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!

    Networking to Avoid Notworking

    Albert Einstein famously defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over again while expecting different results. His words could also serve as today’s definition of unemployment. What’s being done over and over again? Networking online. The results it yields never change and are best described as “notworking.”

    The conventional wisdom is that online networking is a “contact sport.” The more connections, followers and friends you have, the more successful you will be. That may work with lottery tickets, but in a job search campaign, quality trumps quantity every time.

    How is quality networking done online? By building relationships. Those relationships transform virtual contacts into real people, and only real people can become allies.

    Why is that important? Because in today’s uncertain world, helping someone with their job search is often dangerous – it can backfire and harm a person’s brand or even their own job – so only allies are willing to take the risk.

    Building relationships, however, is hard work and time consuming. The contact sport version of online networking is appealing because it’s easy and quick. And yet, the word itself is very clear about which is the right course. It’s “netWORK,” not “net-sit-back-and-have-a-pina-colada.”

    Creating Allies That Work for You

    The best way to build relationships online is to practice the Golden Rule of Networking. As simple as it is profound, it states that You must give in order to get. In other words, if you want people to be helpful to you, you must first be helpful to them. If you want them to be your ally, you must first be theirs.

    To create allies, you have to develop not one but two kinds of networks online:

  • Networks where you share your expertise. Connect with your peers in your occupational field and share your knowledge, skills and wisdom with them. The best venues for such relationship building are the discussion forums, chats and listservs on career portals and the Web-sites of your professional society and trade association.
  • Networks where you share your job search insights. Connect with your peers in your occupational field and share information and opportunities that may be useful or helpful to them. The best venues for such relationship building are the discussion forums on job boards and at LinkedIn and other social media site groups that focus on your field.
  • How do you put such relationships to work for you in a job search campaign? While some recruiters now search for candidates by networking online, most still fill their openings by advertising on job boards or social media sites. So, the best way to leverage the people you know is by practicing the Application Two-Step.

  • Step 1: Find a job for which you are qualified, tailor you resume to its specific requirements and responsibilities and submit that document exactly as specified in the job posting. This step ensures that the HR Department has a record of you as a candidate for the position; they know that you didn’t try to “go around” them to the hiring manager, but instead followed instructions in submitting your qualifications.
  • Step 2: Reach out to your two networks to find one or both of two kinds of allies – people you know who work for the employer with the opening and those who work for the employer and with whom you have built an online relationship. Ask them to refer you to the recruiter working on the job. Recruiters consider such employee referrals to be their best candidates, so this step will ensure your resume gets the consideration it deserves.
  • Online networking can be a powerful addition to your job search campaign, but only if it’s done in a way that builds allies. And, allies don’t care how many connections, friends and followers you have; they care how much effort you put into building a relationship with them.

    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.