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Feature: WEDDLE’s 2004 Books Are Now Available

This is my favorite time of the year. We at WEDDLE’s work from January to November preparing our books for publication, and in December, I get to announce the new titles and tell you a little about them. It’s not a big deal in the greater scheme of things, I know, but for us, it is the culmination of a commitment to deliver the very best research and resources we can, so that you can be successful in the work you do.

This year is particularly exciting because we are introducing both a number of new titles and an alternative format for our traditional Guide and Directory. Perhaps just as important, we are pleased to announce a special 10% Holiday Discount for our newsletter subscribers only on your orders of our 2004 books that are placed by December 15, 2003. But wait, there’s more. One lucky subscriber who places their order by the deadline will receive their entire order FOR FREE. It’s our way of saying thanks for your support of WEDDLE’s. Here are the details:

New Books From WEDDLE’s in 2004

Generalship: HR Leadership in a Time of War The HR profession is facing a War for Relevancy, and if we don’t do something about it, we run the risk of becoming the next buggy whip makers in the American workforce. But, what should we do? This book offers an intriguing solution: it urges HR leaders (and those who aspire to be) to emulate the traits of the only executives specifically trained to win at war: generals. The book is short and easy to read-it looks much like the popular hardback, Fish-but it’s filled with powerful insights for surviving and prospering in today’s anti-HR corporate culture.

WEDDLE’s 2004 Recruiter’s Guide to Employment Web Sites Completely updated for 2004 and chock full of new sites, this “Consumer’s Report” of job boards and career portals is sure to improve both the quantity and quality of your candidate yield. We select 350 of the best recruitment sites on the Web and describe them in full-page profiles. There are no opinions here, just the detailed, accurate information you need to make smart buying decisions and improve your ROI … your return on the Internet.

WEDDLE’s 2004 Directory of Employment-Related Internet Sites Also completely updated for 2004, this Directory is the “address book” of job boards and career portals. It ensures that you’ll never be lost on the Information Superhighway. Expanded again this year, the Directory lists the name and Internet address of over 7,500 recruitment sites in the U.S., Canada and 20 other countries around the world. No less important, it organizes the sites by career field, industry and geographic focus, so that you can find the right site(s) for each and every one of your recruiting requirements right away.

The Keys to Successful Recruiting and Staffing The economy is finally improving, and the demand for talent is already on the rise. How can you prepare for the inevitable barrage of new recruiting requirements? Read this book; it offers a comprehensive, integrated strategy for optimizing the quality of the candidates you source and recruit for your organization. Written by Barry Siegel, a veteran of countless recruiting battles over the years, it is a detailed, practical primer on capturing the high ground in the War for the Best Talent.

T’is of Thee This book is about people and American patriotism. It is an intensely personal journal-not unlike Tuesdays With Morrie-written largely in the two years prior to September 11, 2001 and finished in the week immediately following the terrorist attacks. It recounts the year-long “conversation” between a son and his father, between a living American and one resting in Arlington National Cemetery. Their topics range from the Vietnam War to the American Dream, but always their conclusion is the same: America is as good, as vibrant, as hopeful as the patriotism of we, its people.

A New Format for WEDDLE’s 2004 Guide and Directory

Each year, many of our customers buy multiple copies of our Recruiter’s Guide and Directory. They have tens, sometimes even hundreds of recruiters who need access to the information in those books in order to do their jobs well. While we love to see all those green and red covers on their desks, we know there is a more efficient way. Therefore, we’ve proud to introduce the WEDDLE’s Enterprise Editions.

The Enterprise Edition of WEDDLE’s 2004 Recruiter’s Guide to Employment Web Sites and the Enterprise Edition of WEDDLE’s 2004 Directory of Employment-Related Internet Sites enables you to purchase each of these books on a CD. Included with the book’s content is a license authorizing the purchasing organization to make an unlimited number of copies of the book (in print or electronic format) for use within that organization. Now, everyone on your staff can have their own copy of WEDDLE’s Guide and WEDDLE’s Directory and-best of all-you can save money too. For example, if you bought 10 copies of WEDDLE’s Guide last year, you’ll save $79.55 with the Enterprise Edition; and, if you bought 10 copies of the Directory last year, you’ll save $99.55 with its Enterprise Edition. Call our glasses rose-tinted, but we’d say that’s pretty smart shopping!

To Order Your Copies of WEDDLE’s 2004 Books and Get Your 10% Holiday Discount

Our 2004 books won’t arrive on bookstore shelves until mid-to-late January. We haven’t even had time to update the catalog on our Web-site. Nevertheless, we’ve decided to offer the books to you-our newsletter subscribers-right now. Even better, we’ll give you a 10% Holiday Discount, if you place your order by December 15, 2003. In addition, everyone who orders before the deadline will be entered in a drawing, and one lucky subscriber will receive a refund for their entire order. Now, that’s a Holiday special!

How do you order? Just call WEDDLE’s at 203.964.1888 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Eastern U.S. time, Monday through Friday. We aren’t really set up for telesales, but we’ll do our best to take your order and get it shipped right away.

Why should you buy your WEDDLE’s books right now? We can think of several reasons:

  • First, you’ll be ready to go when hiring picks up in early January (which most economists are now predicting),
  • Second, these books make great Holiday gifts for colleagues and co-workers and even the boss, and
  • Third, you’ll have something to read while you’re waiting in line to sit on Santa’s lap.

  • Section Two: Site News You Can Use

    BostonWorks has launched HiringHub, a new area on its Web-site for HR practitioners and hiring managers. released its latest report on worker trends, entitled At Work 2003: Past, Present and Future. As with previous surveys from other sources, it describes a workforce that is increasingly dissatisfied with their employment situation. Nearly one-in-four of the poll’s respondents are unhappy with their current employer (representing a 20% increase over 2001) and six-in-ten say they will leave for another job within two years. What’s to be done? Apparently, the key drivers of this angst are lack of career progress, overbearing workloads and meager pay increases. Focus your retention strategies on those areas and make sure that you communicate both what programs you already have in place (for example, many employees don’t know or forget about the individual development programs that their employers offer) and those you decide to launch. has launched its Web-site in the United Kingdom. The site specializes in the sport and leisure industries.

    comscore MediaMetrix announced the results of its latest survey of online use. It found 150 million U.S. Internet users-so, there are plenty of candidates online-and reaffirmed a critical shift in how they access the Web. It turns out that over 60% of the time people spend online occurs at home. What does that mean for recruiters? Just this: many of the candidates you most want to reach will be accessing the Web with a slow, dial-up modem. Therefore, make sure that your corporate career site is designed for quick downloading despite that constraint and test the recruitment sites you are considering for job posting to make sure that they can handle it, as well. What guideline should you use? Sites with home pages that require more than 14 seconds to open will turn off and turn away many of those passive job seekers who are often the best candidates

    Section Three: Site Profiles

    Site Insite … how well do you know the Web’s 40,000+ job boards?

    1. If you were recruiting a flight ramp supervisor for an airport in Virginia, which of the following sites would leave you in a desperate state?

  • 2. The next time you have to recruit a retail sales clerk for your store in Alabama, which of the following sites would be a total loss?

  • 3. Which of the following sites would clash with your need to hire a creative graphic artist?

  • (answers below)

    Site Spotlite … from the pages of WEDDLE’s 2004 Guides and Directories


    Post full time jobs: Yes

    Post part time/consulting jobs: Yes

    Distribution of jobs: International: USA, Canada, United Kingdom

    Fee to post a job: $101-200/posting

    Posting period: 45 days

    Can posting be linked to your site: Yes

    Resume database: Yes

    Number of resumes: 42,287

    Source of resumes: Direct from candidates

    Top occupations among resumes: Hotel/Restaurant Managers, Assistant Managers

    Other services for employers: Auto notification of resume-job match, Special area for HR professionals, Status Reports: job postings

    Answers to Site Insite:

    1., a site for “virtual assistants” in the United Kingdom

    2., a site serving the banking industry

    3., a site for political news and opinion on Capital Hill