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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Hothive Books; 1st edition (1 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906316848
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906316846
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 1 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 532,043 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With three decades of experience spanning the public and private sectors as an employee in large organisations, in small consultancies and now independent coach, David is Director of Learning to Leap, Founder of the Employability Hub online learning centre and widely respected in the industry as an 'inspiring and motivating' employability specialist.

He has worked with the UK Commission on Employment and Skills, leading employers and universities; volunteers for Leeds Education Business Partnership supporting young people in schools; has been rewarded for his work in education with a Youth Friendly Badge by Youth Employment UK; sits on their Advisory Board; and is a member of the Institute of Employability Professionals. He understands what 'soft' skills, attitudes and behaviours are required by employers and how we can improve them to get the best job we can.

Learning to Leap is all about developing the most important aspects that you need to be more employable and adapting to change throughout your professional life. It is about helping people to clarify their identities, adjusting their mindset and improving professionalism in the workplace. The book is available in hard copy or on Kindle.

21st Century Internships: how to get a job before graduation is a collaboration with Mark Babbitt of YouTern and is a no-nonsense look at the importance of internships to your early career. It looks at the development of soft skills that go well beyond what might have been learned in the classroom; and the impact of hands-on experience on your ability to become highly employable. Full of contemporary tips from the authors' real world experience, this book is for higher education students, recent graduates, young professionals and those career professionals and mentors who guide them.

David is also a keen blogger and online social collaborator, including in the top 80 Twitter accounts career experts CareerSherpa say job seekers must follow in 2014. He has been quoted in many careers articles for Forbes Magazine and other leading publications. To learn more about David go to www.learningtoleap.co.uk.

Product Description

How do I find the job and career that's right for me? How do I make myself employable?

Learning to Leap is a timely, practical guide that can help change your life, give meaning to your life more often and take back control of your life. By reading this book, you will find out the common set of personal attributes, skills and knowledge that every employer wants. This book is for you if

  • you are a student or graduate entering the workplace for the first time
  • you have been made redundant or are returning to work
  • you want to change job or career
  • you are seeking promotion
  • you are in transition from one role to another
  • you are interested in personal development and employability

    This easy-to-understand guide will support your personal development using practical and proven tips, tools and techniques. There is a wide-ranging mix of resources for you to further explore. It's also a commentary on current and future learning opportunities and challenges we all face in maintaining our employability.

    By learning to leap, you'll be rewarded by
  • giving employers greater confidence in your quality as a candidate or an existing employee
  • making more informed decisions for your career and future direction
  • making the most of yourself so you can describe the kind of person you are and make links with personal strengths and achievements
  • enhancing your job and career prospects so you can present yourself authentically and confidently to current or prospective employers.

    The philosophy of the book is based on the principles of coaching and mentoring. It is designed to develop your awareness, build your confidence and capability, and encourage ownership of and responsibility for your actions. Use it as your critical friend to become the best you can be and increase your chances of success with employers.

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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Clare Whitmell on 30 Jun 2011
    Format: Paperback
    "Learning to Leap: A guide to being more employable" is one of those books that can change your life. If you've been stuck in a role that doesn't feel right or have come to a "careers crossroads", it will help you answer the "what should I do next?" type of question. The focus is not on how to look for work, but on how to become more employable and gain job security - at whatever stage in your life, and in however unstable the job market. And the only way to be more employable is to understand who you are and what you offer, and where that fits with the needs of an employer.

    David Shindler examines the attributes that all employers want and shows how you can develop them: mindsets and skills such as a "can-do" approach, responsibility, flexibility, team-working and problem-solving. Checklists, questionnaires and examples help you understand where your strengths are, and what needs developing. The tone throughout is non-critical and gentle. It's as if your nicer half was having a friendly, non-judgemental chat with your more truculent self. And you know your nicer half is right: it's impeccably researched, with plenty of studies and reports to back it up.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John on 9 Aug 2011
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    This book is like having a personal life coach at your side, and one that speaks your language! If you are a cross roads in your career, just embarking upon one or trying to work out which way to turn to create an enjoyable and worthwhile role in the world of work, 'Learning to Leap: A Guide to being more employable' provides a combination of practicality and and imaginative ideas to help. Most books of this kind either drone on about the authors experience, or tell you how to look for a job. David has managed to pull off that rare combination in the coaches art; asking the questions that you need to answer for yourself about yourself and, just when you need it, providing structures to help you when you have not got a clue on the next step. Yes this book is about making yourself more employable but it is much more. What will David write about next?
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Walker on 4 Feb 2014
    Format: Paperback
    I found Learning to Leap to be really useful, not only for the university students I support (in the careers & employability team) but to myself as well. It’s impressively well researched and very clearly presented and written. I particularly enjoyed the case-studies and David’s sense of humour. It also inspired me to dig out my copy of The Inner Game which I’m re-reading now and also trying to implement into my work. Would definitely recommend to all new graduates and anyone else looking to take a leap in their career.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alirae on 7 Oct 2011
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    This has been a really useful book to help through a forced career change due to redundancy. It is clear and easily readable. This offers pragmatic approaches to becoming more employable and regaining confidence in the workplace.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JAdair on 2 Sep 2011
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    Learning to Leap is a must-have for anyone looking to become more employable. The practical focus of the book, coupled with the author's coaching approach inspires both action and reflection. Readers are encouraged to think about their employability from every every angle: from their skills and relationships to their understanding of themselves and others. A fantastic source of inspiration, guidance and support for job-seekers, or, indeed, anyone seeking to understand and improve their employablity for the future.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carole Vartan on 24 Aug 2011
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    I ordered this book because I thought it would be helpful professionally where I am involved in providing advice and guidance to young people. Having receievd the book I am delighted with its content. The practical activities and exercises are thought provoking and easy to work through. The book has given me a lot of new ideas that I plan to incorporate in my work with young people who are very aware of the need to make themselves as attractive as possible to potential/future employers.

    Whilst I chose this book for its relevance to my job I found myself using it as a personal reference point and the self evaluation benefits have been hugely enlightening!

    Great book, easy to follow and timely...definitely money well spent.
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    Reading "Learning to Leap" is like having my own personal mentor. For example, in one chapter it sets out lots of questions which helped me to think about and express my strengths, skills, knowledge and experience and other qualities which might make me more attractive to an employer. The following chapter focused on what employers are looking for, so I could match my own qualities with those required and thereby think about the most effective ways to 'sell' myself on application forms, my CV and in job interviews. It is written in an incredibly reader-friendly format and the style is very personable. The book is suitable for students and recent graduates as well as those (like me)who have over 20 years of work experience but are considering a change in career or job. Highly recommended.
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    Having worked in careers advice for 20 years and previously in many different sectors of industry I am not sure this does much to clear the muddy water around employability skills. It appears written from an acaedemic point of view not an employers viewpoint. Lot of what is needed is in there but not in a clear accessible way that students need it. When academics talk about employability they seem to focus more on its pedagogical aspects rather than the practical issues o what they are in simple practical terms and just as how to acquire them and display them to employers. Not sure this will help students much in practical terms and help them get a job which ultimatgely is why they would be reading this book and not as an academic exercise.
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