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Where's My Oasis?: The Essential Handbook for Everyone Wanting that Perfect Job [Paperback]

Rowan Manahan
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5 Aug 2004
Written in a wry, highly enjoyable and accessible style Where's My Oasis? is extremely informative and has a unique, holistic approach, tackling every area of career management: both in the long- and short-term. Where's My Oasis? is not simply a straight text on drafting CVs and dealing with interviews, but addresses topics such as:--defining your goals--determining where your strengths lie--coping with job-hunting stress--networkingand much, much more! This book is a must-have for everyone thinking of changing their lives.

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Vermilion (5 Aug 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091899982
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091899981
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15.2 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 663,081 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rowan is the Career Guy. He is the founder of Fortify Services, a Dublin-based outplacement and consulting firm and is the author of 'Where's My Oasis?' and 'Ultimate CV.' He brings a unique perspective to his writing, lectures and talks on career-related matters from his strong corporate background, and now works with employers as a gamekeeper and with job-seekers as a poacher.

Rowan has written for the Sunday Times, the Irish and Sunday Independent, Irish Times, Sunday Business Post, Business Plus, Marketing, and Cosmopolitan. He has worked extensively on Irish television and radio and runs the 'Working Life' slot on the Ryan Tubridy radio show. He also provides a weekly 'column' on Q102 and is a work issues expert for many local radio stations and online recruitment sites.

He describes himself alternately as a speaker, writer, trainer, TED curator, husband, father and dancing bear. You can find him on RowanManahan.com or chirping away on Twitter as @Rowan_Manahan.

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"...has everything you'll need from career planning and routes of entry, to tips on getting a top CV and interview skills" (Company magazine)

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The complete guide to career management and changing your job

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb! Brim-full of great ideas 23 Sep 2004
I have read a number of the bestsellers in this category, but this is a real treasure trove: warm, empathetic writing; no jawbreaking jargon; clever, clever ideas. At one point the author apologises for not turning the secrets of job hunting into "rocket science", but that is what makes this book so valuable. He keeps it simple, condensing it down to the essentials, but leaves no stone unturned. The whole book is all based on the here-and-now realities, and tinged with humour and situations that I immediately recognized. The other useful aspect of this book is that it covers the whole hunt. I revisited my career choice using the tools he provides, just to confirm that I am on the right path. His career planning stuff is elegant and really helps you maintain your focus. He covers in-depth research and networking and even includes some constructive ideas for public speaking and coping with stress on and off the hunt. His CV and self-analysis material is the best I have seen and his techniques for preparing for interview are just inspiring!
This book has it all, if you google the title, you will find some extracts on the web. Enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Dr Phil of careers books! 1 Sep 2004
This guy is great! (I was sooo sorry to see that he is married and lives on the other side of the world) He should be on TV! This is in your face, no time wasting stuff. The book is clean and simple, covers everything I was concerned with, in a lovely writing style with plenty of cross-referencing. He also uses great quotes and references throughout - I'm definitely going to lift some of them for my next presentation.
The writer has obviously been in the trenches (so much of what he says sounds familiar to my experiences) and his approach is based on giving you an understanding of what/how the other guy is thinking. From that, you develop a job-hunting strategy, rather than a tactical, reactive approach. It just makes sense and I know it is going to work. My confidence was boosted just by reading the opening chapters. Reading this book is like having a conversation with the writer - I'd love to meet him!
I have been thinking of moving company, and I picked Oasis up in an airport bookstore - what a stroke of luck. Every page held another gem (or nugget) of information. I have completely put my plans on hold, cos I have a LOT of work to do before I make my next move. I have been downsized twice since the NASDAQ crash in 2000 and this book will help make sure that that never happens again - or if it does that I'll be ready for it.
I've read Bolles and Lucht and Jackson and many others, but Wheres My Oasis puts them all in the shade. This is one book you will not regret owning.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SIMPLY EXCELLENT A+++ 10 Sep 2004
This is a superb self-help book. The author has obviously given a lot of thought on how to get his clever, simple but ingenious ideas across. The result is a book that at first looks daunting - it's BIG! But as soon as you read a page, you realise that this fellow really knows his stuff and he makes reading and learning about it a pleasure.
Too many of these careers books are written by professors who have never had to hunt for a real job, but this guy makes it all real and breaks it down into a series of little pieces. I never felt that I had bitten off more than I could chew as I went through his exercises. 10/10 for this one. He covers everything I was worried about and even gave me some ideas on things I hadn't thought of. The one area he doesn't address is psychological testing, but maybe he will do another book to help me with that. Simply excellent.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Where's my Oasis? 30 Aug 2004
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Many books on job hunting, CV's, interviews are rather unappetising - this book is quite the opposite. The key selling point for me is that the author has taken an innovative approach and the tools presented are very thorough but clear. As a trainer in the area of career management, I have read many career help books and this is definitely one of the best - exceeded expectations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! - a breath of fresh air 9 Aug 2004
I found this book after browsing the author's very informative website and I am delighted to say that the book exceeded all of my expectations. It is clear, positive, focused and every element is based on the realities of competing in today's job market. As someone who hasn't attended an interview in a long time, I can only say that I am almost looking forward to the one I will be sitting in a few weeks time.
I recruit managment and staff for my department on a regular basis and this book has also given me useful insights to use from that side of the table - I particualrly liked what the author refers to as "The Nightmare Interview" - I will definitely be lifting some elements from that in my future interviews and god help the poor applicants on the other side of the table!
I have read a number of books on this subject recently in preparing for my job move, but this excellent book really stands out from the others - I only had need for the interview material, but I very much enjoyed the other elements. The material is deeply thought out and very well presented, with a nice balance of 'stop and think' moments and teaching material. I was surprised at how much I learnt from my first reading and I have been drastically revising my strategy for my forthcoming interview as a result of the simple comon sense approach that Mr Manahan suggests.
I couldn't recommend it more - put this one on your shopping list.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Helped me get 3 job offers!
The only way I can review the success of reading this book, is I went for 3 interviews, and got offered all 3 jobs! Read more
Published 15 months ago by Gem Stone
4.0 out of 5 stars Full of ideas that are in line with my experiences and will educate...
In general this is a very comprehensive book. The most striking about this is that it not only goes beyond most of the contradictory waffle about "transferrable skills" that most... Read more
Published on 7 Sep 2012 by Alan
5.0 out of 5 stars Where's My Oasis - An update August 2011
I want to give credit where it is due. This brilliant and exciting work is quite simply the A to Z for job-seekers who need to give the whole area of Interviews/ HR the serious... Read more
Published on 18 April 2011 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book
This is a really great book. I have read other job-hunt/career books but this one stands head and shoulders above them. Very witty, very readable and very practical. Read more
Published on 19 Nov 2009 by Squonk
5.0 out of 5 stars DIY job seeking advice in a league of its own
I bought this book on the strength of the reviews here on Amazon and it is worth every positive rating it has received so far and more. Read more
Published on 7 Feb 2006 by Shane Lydon
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 star material and concise
Rowan Manahan is a natural. I met him in person one day and the next day he trained me for a successful interview. Read more
Published on 25 Oct 2005 by Tasha
5.0 out of 5 stars I got my perfect job. Worth every penny.
This is a great book which helped me with every aspect of my recent promotion. It is easy to read, it gently reminds of you everything you need to know and it takes just a little... Read more
Published on 4 Feb 2005 by Gavin Byrne
5.0 out of 5 stars Found my Oasis
Excellent book. Manahan's no nonsense style cuts staight to the issues of interviewing and career management. Read more
Published on 13 Sep 2004 by Alan Reid
5.0 out of 5 stars I GOT THE JOB!
An update from my last review - I got the job! I have written to Mr Manahan to thank him personally for his ideas and his inspiring writing, but I just had to say it here too. Read more
Published on 31 Aug 2004 by Jos Browne
5.0 out of 5 stars Where's my Oasis?
Many books on job hunting, CV's, interviews are rather unappetising - this book is quite the opposite. Read more
Published on 31 Aug 2004
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