The Career Fitness Workbook

The Career Fitness Workbook

The Career Fitness Workbook

Is your career out of shape? Is the job market kicking sand in your face? Or worse, are you suffering from career cardiac arrest … what most of us call lingering unemployment?

If either is the case, you need The Career Fitness Workbook. It has a number of special features:

  • Organized just like a physical fitness regimen, the book tells you what to do to improve the health of your career, how to do it and – unique to the Career Fitness program – how often in order to maximize the employment benefits you derive from your efforts.
  • From online networking to high impact resumes, the book introduces a powerful blend of the best traditional practices and state-of-the-art techniques for effective job search and career self-management in today’s uncertain times.
  • Filled with worksheets and exercises, the book is a complete self-study program that delivers the knowledge and skills required for BOTH job search and career success, whether you have 25 years or 25 minutes of experience in the workplace.
  • The Career Fitness Workbook is available at Amazon.com.

    Or, if you’d like your copy autographed by the author, order it at Weddles.com.

    Don’t let the economy bully you. Get The Career Fitness Workbook today and learn how to stand up for yourself!

    Being Realistic

    The only way to conclude a successful job search is to apply for the right opportunities. You only have so many hours in the day so you must only compete for positions where you have a legitimate chance of being selected. How do you make sure you’re being realistic? With a two-step self assessment.

    A recent article in Harvard Business Review (October 2012) explored how best to achieve a significant goal in life. Certainly for anyone in transition, getting reemployed qualifies as such an objective. But, here’s the rub. Goals do not exist in a vacuum. Indeed, the only way to reach a significant goal is to focus on the intervening goals that will ensure your steady progress toward that end.

    The key intervening goals for a job seeker are the openings to which they apply. Misjudge them, and, no matter how experienced or skilled you are, your prospects for success are significantly reduced. Make the right judgments about those goals, on the other hand, and you will not only speed your return to work, you will put yourself in a job where you can excel. And, excellence on-the-job is the single best way to help your career recover from a period of unemployment.

    The Harvard Business Review article laid out a simple process of self-assessment for making realistic decisions about goals. It involves answering two questions:

  • “Do you have the required capacities, knowledge, skills and personal characteristics?”

    and

  • “Are your capacities as good as or better than those of other people with the same goal?”
  • Of course, asking the questions is the easy part. The real challenge is being able to answer them accurately and honestly. Every human has a standup comic inside; we kid ourselves about how truly great we are. Thankfully, however, we have also been graced with an extraordinary intellect, and it has the power to tame the comic. So, ask the questions, but bring your intellect along to help you answer them.

    Applying the Questions to a Job Search Campaign

    The two-question assessment is probably fine for most goals, but for a person in search of reemployment, it must be tailored. In order to get answers that are relevant and useful, the questions must address the current dynamics of the job market. They are the inflexible and, in many respects, draconian new rules by which it is now operating.

    The first question must be reframed to ask, “Are you a perfect match for the requirements and responsibilities stated by the employer for its opening?” Given the number of people competing for each open job these days, there is no wiggle room on qualifications. It’s pass or fail; the gray area has been eliminated.

    In the past, a job seeker could compensate for a missing skill or even some experience with a different skill or kind of experience. Today, employers will no longer accept those tradeoffs. They want to hire only those who meet every single specification. If you don’t, you aren’t qualified and applying for the job is a waste of your time.

    The second question should then be reframed to ask, “Can you prove that you will be a superior performer on-the-job?” Employers today are no longer competing with cheaper labor overseas; they are competing with smarter labor. To survive let alone prosper in such an environment, they need employees who excel at their work.

    In the past, a job seeker would be selected for an opening in they were competent to do the job. Today, employers want people who have state-of-the-art knowledge and the requisite experience to outperform the competition. In effect, being a perfect match isn’t enough. You must also have a track record of perfect performance.

    In today’s tough job market, the only way to achieve the goal of reemployment is to achieve critical intervening goals first. That means focusing on those openings where you have the best chance of success. And, to make that judgment – to be realistic – you must conduct a candid self-assessment of both your qualifications and your competitive standing. It isn’t always easy, but the answers will help to hasten your return to work.

    Thanks for reading,

    Peter

    Visit me at Weddles.com

    Invest in Yourself

    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 13 million Americans out-of-work.

    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.

    Job Nation: The 100 Best Employment Sites on the Web. This unique guide is drawn from other published WEDDLE’s research, which the American Staffing Association described as the “Zagat” of job search sites. It has all of the information you’ll need to be a smart shopper among the 100,000+ job boards and social media sites now operating online.

    It’s Not Too Late to Vote …

    … for the best employment sites on the Web!

    Every vote counts, in a presidential race and in WEDDLE’s User’s Choice Awards.

    Each year, WEDDLE’s holds an annual poll of the best employment sites. Open to everyone, it is the only award in which job seekers and employers get to have their say on which sites served them best. The thirty sites with the most votes are designated WEDDLE’s User’s Choice Award winners for that year.

    So, click here to take a look at last year’s winners and cast your ballot for the elite of the online employment services industry – the winners of WEDDLE’s 2013 User’s Choice Awards.

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