The Perfect Gift for a Secret Santa

The Perfect Gift for a Secret Santa

The Perfect Gift for a Secret Santa

If you’re someone’s Secret Santa this Holiday season, get them a book that will make 2012 their best year ever. Priced for even the most elf-like budget, they include:

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.

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.

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.

How to Succeed in Applying for a Job

There are now over three million job openings posted on job boards and social media sites on the Web. And, the conventional wisdom is that applying for those opportunities is simply a matter of clicking on the Submit button. Unfortunately, however, there’s a bit more to it, at least you want to get interviewed and possibly hired.

I’m going to let you in on the two secrets to success in applying for a job online. First, be smart about how you apply. As easy and appealing as it may be, the shotgun approach doesn’t work. Those who apply for every interesting job they see – whether or not they are qualified – NEVER get interviewed or hired for one of those positions.

If you want to maximize the odds of actually getting hired, use a much more discerning approach when applying. Select only those openings where you are a perfect or near-perfect match with the job’s specifications.

In most cases, those specifications will be organized into “Responsibilities” and “Requirements.” The first describes the tasks involved in performing a job while the second details the skills and knowledge a candidate must have in order to be considered qualified for that opening.

While matching the specifications is obviously important, however, it would be a mistake to use that criterion as the sole basis for your decision about whether or not to apply for a job. Why is that? Because success at work doesn’t depend only on your qualifications. It is also influenced by something called “fit.”

Research shows that the number one reason a new hire doesn’t succeed in an organization isn’t because they can’t do the work. It’s because they don’t fit in. Their personality and values are out of synch with the culture and values of the organization.

What does that mean for you? If you apply for a job in an organization where you don’t fit in, you are setting yourself up for disappointment and even failure. Or, to put it another way, a key to success is to focus on jobs in organizations that are the right fit for you.

How to Determine the Right Fit for You

Fit has nothing to do with whether an employer is “good” or “bad.” It is, instead, a measure of whether you and the employer are compatible with each other.

While there are any number of different aspects to person-employer fit, the three most important are:

  • Structure: An employer can have a very flat structure or a hierarchical one.
  • Process: An employer can accomplish its work in teams or by individual effort.
  • Mode of Supervision: An employer can provide lots of direction and oversight or rely on individual initiative and independence.
  • There are just two steps involved in using those three factors to evaluate your fit with a prospective employer:

    First, know what works best for you. In what kind of structure, with what kind of process and under what mode of supervision would you be most comfortable and, therefore, most likely to perform at your peak?

    Second, know how an employer gets work done. Determine the structure, process and mode of supervision in any organization you’re considering. Job postings rarely provide such details, but you can often pin them down by examining the content at an employer’s corporate career site or by reaching out to its employees on their blogs, Facebook pages and LinkedIn profiles.

    Why bother?

    Here’s the second secret to a successful application. Recruiters are well aware of the importance of fit so they use that factor as well as match to decide who will be invited to interview. Proving you’re a good fit, therefore, is just as important to your success as proving that you are qualified for an opening.

    Once you’ve determined an employer’s structure, process and mode of supervision (and that you’re compatible with them), promote your fit in your cover letter or message and on your resume. Describe your ability to perform at your peak in an organization with its structure, process and mode of supervision.

    In today’s overcrowded job market, there are two secrets to success when applying for a job. First, apply only where you match a job’s specification and are a good fit with the employer, and second, make sure the employer knows just how good a match and fit you are.

    Thanks for reading,

    Peter

    Visit me at Weddles.com

    P.S. Please tell your colleagues and friends about WEDDLE’s Newsletter. They’ll appreciate your thoughtfulness, and so will we.

    Special Sneak Preview

    While I’m first and foremost a writer, I also serve as the executive director of the International Association of Employment Web Sites, the trade organization for jobs boards, career portals and social media sites. That role has given me a unique perspective on the changing world of work in the United States and the new strategies and tactics required for success in today’s job market.

    I’ve now shared that knowledge in a new book that’s coming out this month. Called, The Success Matrix, it includes dozens of short, easy-to-read articles organized into two sections:

  • How to Find a New or Better Job in a Tough Job Market
  • and

  • How to Hang Onto Your Job in an Unpredictable Economy.
  • While admitting to some bias, I don’t think there’s a better guide to job search and career success available anywhere. And at just $14.95, it’s a bargain, as well.

    The book is not yet available in bookstores, so here’s your chance to give a truly unique and worthwhile gift both to yourself and to those you care about.

    To order, call WEDDLE’s at 203-964-1888.

    Job Nation: The 100 Best Employment Sites

    The American Staffing Association called Peter Weddle the “Zagat” of the online employment industry. Now, you can tap his expertise to find the best employment sites for you.

    How?

    Get Job Nation: The 100 Best Employment Sites on the Web. It’s Peter Weddle’s 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.

    Job Nation is simply the best way to use the Internet to find a new or better job. And, it retails for just $14.95.

    Get the book at Amazon.com or at Weddles.com. But, wherever you get it, get Job Nation today.

    Get a Career Checkup at CareerFitness.com

    Let’s be honest. Most of us spend only one day a year paying attention to our career. The only time we focus on it is that single day when we receive our annual performance appraisal and salary review.

    In today’s fast paced and always changing world of work, however, careers can grow flabby and out of shape literally overnight. Why’s that important if you’re looking for a job? Because you won’t get hired with a wimpy career.

    So, give your career a quick check-up. Take the Career Fitness Evaluation at CareerFitness.com. It’s FREE and will give you a good sense of the strength, reach and endurance of your career.

    Then, take a look at the Career Fitness Regimen described at the site. It’s an easy-to-follow program of activities that will help you compete successful in the job market and on-the-job.