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.
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How to Compete with Employed Job Seekers
It’s hard enough to land a good job in today’s sputtering economy, but now it’s going to get even harder. More and more people who already have a job have started to enter the job market. They’re amping up the competition and creating a new challenge for those who are out of work: how do you compete with employed job seekers?
Employed job seekers often have an unfair edge in the job market. The fact that they currently have a job gives them a “credibility premium” with employers. Consciously or not, many organizations assume that anyone good enough to be on another employer’s payroll is probably good enough to be on theirs. It’s a significant advantage and one you simply cannot match if you’re in transition.
Does that mean you’re out of luck and doomed to remain out of work? Absolutely not. You can undercut an employed job seeker’s advantage by using the one advantage that you have and they don’t – the capacity to do what’s best for you. That’s an edge that working people simply cannot match.
How does that advantage work in your favor? As a person in transition, you have:
Let’s look at each in a bit more detail.
The Time to Add 2 Types of Skills
The most valuable candidate in today’s job market is a person who is both an expert in their primary field and able to apply that expertise in a wide range of work situations. Therefore, a person in transition can gain an advantage if they enroll in 2 kinds of training or academic courses during their job search: one that will put them at the leading edge of knowledge and skills in their occupation and a second that will add an ancillary skill that expands their range of contribution. An employed job seeker seldom has the time to do either, let alone both.
So, enroll in the appropriate classes and then feature them on your resume. Those entries convey two messages that act like catnip for employers. First, they signal that you are a person who understands the importance of continuously adding expertise. And second, they indicate that you are someone who takes personal responsibility for doing so.
The Flexibility to Network in 2 Venues
The conventional wisdom is that 30 percent or more of all open jobs are never advertised. They are typically filled by networking. Therefore, a person in transition can gain an advantage if they commit to active networking and then perform that networking in 2 places: one that will expand their visibility among their peers generally and a second that will do so among those who are members of their professional society or trade association. An employed job seeker seldom has the flexibility to do either, let alone both.
So, commit yourself to networking, but do it in the right way. First, the word is netWORK, not net-get-around-to-it-whenever-it’s-convenient. Make networking an integral part of daily job search activities. Second, practice the Golden Rule of Networking and “give as good as you get.” Be helpful to others if you want others to be helpful to you.
The Freedom to Brand Yourself in 2 Ways
The biggest threat to employers today is competitors with smart workers. Their only defense is to hire those who are standouts in their field. Therefore, a person in transition can gain an advantage if they build their brand in 2 ways: by sharing their professional knowledge and experience at blogs or online discussion groups that are occupation-related (not focused on job search) and by holding office in or otherwise contributing to their state or national professional society or trade association. An employed job seeker seldom has the freedom to do either, let alone both.
So, set yourself apart from the herd. First, make sure you haven’t subconsciously accepted the view that you are flawed. Take the time to reinforce (or regain) your self-respect and self- confidence. Second, get up and go to work each day, shaping an exceptional image of yourself among your peers and their employers.
Employed job seekers seem to have all of the advantages in the job market. They don’t. Those who are in transition have their own advantages that provide 2 powerful benefits. They can level the playing field and give those who use them a powerful competitive edge.
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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:
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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.
Cast Your Vote …
… for the best employment sites on the Web!
Every vote counts, in a presidential race and in WEDDLE’s User’s Choice Awards.
Each year, WEDDLE’s holds an annual poll of the best employment sites. Open to everyone, it is the only award in which job seekers and employers get to have their say on which sites served them best. The thirty sites with the most votes are designated WEDDLE’s User’s Choice Award winners for that year.
So, click here to take a look at last year’s winners and cast your ballot for the elite of the online employment services industry – the winners of WEDDLE’s 2013 User’s Choice Awards.