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.
The Right Kind of Confidence
The journalist David Brooks once famously opined that “Human beings are over-confidence machines.” We aren’t as smart as we think we are, nor are we as smart as we need to be. That’s especially true when it comes to networking in a job search.
Brooks bases his assertion on a survey done among executives in the advertising and computer industries. They were each given a quiz on their industry knowledge and then asked to rate how confident they were of their answers.
The advertising pooh-bahs thought they were right ninety percent of the time, when in actuality, sixty-one percent of their answers were wrong. And, the computer hotshots were even more off the mark. They estimated their answers to be right ninety-five percent of the time, when in fact, eighty percent were wrong.
Now, some may say that such over-confidence is endemic among managers and executives, but not among the rest of the workforce. Regular people are much more self-aware. Or, are they?
These days, an awful lot of regular people are one hundred percent confident that social media is the answer to executing a successful job search. They are absolutely certain that the path to re-employment runs through Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.
So, what do they do? They devote countless hours to meeting virtual strangers on the Web and ignore the many connections and friends they have right in their own backyard. They rely on contacts, when relationships will serve them better.
Network With the People You Know
Networking on social media sites is important, but it is not the only or even the best way to tap the job market knowledge and connections of others. Where’s the proof that’s so? Ask yourself this question: who are you more likely to help, a friend you met through your daughter’s soccer team or someone you’ve only met through an invitation to connect on LinkedIn?
The Golden Rule is golden because it represents the epitome of human behavior. We all may aspire to its lofty standard, but in our day-to-day interactions, we are simply more comfortable investing our limited time, effort and connections in people we actually know.
Moreover, to “know” someone means that we have done more than read what they’ve posted about themselves on their Facebook page. And, that’s the real challenge of networking. It’s one of those rare words that actually says what it means: it’s netWORK, not net-type-a-couple-of-invites-on-LinkedIn.
Networking is an exercise in two-way knowing. In order to get to know a person, we have to interact enough with them for them to get to know us. We have to establish a mutual sense of familiarity and trust, the twin pillars of a relationship.
And, as I point out in my book, Work Strong: Your Personal Career Fitness System, each of us has more relationships than we realize. A partial list includes:
Network with those people – enrich your relationships with them – and you’ll have plenty of reasons to be confident about the outcome of your job search.
Thanks for reading,
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Remember What Your Mother Taught You
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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.