The 3 Goals of a Career Activist

The 3 Goals of a Career Activist

The 3 Goals of a Career Activist

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The 3 Goals of a Career Activist

Job security has joined the pay phone and carbon paper. It’s no longer a part of the world of work. Employers may promise it, but they can’t deliver it. The global marketplace is just too dynamic, too unpredictable.

Does that mean there is no security in the workplace? Absolutely not. The kind of security you can achieve, however, is unlike that historically promised by your employers. If you want to be secure at work-and who doesn’t-you need “career security.” It’s the ability to stay employed in a job of your choice, regardless of the state of the economy.

As many of us have painfully learned in today’s recession, job security is controlled by employers. It is provided at their discretion and only when it serves their bottom line. Career security, in contrast, is something you create. It is a protective shield that you erect by taking two important steps.

First, you must become a career activist. That’s a person who throws off their passivity and takes charge of their career. They don’t wait around for their employer, their boss or their mentor to do it. They don’t hunker down and hang on, hoping that someone will sprinkle pixie dust on them. A career activist decides that they would rather be the master of their career than its victim, so they climb in the driver’s seat and set its course.

Second, you must keep your career moving. You are a living organism which means either you’re growing or you’re dead. The same is true of your career. Either you’re extending the strength, reach and endurance of your career or you’re in the throes of career cardiac arrest … or what we all know as unemployment.

How do you keep your career in motion? By setting and working continuously toward 3 goals:

Your Achievement Goal is something you can accomplish in the next six-to-twelve months. It identifies an outcome you can achieve in your current job, such as a step-up in your performance, the completion of a special project, the solution to an especially tough problem or the resolution of an issue that has degraded your work. It enables you to give your employer a fulsome return on its investment in you and to give yourself a “career victory” that is meaningful and useful for you.

Your Advancement Goal is an objective you can reach in the next three-to-five years. It identifies the next job you want to hold or the next level of work you want to be able to perform. It may involve your current employer or it may require that you move to another wok situation, but it will always represent a major leap forward in your capability and contribution in the workplace. Your advancement goal should stretch you beyond your current level of performance, but also be a realistic challenge. It is a brass ring, but one that you have a reasonable chance of grabbing.

Your Development Goal is the bridge between your achievement goal and your advancement goal. It enables you to build on the success you accomplish in the near term by adding the supplemental skills and knowledge that prepare you to conquer each of the challenges you identify for the longer term in your career. Your development goal transforms you from a stationary state to one in motion, from operating as a worker-in-place to the continual growth of a worker-in-progress.

A career activist doesn’t have crystal ball. They have no better insight than others about which path the economy will take. They are certain, however, of one thing: a stationary target is much easier to hit than a moving one. That’s why they actively manage their careers and keep them moving forward all of the time.

Thanks for reading,

Peter

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Our Featured Books

WEDDLE’s is pleased to announce the publication of:

  • WEDDLE’s 2009/10 Guide to Employment Sites on the Internet. This Gold Standard of guides to the Web’s 100,000+ job boards and career portals has been completely updated so you can find the best sites for you and your career.

    This edition of the Guide, our 9th, introduces an entirely new format: The Top 100, our pick of the most effective job boards and career portals on the Web, and the Best & the Rest, a directory of over 10,000 sites organized by career field, industry and geographic focus. There’s no better way to know which way to go on the Web!

  • WEDDLE’s 2009/10 Guide to Association Web Sites. Employers often post their best jobs at the Web-sites of local, state, regional or national professional associations. This Guide enables you to determine which of those associations have the job search resources you need to connect with those employers.

    The Association Guide lists over 3,000 associations by the career field, industry or location in which they specialize and indicates whether they have a job database, a resume database and/or a discussion area for professional networking. It is the only book of its kind in print and the only way to find the “hidden job market” on the Web!

  • How can you get these amazing resources? Click here to reach our online bookstore or call 203.964.1888 to order your copies of these truly unique job search guides.

    And don’t forget to share. Get the Guides for your spouse or partner, your sons and daughters, even your working mother or father. These books will help them find their dream job, as well. So, don’t delay; get your WEDDLE’s Guides today!

    WEDDLE’s News You Can Use

    To Find the Right Job, Find the Real You First

    If you’re searching for more meaning in your career, if you want the time you spend on-the-job to be more fulfilling and rewarding for you, then read Peter Weddle’s new book Recognizing Richard Rabbit. It’s a gentle way to figure out your dreams.

    Recognizing Richard Rabbit is a fable for adults from 22 to 62 and older. In the genre of Who Moved My Cheese?, it opens the door to genuine self exploration. It is a story about finding the secret to authentic living. To being your own true self.

    How does Recognizing Richard Rabbit do that? Unlike traditional fables, this tale unfolds in two synchronized parts: one in fiction-the fable, the other in nonfiction-a parallel self-interview. In essence, you are invited to tap both the creative and the analytic sides of your brain-to probe the whole of your inherent talent-so you can find the pathway to the person you were meant to be.

    Why is that so important? Because whether you are a mid-career professional or a first time job seeker, whether you are a senior executive or a skilled tradesperson, whether you are actively looking for a job or just keeping your options open, the key to success is a sure understanding of who you are and what you stand for.

    So, make sure you know the authentic You. Get your copy of Recognizing Richard Rabbit today. All you have to do is call WEDDLE’s at 203.964.1888 or click here. Don’t delay. Get Recognizing Richard Rabbit right away.

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    Designed specifically for the challenging workplace of the 21st Century. Work Strong not only tells you what to do for career success, but when, where and how to do it.

  • It introduces the Career Fitness System-a revolutionary philosophy of work and a regimen of daily, weekly and monthly activities that empower you to apply that philosophy to your career.
  • Using physical fitness as a metaphor, it presents an approach to career self-management that is appropriate for everyone from senior executives and seasoned professionals to recent graduates and those who are reentering the workforce after an extended absence.
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    Your Own Personal GPS to the Best Job Boards for You

    WEDDLE’s publishes the perfect job search tool for hard times-an inexpensive, quick and easy-to-use series of guides to the best job boards and career portals online in specific career fields and employment situations. Think of them as the CliffsNotes to career success on the Internet.

    Called WEDDLE’s WIZNotes-Fast Facts on Job Boards, each book includes compact, but complete profiles of the key sites that specialize in a specific profession or level of employment. There are WIZNotes for:

  • Sales & Marketing professionals,
  • Finance & Accounting professionals,
  • Engineers,
  • Human Resource professionals,
  • Scientists
  • Women Professionals
  • Managers & Executives,
  • and

  • Recent Graduates.
  • Plus

  • Finding a Job on the Web
  • Writing a Great Resume
  • All you have to do is select the WIZNotes that’s right for you. Each volume has exactly the information you need to find the right job boards and career portals for you. And best of all, at $12.95 each, WEDDLE’s WIZNotes are a bargain to boot!

    So, get one for yourself and one for your spouse or partner, son or daughter, friend or colleague or boss. They’re helpful to any and everyone regardless of their years of experience.

    To order your WIZNotes, call WEDDLE’s at 203.964.1888 or click here. Order today!

    Our Featured Job Board

    Site Spotlite … from the pages of WEDDLE’s 2009/10 Guide to Employment Sites on the Internet.

    There are 50,000 job boards now in operation in North America and an equal number operating elsewhere around the world. The key to a successful online job search, therefore, is knowing where to find and how to select the best sites for your specific employment objective. WEDDLE’s 2009/10 Guide profiles The Top 100 employment sites on the Web today and provides The Best & the Rest, a listing of over 10,000 such sites worldwide. It’s all of the information you need to determine which job boards will deliver the best opportunities for you. For example:

    Best Jobs USA

    http://www.bestjobsusa.com

    Post full time jobs: Yes

    Post part time, contract or consulting jobs: Yes-Part time

    Distribution of jobs: National-USA

    Number of jobs: 100,00+

    Salary levels of jobs: $101-$150K/yr

    Offer a job agent: Yes

    Resume database: Yes

    How long are resumes stored: 1 year

    Restrictions on who can post: Anyone

    Other services for job seekers: Assessment instruments, Career information, Links to other sites with career information

    Member, International Association of Employment Web Sites: Yes

    Don’t Miss These Books!

    WEDDLE’s is pleased to announce the publication of:

  • WEDDLE’s 2009/10 Guide to Employment Sites on the Internet. This Gold Standard of guides to the Web’s 100,000+ job boards and career portals has been completely updated so you can find the best sites for you and your career.

    This edition of the Guide, our 9th, introduces an entirely new format: The Top 100, our pick of the most effective job boards and career portals on the Web, and the Best & the Rest, a directory of over 10,000 sites organized by career field, industry and geographic focus. There’s no better way to know which way to go on the Web!

  • WEDDLE’s 2009/10 Guide to Association Web Sites. Employers often post their best jobs at the Web-sites of local, state, regional or national professional associations. This Guide enables you to determine which of those associations have the job search resources you need to connect with those employers.

    The Association Guide lists over 3,000 associations by the career field, industry or location in which they specialize and indicates whether they have a job database, a resume database and/or a discussion area for professional networking. It is the only book of its kind in print and the only way to find the “hidden job market” on the Web!

  • How can you get these amazing resources? Click here to reach our online bookstore or call 203.964.1888 to order your copies of these truly unique job search guides.

    And don’t forget to share. Get the Guides for your spouse or partner, your sons and daughters, even your working mother or father. These books will help them find their dream job, as well. So, don’t delay; get your WEDDLE’s Guides today!