We Don’t Do Careers

We Don’t Do Careers

We Don’t Do Careers

You Can’t Find a Job With a Wimpy Career

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We Don’t Do Careers

We Americans have any number of attributes that uniquely define our culture. That’s true in society at large and in the workplace. Normally, these characteristics are healthy and helpful. Sometimes, however, habits that were once benign can suddenly become foolhardy and even harmful. We love our cars, for example, and although many of us have long driven them to work, that easy, comfortable way of doing things now threatens our wallets as well as our environment.

This good-to-bad transformation also applies to our careers. Historically, if you put 100 Americans in a room and asked how many of them set goals for their career and then direct their employment toward the accomplishment of those goals, fewer than ten would raise their hands … if they were answering the question truthfully. The reality has always been and remains to this day that we don’t do careers in the U.S. of A.

You can, of course, put a positive spin on that habit. You could say that we have ignored our careers because we were focused on our employers. Since the 1920s, when President Calvin Coolidge first articulated the notion, most of us have believed that The business of America is business. What was good for General Motors was good for America. And, if we helped make GM or Lehman Brothers or Enron or MCI or any other American employer successful, we would be successful too.

No less important, there are only so many hours in the day. Every minute we spend on ourselves is a minute we take away from our employer, so being a loyal, heads-down, hard-at-work employee is simply a part of the way we earn our paycheck. We put our job ahead of our career because we are sure that our employers care about our well being and, therefore, we can do no less than reciprocate.

Now, I’m all for positive thinking, but that view clearly doesn’t correlate with our present day reality. In the past, you could treat your career as an afterthought because the world of work just wasn’t very dangerous. Stick with that habit today, however, and you’ll likely find yourself stuck in place as the world passes you by. The American workplace is no longer filled with numerous, sturdy career ladders held up by our employers. It has morphed, instead, into a single, huge jungle gym on which there is no prescribed path to success. If you want to survive-let alone prosper-in this vastly more dynamic and demanding environment, you have to do careers. More specifically, you have to do your own career. If you don’t, it will do you.

How do You Do a Career?

The hardest habit to break in doing a career is getting yourself to stop putting your career second. In today’s workplace, you and your career must come first. Why? Because what your employer deserves in return for its paycheck is not a lifetime of loyalty, an 85 hour workweek, or 24/7 connectivity via your Blackberry. While those metrics have, unfortunately, come to be seen as our modern measures of individual performance, they are not what your employer (or any employer) needs or even wants.

What best serves your employer isn’t harder work or more work; it’s your best contribution. And you can’t make your best contribution if your career is weak. To put it another way, you can’t take care of your employer unless you take care of yourself-and your career-first. Unless you devote the time and attention required to make your career strong.

What does a strong career look like?

As I explain in my book, Work Strong: Your Personal Career Fitness System, a strong career is one with seven attributes. It’s a career where:

  • you refresh and expand your expertise in your field of work so that you are always able to perform at the state-of-the-art;
  • you extend and nurture your network of contacts in your field and industry so you are always top of mind when opportunities come up;
  • you add ancillary skills (e.g., a second language, the ability to use a new software program) so that you are able to extend the contribution you make with your primary area of expertise:
  • you push out the limits of your comfort zone so you can work in the widest possible range of situations and circumstances;
  • you work with those individuals and organizations that will support and advance your career so you are always in an environment where you can succeed;
  • you volunteer your talent to community, social service or environmental groups so you can contribute to others’ future as well as your own; and
  • you pace yourself with appropriate downtime and vacations so you preserve and reinforce your enthusiasm and commitment to doing your best work on-the-job.
  • If that sounds like a lot of work, it is-at least in comparison to the effort we expend when we don’t do careers. As onerous as such a commitment may seem, however, it begins to make some sense if you remember the Golden Rule. With a slight modification, it holds all the justification you should need to invest more time and priority in your career. In the treacherous and demanding world of work that is now our present and our future, Do your career as you would like your career to do for you.

    Thanks for reading,

    Peter

    Visit me at CareerFitness.com

    P.S. Please tell your friends and colleagues about WEDDLE’s Newsletter. They’ll appreciate your thoughtfulness, and so will we.

    Protect Yourself: Get Work Strong Today!

    This issue of WEDDLE’s newsletter is brought to you through the generous support of Work Strong: Your Personal Career Fitness System, Peter Weddle’s new book on how to condition your career for job search success and fulfillment at work.

    Designed specifically for the challenging workplace of the 21st Century:

    Work Strong not only tells you what to do for career success, but when, where and how to do it.

  • Career Fitness includes both a revolutionary philosophy of work and a regimen of daily, weekly and monthly activities that empower you to apply that philosophy to your career.
  • Using physical fitness as a metaphor, it introduces an approach to career self-management that is appropriate for everyone from senior executives and seasoned professionals to recent graduates and those who are reentering the workforce after an extended absence.
  • Work Strong helps you tap both sides of your brain in learning how to build a healthy career.

  • It encourages you to use your reasoning ability on the left side of your brain by presenting all of the information you need to Work Strong in your career. That’s The Career Fitness System
  • It also encourages you to use your creative ability on the right side of your brain by presenting a fictional account of what it would be like to Work Strong. That’s The Diary of a Career Activist.
  • In today’s world of work, you have only two choices: you can be the master of your career or you can be its victim. Get the tools you need to take charge of the one-third or more of your life you spend at work. Get Work Strong today! You’ll increase the paycheck and the satisfaction you bring home from work!

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    Books for Job Search Success & News You Can Use

    Section Two: Site News You Can Use

    News Item #1

    Time magazine published five tips for dealing with the arrival of a pink slip. If you find yourself on the receiving end of such a notice, I think they provide some pretty good advice. Here are their suggestions:

  • Vent at home and in private. Then, develop a list of what you would like to get for your transition and what you’re willing to provide your employer in exchange (e.g., training those left behind, consulting on an unfinished project). Communicate your proposals to both your boss and the HR Department.
  • It’s unlikely your employer will extend your stay on the payroll, but it may be willing to allow you to prolong your access to health insurance, 401(k) matches or even the company gym. The organization won’t volunteer such assistance, however; you have to ask for it.
  • See if your employer will permit you to continue using your organizational email account and even your work space. Also ask for a strong letter of recommendation. The former will give you an aura of being employed during your job search, while the latter will eliminate any concern about your being in transition because of performance issues.
  • Don’t be afraid to bring up any extenuating circumstances that might influence the level of support your employer is willing to provide you. For example, if you relocated to take your job, ask if the organization will pay to move you back (if that’s what you want to do). Or if you’re in the middle of treatment for a serious medical condition, see if it will extend your health insurance coverage.
  • Finally, the severance agreement between you and your employer is a business transaction, not charity or a parting gift. If you’ve made a significant contribution to the organization’s success in the past or landed a client that will continue to generate revenue for the organization into the future, raise those points. Be professional when you do so, but don’t undersell or undervalue what you’ve done for the organization.
  • News Item #2

    If you’re searching for more meaning in your career, if you want the time you spend on-the-job to be more fulfilling and rewarding for you, then read Peter Weddle’s new book Recognizing Richard Rabbit. It’s a gentle way to figure out your dreams.

    Recognizing Richard Rabbit is a fable for adults from 22 to 62 and older. In the genre of Who Moved My Cheese?, it opens the door to genuine self exploration. It is a story about finding the secret to authentic living. To being your own true self.

    How does Recognizing Richard Rabbit do that? Unlike traditional fables, this tale unfolds in two synchronized parts: one in fiction-the fable, the other in nonfiction-a parallel self-interview. In essence, you are invited to tap both the creative and the analytic sides of your brain-to probe the whole of your inherent talent-so you can find the pathway to the person you were meant to be.

    Why is that so important? Because whether you are a mid-career professional or a first time job seeker, whether you are a senior executive or a skilled tradesperson, whether you are actively looking for a job or just keeping your options open, the key to success is a sure understanding of who you are and what you stand for. So, make sure you know the authentic You. Get your copy of Recognizing Richard Rabbit today. All you have to do is call WEDDLE’s at 317.598.9768 or click here. Don’t delay. Get Recognizing Richard Rabbit right away.

    News Item #3

    WEDDLE’s publishes the perfect job search tool for hard times-an inexpensive, quick and easy-to-use series of guides to the best job boards and career portals online. Think of them as the CliffsNotes to career success on the Internet. Called WEDDLE’s WIZNotes-Fast Facts on Job Boards, each book includes compact, but complete profiles of the key sites that specialize in a specific career field or employment situation. There are WIZNotes for:

  • Sales & Marketing professionals,
  • Finance & Accounting professionals,
  • Engineers,
  • Human Resource professionals,
  • Scientists
  • Women Professionals
  • Managers & Executives,
  • and

  • Recent Graduates.
  • Plus

  • Finding a Job on the Web
  • Writing a Great Resume
  • All you have to do is select the WIZNotes that’s right for you. Each volume has exactly the information you need to find the right job boards and career portals for you. And best of all, at $12.95 each, WEDDLE’s WIZNotes are a bargain to boot! Get one for yourself and one for your spouse or partner, son or daughter, friend or colleague or boss. They’re helpful to any and everyone regardless of their years of experience. To order your WIZNotes, call WEDDLE’s at 317.598.9768 or click here. Order today!

    Our Featured Job Board

    Section Three: Site Profiles

    Site Spotlite … from the pages of WEDDLE’s 2009/10 Guide to Employment Sites on the Internet.

    There are 50,000 job boards now in operation in North America and an equal number operating elsewhere around the world. The key to a successful online job search, therefore, is knowing where to find and how to select the best sites for your specific employment objective. WEDDLE’s 2009/10 Guide profiles The Top 100 employment sites on the Web today and provides The Best & the Rest, a listing of over 10,000 such sites worldwide. It’s all of the information you need to determine which job boards will deliver the best opportunities for you. For example:

    Accounting Jobs Today

    http://www.accountingjobstoday.com

    Post full time jobs: Yes

    Post part time, contract or consulting jobs: No

    Distribution of jobs: National: USA

    Number of jobs: 3,000

    Salary levels of jobs: Not Reported

    Offer a job agent: Yes

    Resume database: Yes

    How long are resumes stored: Indefinitely

    Restrictions on who can post: Those in the field

    Other services for job seekers: Discussion forum for networking, Assessment instruments, Career information, Links to other sites with career information

    Member, International Association of Employment Web Sites: Yes

    Stick Up for Yourself (because employers won’t): Get Work Strong!

    This issue of WEDDLE’s newsletter is brought to you through the generous support of Work Strong: Your Personal Career Fitness System, Peter Weddle’s new book on how to condition your career for job search success and fulfillment at work.

    Designed specifically for the challenging workplace of the 21st Century:

    Work Strong not only tells you what to do for career success, but when, where and how to do it.

  • Career Fitness includes both a revolutionary philosophy of work and a regimen of daily, weekly and monthly activities that empower you to apply that philosophy to your career.
  • Using physical fitness as a metaphor, it introduces an approach to career self-management that is appropriate for everyone from senior executives and seasoned professionals to recent graduates and those who are reentering the workforce after an extended absence.
  • Work Strong helps you tap both sides of your brain in learning how to build a healthy career.

  • It encourages you to use your reasoning ability on the left side of your brain by presenting all of the information you need to Work Strong in your career. That’s The Career Fitness System
  • It also encourages you to use your creative ability on the right side of your brain by presenting a fictional account of what it would be like to Work Strong. That’s The Diary of a Career Activist.
  • In today’s world of work, you have only two choices: you can be the master of your career or you can be its victim. Get the tools you need to take charge of the one-third or more of your life you spend at work. Get Work Strong today! You’ll increase the paycheck and the satisfaction you bring home from work!

    But don’t forget about others. Get Work Strong for yourself and for your spouse, your sons or daughters and even for your mother and father. Everyone deserves to Work Strong. To place your order, call WEDDLE’s at 317.598.9768 or click here. Don’t delay. Get Work Strong right away!