thanks for reading,

    Peter

    Visit me at Weddles.com

    Job Nation: The 100 Best Employment Sites

    The American Staffing Association was kind enough to call me the “Zagat” of the online employment industry. And, just as Tim and Nina Zagat used their classic guides to identify the best restaurants, I have published a guide to the best employment sites on the Web.

    Called Job Nation: The 100 Best Employment Sites on the Web, it’s my pick of the top job boards, career portals and professional networking sites on the Internet.

    Every site is profiled with a complete consumer’s guide to its features, services and resources. That way, you can shop smart and pick the sites that will work best for you.

    While admitting to some bias, I think Job Nation is the single best way to use the Internet to find a new or better job. And, it retails for just $14.95.

    Get the book at Amazon.com or at Weddles.com. But, wherever you get it, don’t delay. Get Job Nation today.

    The Best Beach Blanket Books Anywhere

    Turn off your iPhone or Blackberry, disconnect from the office and invest a little quality time in your own career. Put the following books in your beach bag and work on adding to your knowledge of the best strategies and tactics for success while you’re working on your tan:

    Work Strong: Your Personal Career Fitness System. This book introduces a complete regimen of activities that will help you successfully compete for and hang onto the job of your dreams. Its one-of-a-kind program not only tells you what to do, but how to do it and how often.

    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.

    Remember What Your Mother Taught You

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