Your Career Is Worth It!

Your Career Is Worth It!

Your Career Is Worth It!

Most of us begin a new year with resolutions for self-improvement. We start diets or physical fitness programs. We commit to spending more time with our families or doing something for others.

But what about our careers? Shouldn’t we be taking care of them, as well? We spend one-third of our day on-the-job, so don’t we deserve more than a (shrinking) paycheck?

Absolutely! And one of the best ways to do that is by reading my books for career success. 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. This unique book offers dozens of short, easy-to-read articles organized into two sections: How to Find a New or Better Job in a Tough Job Market and How to Hang Onto Your Job in an Unpredictable Economy. It’ll show you how to be successful and stay that way.

The Networking Gap

Every year, WEDDLE’s conducts the Source of Employment (SOE) survey, which probes the activities and preferences of both job seekers and recruiters. We use it to identify what’s working and what’s not in the job market and occasionally, to pinpoint an overlooked opportunity for job search success. That’s the certainly the case with the networking gap at job boards.

The 2012 SOE survey asked job seekers the following question: What do you like best about today’s job boards? The responses were as follows:

  • 20.8% said ease of access,
  • 20.3% said the number of job postings on-site,
  • 20.1% said the fact that access is free,
  • 18.1% said the caliber of the job postings on-site (e.g., employers represented, salary levels),
  • 14.4% said the job search tools and information provided on-site,
  • and bringing up the rear, just 6.3% said the ability to network with other job seekers on-site.
  • Online networking, of course, has become much more visible with the rise of social media sites. Thanks to LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and others, many of us now routinely exchange information and news -some of it personal and some of it not, some of it vital and a lot of it not – with a wide circle of people we know or don’t.

    More importantly – at least if you’re in transition – these sites remind us that one-third of all job openings are never advertised – they are part of the “Hidden Job Market” – and that the best way to penetrate that market is by building up our network of colleagues and coworkers.

    As the SOE results indicate, however, many of us don’t recognize the networking power of job boards. Whether it’s Medical Mingle, the social networking area on HealthJobsUSA.com, or the Discussion Groups surrounding CareerHQ, the job board of the American Society of Association Executives, whether it’s the Tech Talk listservs at Dice.com or the HigherEdCareers chat room at HigherEdJobs.com, these sites increasingly offer ways to connect with your peers.

    Networking in the real world remains an important part of any job search, but networking online is now equally as central to success. The way you network on job boards, however, is very different from the way it’s currently done on social media sites.

    Practice the Golden Rule of Networking

    Networking at social media sites is basically a contact sport. The goal is to acquire as many connections, followers and friends as possible. You may only actually know the first level contacts in your network, but there is the expectation (or at least the hope) that everyone they know and others known only to their contacts will lend you a hand in your job search.

    Basically, what you’re doing is asking perfect strangers to take a risk – to point you to or even recommend you for an opening they know about – without the reassurance of knowing that you won’t embarrass them or, worse, harm their own standing at work. And, in many, maybe even most cases, that’s simply asking too much.

    Networking on a job board, in contrast, is a team sport. The goal is to build up your professional relationships. Whether the job board is operated by an association, publication or commercial enterprise, you use its discussion forum, chat area or listserv to practice the Golden Rule of Networking.

    That rule is as simple as it is profound. You have to give in order to get. If you want others to assist you in your job search, you must first do something for them. If you expect them to share their knowledge of openings in the Hidden Job Market, you have to earn that support by sharing your expertise so they can solve problems or improve their performance at work.

    Make that commitment – invest your talent in helping others – and they’ll be more than willing to return the favor by helping you with your job search. And, one of the best places to practice that Golden Rule of Networking is on the social side of job boards.

    Thanks for Reading,

    Peter

    Visit me at Weddles.com

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    As you know, the world of work has changed dramatically in the U.S. And, that change is permanent. So, once you gain employment, you could just as easily find yourself challenged to stay that way … unless you know and practice the new rules for career security.

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    Cast Your Vote for …

    … the best employment sites on the Web!

    Each year, WEDDLE’s conducts an open poll to determine which job boards, social media sites and career portals are considered the elite of their industry, according to the toughest judges on the planet. That would be YOU, the users of those sites.

    At the end of each year, the 30 sites with the most votes are recognized as WEDDLE’s User’s Choice Award winners.

    It is not, admittedly, a statistically valid selection process, but it does clearly measure the intensity of support sites have among their customers. And, as the only accolade in which actual users – recruiters and jobs seekers – select the winners, the awards are among the most coveted in the online employment services industry.

    So, let the world know your choices for the best employment sites on the Web. Click here to cast your ballot for WEDDLE’s 2012 User’s Choice Award winners.

    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.

    Get the book at Amazon.com or at Weddles.com. But, wherever you get it, don’t delay. Get Job Nation today.