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.
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Kindergarten Can’t Help
It’s commonplace these days to say that everything you need to succeed in human affairs you learned in kindergarten. If you follow that advice in your job search, however, you’re likely to be disappointed in the results.
One of the first lessons you’re taught in school is to follow the rules when playing a game. The rules ensure that there is a well defined pathway to victory and that everyone knows what it is. They establish certainty and fairness.
The job market is no game, but it too has long been governed by a set of rules. Those maxims determined how to win employment. They were all important, but only one was absolutely critical to success. It was the definition of “qualified” – what it takes for you to be considered a legitimate contender for an open position.
Employers set that rule because only they judge a person’s qualifications. And, for the last fifty years or so, they’ve defined a qualified candidate as someone who met the requirements and responsibilities specified for a job. If your education and experience met that standard, you were deemed to be an acceptable applicant. You were in the running for selection.
And now you aren’t. In today’s job market, if you apply for a job where you are a perfect match with the stated requirements and responsibilities, you will almost certainly be ignored. All you’ll hear back from the employer is the sound of silence.
What’s causing this situation? Employers have ignored what they were taught in kindergarten. They’ve changed the rules and haven’t told anyone they’ve done so. They’ve reset the definition of “qualified,” and kept the existence of the change to themselves.
The New Rule for Being Qualified
The change in the definition of “qualified” wasn’t done maliciously or out of spite. Indeed, many employers aren’t even aware that they are using a new standard for determining who is eligible for their open jobs. Whether it’s applied consciously or otherwise, however, it is being used because employers now face changed conditions for their own success.
For years, employers selected candidates based on their ability to do a job competently. Their requirements and responsibilities were simply a way of ensuring that level of performance. They believed that individual competence was sufficient for organizational success. When employees performed as required by the responsibilities of the job, employers would thrive.
Today, that’s no longer the case. Employers are now facing domestic and global competition from organizations with workers who perform at a higher level than competence. These employees aren’t doing their jobs, they’re excelling at them. That’s the new standard. Being able to excel at work is today’s definition of “qualified.”
How can you prove your ability to excel on-the-job? It involves the 3 Rs: resume, reputation and recurrence. I’ll explore each of them in my next column.
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The Career Fitness Workbook
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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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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.