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.
Lean In – Talent Out
Sheryl Sandberg, the Chief Operating Officer of Facebook, has caused quite a stir with her new book, Lean In. While her goal is to empower women in the workplace, however, her advice has equal value for job seekers of both genders. She tells women to “lean in” rather than hold back if they want to get ahead in the office. Job seekers should be similarly proactive if they want to be successful in the job market, but they should “talent out.”
There are many facets to Sandberg’s message, but the book’s overarching theme is as simple as it is profound: you can’t just say you’re the equal of everyone else, you also have to act that way. The idea doesn’t ignore all of the social and political biases women have faced at work. And, it doesn’t mean that women have to imitate men. The point – at least according to Sandberg – is that women have to overcome the self-limiting boxes they’ve put themselves in if they want to be successful in their profession, craft or trade.
Now, whether or not you agree with her prescription for women, the view that people are only as impactful as they believe they can be is an important truism for both women and men in the job market. All too often, those in transition accept the label, the perspective and the self-definition of a “job seeker” – a supplicant for work. Consciously or unconsciously, they buy into the self-limiting notion that they are not the equal of employers when searching for a job.
That view fundamentally alters the dynamic in the job market. Instead of a respectful interaction between two parties for their mutual benefit, it becomes a situation in which one party makes a unilateral decision that optimizes its benefit while eliminating the benefit to everyone else save one -the single new hire. All the other job seekers can do is shuffle along to the next unequal interaction and the one after that.
So, what can you do to protect yourself? As Sandberg urges, “lean in” or more appropriately for the job market, “talent out.” Re-imagine yourself as a person of talent.
Resetting the Paradigm
To claim your rightful place as an equal participant with employers in the job market is not only possible, it’s essential to success. It requires that you take two steps:
Implementing the first step is more than a matter of semantics. You aren’t simply changing labels; you are fundamentally adjusting your outlook. Talent is the capacity for excellence and an attribute of our species. Every human being is born with the ability to excel. So, to become a person of talent, you must accept and commit to that standard of working. You have to believe you are capable of superior performance in your work and you have to dedicate yourself to achieving it on-the-job.
With that outlook in place, you’re ready to take the second step to ensure you can live up to your commitment. It involves continuous personal development so you always have the knowledge and skills required to perform at your peak. Regardless of your seniority or years of experience, whether you have a PhD or are a recent graduate, you must never stop improving your capacity for excellence. To put it bluntly, you must constantly sdhool your talent, even when you are in transition.
Why go to all that trouble? Because talent – the capacity for excellence – is what makes you the equal of employers. If you have any doubt about that, consider this: according to the Society for Human Resource Management, the number of companies paying hiring bonuses and above market salaries to recruit talented workers went up, not down during the last recession. During the greatest economic disaster since the Great Depression, employers were so desperate for people of talent, they shelled out more money than ever before just to hire them. And, that financial promise continues to this day.
So, if you want to change the dynamic you face in the job market, if you’re tired of being a supplicant for work and want to be treated as an equal, lean in and talent out. Become a person of talent and act that way.
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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
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.
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