With just the right tone, Howard Adamsky manages to lay out the ugly panorama of today's job-searching environment that robs the strength required to get up every day and move forward toward uncertainty. He offers great insights from the personal to the professional, letting you in on some vital secrets rarely, never revealed outside the hiring fraternity. Though painful, it clears away many expectations you might have harbored and internalized releasing you from falsehoods and expectations we feel we are owed.
With the audacity to tell it as it is Howard creates a recipe for right attitude, self-assessment, and courageous action necessary to sustain an out-of-work individual and most importantly get them moving forward --- everyday. Perhaps most critically he reiterates that you are not the failure - the insidious cancer that paralyzes some, and spins others into a whirling dervish obsessing and fixing and tweaking everything; resume, contacts, LinkedIn profiles, and Facebook pages is wasted energy. We all know the truth about the economy --- the external forces that have put you where you are - but railing against them steals precious energy. Say that over and again - that's Adamsky's contribution to all job hunters. Accept reality, bury your revenge fantasies, and "do for yourself" as Grandma Lillie used to say.
Can we say a book like this is enjoyable? I wish the topic were unnecessary but today's reality is harsh and expectations for immediate job offers are negligible. But Adamsky, while a realist (all too rare in those who write 'cheerleader-type' books) is also a positive guy - and his writing style is, if not breezy, friendly, sympathetic and well matched to his message.
Finally, he discusses the symbiotic relationship that exists among those who hire and their pressures to succeed and your need for a paycheck. This is roulette with the highest stakes. Not only self-esteem, but your mortgage, car payments, college tuition, and the drive to recapture your former life are at risk. Do not - he says clearly - expect that your former life will return. A different life - a better one waits.
And make no mistake, as he reminds us, often the best candidate, the best fit for a position - and you're sure it's you - will too often be passed over for any dozen reasons having nothing to do with you, your resume, interviewing or the color of your tie.
Much more can be said...but if you've gone through the canon...Parachute, Harvey McKay and even Jeff Gitomer (Who can help you sell, well, you), this tome must move to the top of your queue.
Bear this in mind as I have come to learn: The first job of any manager - from director to CEO is to hold on to their job. In the shark tank that is corporate America, knowing what constitutes live bait from dead fish is a necessary skill. Adamsky announces: Give value - get value. Connect in order to help a colleague, build and seduce your network (my words) pay it forward and eventually - in this game of big numbers - you will succeed.
Howard makes that clear, offers hope, and for that, we thank him.
Foundation Group Owner & Moderator at Heroes of Learning Foundation
Executive Producer - VP Learning & Development for Computer Generated Solutions at Wonderful Brain LLC