The WEDDLE’s Job Alert
The American Staffing Association said this about Peter Weddle:
“Restaurant patrons looking for quality dining have Zagat to guide their cuisine needs. For job seekers, the name is Weddle … Peter Weddle that is.”
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.
Click here to reach WEDDLE’s Job Alert and sign up today!
The Introverted Job Seeker
Job seeking is all about putting yourself out there where employers and recruiters can spot you. It requires that you reach out and connect with strangers, both online and off. Finding a new job is fundamentally a social experience, so if you’re an introvert, how can you succeed?
According to a source cited in Wikipedia, “introversion is manifested in more reserved, quiet, shy behavior.” It also notes, however, that according to Myers Briggs and other experts in human psychology, introversion and extroversion are not mutually exclusive states. In other words, we all have both dimensions in our personality, but one is typically dominant over the other.
For the introverted job seeker, therefore, the key to success is to find a way to tap into your inner extrovert even as you remain safely within your more reserved comfort zone. In essence, you learn to act as an extroverted introvert.
How can you accomplish that feat? The following five steps are all it takes:
Let’s look briefly at each of them.
Step 1: Change What You Say to Yourself
Most of us know generally where we fall on the introversion-extroversion scale. So, that’s how we describe ourselves to ourselves. We tell ourselves that we act this way or that because we are an introvert. And that self-definition limits us to that role. So, your first step must be to broaden your self-definition; to climb out of the box and start seeing yourself as someone who is quiet but confident or reserved but poised. Pick a description that allows you to remain an introvert without being locked into introverted behavior.
Step 2: Begin in a Friendly Place
Part of the challenge of stepping out is the anxiety we feel about how we will be received in a social setting, how others will react to our unpracticed social behavior. It begins with the giggles we hear as we stand in front of our elementary school classroom and continues in uncomfortable business phone calls and meetings. So, the next step in becoming an extroverted introvert is to set yourself up for success. Make your first foray in a setting that is likely to be friendly to you no matter how uncomfortable or out of practice socially you may be.
Step 3: Step 3: Take One Little Step After Another
What do we tell our kids when they face a seemingly insurmountable task? We tell them that there’s no need to eat an elephant in a single bite. One reasonable bite after another or steady, methodical progress is far more likely to get the job done. It’s wisdom we adults can benefit from, as well. So, this step involves setting up an extroversion plan that will have you taking a series of small steps toward that goal. Do one uncomfortable, but not overwhelming thing that gets you out there in the job market and then do another and another after that.
Step 4: Recognize Warning Signs and Adjust
Becoming an extroverted introvert is a journey. It takes awhile to happen, and there are often bumps along the way. It’s only reasonable, therefore, that we will occasionally grow weary from the effort or see our commitment start to flag. Those moments are perilous for they can cause us to lose sight of our goal and give up. So, this step involves your recognizing the danger signs of fatigue and discouragement and then stopping what you’re doing. Give yourself a moment to rest. It’s only a pause, but one that will recharge your commitment.
Step 5: Get Positive Reinforcement
Making a personal transformation is often a lonely experience. We have to provide the personal resolve to stay the course; we have to do the hard work to make it happen. No one else can do that for us. They can, however, be there for us with their encouragement and support. They can reassure us if we falter and help us recognize our progress. So, the final step in becoming an extroverted introvert is to tell a friend or mentor what you’ve decided to do. Share your goal and progress with them, and they’ll help you stay the course.
Job searching is inherently a social endeavor. For the introverted job seeker, therefore, the key to success is to become something they already are. It is tap into their inner extrovert even as they remain safely within their more reserved comfort zone.
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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:
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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.
Cast Your Vote …
… for the best employment sites on the Web!
Every vote counts, in a presidential race and in WEDDLE’s User’s Choice Awards.
Each year, WEDDLE’s holds an annual poll of the best employment sites. Open to everyone, it is the only award in which job seekers and employers get to have their say on which sites served them best. The thirty sites with the most votes are designated WEDDLE’s User’s Choice Award winners for that year.
So, click here to take a look at last year’s winners and cast your ballot for the elite of the online employment services industry – the winners of WEDDLE’s 2013 User’s Choice Awards.