No One Will Hire Me!: Avoid 15 Mistakes and Win the Job


The perfect job search guide for everyone, from exoffenders and transitioning military personnel to students, job changers, and displaced executives.

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The perfect job search guide for everyone, from exoffenders and transitioning military personnel to students, job changers, and displaced executives.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570232190
  • Publisher: Impact Publications VA
  • Publication date: 1/28/2004
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 183
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Mother Was Both Right and Wrong! 1
The Problem May Be Close At Hand 1
For Smart People Who Fail 2
Learn From Mistakes Other People Make 3
What Mother Said Was Often Right 3
Then Sometimes Mother Was Wrong 4
A Rogue's Gallery of Bad Habits 6
Seeking Different Levels of Help 6
A Sequence of Multiple Job Search Errors 9
What's Your Mistake-Prone Hiring I.Q.? 10
Resources for Getting Started 13
Make No More Mistakes! 13
2 Abandon Dreams and Lack Goals 15
The Art of Sailing Without a Rudder 15
From Go-Getter to Getter 16
Be Honest, But Not Stupid 17
Where Are Your Dreams Going? 19
What's Your Behavioral Advantage? 20
Three Steps to Setting Employer-Centered Goals 21
State a Functional Objective 38
3 Harbor Self-Defeating and Bad Attitudes 41
Run With Winners 41
What's Your Attitude Like? 42
Excuses, Excuses, Excuses 44
Change Your Attitudes 46
Resources for Changing Attitudes 48
4 Fail to Do First Things First 50
A Seven-Step Job Search Process 50
The Steps and Mistakes 51
Properly Sequence Your Job Search 54
5 Hang Around the Wrong Crowds and Networks 57
The Advertised and Hidden Job Markets 57
Are You a Savvy Networker? 59
Key Networking Books 62
Internet Resources for Networking 63
Network Your Way to Job Success 66
6 Disregard Skills and Accomplishments 67
No Evidence of Accomplishments 67
Identify Your Skills 70
More Self-Assessment Techniques 80
Computerized Assessment Systems 80
The New World of Online Assessment 81
Doing It Right From the Very Start 82
7 Write and Distribute Awful Resumes and Letters 84
Another Rogue's Gallery of Errors 84
Misunderstanding Resumes and Letters 85
Deadly Myths and Promising Realities 85
Resume Writing Mistakes 98
Production, Distribution and Follow-Up Errors 100
The Perfect Resume and Letter 101
Useful Books and Software 105
Online Writing Assistance and Services 106
Resume Blasting Services 108
Tooting Your Horn With Focus 109
8 Mess Up the Critical Job Interview 110
Stressful Times 110
What's Your Interview I.Q.? 111
Interview Sins and Knockouts 115
Books and Websites on Interviewing 125
The Face-to-Face Encounter 126
9 Fail to Develop an Attractive Pattern of Work Behavior 127
People Perform, Patterns Predict 127
Identify Your Patterns 128
Changing Not-So-Hot Patterns 130
Useful Resources 130
10 Appear Honest But Stupid or Dishonest But Smart 131
Take the Ethics Quiz 131
Stupid But Honest 133
Dishonest But Smart 134
11 Project an Image of Need or Greed 136
Premature Money Talk 136
Needy/Greedy Job Seekers 138
Negotiate Right 138
Resources on Salary Negotiations 140
12 Conduct an Outdated Job Search or Over-Rely on Technology 141
Outdated Versus Updated Job Search 141
Over-Reliance on Technology 142
Using the Internet Properly 144
Resources for Using the Internet 148
13 Unwilling to Take Risks and Handle Rejections 150
Losing Your Self-Esteem 150
Handling Rejections 151
Minimizing Rejections Through Networking 152
Resources for Handling Rejections 153
14 Fail to Implement and Follow Through 154
Find Time to Implement 154
Commit Yourself in Writing 155
Job Search Contract 156
Weekly Job Performance and Planning Report 157
15 Avoid Professional Advice and Seeking Help 158
When You Need Assistance 158
Alternative Career Services 159
Locating a Certified Career Professional 164
Dealing With Difficult Backgrounds 165
16 Resist Changing Behavior and Acquiring New Habits of Success 166
Minor and Major Behavioral Changes 166
A Gallery of Career-Limiting Behaviors 168
Change Your Attitudes 169
Acquire New Habits for Success 169
Useful Habit-Changing Resources 170
Many People Want to Hire You! 171
17 What's Your Behavioral Advantage? 172
Employers Focus on Total Behavior 172
You Are Unique and Special 173
Index 174
Authors 177
Career Resources 179
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