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Welcome to the Big 'I Am"
on 8 December 2011
Visiting James Caan is a bit like being inside that Indie classic, "Being John Malkovich". Look down and you see his face leering back at you from various coffee table magazines (from 3 years ago). Look around the reception and he is there, hundreds of times over, in 2" x 3" thumbnails. Go to his office, and get the same thing, only in mini-poster format. And James Caan is the high priest of the cult of James Caan.
So too, this book. It is actually not that bad a read, and I made light work of it in about two hours. But looking for a job is not that ephemeral. You get a nugget of information (and they are easy to spot, because they usually get a page to themselves and are in big bold letters to emphasise that that they are really important. And what do they say? Well, here goes...
-Have a positive attitude and give a damn.
-Companies hire people to actually do stuff
-Don't slag anyone off
-Have a USP
-The internet is really important, and you really should check it out.
-But if you walk your cv to the recruiting company, YOU'LL REALLY STAND OUT (err, yes, bunny boiler...)
-Perfect Preparation Prevents Piss Poor Performance (actually, he doesn't say anything nearly so succinct, so James, feel free to use that for your next edition)
-Wear an ironed shirt.
And that's about that. Just about fits on a post-it note.
Instead you get 200 pages of the great 'I am'. How he ignores basic good practice like competency based interviewing. Or how he just makes it up as he goes along. A road crash really.