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How to Get a Job You'll Love, 2009/10 Edition: A Practical Guide to Unlocking Your Talents and Finding Your Ideal Career Paperback – 1 Oct 2008

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional; 5 edition (1 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0077121805
  • ISBN-13: 978-0077121808
  • Product Dimensions: 14.9 x 1.9 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 637,537 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Looking for a change of job or has change been forced on you? John Lees has a great morale booster.
--BA Business Life Magazine, January 1, 2010

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There are many `how to' books about career change and job search. They are good at getting you organized and giving you good advice on job search.

This book aims to do something different. Its approach is to look at the way that people generate brilliant ideas and new ways of solving problems or designing products, and it then applies that breakthrough thinking to you and your career, the way you work and the way you find work. It challenges your perceived limitations and helps you to discover your strengths. Finally, it provides practical advice about making your chosen future happen.

Quite simply, the aim is to help you to make connections between your natural creativity and the way you plan your life's work.

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Stands out from the myriad of ‘career change’ books on the market. John Lees tackles the issues differently by encouraging you to challenge your perceived limitations, discover your strengths and then offers practical advice on making it all happen. He takes you through the career planning process, forcing you to really think about who you are, what makes you tick and what you have to offer. There are plenty of exercises but they were fascinating and relevant enough for me not to skip over them.
I would recommend this book to anyone with that ‘not sure what to do next’ feeling. Contains similar concepts to ‘What Color Is Your Parachute’ but much more concise, easier to read and anglicized. Would be suitable for school leavers and job changers alike.
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I was looking for tools to make some career changes when I found this book at a bookshop at an Airport. How To Get A Job You'll Love offers really inspiring ways to seek out what it is that you want from your work and how to go about achieveing these goals. I also contacted the
author directly for one to one guidance, which I
was able to do online. His website is listed in the book. I found this really helpful.
I liked the blend of right brain exercises to create the ideal job and practical steps to follow up.
I am still working my way through a change of thinking around my career and would recommend this book as a good starting point.
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Better than most career change books I have read, but still leads off heavily on selling the process of making a change (if you aren't sure you want to make a change why did you buy the book?)
It then does all the usual career change stuff looking at personal values and trying to relate these to career change through some useful exercises (wheras in my opinion a lot are more applicable to job change, a subtle but important difference, than career change).
There is an all too small chapter about field change (i.e. changing career not just changing jobs) with some lack-lustre exercises and then a lack of help as to where to go next.
So in summary I'd say a far more helpful book for job rather than career changers, but for job changers the most practical one I've seen.
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How to Get A Job You'll Love is very well structured. So, whether you are looking for a fundamental career change, or are very happy with what you do but need a change of scenery and require advice with a job search strategy, you will find something in it to help.
It is quite easy to pick and choose the sections, which you need. Don't however be deceived by the apparent slimness of the book, to get the most out of it there are a number of taxing exercises which will require a considerable degree of effort. The results amply repay the effort.
For me the sections on my own motivation and the identification of skills were ideal and gave me just the sort of insights I needed. Anyone seriously looking to manage his or her own career should read this book. Whatever your personal requirements it has something for you.
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Are you looking for new challenges? Do you have vague, unclear dreams about future careers? Do you want to overcome inertia and move forward? If so, this is the book for you. It is a book for self-starters who need this little bit of help to make a significant change, to go for a dream they might not yet be aware of. Two thirds of "How to get a job you'll love" is about identifying a calling, a vocation, a passion and the rest about successfully pursuing it. It is a book that requires action on the part of the reader. A number of engaging exercises create an interactive feel and some exercises even require input from two additional "players". The book is very well written. John Lees shows extensive knowledge of the relevant literature. All sections are spiced up with great quotes ("People will go to their graves with their music still in them", Disraeli) and personal anecdotes as well as examples from Lees' work as a career consultant bring his very practical advice to life.
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The title of this book says it all. It is also fun to read and easy to deal with in bite size chunks. I found this book much easier to read therefore more helpful than others I have tried. It won’t sort your life out but at least it tells you how to start and helps explain what the important decisions are. The exercises it contains are fun to do and for those of us who have had to face up to some life changing events be it redundancy, birth of a child or just enlightenment this book is definitely worth a go.
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Having assisted people into work for the last 20 years. I recommend this book to clients as it provides a straightforward no nonsense approach, it is easy to read and up to date. Everyone thinks they are an expert when it comes to CV's etc but it is good to find out what a real expert thinks and is using up to the minute approaches. It is useful if you have just lost your job through redundancy, a first jobber or for dealing with long term unemployment. Most books of this nature only seem to cater for the recent graduate this provides help for everyone. Many of my clients that I have recommended this book to have gone on to find sustainable employment and feel sufficintly skilled to tackle the job market.
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