WEDDLE’s New Guide Now at Amazon

WEDDLE’s New Guide Now at Amazon

WEDDLE’s New Guide Now at Amazon

The eleventh edition of WEDDLE’s Guide to Employment Sites on the Internet – the book the American Staffing Association called the “Zagat” of the online employment services field – is now available at Amazon.com.

This edition is completely updated, so if you have the 2011/12 Guide or an even earlier edition, you need this all-new classic right now!

The book features:

  • The Top 100 – WEDDLE’s pick of the 100 best employment sites on the Web. Each site is described with a full-page description of its features, services and fees.
  • The Best & the Rest – A directory of over 9,000 sites organized by career field, industry, geographic focus and other factors. It’s the most complete guide to the Web’s job search resources, period.
  • Click here to get your copy of Weddle’s Guide to Employment Sites on the Internet today.

    The Talent Within You (Part II)

    This column is the second in a two part series exploring the nature of talent. While our culture and educational system tell us that only special people doing special things have talent, exactly the opposite is true. Talent is a universal attribute. Each and every one of us has been endowed with talent, but sadly, only a few of us ever discover it. We’re never told how to look for it.

    Why bother? Because talent is what enables us to achieve one of our most important rights as Americans. Talent is not a skill or competency. Talent is the capacity for excellence. More than any other factor, it is the attribute which empowers us to do our best work on-the-job. And doing our best work increases not only our paycheck but our sense of satisfaction as well. It is the way we make real the pursuit of Happiness.

    The best way to find your talent is to engage in quiet self-exploration. You have to turn off your cell phone, your PC or tablet and the TV. You have to give yourself the gift of uninterrupted contemplation.

    What must you think about? What you love to do and do best. Talent is found at the intersection of passion and practicality, so you are searching for an activity at which you excel and from which you derive genuine fulfillment. It is the crystalline essence of what makes you an extraordinarily capable person.

    Finding the Intersection

    To locate the intersection of your passion and practicality – to pinpoint your talent – you must descale the misperceptions that have covered over your sense of who you are and what you can do. You have to set aside everything your experience has told you about your capabilities and limitations and adopt a new perspective – one that is uniquely yours.

    To gain that perspective, you will “look” into yourself from three different vantage points:

  • First, you will search for what most engages you – the one activity that naturally fascinates and challenges you;
  • Next, you will examine what is most relevant to you – the one activity that naturally seems worthwhile and important to you;
  • And last, you will find what matters most to you – the one activity you would naturally choose to undertake if you could.
  • Those three aspects – engagement, relevance and choice – are the cardinal directions of Happiness at work. They are also the azimuths of your talent. Only they can point you to your inherent capacity for excellence.

    How do you follow their lead? Perform the following exercises.

  • To discover what engages you, recall your best memories. Think back to your childhood and look for that activity you seemed to most enjoy doing over and over again. If it was setting up a lemonade stand, for example, what seemed to be the most fun: preparing the lemonade, setting up your stand, talking to your customers, or counting your money? What aspects of this “best memory” still bring a smile to your face even today?
  • To discover what is relevant to you, write your own tombstone. Rather than being locked into your life’s current course, however, take a Scroogian do-over. Ask yourself what you would do differently to create a legacy that would make you proud. Which decisions would you change? Which priorities, values or perceptions would you adjust? How would you re-imagine your work in order to celebrate your employment and its accomplishments?
  • To discover what choice you would make, pretend you’ve just won the lottery. After you’ve taken that around the world cruise and paid off the mortgage, what would you do? What activity has previously been beyond your reach, yet holds a special attraction or fascination for you? Is it helping sick kids, arranging flowers, teaching English, or designing new board games? What would you pick to do, if you could do whatever you wanted to?
  • Now, analyze your answers. If they’re the same or essentially the same for all three questions, your evaluation is complete. You’ve made your acquaintance with your talent. You’ve identified the specific activity-the work-you are called to do in the workplace. If, on the other hand, the answers are dissimilar, do some additional probing on the three activities. Break them down into their basic tasks or functions to find that common behavior which is your talent.

    Finally, give yourself permission to accept what you uncover in this self-exploration. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never worked a day in your life at this activity. It doesn’t matter if you studied something else in college, community college or trade school. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never even thought about the activity as a career. All that counts is that it alone enables you to excel, and that excellence – your talent – is the key to job search and employment success.

    If you’d like to read more about how to find and connect with your talent, get my book The Career Fitness Workbook at Amazon.com.

    Thanks for reading,

    Peter

    Visit me at Weddles.com

    WEDDLE’s Job Alert

    For over 15 years, WEDDLE’s 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.

    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. So, don’t delay! Get your copy today.

    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.