Visit the All New Weddles.com
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.
Breaking Good in Your Job Search
The hit TV series, Breaking Bad, has now passed into the history books. For those who didn’t watch it, the show involved a person who gets hit with a bad break and then makes a bad career move to deal with it. It doesn’t turn out well for him, and that’s a lesson for all of us. In fact, if you’re in transition, it’s best to take exactly the opposite tack. Deal with the bad break of unemployment by breaking good in your job search.
Breaking Bad is the story of a chemistry teacher who learns he has a terminal illness. To raise money for his family once he’s gone, he starts a meth production and distribution business. According to reviews, the series generated a quasi-schizophrenic reaction among viewers. On the one hand, they sympathized with him over his bad break, but they were also horrified at his behavior in dealing with it.
Unemployment isn’t a terminal physical illness, but it is a kind of career cardiac arrest. For those enduring the trauma, it can be a bleak and dispiriting passage. While staying focused and hard at work on your job search is often the prescribed treatment, I believe it’s also important to invest time and effort in breaking good.
Breaking good while you’re unemployed involves committing yourself to volunteer work. This activity, however, should be more focused than simply lending a helping hand to a worthwhile civic, social, environmental or similar organization. To break good, you have to do your best, so volunteer in an organization where you can use your occupational expertise.
If you’re a finance professional, for example, volunteer to keep the books for the local soccer league; if you’re a sales professional, contribute your expertise to the PTA’s annual fundraising drive. And if you’re an IT professional, help the local job club develop a Web-site to promote its programs. Put your talent to work on behalf of others just as you would be doing for yourself if you were employed.
The Benefits of Breaking Good
Breaking good provides you with at least four benefits. The extent to which you actually achieve them is determined by your level of commitment to the volunteer activity. The more you treat your effort as an actual job, the more you see the work as a true responsibility and act that way, the greater the benefits.
The first and most important benefit, of course, is the ability to lend a hand where it’s needed. It may be hard to find a good job these days, but there’s no shortage of opportunities to do good for others. Whether your commitment is to a local, regional or national organization, the contribution you make by volunteering your talent is real, tangible and, most importantly, worthwhile.
The second benefit that comes from breaking good is the good it does for you. Helping others will give you a well-deserved sense of satisfaction that is an effective antidote to the frustration and anguish a job search can cause. That’s why I call such an activity “stretching your soul.” It reaffirms the importance and utility of the work you do and is an integral part of building a healthy career.
A third benefit of breaking good is the experience you get in using your expertise in volunteer work. You are, in fact, employed, and that status effectively eliminates the gap in your resume normally caused by a transition. You keep your skills fresh by applying them to important work and you stretch your capacity to use those skills by facing the challenges that all work generates – volunteer as well as paid.
Finally, breaking good gets you out of the house and away from your desktop computer. It brings you back into contact with other professionals and gives you a chance to interact with them in a more meaningful way than what occurs on LinkedIn or any similar social media site. The contacts you make and the relationships you forge are the best networking you can do and will likely add both reach and opportunity to your job search.
Breaking good is one way to turn a bad situation into a positive experience for you. It is, in essence, an expression of your character, and for employers these days, that’s an especially appealing attribute.
Thanks for reading,
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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.