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James Caan
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6 Jan 2011

"It is possible to have the job of your dreams. Together we are going to set about getting you there.

Before I joined the BBC's Dragons' Den, I spent thirty years setting up and running recruitment companies, placing hundreds of thousands of candidates in the jobs they really wanted.

I will take you through the process step by step. How to stay positive in a difficult economic climate and find the right opportunities. How to package yourself to make sure you secure an interview. The vital importance of preparation, so that you are relaxed and give a great performance at interview. How to show your passion, and ask the perfect questions. And finally, how to use your power by closing the best deal on a job offer.

At every stage I will help you rethink the traditional, formulaic approach to job hunting. It's the detail that makes the difference.

This book is not about hoping you get lucky. It is about creating your own luck."

James Caan

Product details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Viking (6 Jan 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670919403
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670919406
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 13.4 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 272,856 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Really great, useful advice. I'm a fan (Sahar Hashemi, founder of Coffee Republic and author of Anyone Can Do It )

Inspirational for any job seeker...Insightful, energetic, and full of practical guidance (Mick Buckley, president, CNBC Europe )

Hits the nail on the head. In job-hunting, as in life, preparation is everything. Worth the price for Chapter 4 alone (John Mullins, London Business School )

Simply brilliant. This practical, no-nonsense book will help you land the job of your dreams (Bev James, chief executive, Entrepreneurs Business Academy )

Wonderfully readable - you feel James Caan is talking to you over coffee...He has combined his 30 years of experience with proven entrepreneurial skill to provide a wealth of practical advice, ensuring you have the best chance of gaining your desired job (Dr Adrian Atkinson, chairman, Human Factors International )

Fantastic, practical advice from cover to cover. We'll be recommending to our candidates (Keith Potts, managing director, Jobsite )

An essential guide for today's job seeker from Mr Recruitment, UK (Phil Roebuck, chief executive, Web Recruit )

The book tells it like it is. Could make that all-important difference between you and another applicant (Eastern Eye )

About the Author

James Caan is one of the UK's most successful and dynamic entrepreneurs, having built and sold businesses since 1985. After dropping out of school at sixteen and starting his first business in a Pall Mall broom cupboard - armed with little more than charm and his father's advice - Caan went on to make his fortune in the recruitment industry, founding the Alexander Mann Group, a company with a turnover of £130m. A 2003 graduate of Harvard Business School, Caan's most recent endeavour has been to set up private equity firm Hamilton Bradshaw. Caan hit our screens when he joined the panel of the BBC's Dragons' Den in 2007. He is a regular in the national and business press, advises on various Government programmes, and initiates numerous philanthropic projects via the James Caan Foundation.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Confidence to get a final interview 28 Mar 2011
By boo
I have been lucky that I have fallen into good jobs but they have never been jobs I really wanted and applied for. I bought this book and the day after it arrived I was invited for an interview. I read and highlighted the section on interviews and went to the interview with confidence. I was offered a final interview - it was between me and one other person. I was not offered the job I went for but because I impressed them in the interview they have offered me a more senior position! This book doesn't tell you how to perform miracles but it explains the process and how you can succeed. I have been for lots of interviews where I am more than capable to do the job but got pipped to the post every time. This book helped me get this job!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! 24 Nov 2012
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This is a man who has been there, and come out top. When someone is successful already, and you also want success, i don't see how you could do it without finding and getting advice from those who are already successful. Its like deciding to go to the gym 3 times a week, with the aim to become very muscular and strong, and asking you friend (who's maybe only been about 10 times in the last year) on tips and trick. Why? Is it not more logical to ask a personal trainer? or if that's too expensive, ask a guy who already has those muscles that you long for? Who's been going gym for over 3,4,5 10+ years? The answer's obvious. If someone's been there and come out with positive result's. that's the person you ask for advice. I recommend this book to anybody looking to improve their life. I also recommend the book ''The Real Deal: My Story from Brick Lane to the Dragons' Den'' This book will almost certainly increase your motivation and help you realise your own potential. All the best!!!

P.S. The books superb! What more can i say...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful! 16 April 2012
This book can help you whether you are looking for job as a sales person, a scientist or a lawyer! I love it and found it incredibly useful for job applications (very good tips on CV, covering letter and interviews). Examples are included in the book which help to put things into context.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent job-search advice 8 April 2011
When I picked up this book I was determined to be unimpressed. I had a jaundiced view of minor celebrities producing books to cash in on their 15 minutes of fame courtesy of `reality' TV. Surely their success was down to looking good on the television rather than any real wisdom they possess? Well I have to admit, I was wrong. This is an excellent book, full of practical advice. Not only is James Caan a Harvard Business School graduate, he's also a very successful entrepreneur who made his fortune in the recruitment industry. He speaks both as a hiring manager and someone who understands how hiring managers think. This book is well written and easy to read and it is in a style that makes you feel like he's talking directly to you. James takes you through the job-search process step by step. He encourages you to be innovative and flexible in your approach. He explains the importance of packaging yourself properly to ensure you secure that interview. He stresses the importance of proper preparation to ensure that you give yourself the best chance at interview. He reminds you of the need to prepare questions for the interview and to show your passion and enthusiasm. He also provides tips on negotiating a good remuneration package once you've got your dream job. James Caan does know what he's talking about and at every stage of the process he helps you rethink the traditional and formulaic approach to job hunting. If you follow the advice given here, you will succeed. If you're looking for a job right now then this book will help you to find a job you really want. It is packed full of common sense job-search advice and I can recommend it as an essential weapon in your job-search armoury. Could you get this information elsewhere? Certainly! However you are unlikely to find a more comprehensive, easy-to-read guide, with advice of this quality, all in one place. Buy it, it's well worth the cover price and you will not be disappointed.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top marks! Changed my approach to job hunting 26 Feb 2011
A fantastic book, which changed my approach to job hunting. Focuses more on your CV and interview, rather than finding job opportunities. I liked it because it changed my mindset and helped me understand what was important to employers.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 14 Feb 2011
By Eliza
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A straightforward, common sense, easy read about everything you need to bear in mind when looking for that illusive job. Whether you are employed,unemployed, a returner to the labour market or a new graduate, there is something for you. Thanks James
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Obvious stuff for the 95% that dont get it! 11 Jan 2011
As a retired recruiter I must recommend this book to anyone who really wants a job, at any level. Whether you want a job or a new one.

Of course this is a small genre and I would say that if you think the concept is rubbish then you really need to read the book! Or of course you might be a successful person already.

James Caan presented his ideas on his recent CNN interview with Quest. He gave good examples of how to become competitive. And lets be fair, he has done well. This is not just some ghost or jobbing writer exercise.

Recruitment companies exist because 'punters' at all levels do not get the fact that they can (and have to ) do the work to sell themselves. A CV is just a piece of paper, however it is tweaked. Shop assistants, Administrators, Accountants, Actuaries etc have to take a really different approach from that used in their day to day work.

At senior level in all sectors the best people know how to do this... thats maybe why they are at the top.
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5.0 out of 5 stars very good James, watch this space
Three quarters of this book is what I do anyway and has always worked well for me. The other quarter has just added the edge, very good James, watch this space!
Published 22 hours ago by Andrew C. Middleton
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing garbage
It should read how to print a book and make money!!!
Disappointing garbage
Published 11 days ago by Ian
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Self-Help Guide to get that perfect job
James has written an excellent guide to getting that perfect job. It has worked very well in conjunction with my enrolment with a Career Agency and has ratified many of their... Read more
Published 16 days ago by P. Skilton
5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative.
This book helped me enormously with a recent interview,it is packed with good sound information. You actually feel inspired by the advice to push the boundaries it's very... Read more
Published 2 months ago by K666SJW
5.0 out of 5 stars Recruitment Entrepreneur And Former Dragons Den Judge James Caan
There are literally hundreds of books about the joyful pursuit or "Jobhunt" . However this is THE book on the subject. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr. R. Malhotra
5.0 out of 5 stars The Game-Changing Book!
I've just landed my dream job and I literally couldn't have done it without this book. James Caan's straight-talking, practical and fresh approach to the entire job-hunting process... Read more
Published 3 months ago by S. Engineer
5.0 out of 5 stars Get the job you really want - review
I chose this rating because it does exactly what I was looking for.
It is well written and is easy to read.
Published 4 months ago by Patrick Travers
5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful
Great tactics I would have never considered if I had not read this book. Brilliant and definitely worth a read.
Published 5 months ago by Lucille Langer
5.0 out of 5 stars great book!
Really gets the cogs working in your brain, if you're out of work or want to change jobs, this is definitely the book you want!
Published 5 months ago by reece cotttam
3.0 out of 5 stars Get The Job You Really Want
Read the book twice and although there are some useful pointers in the covers. I "still haven't got the job" so maybe that can be James's next book title?
Published 6 months ago by terryglobal
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