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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.
Online Networking is Notworking
Online networking is now considered an integral part of every job search. Whether it happens on a social media site, a job board or an association Web-site, interacting with one’s peers online is a critical tactic in the search for a new or better job. But, here’s the rub: all of the time and effort invested in online networking is often producing very meager results. In fact, online networking is notworking for many if not most people.
As we’ve all heard from numerous sources, networking is an important job search tactic because it is the way one-third or more of all job openings are filled. These positions are almost never advertised – they encompass the so-called “Hidden Job Market” – and, equally as important, they are almost always among the best opportunities available at any point in time.
What’s behind this phenomenon?
Recruiters rely on networking for several reasons. In some cases, they want to avoid a tsunami of applicants for their opening. In others, they think it reduces the cost of recruiting by eliminating expensive print and/or online advertising. And in still others, they believe that networking yields a better caliber of candidate.
For job seekers, on the other hand, networking connects you with those unadvertised openings and helps to overcome some of the biggest obstacles in the job market. It will, for example, help you raise yourself above the crowd of other job seekers applying for a position. And, it can help you convince employers to overlook a gap in your qualifications or experience.
Despite these advantages, traditional networking has often been underutilized in job search campaigns. It is both time and labor intensive and often forces people to step out of their comfort zone. Online networking has become popular because it eliminates those downsides. It enables you to interact with far more people than was ever possible through face-to-face meetings or even telephone calls and to do so with far less effort and from the privacy and security of your own home.
As a consequence, online networking is now all the rage. It’s being used by seasoned professionals and by those just entering the workforce, by senior level executives and hourly workers and all too often, they’re coming away empty-handed. Why? Because they believe online networking is a “contact sport.” The more connections you have on LinkedIn, the more followers you have on Twitter, the more friends you have on Facebook, the more successful you are likely to be. If that were true, however, far more people would be happily employed today and not still out on the bricks looking for work.
A Different Way of Networking Online
The truth is that online networking isn’t a “contact sport.” It’s a “team sport.” The goal isn’t to build up a large address book, but instead, to develop optimized relationships.
While a large network of contacts has the potential to be helpful in a job search, realizing that potential requires that you practice the Golden Rule of Networking. That axiom is as simple as it is profound. You have to give in order to get. In other words, if you want people to be helpful to you, you must first be helpful to them.
You must share your knowledge, insights, experience and information to help others:
- solve on-the-job problems;
- acquire greater range or depth of expertise;
- deal with career issues and obstacles;
- find an employment opportunity that’s right for them.
In short, you develop optimized relationships by taking the first step and serving others. In many if not most cases, they will then repay your efforts by doing the same for you.
Where is the best place to build such relationships? I suggest you use your PALs – the discussion forums at the Web-sites of your:
- Professional society or trade association;
- Alumni organization for both your undergraduate alma mater and, if applicable, your graduate school;
- Local library, civic organization or job club.
Online networking is a powerful job search tool, but only if it’s done in a way that can truly be helpful. That means avoiding the superficial interactions of contact maximization and focusing, instead, on optimizing relationships through mutually supportive interactions.
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.