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  • Paperback: 258 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional; 7 edition (1 Nov. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0077140222
  • ISBN-13: 978-0077140229
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.9 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 248,548 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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Feeling ‘stuck’ and looking for a new professional challenge?
Deciding what kind of work would suit your personality and skills best?
Toying with the idea of making a complete career change?

This new and updated edition of John Lees’ bestselling How to Get a Job You’ll Love is a practical guide that will help you to identify your passions and motivators, and release your hidden skills and potential. John Lees then demonstrates how to apply these to your professional and personal life, in order to make the way you spend your waking hours more creative, more meaningful and more enjoyable.

  • NEW preface by an industry expert, Dick Bolles, author of the international bestseller, What Colour is Your Parachute?
  • UPDATED introduction that reflects the realities and difficulties of the current job market
  • NEW tips on career resilience: keeping up energy levels and confidence
  • NEW material on how and why people do the wrong things in a job search
  • NEW tips on using social media - why the internet won't and can't save your career, but how it can be a good tool if used wisely
  • NEW overview of portfolio careers, with stronger emphasis on self-employment
  • Comprehensively UPDATED list of useful websites and resources

John Lees is one of the UK’s best-known career strategists, and is the bestselling author of several careers books including Job Interviews, Top Answers To Tough Questions. He has a weekly column in Metro and blogs regularly for Harvard Business Review. For details of John’s workshops, consulting and 1:1 career coaching, see www.johnleescareers.com. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

John Lees is one of the UK's best-known career strategists, and has written several other career titles including the bestselling: Job Interviews: Top answers to tough questions, Take control of your career and Knockout CV: How to get noticed, get interviewed and get hired. John has a regular column in Metro, as well as regularly being featured in the national press.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pepper #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 April 2014
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I bought this book for a friend who is venturing out into the employment market in the quest for a job after a long period with the same large organisation. Although my friend is normally sceptical about "self help" type books they are delighted with this book by John Lees. The feedback I've had is that it offers straightforward, practical advice about understanding the best type of job for you; preparing yourself to search for work; dealing with selection processes; and; above all; managing yourself effectively through all of this. There's no jargon, relatively little theory but plenty of advice about things you can actually do. It turned out this was an ideal choice of gift for my friend and it really has helped them - they already have two interviews lined up and now all they've got to do is keep on following John Lee's advice and hopefully they'll get at least one of the jobs! A clearly written, practical and "real world" text. Recommended.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By James Waggott on 13 Nov. 2012
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John is a total expert in his field and rightly so. How To Get A Job You Love (and his other works for that matter) hold unique qualities for me.

John knows how to focus your attention on what's really important and wake you up from the disempowering trap that bad jobs put us in. He doesn't insult your intelligence with overly simplistic 'just believe' jargon. He isn't afraid to tackle the more complex areas of career development. In typical John Lees style he turns the complex and challenging into the simple and compelling. THAT is why he's my go-to-guy when suggesting a book on career development and transformation. BUY IT AND READ IT.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mark J Anderson on 7 Nov. 2012
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As a Career Coach, this book is my main source of reference when working with clients. It takes you through all of the necessary steps that you need to take when going through a career transition towards great work and contains some great practical exercises that are simple to use. John's style is simple but very effective. I can't recommend it highly enough, although I believe I just have!
Mark Anderson, KickStart Careers Coaching
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jayne Saul-Paterson on 13 Nov. 2012
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John's book `How to get the job you'll love' has been a personal source of inspiration for me as I have faced restructuring and job uncertainty in recent years. It has helped me to review my career to date, address what holds me back in succeeding and identify the values, skills and knowledge that I want to bring to the workplace. Through the new edition of `How to get the job you'll love', I have learnt even more strategies and ideas on how to navigate finding meaningful work in challenging times including creative job search, developing self-employment and making use of social media. Having undertaken many of the exercises in the book, reflected on my learning and taken direct action on my career planning, I now find myself in a job which meets many of my aspirations but I have also found the confidence to seek out freelance projects which also reflect and utilise my core skills and abilities. In my opinion, this book is a comprehensive and definitive guide on how to find the work that you can excel at and find greater fulfilment not just in work but in life as a whole.
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This book helped me to properly assess what was stopping me from making a career change, making me realise I really had no barriers to change. The book's constant message about finding a career that makes you happy and that fits in with who you really are really spoke to me. Make sure you do all the exercises - I did all of them, and they really did help with helping me to focus on what I wanted to do and generating ideas on the next steps. The language of the book is informal and very easy to follow, with some useful reference sections at the back to refer to. It is comprehensive, ranging from chapters on finding out what you want to do in life to practical advice on CVs and interviews. And I find myself constantly referring back to it as I proceed with my job hunting.
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This book is focused slightly more towards people who want to change careers, or are starting out on their career. If this is you then I would definitely buy this book as it has lots of good information and tools for people leaving school / college and career changers.

As it happens I bought this book to get ideas to help me with my current job hunting and for this is it has proved to be very useful. I particularly like the section on 'networking for softies'. There is also some up-to-date information on using social media and this has to be an integral part of a modern job search.

Well worth the money.
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I bought this to help some apprentices at work think about their career options - its got real world pragmatic advice, and I like the way it puts the emphasis on you to do things and find the work, not wait for it to come to you. Includes detailed advice on CVs and interviews, but also LinkedIn profiles, researching companies, and a whole lot more. The content is great, and it summarises everything in useful checklists at the back. It's not just for people at the beginning of their career either - it includes advice for people wanting or needing to shift careers.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mollie Bonkers on 5 Nov. 2012
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I can thoroughly recommend the latest edition of How to Get the Job You'll Love. John's 2009/10 edition was a real source of inspiration and is now a well worn and frequently read continuing source of advice and guidance. Each Chapter has something of value, whether its reviewing your career decision history, identifying your career drivers, designing the perfect job, or surfacing your unmapped talents.

From a personal perspective, John's exploration of motivated skills proves an enabling way to discover that place where you're doing what you're really good at and really enjoy doing - How powerful is that!

On the job search front there's loads of really practical hints and tips. From busting job hunting myths to using creative search strategies to developing your personal/professional networks.

Whatever your perspective on career development - personal and/or professional - this really is the resource for you.
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