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.
Job Search Serendipity
Why did the new CEO of Yahoo! shock the business world by bringing the company’s workers back to their physical offices during the workday? And, why is Google designing a new office complex in which no employee will be more than a two and a half minute walk from any other employee? These are two of the world’s leading Internet companies, yet they are riveted on casual, real world interactions. What does that mean for today’s Web-centric job seekers?
Thanks to all of the media attention lavished on such sites as LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook, networking has been redefined as a virtual experience played as a contact sport. All you have to do is sit at your computer and bulk up your personal brand by adding as many connections, followers and friends as you can.
According to this new conventional wisdom, real world interactions are the rotary phones of networking. Such time-consuming, verbal testing, manners demanding face-to-face meetings are quaint relics of a simpler by-gone era.
There’s just one problem. According to research, both recent and recently acknowledged, this new conventional wisdom is wrong.
In other words, networking is actually a line of sight engagement that involves balanced trading.
Networking as an Export-Import Business
Job search networking is not a contact sport; it’s a team sport. The goal is to build relationships with people so you can help them (that’s you exporting a benefit to them) and they will be inclined to help you (that’s you importing a benefit from them). Relationships, however are built with touch points – the interests, experiences or affinities that are shared by two people. The key to success, therefore, is to identify as many touch points as possible with a person and to do so as quickly as possible.
On the Web, and especially at online networking sites, those relationships are typically defined by first level of knowledge. They are based on what you read in a person’s profile or in their tweets or on their Facebook page. In a very real sense, your relationship with each other is only cyber-skin deep.
What you can’t achieve are relationships which occur at the second and third and fourth levels of knowledge. Those touch points occur by serendipity – the chance discovery during a conversation that you both came from the same small town, or that your mothers were graduated from the same college or that you both love the game of lacrosse. They augment what you can read with what you can discover.
These chance discoveries are the lubricant of successful networking. They make business interactions personal and, in the process, dramatically upgrade the perceived value of your exports and the likelihood you will receive imports. And, as both Yahoo! and Google clearly acknowledge, the only way they can be accomplished is face-to-face, in real life interactions that happen by serendipity.
So, as you plan this week’s activities in your job search campaign (and those in the weeks after that), make sure you give yourself plenty of opportunities for job search serendipity. Attend the local chapter meetings of your professional society and trade association. Go to the luncheons sponsored by the alumni associations of your undergraduate and graduate academic institutions. And, don’t miss the reunion of your couples bowling team or book club. Yes, you will have to take off your fuzzy slippers, but you will take on the power and promise of chance discoveries.
Thanks for reading,
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You Pick the Winners
Even the best of employers can no longer afford to provide a 30-year career ladder and a gold watch. So, where can you go to find the support and resources you need to guide your career effectively?
A growing number of working people are turning to job boards. Many of these sites have transformed themselves from a simple classified advertising platform into a fully featured “careerstead” or homestead for your career.
Every year, we at WEDDLE’s try to help folks find the best of these sites by holding the User’s Choice Awards. They are the only awards in the online employment services industry in which actual users – job seekers, career activists, employers and recruiters – get to pick the winners.
So, let your voice be heard. The ballot necessarily lists only a small subset of the 100,000+ job boards and careersteads now operating on the Web. You can pick some of them and/or nominate others … but the choice is yours.
Please click here and cast your vote today.
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:
Click here and join us!