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Soundview Executive Book SummariesThe Ultimate Job Seeker's Handbook
Divulging the secrets of the workplace and what it takes to gain entrance into the coveted world of employment, human resources expert Martin Yate has put the important lessons he has learned during his many years as a personnel development trainer into Knock 'em Dead 2005. From vital lessons for all people looking for new employment to the nitty-gritty of building a resume and answering interview questions, Yate has turned the job search inside out and describes how each facet within it can be polished for the best result. By writing in straightforward language and providing guidance through each pivotal moment, Yate raises the chances of anyone landing his or her perfect job.
When Yate tackles the resume issue, he provides readers with five ways to identify the most important aspects of your work history, describes three types of resumes that can be used, and offers five rules for creating an effective resume. These rules are:
- Use the most general of job titles for your target job.
- If you state a specific job objective, couch it in terms of contributions you can make.
- Do not state your current salary.
- People get great joy from discovery. (Show a little gold now, but let the interviewer discover the mother lode at the interview.)
- Emphasize your achievements, problem-solving skills and your professional behavioral profile.
The tips and sample resumes that Yate provides give job seekers the valuable tools they need to start a job search on the right foot.
Strategic Career Moves
Next, Yate presents the realities of job hunting and explains why some people take longer to get the job offers they desire. By pointing out that strategic career moves and occasional unemployment can be an integral part of working life, and how important those you know can be to your long-term success, Yate provides enough general knowledge to make the smaller details more relevant to the intricacies of career management. Yate explains how companies recruit employees, where they get their recruits and where job hunters can find the resources they need to get on the radar screens of companies when they are hiring. A vast list of specific Web sites and resources is also presented in the last part of the book.
Complete and Balanced
Yate writes that in a competitive market, you need to make use of every tool that you can to win the job that's right for you. The tools he describes in detail include the Internet, newspapers, magazines and employment agencies. Although any one of these can offer an ideal opportunity, he writes, no single one is a guaranteed inroad to success. Yate explains that an effective plan of attack must embrace as many of these approaches as practical and should also include all the techniques for creating a personal networking system.
According to Yate, the complete and balanced job search includes setting up an effective job-hunt/career management database to manage all of the material that will build from outgoing resumes and incoming opportunities. He writes that the first step to organizing an online job search is to create a secure online identity. He recommends setting up a separate e-mail account devoted exclusively to your job hunt, and explains that an account name that reflects your personal profile is best.
Good Times, Bad Times
Yate provides thousands of valuable tips about working with recruiters and headhunters, submitting applications, writing resumes and calling prospective employers. Yate writes, Never ask if you have caught someone at a bad time. Instead, ask, Have I caught you at a good time? This allows the person to say yes and you to go directly to the rest of your presentation. Tips also include how to dress properly for an interview, what your body language can say, how to make a great first impression and how to respond to common interview questions. Yate also explains how interviewees can survive the most stressful interviews, make a graceful exit, negotiate an offer and even pass the dreaded psychological test. ~
Why We Like This Book
Knock 'em Dead 2005 serves as a valuable resource not simply because it covers all the details of the job search; it also acts as a personal coach with answers to more questions than most job seekers would ever think to ask. Martin Yate's conversational tone and vast experience provide welcome guidance and amazing details that can mean the difference between a long search in the dark and the perfect new job. Copyright © 2005 Soundview Executive Book Summaries