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.
Job Search Binging
Binging is a hot topic these days. Our waistlines are expanding, our consciousness is shrinking and our eyes are glazing over as more and more of us eat, drink and watch TV series in excess. Now, we’re also binging on job search.
As with most activities, eating, drinking and TV watching aren’t inherently bad for us. It’s when they’re done to an extreme that their impact is harmful. As most of us have learned the hard way, too much of even a good thing can have negative consequences.
How does that apply to those of us in transition? How can someone binge on looking for a job? And, just what does the alternative – moderation – look like in a job search?
Too Much of a Good Thing
Job search binging occurs when we fire off applications like shells from an assault weapon. It’s easy enough to do, thanks to all those job postings on all those job boards out there on the Internet. As Maverick describes it in Top Gun, the online job market is a “target rich environment.”
We see an opening that looks interesting and BANG, we shoot off our resume. It doesn’t matter if we’re only partially (or not al all) qualified for the opening or that we’re not really interested in the work, it’s an open job and we’re hunting for one, so why not?
Well, there’s at least two negative consequences:
The Moderate Alternative
The best way to job search is moderately and the best way to job search moderately is to practice the Application Three-Step. It’s an online strategy anyone can learn and everyone can use to their benefit.
Step 1. Instead of applying for lots of jobs that barely interest us, we should invest our time and effort in uncovering those jobs that meet both of two criteria: we find them truly interesting and worthwhile and we are truly qualified to excel at them. In other words, we focus on locating the handful of (what we would consider) dream jobs posted out there on the Internet, not blasting off resumes to hundreds of openings that are likely to be nightmares.
Step 2. Instead of viewing our application as an administrative process that involves nothing more than the transmission of a resume, we should treat it as a two-part test. In the first part, we must show we are an irresistible candidate by tailoring our resume to the requirements and responsibilities listed for the opening. And, in the second part, we must prove that we can follow directions by sending in our resume exactly as specified in the job posting.
Step 3: Instead of thinking we’re done when we submit our resume, we should embark on a parallel “employee referral search.” We should search through every contact we have, both online and off, to see if we can find any of the following connections at the employer where the opening exists: (a) a person we know well, (a) a person we’ve met but don’t know well, or (c) a person we don’t know but with whom we share an affinity (e.g., both graduates of the same school or former employees of the same organization).
Once we located one or more of these connections, we should ask them to refer us to the recruiter who’s working on filling our dream job. That’s the single best way to move our resume from the middle of the pile to the top, where we are much more likely to get the consideration we deserve.
Job search binging may make us feel as if we’re working hard on our transition, but it’s likely to harm rather than help us find work. An excess of applications can actually interfere with our ability to land the best job for us. A better approach is a moderate one that focuses our efforts on the quality of our applications rather than the quantity.
Thanks for reading,
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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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The Career Fitness Workbook
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