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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Who Are You Again?
We humans are increasingly unable to remember the past. For job seekers, that means we must be as proactive about staying remembered as we are about being memorable. We must hold onto employers’ and recruiters’ memories as well as stand out in their minds.
A study which appeared in Science magazine in 2011 concluded that human memory of the past is shrinking. It examined the content of Google books to determine how quickly references to a specific year fell out of print. For example, it found that references to the year 1880 peaked in that year and then fell by half 32 years later in 1912. In contrast, references to 1973 peaked in that year, but fell by half in 1983 or just ten years later.
For whatever reasons, we humans are fast becoming a population of absent-minded professors. What does that have to do with job searching? Employers’ and recruiters’ memories are just as unreliable so you must protect yourself against their forgetfulness.
What’s Behind the Forgetfulness?
Recruiting departments took it on the chin in the last recession. Companies weren’t doing much hiring so recruiters were pink-slipped by the thousands. As a result, a lot of institutional memory walked out the door.
In addition, now that hiring has picked up a bit, there are too few recruiters doing too much work. In fact, according to reports from both large and small employers, many recruiters today are working on 20, 30, 40, even 50 or more open jobs at the same time. They’re under so much pressure, they have a hard time remembering their own names, let alone your resume.
Finally, in many cases, a memory is never even formed. With thousands of people applying for each open job, it’s simply impossible for a recruiter to review every single application for every single job on which they’re working. As unfair and inexcusable as it may be, even the resumes of fully qualified candidates may never be seen by a recruiter and thus never have a chance to form a memory with them.
How Can You Protect Yourself?
When employers tell you that they will keep your resume on file and check it against their future openings, don’t believe it. When you’ve previously interviewed with a recruiter, don’t expect them to remember you or your credentials, even if they said they were impressed with your record.
Treat every communication with an employer and every encounter with a recruiter as if it were your very first. Sure, you can reference that earlier application or interview, but describe your credentials as if they’ve never heard of you before … because they probably won’t recall that they have.
For example, don’t assume that just because you’ve applied to an employer before and your resume is on file in its resume data base, that you will be identified as a qualified applicant for a future opening. When you next see an interesting opportunity with that employer, send in your resume all over again. Think of it as a memory jogger or an update to what you previously submitted, but make sure you compensate for their shrinking capacity to remember.
Similarly, if you’ve added a credential to your resume – if, for example, you’ve completed a training program or academic course during your job search – reach out to and update those recruiters with whom you’ve previously interviewed, even if you aren’t ,at that moment, applying for a position with their organization. That will both refresh their memory of you as a candidate and add to their perception of your qualifications.
Success in today’s crowded job market depends on your ability both to stand out from the competition in employers and recruiters’ minds and to hang onto their memories. Just as you have to sell yourself as a dream candidate, you also have to make sure they remember the dream.
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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.
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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