The Unbiased Connection to Great Jobs
For over 15 years, WEDDLE’s 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 and totally unbiased connection to some of the best career advancement opportunities on the Web.
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The Madam Secretary Approach to Job Search
There’s a new show on CBS called Madam Secretary. The series describes the challenges and outside-the-box solutions of a person unexpectedly thrust into the world of international politics. The first, episode, however, was a primer on job search in difficult times.
The President asks Elizabeth Faulkner McCord to serve as his Secretary of State when the incumbent is lost in a mysterious plane crash. While the circumstances are fictional, there’s absolutely nothing make-believe about why the President (a) was familiar with her and (b) trusted her enough to offer her the job.
The President and McCord were familiar with one another through a string of previous personal interactions. They had a professional relationship.
Building such relationships is called networking. It is the single best way to find a job in today’s tough job market. Do a Google search and you’ll find estimates ranging from 30 to 80 percent of all job openings and a much higher percentage of the best jobs are filled by networking – by one person reaching out to another person they know.
Networking, however, is not about building up a big address book of connections on LinkedIn, friends on Facebook or followers on Twitter. It’s not a contact sport.
Networking is a team sport. It’s about people getting to know one another through the exchange of information, opinions and support.
In most cases, that kind of familiarity takes time to develop. That’s why a lot of people struggle to use networking in a job search. They haven’t taken the time to establish many relationships.
What should you do if that’s your situation? That’s where the other aspect of the President’s offer comes into play.
Networking establishes a relationship by developing familiarity and trust. The President not only knew McCord, he trusted her because he had seen her display deep expertise and sound judgment in articles she had written.
So, if you’re trying to build relationships in a job search – if you want to network with hiring managers and recruiters – invest the time and effort to display your expertise and judgment where they can see it.
Avoid the LinkedIn groups, Facebook pages, chats and blogs that focus on job search and, instead, post your comments where employed people hang out. Identify at least one but no more than three blogs or sites that (a) are popular with those in your field and (b) address professional topics related to it. Then, make it a habit to contribute to the dialogue.
The following guidelines will help ensure your comments build trust:
- Contribute regularly – about twice a week is best.
- Proofread what you write – make sure it’s clearly written and error free.
- Treat everyone with whom you interact as a colleague – keep your comments friendly and always professional.
- Be generous in sharing your knowledge and insights – the Golden Rule of Networking is to give as good as you get.
Madam Secretary isn’t exactly your traditional job search primer, but the series’ first episode at least contains some valuable pointers for those in transition.
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Get the Advice That Works
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 and finding it so hard to get reemployed.
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:
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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.
There’s Still Time to Cast Your Ballot
If you’re tired of reading the pundits’ picks for the best employment sites on the Web, here’s the alternative you’ve been looking for.
Each year, WEDDLE’s hosts an online poll for job seekers and recruiters to vote for THEIR picks of the best sites. We call it the User’s Choice Awards.
To see the 2014 winners, click here.
To cast your vote for next year’s winners, click here.
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