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How to Get a Job You'll Love [Paperback]

John Lees
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1 Jun 2001
Stuck in a career rut? Don't know what you want to be? Most of our waking life is spent at work and yet we spend more time planning our holidays than thinking about our careers. This book takes a unique and creative look at career planning. It teaches you how to think outside the box, tap into your hidden talents and identify what type of career you really want. It also looks at "beyond the norm" job search strategies and give tips on how to succeed in interviews. The book includes: pointers to useful web sites; step-by-step guide to unlocking your skills and talents; focus on life and work planning; advice on networking; insight into what employers think and how they select candidates; all in a concise and easy to use guide.


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  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Publishing Co. (1 Jun 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0077098005
  • ISBN-13: 978-0077098001
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,664,039 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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John Lees is one of the UK's best known career coaches and authors. John specialises in helping people make difficult decisions - difficult because they don't know what to do next, or because there are barriers in the way of success. He has delivered workshops in the USA, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand and is a presenter at business conferences and consumer events. He has also featured as a speaker at the world's largest international career conferences in the USA.

John writes regularly for the Times, The Guardian and has written a regular column for Metro. His work has been featured on ITV's 'How To Get A Job', Channel 4's 'Dispatches', and BBC 2's Working Lunch. He regularly provides insights into the world of work on radio and in publications including Management Today, The Sunday Times, Daily Express, Daily Mirror, Psychologies, Eve and SHE.

John is the author of several bestselling books including 'How to get a Job You Love' (8 editions), 'Knockout CV', 'Job Interviews: Top Answers to Tough Questions', 'Take Control of Your Career', 'Just The Job!', 'The Interview Expert' and 'Secrets of Resilient People'. In 2012 he wrote the introduction to the Harvard Business Review Press 'Guide to Getting the Right Job'.

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Looking for a change of job or has change been forced on you? John Lees has a great morale booster.
--BA Business Life Magazine, January 1, 2010 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Stuck in a career rut? Don't know what you want to be? Most of our waking life is spent at work and yet we spend more time planning our holidays than thinking about our careers.

This book takes a unique and creative look at career planning. It teaches you how to think outside the box, tap into your hidden talents and identify what type of career you really want. It also looks at 'beyond the norm' job search strategies and gives tips on how to succeed in interviews. Key Features

 Pointers to useful web sites
 Step-by-step guide to unlocking your skills and talents
 Focus on life and work planning
 Advice on networking
 Insight into what employers think and how they select candidates
 Concise, easy to use guide


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life Changing Book 8 Mar 2009
By Mix
Format:Paperback
I had been working in the same industry for a number of years and was working for a very challenging employer when I purchased this book. I can honestly say that reading it and actioning some of the exercises has been a life changing experience.. I now work in a very positive environment doing a job I love. The salary might not be as much as I previously earned but I am happy. I would recommend this book to anyone.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant tool to assist in getting a job 22 Dec 2008
By Angela
Format:Paperback
Having assisted people into work for the last 20 years. I recommend this book to clients as it provides a straightforward no nonsense approach, it is easy to read and up to date. Everyone thinks they are an expert when it comes to CV's etc but it is good to find out what a real expert thinks and is using up to the minute approaches. It is useful if you have just lost your job through redundancy, a first jobber or for dealing with long term unemployment. Most books of this nature only seem to cater for the recent graduate this provides help for everyone. Many of my clients that I have recommended this book to have gone on to find sustainable employment and feel sufficintly skilled to tackle the job market.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A 'career change' book with a realistic title! 22 May 2002
Format:Paperback
Stands out from the myriad of ‘career change’ books on the market. John Lees tackles the issues differently by encouraging you to challenge your perceived limitations, discover your strengths and then offers practical advice on making it all happen. He takes you through the career planning process, forcing you to really think about who you are, what makes you tick and what you have to offer. There are plenty of exercises but they were fascinating and relevant enough for me not to skip over them.
I would recommend this book to anyone with that ‘not sure what to do next’ feeling. Contains similar concepts to ‘What Color Is Your Parachute’ but much more concise, easier to read and anglicized. Would be suitable for school leavers and job changers alike.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
I was looking for tools to make some career changes when I found this book at a bookshop at an Airport. How To Get A Job You'll Love offers really inspiring ways to seek out what it is that you want from your work and how to go about achieveing these goals. I also contacted the
author directly for one to one guidance, which I
was able to do online. His website is listed in the book. I found this really helpful.
I liked the blend of right brain exercises to create the ideal job and practical steps to follow up.
I am still working my way through a change of thinking around my career and would recommend this book as a good starting point.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Something different 7 July 2010
Format:Paperback
I've bought a fair number of careers advice books in my time, but this one is the best bar none. It takes you through a lot of very probing questions that help you to feel certain and clear about what you want. This change in attitude definitely helps with any job search. Confidence is key.

You have to read this book with a piece of paper next to you, writing down thoughts and ideas, as well as doing the exercises as you go along. It helps to crystalise important points, and makes it easier for you to prepare for your next interview or job application.

When you're done with the book, look back on your notes and formulate your personal statement, as well as any answers you could give interviewers with respect to skills, competencies, and examples of goals achieved.

This book has helped me sharpen my job searching strategy and has already helped me: I've been shortlisted for a job somewhat outside of my field of expertise. Here's wishing me luck!
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars For job change not career change? 9 Feb 2004
Format:Paperback
Better than most career change books I have read, but still leads off heavily on selling the process of making a change (if you aren't sure you want to make a change why did you buy the book?)
It then does all the usual career change stuff looking at personal values and trying to relate these to career change through some useful exercises (wheras in my opinion a lot are more applicable to job change, a subtle but important difference, than career change).
There is an all too small chapter about field change (i.e. changing career not just changing jobs) with some lack-lustre exercises and then a lack of help as to where to go next.
So in summary I'd say a far more helpful book for job rather than career changers, but for job changers the most practical one I've seen.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars career enhancing book! 28 Oct 2009
By CCC
Format:Paperback
This book is not only thorough but also very practical. I hope it will change my career (for the better). BTW - although it is mainly about changing careers, it also has some useful material for people starting a career for the first time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking 28 Feb 2009
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Good book if you're tired of the day job and longing to find a way to do what you love. Excellent for working out what you're good at, what you enjoy. Also good for rethinking the 'traditional' job search process.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Perfect gift for my brother
Published 1 month ago by mandy bones
4.0 out of 5 stars The UK's Parachute
John Lees is a leading authority in career planning in the UK and here brings his experience to bear in a coherent book on career change. Read more
Published on 24 Feb 2010 by Passionman
4.0 out of 5 stars Thought-provoking
This book will help you to think about your career and options. It is NOT an instruction manual with step-by-step guides to completing CVs for example... Read more
Published on 17 Oct 2009 by J. Green
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb tool for helping you work it out for yourself
Can this book change your life? Yes, if you use it. Rather than starting with the job, it starts with you. Read more
Published on 6 Feb 2009 by B. Cairns
5.0 out of 5 stars I got a job I love
I was interested in making a career change, but my ideas were dreamy and unfocused. Over a period of 6 months, the exercises in this book helped me to develop a clear picture of... Read more
Published on 2 Dec 2003 by William Beale
5.0 out of 5 stars A Practical Gem
A really practical gem of a book. Lots of useful examples and exercises that can be used by individuals contemplating career change or by career counsellors in assisting clients... Read more
Published on 21 Nov 2003 by Elaine Gennery
5.0 out of 5 stars I run my own company, and this works for me
I bought this book looking for a new direction, and found it. John Lees has a way of laying things out which makes it all seem so simple it's easy to overlook the depth and power... Read more
Published on 10 Nov 2003 by R. J. Tierney
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