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 free 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.
Don’t Waste Your Time
Time is the greatest enemy in a job search. The longer the hunt for a new job takes, the greater the frustration, futility and the possibility of making a mistake. So, the best way to conduct a job search is to use every minute of every day wisely.
Unfortunately, the Internet has caused a lot of people to adopt a quantitative approach to their job search campaign. They pour and pray. They shoot out a huge stream of applications to openings posted on job boards and employers’ Web-sites and pray that at least one will yield a response.
While making such an enormous effort may feel as if you’re investing your time wisely, however, the results indicate otherwise. The quantitative approach is almost always a failure. Why? Because you end up applying for a job you don’t want or can’t get.
Employers are risk averse and very finicky. When you apply for a job in which you aren’t very interested, they will sense your indifference and focus on applicants where they have a higher chance of success. And, when you apply for a job for which you aren’t qualified, they will quickly decide you’re a “trash applicant” and summarily discard your resume. In either case, all you’ve done is waste your time.
So, what’s a better approach? Use a qualitative application strategy that I call select and succeed. It involves using two screens to evaluate job postings so you only apply for those you truly want to do and can actually get. As a result, you use your time wisely and optimize your chances of being hired.
The Select and Succeed Strategy
The first screen in the select and succeed strategy will help you determine if a job is an employment opportunity you want. To perform that evaluation, ask yourself five questions:
Then, assign each of your answers a value on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 indicating a low value and 5 indicating a high value to you. If the combined score for the five questions isn’t 20 or higher, you’re wasting your time if you apply for that job.
The second screen in the strategy will help you evaluate your chances of hearing back from the recruiter responsible for an opening. To perform that evaluation, ask yourself these five questions:
Once again, assign each of your answers a value on a scale of 1 to 5, but this time put yourself in the shoes of a very finicky recruiter. From their perspective, 1 indicates a weak application, while 5 signals a strong one. If the combined score for the five questions isn’t 20 or higher, you’re wasting your time if you apply for that job.
Using a pour and pray approach to job applications wastes one of your most precious resources in a job search: time. To make sure time works for you, therefore, use the select and succeed strategy. It will help you identify those jobs that you truly want to do and can actually get.
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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.
Don’t let the economy bully you. Get The Career Fitness Workbook today and learn how to stand up for yourself!