WEDDLE’s Job Alert

WEDDLE’s Job Alert

WEDDLE’s Job Alert

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.

Write Your Own Ticket to Success

More often than not, the first impression you make with a recruiter is in writing. So, if you want to stand out like a dream candidate, write like one.

Many job seekers invest considerable time and more than a little money in developing a well written resume. While such a document can establish your qualifications for an opening, however, it almost never differentiates you from the competition. Why? Because every other qualified applicant has also submitted a resume that is articulate and grammatically correct. You’re just one of the herd.

While seemingly an obstacle to job search success, this situation also creates a window of opportunity. Written communications – in corporate memos, white papers, business plans, research reports and other documents – are the lingua franca of work. And all too often today, even those who excel on-the-job are unable to describe their thoughts, conclusions and results clearly and effectively in writing. There is a pandemic of poor composition in the American workplace, and those who can prove they are not afflicted will stand out from the herd.

How can a job seeker demonstrate their ability to write well? Two ways:

  • First, always convey your resume with a cover letter that makes a compelling, error-free case for why you should be considered the perfect candidate for the recruiter’s opening.
  • Second, treat every email message, Inmail and Facebook interaction with a recruiter – no matter how short or seemingly trivial – as a test of your written communications skills.
  • Knowing where to demonstrate good writing, of course, is only half the battle. The other half involves actually doing it.

    What Are the Hallmarks of Good Writing?

    Now, to be absolutely clear, one doesn’t have to be a Shakespeare or Hemingway to compose a good piece of writing. All that’s required is an adherence to clear, concise sentences that are structured according to the accepted rules of grammar and organized into logical paragraphs.

    Sadly, however, many of us have been shortchanged by our schools. We’ve been allowed to graduate without a basic understanding of fundamental principles of written communication. So, one of the first steps for a job seeker should be to upgrade their writing ability.

    How can you do that? It’s a simple, two-step process;

  • First, do your homework. Complete a community college or other course in basic writing skills or dedicate yourself to a self-paced instructional program where you learn on your own. There are many excellent texts for the latter, but one of the most engaging is Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by Lynn Truss.
  • Second, practice, practice, practice. Think back to the work you did in your last position and write a month’s worth of the kind of memos and other correspondence you would have authored there. Then, ask a friend to read the communications for clarity of thought and grammatical correctness. The exercise will improve both the level of your writing and your ability to describe your previous work effectively.
  • A well crafted resume is only one part of the written communications that shape a person’s perceived value as an employment candidate. Demonstrate the same degree of expertise in a cover letter and your online communications, and you’ll write your own ticket to success in the job market.

    Thanks for reading,

    Peter

    Visit me at Weddles.com

    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:

  • the principles and practices of career activism,
  • the importance of becoming a person of talent,
  • and

  • the power and possibilities of economic disobedience.
  • Click here and join us!

    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:

  • Organized just like a physical fitness regimen, the book tells you what to do to improve the health of your career, how to do it and – unique to the Career Fitness program – how often in order to maximize the employment benefits you derive from your efforts.
  • From online networking to high impact resumes, the book introduces a powerful blend of the best traditional practices and state-of-the-art techniques for effective job search and career self-management in today’s uncertain times.
  • Filled with worksheets and exercises, the book is a complete self-study program that delivers the knowledge and skills required for BOTH job search and career success, whether you have 25 years or 25 minutes of experience in the workplace.
  • 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!