Stand up and take charge of your search!
When you thought that you were simply “going to find a job”, you discover the rules have changed. “RecruiterGuy’s Guide to Finding a Job” helps people work through the complicated sales process called a “Job Search”.
This review is from: RecruiterGuy's Guide to Finding a Job (Paperback)
Cindy Brock "Writing Wonder Woman" (Georgia, USA) - See all my reviews
In the past, looking for a job was not a "science": you simply filled out an application or sent in a resume, waited for a request for an interview (or not), and then waited for a "yes/no" phone call. As we moved from the 80's into the 90's and then the 2000's, more people are entering the work force in general. Couple that with high unemployment rates, and it's no longer the simple game it used to be. That's where this book comes in.
I have read a great deal of information and written articles about job/career changes. Taking into account all I have researched, this book is absolutely at the top of my list and here are a few of the reasons why.
1) The way the information is presented. Readers aren't looking for paragraphs and paragraphs of information. Some people simply don't learn that way. This book offers thought provoking questions, actionable lists, chapter summaries, and the ideal amount of "real world" stories.
2) The goals acronym SCAMPs can easily be used by ANYONE, for ANYTHING. I found this worked for a recent personal situation in which I had to make a decision and needed something to help me put a plan into place I could stick with.
3) The "outside the box" information, especially using a social networking site such as LinkedIn. I always viewed this site as another Facebook: however, I was wrong. I never really saw the value LinkedIn provides when it comes to career. A feature called "Answers" that I never knew existed intrigued me. It lets you establish yourself as an "expert" and gives you this status recognition when you have six answers chosen as the best answers.
4) The behind the scenes info people often forget about. For example, dealing with a counteroffer from your current employer when you resign, how to handle relocation packages and taxes (and I wish I had known this when I relocated), how internships and co-ops can help, and many others.
5) The appendices at the back - especially Appendix A - are so helpful. I actually purchased a book several years ago that had similar information: I never really used it. It's too bad Bill's book wasn't out at that time because I would have received a much greater amount of useable information.
The only item missing for which I have an interest is an Index. The book has so much great information that I found when I wanted to go back to a specific item I had read, I needed to hunt around to find it. Granted, this is a personal preference based upon how I read and understand information, and probably won't matter to a typical reader.
With people changing jobs potentially every 2-4 years on average (and that's a guesstimate from a variety of sources), at some point you'll be looking for a job. Before you end up in an unfortunate "what do I do now" situation, read this book. Actions you start taking today will make a job change (whether planned or not) a much easier process. I also recommend this book for anyone wanting to make a career change to help identify your strengths (which most of us seem to overlook) and use those to make the right choice when you're ready to move on.