Outwitting the Job Market: Everything You Need to Locate and Land a Great Position

Outwitting the Job Market: Everything You Need to Locate and Land a Great Position

by Chandra Prasad
     
 
What do you need to take the job market by storm? Outwitting the Job Market will tell you all the essentials, from your earliest research efforts to negotiating your compensation once an offer rolls in. You'll learn the basics on resume and cover letter construction, how and when to network, tricks to winning over an interviewer, and tactics for enhancing

Overview

What do you need to take the job market by storm? Outwitting the Job Market will tell you all the essentials, from your earliest research efforts to negotiating your compensation once an offer rolls in. You'll learn the basics on resume and cover letter construction, how and when to network, tricks to winning over an interviewer, and tactics for enhancing your marketability. You'll read canny advice from human resources personnel, career counselors, recruiters, and hiring managers from companies large and small. You'll also learn from other people's mistakes--what not to do along the path to your dream job.

Outwitting the Job Market is for everyone--from new graduates scouting for their first jobs, to career changers, to employed professionals looking to assess their options. Practical and hands-on, it offers exercises, anecdotes, examples, and strategies that can be put to use immediately. It also offers dozens of resources to help you target and improve your career trouble spots. No matter who you are or where you want to go in the workplace, this book will enable you to outsmart your competition, impress employers, and in time, land a job that truly fits your personal and professional needs.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781592283507
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
05/01/2004
Series:
Outwitting
Edition description:
First
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.58(w) x 8.38(h) x 0.64(d)

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Read an Excerpt

What Interviewers Really Want to Know About You
by Chandra Prasad

What do interviewers really want in job candidates? The answer may be different for every hiring manager. But first-time job hunters may be surprised by how simple their wish lists are. We asked hiring managers from a variety of industries to share what they look for in candidates.

Work experience is usually the first item on the checklist when hiring managers read a resume. They ask: Where did this person work? What did he do? And, is his experience transferable? Susan Cheng, a manager at a major media-entertainment company, says she'll only glance at an applicant's education, preferring to focus on whether he or she has relevant work experience.

A Positive Attitude

A human resources manager at a federal courthouse has plenty of accomplished candidates to choose from. He says he cares less about a candidate's skills and experience than he does about her outlook. "The No. 1 thing we are concerned about -- because we have so many qualified people who apply -- is: Are we sure this person will have the right working attitude?" he says. "We just spend [so] much time with each other, in meetings and discussing things, that we don't have time for people with a bad attitude."

In other words, if a hiring manager has to choose between two equally qualified candidates, the person with the better disposition likely will win out. It makes sense. After all, who wants to spend 40 or more hours a week with a killjoy?

A human resources manager at a global information technology provider offers similar testimony. "It comes back to confidence, energy, and a positive attitude," he says. "I'd interviewed candidates a little while back for a senior strategy position. One person had such energy, such passion. We needed a go-getter. It was the energy and passion that impressed me." It's little surprise that this interviewee was offered the position.

A positive attitude is reflected in not only what a candidate says, but also what he doesn't say. Shawn Jarrett, a manager of strategic alliances for Pitney Bowes Inc., an office technology and services company, warns interviewees against adopting an aggressive or superior attitude during interviews. "You don't want to interview the interviewer," he says. "Don't delve too much into an interviewer's background. Everything you ask should be directed toward the job or to ascertaining information on [your potential boss's] management style. Don't try to nitpick, or try to find flaws in what people are saying. Interviewers, like everyone else, don't want to be made to feel unintelligent."

Honesty

Hiring managers are alarmed by the startling number of candidates who misrepresent themselves. Prospective employees, they say, may exaggerate parts of their work history or disguise aspects of their personalities. The occasional candidate will even out-and-out lie. Yet it's the straightforward candidate who is most appreciated by hiring managers.

Robin Pelzman, a former human resources specialist at Hewlett-Packard, says, "There are those lucky moments when, within the first five minutes, you know you've found the right person. This happened later in my career, when I'd built up my experience and I knew exactly what we needed in terms of fit. One person was memorable for his openness. He said, 'I have three other offers. Here are the amounts they're offering, but I want to work for HP. This is where I'd like to be.' His openness wasn't presented as: 'I'm hot, so you'd better come after me.' It was presented as: 'My values and work goals correspond with this company and I want to work here.' By being open about his preference for HP, he impressed me and made me far more receptive to his other attributes."

Indeed, Hewlett-Packard isn't the only company to value honesty in its employees. Hiring managers everywhere say that this quality is an essential. A consultant at a recruiting firm specializing in executive placements and board director appointments says that candidates should avoid practicing their answers as if they're memorizing lines because interviewers want to see natural self-expression. "I don't do a lot of prepping with my candidates, because I want the interview to be an organic experience," she declares.

Current Employment

Even if you've had it up to your eyeballs with your present job, hiring experts advise that you keep working as you search for new employment. Why? Employers are often more inclined to hire candidates who are employed than those who are out of work. Beth Camp, the owner of a professional placement service, says, "Go with market value for your skill, suck it up, and stay working."

If you're already out of work, don’t sweat it. Employers can -- and often do -- sympathize with people who have been unemployed for several months or more, especially when the economy is ailing.

This article has been excerpted from Outwitting the Job Market: Everything You Need to Locate and Land a Great Position, Lyons Press, 2004

Copyright © 2004 Chandra Prasad

What People are saying about this

Timothy Falcon Crack
"This book is packed full of practical step-by-step advice and effective strategies for your job market success."
author of Heard on The Street: Quantitative Questions from Wall Street Job Interviews
Kristy Graham
"Delivers sound strategy, proven technique, and specific resources with engaging style and wit."
Director, Experiential Education, Yale University
Julia Cardis
"Outwitting the Job Market provides multiple approaches to the same challenge: finding a rewarding, fulfilling job in today's marketplace."
author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Finding Your Dream Job Online
Trina J. Beck
Outwitting the Job Market is an extremely helpful tool for young jobseekers, full of the do's-and perhaps even more importantly, the don't's-of the job search. For more experienced jobseekers who are unfamiliar with the use of email and the Internet in today's job market, it will prove invaluable.
Senior Academic Adviser, Tulane College
Randall S. Hansen
"Perfect for people new to the job market or who are looking for a refresher."
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Marky Stein
"Chandra Prasad's Outwitting the Job Market is an absolute must for today's job seeker...Very highly recommended!"
author of Fearless Interviewing: How to Win the Job by Communicating With Confidence

Meet the Author

Chandra Prasad has written on career issues in The Wall Street Journal's Career Journal, IMDiversity.com, and JobCircle.com, among others. She has been quoted as a workplace expert by Black Entertainment Television, The Christian Science Monitor, and The Complete Idiot's Guide to Finding Your Dream Job Online. She is the former Editor-at-Large of Vault, an online careers site that has been called "the best place on the Web to prepare for a job search" by Fortune Magazine. A graduate of Yale University, Chandra lives and works in Connecticut.

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