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How to Get a Job You'll Love 2011-2012 Edition [Paperback]

John Lees
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1 Aug 2010

The new and fully updated edition of John Lees’ bestselling How to Get a Job You’ll Love (2011-12 Ed) will help readers unlock their hidden potential, find their passion and apply it to their working lives. Packed with new chapters, exercises and useful resources, this practical guide is the must-have read for anyone looking for their ideal career.

Key Features

  • New Chapter – What happened to my career? Includes coverage of how we make career decisions in a market that is dominated by redundancies
  • New Chapter – Can I Find a Job Using Social Media? Includes coverage of making the most of web-based networking tools
  • New coverage on managing internships, influences that point us towards certain career paths, directions on the first steps if you want to do something very different, why people keep making the same mistakes, new career thinking and trends, including ‘giganomics’ (combining multiple skills, talents and abilities to generate income for living)
  • New exercises to draw out personal values
  • Checklists now include coverage on self-employment
  • List of Useful Websites has been comprehensively updated and revised

Product details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional; 6 edition (1 Aug 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0077129938
  • ISBN-13: 978-0077129934
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 69,184 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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More About the Author

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 major presenter at major consumer events including The Vitality Show and Forum 3 and 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 a regular column in People Management. His work has been featured on Channel 4's 'Dispatches' and on BBC 2's Working Lunch and 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'll Love: A Practical Guide to Unlocking Your Talents and Finding Your Ideal Career', 'Why You? CV Messages to Win Jobs', 'Job Interviews: Top Answers to Tough Questions', 'Take Control of Your Career' and 'Career Reboot: 24 Tips for Tough Times'.

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A treasure-trove of information and advice for anyone who has wants a job that they'll love. --Bella, 16 August 2010

Packed full of exercises to overcome excuses and find out what really motivates people. --workingmums.co.uk, 19 September 2010

John offers sage advice...a value for money read and well worth the cover price. --AMBA Ambition magazine, 1 November 2010

About the Author

John Lees is one of the UK’s best known career coaches and authors. How To Get A Job You’ll Love regularly tops the list as the best-selling careers book by a British author.

John specialises in helping people make difficult career decisions difficult because they don’t know what to do next, or because there are barriers in the way of success. He regularly appears as a keynote speaker at events around the globe (including Forum3 and One Life Live in the UK).

He writes regularly for The Times, The Guardian and has a regular column in People Management. His work has been featured on Channel 4’s ‘Dispatches’ and on BBC 2’s Working Lunch and he regularly provides insights into the world of work on radio and in a publications including Management Today, The Sunday Times, Daily Express, Daily Mirror, Psychologies, Eve and SHE.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
I wasn't expecting to learn much from this book as I have been obsessing about my career options for many years and have tried a number of different careers. However, I found the 'Who are you?' tests to be a revelation - I thought I knew what my strengths were but discovered that some of the things that I considered as secondary strengths were actually my key strengths and vice versa. I found this much more useful than the Myers-Briggs test. As I am currently changing careers I found this very valuable as this test alone flagged up the best career choice(s) for me.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must buy in this economic climate 20 Sep 2010
Here's a novelty - a book about career planning that has something new to say.

John Lees begins by tackling the agonising debate that one has with oneself over the dissatisfaction with the current job.Then chapter by chapter he walks you through not just "The dream job!" but the practicalities of how much one must earn, what skills and personality one brings to the table for a potential employer.

The primary value in this book is that it's not a comfortable "get rich quick book". The exercises and thought processes that John takes you through are superbly designed to make you think through your options and your marketability to an employer clearly and truthfully.

The chapter (11) on creative job search strategies is particularly useful as it debunks many of the job hunting myths that persist. Other chapters deal with CV creation, using social media to find a job, attending interviews and even changing career.

As a coach and mentor that integrates senior executives into a new job I will be recommending this book as a "Must buy and read"
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How to get a job you'll love 28 Sep 2010
How To Get A Job You'll Love is a great book for anyone who has reached a crossroads in their career. This book is an invaluable resource and full of tools for anyone who has decided to evaluate their career choices or make a complete change in direction but with no idea what to do next. Many of us will have experienced a time when the job we are currently doing simply does not give enough satisfaction, and a change needs to be made, but this needs to be carefully considered, and in the current economic climate and uncertain jobs market any changes need to be carefully thought out. How many of us have spent many hours thinking about a change in direction and found the exercise frustrating, as it leads nowhere without the help of an expert to help open up our thought processes.
John Lees has a wealth of knowledge and valuable experience to share with the reader gained from his many years of inside knowledge as a recruitment specialist and renowned career coach. There are 17 thought provoking chapters with practical and easy to use tools for self analysis which clear the blockages in thinking, and creatively turns the book into a guided personal workshop. I found that John Lees' style of writing makes the book easy to read and very difficult to put down. As usual each edition of the book contains new and updated information, and the 2011-2012 edition has a particularly useful chapter on encouraging the reader to consider what has happened to their careers, and chapter 9 gives guidance as to what kind of work would best suit the individual, as well as many other useful additions. This book represents amazing value and the small investment of 14.99 could change your life forever.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I bought this book (2009-2010 edition) during a careers coaching course led by John Lees a few years ago which my company organised. At the time I used it to shape my existing job which resulted in increased job satisfaction and a promotion. More recently I picked it up again now that I'm due to take redundancy after 19 years with my employer. Again the book has provided me with a positive toolkit to try out techniques when I commence my fully fledged job search from September and I have a plan for my job searching strategy.

In the meantime the experience of reading the book has taken me on a journey to assess a number of options for my future career. The immediate impact however brought about a strong desire to share the knowledge and exercises I'd experienced with other colleagues and friends in the same position, which has driven fantastic results for people around me, as well as myself.

This book will be particularly rewarding for people facing a cross roads in career paths as a result of life and career changing events where motivation and support is particularly needed, especially in the current economic climate. I recommend it to everyone I speak with when listening to their personal career challenges. Buy it..read it...and try it out for yourself!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book for finding your passion 21 Nov 2011
By nicke
I was already in the mindset of finding myself a job that I will enjoy doing when I bought this book (and why I thought about buying it). I however wanted my idea confirmed which is what this book helped me do. Currently stuck in a repetitive and mundane job I was really looking for anything else to get me out of the position but I have now rethought this, thanks to this book and will put my energy into getting it right from the start. The author gives a lot of examples to support the claim that you will be much happier if you are doing something that you liked. The first part that tries to get you to take the leap and get out from the safety of your current position was a bit wasted on me since I had no issues with leaving my current position. I however saw many of the examples that the author brings up as things that make people reluctant to leaving their job in my environment among colleagues and have therefore recommended the book to them and think that it would be a great help for many other people out there scared to take the leap.

The advise on how to realize what your dream job is, is golden. It really helped me figure out what I wanted to do. I think that many people already know what they want to do but need help to be convinced to this. There are a lot of great examples to help you realize this and figure out your true calling.

Also the advise on how to get there is very helpful with lots of great techniques and things to work with.

This is a great book that I would recommend to everyone not happy with what they are doing at the moment. It might seem scary to take the leap but getting this book is the first step! My colleuge got a copy of the book per my recommendation but was afraid to start reading it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars High expectations were not met based on other feedback
Doesn't really tell you anything different from 'common sense'! Waffled on about basic common sense rules to finding a job. Do not recommend. Read more
Published 8 months ago by kgb73
5.0 out of 5 stars readable, comprehensive AND life changing
This book is highly recommended for anyone who is unemployed, or unhappily employed. The book teases out what exactly it is that you really want to do for a living and then gives a... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mr. Bear
3.0 out of 5 stars Sorry, I feel guilty but I can't give it 4
My wife has recommended this book by one of the directors who claimed that this is the best book on the market to plan your career. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Viktar Zaitsau
5.0 out of 5 stars it is good
It is good.But before you buy the book, if you are a student,you should check if the library got the book or not
Published 16 months ago by Ma Yanjie
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical & creative approach to finding a job you love
When you have a job you don't enjoy it can seem daunting to know where to start to find out you'd really love to do. Read more
Published on 14 Mar 2012 by Helen w
5.0 out of 5 stars The ideal book if you're confused about your career
As a Career Coach I regularly refer my clients to this book for easy to follow, practical guidance and tools to help you choose the right career path.
Mark Anderson
Published on 17 Jan 2012 by Mark J Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars A timely reminder of why the right job matters
Lots of thought provoking and practical activities that help you to re-evaluate why you do the job you do. Read more
Published on 20 Dec 2011 by Teresa
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book!
Really helped me work out my priorities and help me think of what's important at work. I would certainly recommend it but think it's really only effective if you do the exercises... Read more
Published on 10 Nov 2011 by SG
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, practical contemporary careers advice from John Lees
Yet again a highly practical, contemporary guide from John Lees - check it out! His advice is well researched, accessible, up-to-date and it works. Read more
Published on 17 Nov 2010 by J. F. Bond
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