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:
Click here to get your copy of Weddle’s Guide to Employment Sites on the Internet today.
By now, you’ve probably heard of (or even seen) the Syfy channel’s kitschy summer blockbuster, Sharknado. The movie depicts a freak weather event that causes man-eating sharks to fall from the sky all over Las Angeles. While that situation begs incredulity, however, it is possible to imagine a jobnado – an environmental pattern in which jobs rain down on you.
What would cause such a hurricane of job offers to form? Your acquiring a set of personal characteristics that responds to the most critical non-occupation-specific needs among employers today. These are attributes which enable you to perform at a higher level and make a greater contribution, regardless of your profession, craft or trade. The more of them you have, the great the deluge of jobs you’ll experience.
These attributes will only create a jobnado, however, if they ride on a jet stream of competency. In other words, the only way they can become a perfect storm of employment opportunity is if you add them to a skill set in your field of work that is up-to-date and well-honed. In fact, if you’re not at the state-of-the-art in your occupation and able to deliver that capability on-the-job, you’re more likely to experience a “jobought” – a job drought – than a jobnado.
So first, make sure you’re more than just a lot of hot air in your occupational field. Then, you can turn your attention to acquiring the other attributes that will produce your jobnado. What are those attributes? They are the ancillary skills that survey after survey confirms are in short supply among others in the workforce and highly valued by employers.
These skills are in demand for several reasons.
Creating the Environment for a Perfect Storm
Put 100 CEOs in a room and ask them which attributes they most need to ensure their organization’s success in today’s highly competitive global marketplace, and 99 of them will mention one or more of four specific capabilities. That doesn’t mean they are the totality of valuable ancillary skills, just that they are perceived to be both necessary and in critically short supply. It’s that imbalance which creates the jobnado. Demand is high, supply is low and the result is a whirlwind of interest from employers.
The four ancillary skills most in demand by employers today are:
Because research shows that most employees join an organization for its opportunities, culture and values, but leave their boss for his or her ineptitude, lack of empathy and/or biased behavior. There’s a leadership vacuum in the ranks of corporate middle management.
Because understanding how business works is the only way you can determine how your work can best contribute to your employer. Most people today lack of even a basic knowledge of what organizations must do to achieve financial security and success.
Because too many good ideas are overlooked because their originators can’t describe them clearly and persuasively. Written communications are the lingua franca of decision-making in business, yet many even well educated people are functionally illiterate writers.
A Second Language
Because the world is now a global marketplace so local as well as national employers need workers who can communicate in both English and another language. Consumers now speak an array of languages, yet very few workers are bilingual.
There are now over 3 million open jobs advertised on the Internet and many more openings that aren’t being advertised at all. If you want to be deluged with the best of those opportunities for you – if you want to experience a jobnado – first make sure your primary skill set is strong and then add one or more ancillary skills to your qualifications and resume.
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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.
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 or out of interest in their jobs.
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.
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.
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