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Modeled after Pinterest, the newly re-launched Weddles.com offers four channels of information and resources found nowhere else on the Web. The channels are specifically tailored for:
- Job Seekers
- Career Activists
- Employers & Recruiters
- Employment Site Professionals.
What will you find at Weddles.com? There are:
- Books & Tools for job search and career success
- An archive of outside-the-box Job Search Tips
- An Association Directory organized by career field & industry
- A Career Fitness evaluation that will help you strengthen your credentials
- And much, much more!
So, don’t delay! Visit Weddles.com today. And, make sure you tell your friends about the site, as well.
The Delta That Makes a Difference
Research indicates that over half of all openings are filled by employers’ internal candidates. That figure will obviously very from field-to-field, but the point remains: the most serious competitor you are likely to face in the job market isn’t another job seeker. It’s the person who’s already working for the organization with the opening.
Employers are particularly risk averse these days, thanks to the uncertain economic and political environment. They need to fill critical openings, but they look for the safest and least disruptive way to do so. For that reason, a current employee is often perceived as the superior candidate. Their strengths, personality and fit with the organization’s culture are all well known. They are, in short, the safe choice.
What does that mean for you if you’re in transition? While every other job seeker is focused on meeting the stated requirements and responsibilities of an opening, you must do more. While everyone else is bent on beating out other job seekers, you must do that AND outshine the competition from within. Being better than the internal candidate is the delta that makes a difference.
Winning Out Over the Internal Competitor
A 3-step process is the best way to create the delta with a difference.
Step 1 Meet the precondition for selection. What’s that? A good fit between your skills and experience and those specified for an opening. Since most employers of any size now use a computer-based applicant tracking system, your application can no longer be treated as a game of horseshoes. Close doesn’t count, because the computer only recognizes those applicants who are exact matches as qualified candidates. There are obviously some instances when alternative, compensating capabilities are taken into account, but they are the exception that proves the rule.
Step 2: Characterize the likely internal competitor. Obviously, there’s no sure way to know who will and will not be considered a viable internal candidate. Nevertheless, it is possible to uncover their key attributes. To do so, identify the current employees working in the unit where the opening is located. Your research should tap professional networking sites such as LinkedIn, Plaxo, Ryze and Ziggs; contacts you’ve made in employment site discussion groups; the member directories of appropriate professional societies; and social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. Use the information you acquire to build a meta-profile of the internal candidate – their skills, experience and other credentials.
Step 3. Exploit the vulnerabilities of internal competitors. Compare your set of credentials to those in the meta profile and look for areas where you are the superior candidate. For example, your education may be more current or more extensive than that of internal candidates. Or, you may have an ancillary skill, such as the ability to speak a second language or use a new technology, that expands the range of your potential contribution. Or, there may be an aspect of your experience, such as the ability to work in diverse cultural environments, that makes you a better fit with the position. Identify these competitive advantages and highlight them in your application.
In today’s tight job market, it’s not enough to set yourself apart from other job seekers. You must also outshine the internal candidates who will likely be your strongest competitors. The best way to do that is to identify the delta that makes a difference – the capabilities you offer that internal candidates don’t.
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WEDDLE’s New Guide Now at Amazon
The eleventh edition of WEDDLE’s Guide to Employment Sites on the Internet – the book the American Staffing Association called the “Zagat” of the online employment services field – is now available at Amazon.com.
This edition is completely updated, so if you have the 2011/12 Guide or an even earlier edition, you need this all-new classic right now!
The book features:
- The Top 100 – WEDDLE’s pick of the 100 best employment sites on the Web. Each site is described with a full-page description of its features, services and fees.
- The Best & the Rest – A directory of over 9,000 sites organized by career field, industry, geographic focus and other factors. It’s the most complete guide to the Web’s job search resources, period.
Click here to get your copy of Weddle’s Guide to Employment Sites on the Internet today.
WEDDLE’s Job Alert
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 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.
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 or out of interest in their jobs.
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.