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December 13, 2012

The WEDDLE's Job Alert

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Scrooged at Work

If you do your job, if you're loyal and hard working, watch out. You're about to be scrooged at work.

Every day, millions of Americans troop off to work with an outdated and increasingly dangerous conviction. They believe that their commitment and contribution will be repaid with job security and career advancement from their employer. They're absolutely certain that reciprocity exists in the workplace. And, sadly, it doesn't.

American employers are in the fight of their lives in both domestic and global markets. Yes, they're making a lot of money, but to stay competitive, they're subjecting their employees to two merciless practices:

  • Doing more with less (humans)

  • and
  • Doing more with more (machines).

  • Let's take a look at both of them.

    Doing More With Less (Humans)

    American productivity grew at a very respectable 2.9 percent in the third quarter of this year, despite the sluggish global economy. For those who smartly avoided economics in school, productivity is a measure of output per worker. So, how are America's corporate titans achieving such impressive gains? By firing tens of thousands of employees and then expecting those who remain to work more hours and days per week.

    If you have any doubt that's so, take a look at how people are doing their Holiday shopping this year. They have one eye on the Sale signs and one eye of their smart phone checking emails from the office. And even worse, many will be doing the same during Hanukkah celebrations and on Christmas morning. The pressure from our employers is intense and unrelenting.

    Doing More With More (Machines)

    Automation is no longer limited to manufacturing and bank teller jobs. Today, machines are conducting legal research, translating documents, answering customer service questions and piloting airport trams. And tomorrow, jobs where automation is now inconceivable - positions that require higher education and significant skill - will also likely become the purview of machines.

    This shift isn't causing the "end of work" as some have predicted, but instead is a shift in the quality of employment. The economic article of faith that capitalism creates one good job for every old job it destroys no longer holds true. Machines are terminating hundreds of thousands of well-paying positions and leaving humans with fast food jobs and yard work.

    How to Keep From Being Scrooged

    What can you do in the face of such malevolent forces? Reset your goal and stand up for yourself. In today's world of work, there is no job security; there is only "career security," and the only way to achieve that goal is with proactive "career self-management."

    Job security is a benefit conferred by employers, whereas career security is a state you achieve for yourself. It is the ability always to be employed and always by an employer of your choice. Career security doesn't happen by serendipity, however, it is earned with effective career self-management.

    That capability isn't a skill that you're born with. And, it isn't a competency that can be picked up along the way in a career. No, career self-management is an expertise that must be acquired. It is a body of knowledge and a set of skills that require dedicated study and continuous practice to master.

    Why bother? Because competent career self-management is the best antidote for a workplace infected with doing more with less (humans) and doing more with more (machines). No less important, it is also the best way to build a healthy career - one that will increase both the paycheck and the satisfaction you bring home from work.

    Thanks for reading,
    Peter
    Visit me at Weddles.com



    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.

    Or, if you'd like your copy autographed by the author, order it at Weddles.com.

    Don't let the economy bully you. Get The Career Fitness Workbook today and learn how to stand up for yourself!



    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.



    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. We explore:

  • the principles and practices of career activism,

  • the importance of becoming a person of talent,

  • and
  • the power and possibilities of economic disobedience.


  • Click here and join us!



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