The Summer Is Over, the Anxiety Isn’t
Summer may have provided a break from the routine, but for most of us, it didn’t disrupt the pressure and anxiety of being out-of-work.
Where can you find a safety valve for that? Take a look at my new book, A Multitude of Hope: A Novel About Rediscovering the American Dream. You’ll relate to the characters, and unlike listening to the news these days, it’ll show you a way to refresh your self-confidence and sense of optimism.
You can read a free excerpt, click here.
Or, you can go directly to Amazon.com and get your own copy.
But, whatever you do, don’t miss this one-of-a-kind book that tells the truth about what’s happening to those who are out-of-work in today’s economy.
Be a Career Activist, Not a Job Seeker
Finding a new or better job is fifty percent perspiration and fifty percent imagination. It takes hard work and a hard look at yourself. Success depends on both the effort you put in and what’s inside your head and heart.
Most of the people who find themselves in transition these days accept a descriptive label only an employer could love. They allow themselves to be called a “job seeker.” Indeed, many actually think of themselves that way. They are a supplicant for work.
Job seekers stand in long lines at career fairs waiting patiently for thirty seconds with a recruiter who’s going to talk to two or three hundred other supplicants during the event. They go to corporate career sites and follow the directions for job seekers who are one of several hundred who will apply for each opening posted on the site. And, they join hundreds of other job seekers who pore over the jobs posted on job boards and social media sites every day.
Now, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with attending career fairs, visiting corporate career sites and using job boards and social media sites. But, here’s the hard truth: if you let yourself be seen by recruiters and employers as just “one of the herd,” if the only way you try to stand out is with a couple of paragraphs on a resume that may get 15 seconds of attention when it’s reviewed, the odds of your being hired are slim and none.
So, what should you do?
Stop acting like you’re a supplicant for work – a job seeker – and re-imagine yourself as a success in your field – a “career activist.” As I describe in my book The Career Activist Republic, career activists have several defining attributes:
Let’s take a quick look at each of those traits.
They never ever look for a job
Career activists never ever look for a job, but they are always on the lookout for a career advancement opportunity. They do their homework and seek out employers with the right culture and leadership values – as well as job openings – for them. Then, they plot out and execute a campaign to get to know and establish their occupational credentials with as many employees as possible in each organization. They take action to transform themselves from a stranger standing in line at a career fair or on a Web-site into a colleague who is recognized as someone with the potential to be an effective coworker.
They never ever let a gap appear in their resume
Career activists never let unemployment create a gap in their resume because they never stop working on the development of their talent. They have enough respect for their talent – their inherent capacity for excellence – to devote themselves to its continuous improvement. No matter how many years of experience they have, no matter how senior they’ve become in their field, no matter how many max performance appraisal scores they received in the past, they are always in school or training to upgrade themselves. They take action to transform employers’ view of them from a job seeker with their hat in hand hoping for work to a career activist with talent they have to hire.
They never ever think of themselves as an employee
An employee works for an organization; a career activist works for themselves, but is employed by someone else. They believe they are a “person of talent,” so being hired is simply a way of leasing their talent to the organization. A person of talent brings their expertise to work with them every single day and uses it to perform at their peak. They are someone an employer can count on to do superior work day-in, day-out. They take action to transform others’ perception of them from a person who has the experience to do a job competently into one who has the commitment and capability to excel at it.
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The Best Job Search & Career Books Anywhere
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, check out the resources below:
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.” It’s a one-of-a-kind program that not only tells you what to do, but how to do it and how often. And at just $14.95, it’s one of the smartest investments you’ll ever make.
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
The American Staffing Association was kind enough to call me the “Zagat” of the online employment industry. And, just as Tim and Nina Zagat used their classic guides to identify the best restaurants, I have published a guide to the best employment sites on the Web.
Called Job Nation: The 100 Best Employment Sites on the Web, it’s my 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. That way, you can shop smart and pick the sites that will work best for you.
While admitting to some bias, I think Job Nation is the single best way to use the Internet to find a new or better job. And, it retails for just $14.95.
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