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Get Hired in a Tough Market: Insider Secrets for Finding and Landing the Job You Need Now

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  • Posted November 29, 2010

    Good reference, but SO sexist

    This book has proven to be a good reference for me. I found many helpful sections.

    The book is divided into two major sections; writing a good resume and going through the interview process. The first section of the book starts with having you write a one minute commercial about your self. You'll use the commercial in writing the summary for your resume, in networking, and in the interview to describe your self. I am practicing mine today. The book also give you lots of good suggestions on what should be in your resume and how you might format it. There are only a few resume examples, none of them applying directly to me which made it a little hard to apply the information presented to my resume.

    Next is the networking and interview sections, both are good. The author tells you that you can't post just on Internet job boards to get a job, you'll have to get out there and network. He gives you suggestions and tips on how to network at everything from neighborhood meetings, to job fairs, to large conference meetings. You work with that one minute commercial here again, using it as a way to quickly introduce who you are and what you do.

    All the information in the book makes sense. I think it's all good advice. The book lost two starts for being incredibly sexist though. The author uses two characters to serve as examples of good and bad ideas. Mary does things wrong every time, and Kevin is perfect. Beyond that Mary is not just wrong, she is stereotypically the ignorant woman. She is going to go to her interview, and decides "I think I will wear my bright pink suit. That should really stand out and shake up that stodgy place." In another example Mary prattles on about her self for more than 5 minuets in an interview, talking about where she was born and giving a biography of her life. In a final example, Mary is at a social work event and meets someone who might have a job for her. The persons asks Mary what kind of skills she has, all Mary can say is "...I'm awfully good with people. I like people and people really seem to like me. That's all I can really think of at the moment."

    Kevin on the other hand is smooth, perfectly dressed, articulate, and in pretty much every way perfect in every example. The author should have had his characters switch roles every time. One time Kevin can get it right, and one time Mary can do things right. This is just plain sexist. The book could even get by with out any character examples. It was a little difficult for me to look beyond this to the content of the book, but my wife couldn't. If you decide to read this book be prepared to look beyond the blatant sexism.

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