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.

Don’t Look for a Job, Look for Respect

These days, job seekers face not one but two equally difficult challenges. Not only do they have to find a decent job, but they have to find a decent employer, as well. A decent job may remove them from the ranks of the unemployed, but only a decent employer can ensure they stay there.

For the first time in modern American history, those in transition now have to worry about serial unemployment. They must endure a grueling and often lengthy job search, and then they have to deal with the ever present possibility that they may lose their job 6, 12 or 18 months down the road. No sooner are they employed, it seems, than they face the prospect of becoming unemployed all over again.

There are, of course, a range of reasons for this phenomenon. The lousy economy, changing consumer tastes, and the introduction of new technology certainly deserve some of the blame. In far too many cases, however, there’s another cause. It’s employers behaving badly.

What does that mean?

Bad employer behavior includes misrepresenting the nature of a job – the tasks it involves or its compensation – and/or the nature of the organization – its culture, values and leadership. The former is rare because it can only occur if recruiters and other employees are complicit in the cover-up and thankfully few are willing to do so. The latter, on the other hand, occurs far more frequently than it should primarily because the warning signs are overlooked or, worse, ignored.

Shopping for a Decent Employer

A decent employer is one that provides the environment, encouragement and support for you to succeed. In short, it’s an organization that respects you as a person of talent. It recognizes the contribution you make to its success and treats you accordingly. As a consequence, you are able to perform at your peak, and that outcome – excelling at your work – is the best guarantor of continued employment.

Respect, however, is a two-way street. Yes, an employer should respect you, but you must also respect yourself. You must think enough of your talent to ensure you can always deliver it on-the-job. You must constantly refresh your skills and knowledge so that your talent is as strong, versatile and durable as it can be and must be in today’s highly competitive global economy.

With self-respect in place, you are in the right position to evaluate the level of respect you would get from prospective employers. How do you make that judgment? Look for telltale signs in the recruiting process of each organization.

For example:

  • Does the employer acknowledge the receipt of your resume when you submit it and thank you for doing so?
  • Does the employer keep you informed of your status as the evaluation process unfolds?
  • Does the employer remove filled positions promptly so you are not applying for jobs that are no longer available?
  • Does the employer provide a clear and complete description of its culture and values on its organizational Web-site and/or Facebook page?
  • If you are invited in for an interview, are you greeted in a friendly and courteous way or are you treated as if you’re just another widget with DNA?
  • And, while you are interviewing, are you able to meet with the people who would be your coworkers and are they able to speak freely about their working conditions?
  • Admittedly, it’s hard to ignore the allure of a job offer when you’re in transition and have financial and other pressures weighing you down. Taking a job – even a good job – with a bad employer, however, can not only undermine your performance on-the-job, it can quickly throw you back out on the bricks looking for work once again.

    Thanks for reading,

    Peter

    Visit me at Weddles.com

    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.

    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.

    Remember What Your Mother Taught You

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    Don’t keep WEDDLE’s Newsletter to yourself. Please tell your colleagues and friends about it and encourage them to sign up.

    They should click here to reach our registration page. Then, using the dropdown window, they can select any or all of the following free newsletters:

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