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!
Don’t Be a Job Seeker
Employers address you that way on their corporate sites. Recruiters use the very same term to describe applicants for their openings. But, you should never ever accept the label. Don’t let anyone categorize you as a “job seeker.” Compel them to see you as a “person of talent” instead.
Although most employers and recruiters don’t consciously look down on job seekers, their subliminal assessment is clear. If you’re actively searching for a job, they see you as a supplicant for work. And, all too often that judgment leads them to denigrate your expertise and experience. They don’t think you are the equal of others in the workforce.
If you don’t believe that consider this: for the last two years, a major survey of employers has found that the number one source of the people hired to fill the open jobs in corporate America isn’t job seekers. It’s the employer’s current workers. Employers call this practice “internal mobility,” but basically it’s their backhanded way of saying that people in transition are inferior
So, what can you do about this predicament? Change the way you see yourself so that employers are forced to look at you differently. Stop acting like a supplicant for work, and start being a resource worthy of recruitment – a person of talent.
How do you make this shift from second class to first class status in the workforce? As I explain in my book, A Multitude of Hope: A Novel About Rediscovering the American Dream, it requires that you take only two steps: first you have to reset yourself as a work in progress in your field of work and second, you have to become the captain of your career. Let’s take a look at each of those actions.
Reset Yourself As a Work-in-Progress
Most Americans understand that lifelong learning is important to their success. What they don’t realize, however, is that employers have changed the rules of lifelong learning. Employers used to consider people qualified for their openings if they occasionally took a training course in their field and had a lot of experience doing the work. Today they don’t.
Thanks to competition from overseas companies with increasingly well educated workers, employers today need new hires who have up-to-the-minute, state-of-the-art skills. In other words, it doesn’t matter whether you have taken a course or two in your field over the last five years or that you have twenty years of experience. Employers today will only hire those who are at the very leading edge of knowledge and skills in their field.
What does that mean for you if you’re in transition? Don’t look complete on your resume. Instead, depict yourself as actively incomplete. Go back to school in your field even as you are searching for a job and add that credential to your resume. It tells employers that you understand the importance of staying current in your field and that you take personal responsibility for doing so. You go from being seen as obsolete to being considered an expert.
Become the Captain of Your Career
Most Americans rely on their employers to manage their careers. They believe work hard will push them up the organization’s career ladder and that their loyalty will be repaid with enough job security to get them a gold watch. It’s debatable whether such notions were ever true, but today there is absolutely no doubt they are a pipe dream.
Thanks to the relentless introduction of new technology and the ever more fickle tastes of consumers, employers can no longer tell what kinds of workers they will need in six months, let alone two or three years down the road. That unpredictability is causing jobs to come and go at warp speed. Where once you might have shifted jobs every decade and switched employers a time or two in your career, you will now experience such changes every three or four years.
What does that mean if you are in transition? You can either be the master of those changes or their victim. You can let events control your career or you can become its captain and set the course that works best for you. To assume that role, however, you have to know the rules of the game and be adept at applying them. So, take charge of your career by learning the principles and practices of effective career self-management and then use them to achieve career security – the ability always to be employed and always by an employer of your choice.
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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:
The Career Fitness Workbook is available at Amazon.com.
Or, if you’d like your copy autographed by the author, order it at Weddles.com.
Don’t let the economy bully you. Get The Career Fitness Workbook today and learn how to stand up for yourself!
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.
Career Activism Group on LinkedIn
There are plenty of job search discussion groups on LinkedIn, but only one career advancement group. If you want to achieve success in both your job search and your career, join the Career Activism Group on LinkedIn.
Every week, I lead group discussions of the key concepts introduced in my books, A Multitude of Hope: A Novel About Rediscovering the American Dream, The Career Activist Republic and The Career Fitness Workbook. We explore:
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