Where Did Our Mojo Go?
Are you tired of hearing the U.S. is no longer the world leader it once was? Are you fed up with pundits who opine that the American Dream has been replaced by the Chinese Dream?
If so, get my new book, A Multitude of Hope: A Novel About Rediscovering the American Dream. Ripped right from today’s headlines, it recounts the experiences of three laid-off Baby Boomers and a secret online group of workplace activists practicing economic disobedience against the vulture capitalists in the American workplace.
A Multitude of Hope will entertain and educate you and, as it names implies, give you hope for the future – yours and your kids.
The book won’t be published until April, but you can place a pre-order with Amazon right now by clicking here.
The job market has suddenly gotten a lot more crowded. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, half a million people came back into the market last month, lured by the news of an uptick in hiring. How can you stand out with so many others around? Search Budgeting – the strategy of focusing your job search where it does the most good for you.
We all face time constraints in a job search. There are many different ways to look for a job, but only so many hours in the day. For many, maybe even most people, therefore, the best strategy seems to be to do a little bit of everything. You don’t know which specific tactic or set of tactics to rely on, so you cover as many bases as you can in the hopes that one of them will pay off.
The problem with this approach is that it forces you to minimize the time and effort you invest in any one tactic. You start out doing one thing, but quickly feel as if you have to get started on something else. As a result, neither one gets the concentration of attention or level of commitment necessary to deliver any, let alone the maximum benefit to you.
As you race from applying to jobs posted online to an informational interview and from networking on a social media site to conducting research on prospective employers, you are constrained in two ways. Either you’ve worn yourself out and lack the energy to do your best or you do your best but can’t stick with it long enough to get the best results.
What’s the alternative? Search budgeting. Focus your job search on a small number of high payoff tactics and perform them in a way that captures 100 percent of their advantages for you. Do that and you’ll have no problem standing out, even in an overcrowded job market.
The 100 Percent Solution
Search budgeting involves concentrating on just three tactics in your hunt for employment. They are:
Networking. In a search budget, the goal of online networking isn’t to increase the number of connections you have on LinkedIn or the number of friends you have on Facebook. More often than not, those are people who can’t help you because they either don’t work in your field or have no experience in your industry. With a search budget, therefore, the goal is to ensure that 100 percent of the people with whom you interact are in your field, your industry or both. They are the individuals who can and most likely will help in your job search. Therefore, network online only at the discussion forum of your professional society or trade association and/or in a LinkedIn group that serves the same people. They alone put you in touch with the unique insights and access of your peers
Research. Research is the one sure way to put yourself in a position to succeed. It enables you to identify and avoid bad employers – those that can’t or won’t promote your career advancement – and the wrong employers – those with values and/or practices that preclude your doing your best work. Similarly, research also enables you to identify and select the right employers – those that provide the resources and support you need to perform at your peak and the environment that empowers you to do so. Therefore, only consider employment with organizations where you are 100 percent certain you will fit in and focus your research on finding them. They alone put you in a position to achieve real and lasting success.
Job Application. The Internet has made it easy to find and respond to a large number of openings in a relatively short period of time. As a result, many people today shoot out resumes like rocket launchers, applying for jobs whether or not they can do the work or even want to. Employers, however, are much, much more picky. They will not consider let alone select a person who isn’t a perfect match with the requirements and responsibilities they’ve listed for their vacancies. Applying when you don’t fit those criteria, therefore, is a waste of time, both yours and the recruiters’. The better tactic is to apply only to jobs where you are a 100 percent fit with the employer’s specifications and thus exactly match its ideal candidate. They alone put you in genuine contention for employment.
You can’t land a great job in a crowded job market by hard work alone. Instead, you have to work hard and work smart. You have to stand out from the herd by focusing on a small number of tactics and performing them in a way that delivers 100 percent of their benefits to you. That’s the power and promise of search budgeting.
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Job Nation: The 100 Best Employment Sites
The American Staffing Association was kind enough to call me the “Zagat” of the online employment industry. And, just as Tim and Nina Zagat used their classic guides to identify the best restaurants, I have published a guide to the best employment sites on the Web.
Called Job Nation: The 100 Best Employment Sites on the Web, it’s my pick of the top job boards, career portals and professional networking sites on the Internet.
Every site is profiled with a complete consumer’s guide to its features, services and resources. That way, you can shop smart and pick the sites that will work best for you.
While admitting to some bias, I think Job Nation is the single best way to use the Internet to find a new or better job. And, it retails for just $14.95.
There’s Social Media & There’s Success Media
If you’re looking to connect with friends and colleagues, social media is your best bet. If, on the other hand, you’re looking for the keys to an effective job search and a healthy career, you’ll be better served with “success media.”
What constitutes “success media?”
Guides and other books that let you in on the secrets to finding, winning and holding on to the job of your dreams. They include:
Work Strong: Your Personal Career Fitness System. This book introduces a complete regimen of activities that will help you successfully compete for and hang onto the job of your dreams. Its one-of-a-kind program not only tells you what to do, but how to do it and how often.
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.