The Career Fitness Workbook

The Career Fitness Workbook

The Career Fitness Workbook

Is the job market kicking sand in your face? Are you being pushed around by disrespectful employers?

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.

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

    Bridging Gaps in Your Qualifications

    There are two kinds of harmful gaps in a job search. They are a lack of experience and a lack of skills. Both seem like insurmountable barriers because you can’t gain experience without work and it takes time to acquire skills. And yet, there is a way to bridge the gaps so long as you are willing to take off your fuzzy slippers.

    In a society that exults in its uber-connectedness, it’s odd that distance is the defining culture of today’s job market. Everything we do, from networking with others and communicating with recruiters to contacting those who might be our future coworkers, is done – not at arm’s length, but at the tips of our fingers – as we sit at home in our fuzzy slippers and peck away on our keyboards.

    No matter how much we revel in our connections and friends and follows, however, the net effect of such distant interactions is shallow relationships. Those contacts don’t know us as a fellow human being but as a profile or page or handle on a screen. They aren’t privy to our character, our values, our personality (except our virtual persona) or the facets of our life which animate and transform us into a distinct person. No matter how many emails and InMails and messages we send out, they see us as a cipher – a nonentity.

    So, how do they react? They treat us as strangers. They are cordial online, but cautious in the real world. And, if they’re a hiring manager, that means they follow the rules.

    If an open job says a qualified candidate must have this level of experience or that kind of skill and you don’t, they won’t consider you for the position. You may have compensating attributes or a determination to succeed, but those aren’t qualities they can distinguish from a distance. They are virtually invisible, so cannot be factored into their evaluation.

    Does that mean you’re out of luck if you don’t have the experience or skills required for your dream job? Absolutely not. It means that you have to learn how to bridge those gaps.

    Stepping Out of Your Fuzzy Slippers

    A recent survey of employers came to this conclusion: “The more direct knowledge the hiring manager has regarding the person being hired, the less the person’s skills, academics and experiences matter.” Put another way, the less distance there is in your relationship with a hiring manager, the closer you are to being seen as a qualified applicant.

    Why is this so? Because proximity adds depth to shallow relationships. You are no longer seen as a cipher, but as a person, an individual with character, values and a real world personality. And, those qualities can be a bridge across any gaps in your resume.

    How do you build such a bridge? By stepping out of your fuzzy slippers and into the messy, inconvenient and stress-inducing crucible of human interactions. In short, you have to stop being a stranger by being better known to your PALs.

    Get dressed, get out of the house and participate in the real world meetings of your:

  • Professional society and trade association;
  • Alumni organization of your undergraduate and (if you have one) graduate alma mater; and
  • Local civic (e.g., social service, self-help) or affinity (e.g., veteran, hobby) group.
  • They are the places where hiring managers hang out and therefore among the best ways to meet and get to know them.

    Qualification gaps are not insurmountable barriers to job search success. To bridge the gaps, however, you’ll have to get out of your comfort zone and into the real world where hiring managers can get to know you and your qualities as a human being.

    Thanks for reading,

    Peter

    Visit me at Weddles.com

    WEDDLE’s Job Alert

    For over 15 years, Weddle has published the leading guidebook to job boards and career portals. WEDDLE’s Guide to Employment Sites on the Internet is considered the Gold Standard for job seekers and career activists. In fact, no less an authority than Dick Bolles, author of What Color is Your Parachute?, rated the Guide “Highly recommended!”

    Now, you can sign up for WEDDLE’s Job Alert and get your very own, private connection to some of the best career advancement opportunities on the Web.

    This no-cost resource scours the job postings at leading job boards and career portals and connects you with those that match your capabilities and aspirations. It’s the easiest way possible to find your Dream Job.

    You Pick the Winners

    Even the best of employers can no longer afford to provide a 30-year career ladder and a gold watch. So, where can you go to find the support and resources you need to guide your career effectively?

    A growing number of working people are turning to job boards. Many of these sites have transformed themselves from a simple classified advertising platform into a fully featured “careerstead” or homestead for your career.

    Every year, we at WEDDLE’s try to help folks find the best of these sites by holding the User’s Choice Awards. They are the only awards in the online employment services industry in which actual users – job seekers, career activists, employers and recruiters – get to pick the winners.

    So, let your voice be heard. The ballot necessarily lists only a small subset of the 100,000+ job boards and careersteads now operating on the Web. You can pick some of them and/or nominate others … but the choice is yours.

    Please click here and cast your vote today.

    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 so many 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.