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As America starts down the long road of recovery from the worst recession in more than a generation, millions are searching for new jobs. With unemployment peaking at more than 10 percent in 2010, strong job-search strategies aren't an option—they're a necessity.
This twenty-fifth edition of Martin Yate's guide contains:
Today more applicants struggle for fewer jobs. Yate shows you how to get an edge, whether you're a recent college graduate, unemployed, or contemplating a career change. And once you get a foot in the door, this book shows you how to ace the interview and clinch an attractive, exciting job offer.
Posted July 27, 2011
Knock Em Dead 2011: The Ulimate Search Guide by Martin Yate is a great resource for anyone looking for a job! I am a not a big fan of interviews and this book is perfect for me and others like me to give them the confidence and expectations of the dreaded job interview. With great tips for the "productive resume" the book gives you enough knowledge to understand what employers are searching for in a resume; the first step to getting your foot in the door.
The author tells you about Networking and with everything else I have read this is a key to finding a great job! It's what you know, and it's who you know.
You will also find other great information such as dress codes for the interview, great answers to those hard to answer questions, negotiations, different types of interviews, fast growing occupations and more!
My honest opinion is that this book will definitely help you with knocking them dead and getting the job!
Posted June 25, 2011
Knock 'em Dead - The Ultimate Job Search Guide 2011 by Martin Yate, CPC.
No doubt about it, Knock 'em Dead lives up to its title. The book provides all the ammunition you need to wow potential bosses or future companies that might hire you.
The job marketplace is scary and competitive-especially during this economic rut. Over-qualified people queue up for menial jobs below their educational level-and they're still not hired. So, how does one stand out as being the very best potential employee? Knock 'em Dead tells us how.
The book covers every angle of job hunt prep one can imagine - everything from resumé writing, dress-code, interview techniques, personal branding, first impressions, how to find jobs, how to land interviews, how to query, how to impress, legal issues . . . Phew! Exhaustingly exhaustive!
There are some areas I might modify (in practice at least)- areas which hint at avoiding full disclosure to land the gig. But aside from that discrepancy, the book is a great tool for job-hunters, career changers or for people wanting to improve their overall people skills and professionalism.
Janey L. DeMeo M.A.
Copyright © June 2011
Posted June 4, 2011
Knock 'em Dead claims to be the "ultimate job search guide". And it is just that. This book is meant to be utilized as a reference, rather than read from cover to cover. It contains all the most current information, concerning job search, resume banks, and online tools.
In it's efforts to be a complete job search resource it effectively covers all aspects of the job search, from resumes to negotiating the job offer.
Divided into the following 5 parts:
1. The Well-Stocked Briefcase
- covers the successful job search, resume writing, and networking
2. Get The Word Out
- initial contact, dressing for success, understanding body language, and successful interviewing
3. Great Answers to Tough Questions
- what the employer is looking for in questions asked, how to answer these correctly
4. Finishing Touches
- interiew follow-up, overcoming rejection to gain employment, negotiating the job offer
5. Where the Jobs Are
- thirty fastest growing occupations, future job prospects
This book is perfect, not only for the new employee, but for those consider a career change or advancement.
Two of the most valuable sections are the sections on resume preparation and answering the interview questions. Knock 'em Dead covers all the questions that are typically asked in any kind of job interview, and provides the correct answer that tells the employer what he wants to hear.
The resume preparation section provides great insight for those seeking career advancement, by walking the reader through the following steps:
1. decide on a specific target job.
2. collect job postings
3. look at your job from the other side of the desk
4. identify what you bring to the table for each requirement
5. critical thinking
6. identify behavioral profile for success
7. identify behavioral profile for failure
By closely following the outlined steps, one will be well on there way to job success!
Posted April 26, 2011
Hey, everyone needs to find employment at some point. Weather you are a recent graduate, prior military or even those of us coming back out of retirement-we are all competing in a post-recession job market. But where do you turn when you need answers on how to go about filling out a proper resume, how to dress for an interview, or even what the prospective employer is looking for? Knock em' Dead is for you. It is packed with tips, techniques and strategies to make the best of your talents while organizing you for the job hunting ahead.
The book is easily followed for the beginner job hunter but clever enough to teach us old salts a new trick. Once you land the job Knock em' Dead even discloses what to work on next for climbing up the success ladder. A chapter is dedicated to networking as well with instruction on how to search job banks, organize your information for multiple resumes and how to find those "hidden jobs". Part III of Knock em' Dead is designed to help you in the room during the interview process where 90% of us need the most help.
If you are planning on a career move or new to job hunting you need this book. Period.
Posted April 21, 2011
When I was a college student, I read What Color Is Your Parachute, a classic in job hunting advice.
Knock 'em Dead is a worthy successor!
I received a free eBook copy of this title from the publisher in exchange for my unbiased review.
Because of the many internet resources available, I recommend purchasing the eBook format of this book.
Mr. Yate is a consummate professional and writes with great authority. No matter your job search needs, this book is written with you in mind.
The only area in which I differ with the author is his high regard for another book, Alan Lakein's classic How to Get Control of Your Time and Your Life. If you benefit from to-do lists, then use Mr. Yate's and Mr. Lakein's time management principles. Otherwise, I recommend using Stephen Covey's timeless 7 Habits of Highly Successful People instead.
Don't take my word for it, though. If you're interested, check out the web site before you buy this book. You'll find that the book, in conjunction with the free resources online, are worth every penny!
This book receives my highest recommendation, and good luck in your job search!
Posted April 12, 2011
Though I have been employed in the same profession for over fifteen years, I am nearing the completion of my college degree and hoping to move into a new field. Since I last applied for a job (before the internet had such a presence in daily life--and job searching), a lot has changed. Understandably, I have a bit of apprehension about the entire process.
I found many things informative and useful in this book:
* updating my resume
* job search technique
* phone interviews
* in-person interview techniques, including the psychological tests that every employer seems to be using
* negotiating the job offer (which I've yet to put into practice, but here's hoping!)
The book is so easy to read and doesn't seem to be talking down to the reader. I can see why this book has been so successful (evidently published for the past 25 years) and have a better understanding of how to succeed in my ongoing career plans.
I can see this book being useful to employees (or hopefuls) at any age or career stage. I would heartily recommend it to anyone who has not applied for a job in the past couple of years (or anyone who has applied unsuccessfully).
[Note: I received this book at no charge from BookSneeze in exchange for my honest review.]
Posted April 10, 2011
Wow! This book has come as a god send. I was interested in this book being that I've found myself at a time of career change in my life and from reading reviews of past editions I felt this book may be of great use and value. And I haven't been disappointed.
I have learned so much from this book, things which I feel will be of great help and strength to me in searching out my new career and job opportunities.
I've always dreaded having to put together my resume, but I'm starting to see it from new and different angles, and feel empowered for writing resumes that will be more successful overall.
It's helping me to become a bit more familiar with what job interviewers are looking for. I not only feel better prepared to face this, but also to ask myself what my personal work ethics are and I have developed the qualities that are not only what others are looking for, but are qualities which will help me get ahead overall in all areas of my life.
All in all, I feel this book is a great help and aid to anyone finding themselves looking for a job in today's job market or considering a career change and needing some additional help and information in their decision making.
Posted April 10, 2011
Finding myself nearing my last years of high school and entering the job market as I continue my studies, I can say that this has been a time of relative anxiety and trepidation as to what I will find and how this will work out for me especially in today's reality of the economy, job market and opportunities.
I love the way "Knock 'Em Dead" takes you through many of the different angles I will be facing, giving me the help and tools I will need. And not only that, but giving good advice and helpful links on areas I need to work on starting from branding myself and going on to transferred skills, learned behavior and core values that are important. I have greatly benefited from the information and web links included and know that this book is one that I will be using and referring to at each step of my journey.
I like how this book is updated for today's realities and a new edition seems to be put out each year. I found a few of the web links are no longer available, but I can imagine that is understandable and to be expected when you are referring to other web sites which may be changed and updated as well so it's not always easy to know ahead of time.
I'm working on the different steps and areas that are pointed out and look forward to seeing how they will help me in my job search!
Posted April 6, 2011
I recently got the chance to review "Knock 'em Dead 2011: The Ultimate Job Search Guide" by Martin Yate through the amazing website Booksneeze which offers bloggers the chance to receive free copies of certain books in return for an honest reviews on their blog.
I thought selecting this book would be a win-win situation, and I was right. It was one of those books that even if you were happily secure in your career it wouldn't hurt to have lying around, because odds are you may need it, or, someone you know might. I am, however, straight out of graduate school ready to put my foot in the working world, so this book could not have been more timely or right on the mark. I have read a lot of things of finding, nailing, and keeping the right job... I signed up for websites that were designated to help me... and I've even been to career fairs- but nothing I've experienced yet was as informational, well put together, or helpful as this book.
It covers the entire gauntlet of job finding, from where and how to get a job, interviewing, and even how to make long-tern employment more manageable. No one (not many, at least) want to be unemployed, they just don't know how to go about getting where they want to be- whether they lack the skills, determination, know-how, this book can help. For example, though I do consider myself a "people person" interview situations freeze me and I find myself panicking at even the thought of sitting before panel of people proposing to them why I'm the best person for a job, when I'm not even convinced myself, BUT this book gave HUGE interview tips and tools that I know will positively effect me and I already feel more confident.
Get this book and read it... and if you land that dream job and don't need it anymore, pass it on to someone who might!
Posted April 27, 2011
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