Over 40 & You're Hired!: Secrets to Landing a Great Job [NOOK Book]


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A vital new job search approach customized for people over forty- from the author of 60 Seconds&You're Hired!

With unemployment hitting all time highs, the over- forty crowd is struggling to land new jobs. America's top career counselor offers her ...
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Over 40 & You're Hired!: Secrets to Landing a Great Job

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View Robin Ryan's posts on the Penguin Blog

A vital new job search approach customized for people over forty- from the author of 60 Seconds&You're Hired!

With unemployment hitting all time highs, the over- forty crowd is struggling to land new jobs. America's top career counselor offers her market-tested program that shows readers how to effectively stand out and appeal to employers amid age discrimi­nation and floods of competition.

In Over 40&You're Hired!, Robin Ryan will inspire readers to jump-start their careers and secure new, better-paying jobs. She encourages them to tap into the "hidden job market" (where 80 percent of all jobs are found), explains how to create targeted resumes and master the interview, and outlines how to overcome any age-related stereotypes they may encounter in their job hunt. Ryan has created a guide of valuable advice and detailed explanations culled from over twenty years of experience as a career counselor that people over forty will find indispensible as they look for work.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Ryan (60 Seconds & You're Hired!) offers authoritative advice for the over-40 job hunter, and in the process supplies tips that would be useful for anyone (or everyone, these days) looking for work. Addressing those entering the job market after a hiatus—those recently laid off from a long-term position or who have been staying home with children— she cautions, “Times have changed, and you must, too.” With suggestions gleaned from a survey of 600 hiring managers across the country, Ryan emphasizes the computer and Internet proficiencies universally demanded, shares tools for job searching online, advises job candidates to get a makeover to look more professional, and—in the book's most useful sections—shows how to fine-tune a résumé (she advises that each résumé and cover letter be tailored to the particular job and that the job title be explicitly listed in a “career objective” line). Her suggestions are candid, sensible, and refreshingly specific. With actual examples of résumés and cover letters, a résumé quiz and a companion Web site with salary tools and other online resources, this book is essential reading for job seekers. (Jan.)
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Robin Ryan is the leading job search expert in America today.

From the Publisher
"Robin Ryan is the leading job search expert in America today."
-CBS Radio

"Superb! Robin Ryan's a brilliant mentor guiding you through the hiring maze to surpass your goals and profoundly impact your life in the most positive of ways."
-Stephen R. Covey, author, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Library Journal
Career counselor Ryan (www.robinryan.com), best-selling author of 60 Seconds & You're Hired! (2009)—also available from Blackstone Audio—here targets a spectrum of job seekers, sharing useful tips for stay-at-home moms returning to the workforce, recently fired executives, those looking to switch career paths, and others. The author herself reads, slowly and deliberately, periodically directing listeners to her web site, where they can view sample cover letters and résumés and order her other books. Though the audio is conveniently divided into three-minute tracks, it is difficult to absorb Ryan's many suggestions without stopping regularly to take notes. Thus, this edition is recommended only for those who prefer audiobooks over print or for those who have difficulty reading; otherwise, the Penguin pb and/or ebook editions are the better reference-tool choice. [A "Collection Development: Our World of Work" selection, LJ 2/1/10.—Ed.]—Ilka Gordon, Siegal Coll. of Judaic Studies Lib., Cleveland
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101159668
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/29/2009
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 399,314
  • File size: 371 KB

Meet the Author

Robin Ryan is one of the most visible figures in the employment field, a tireless lecturer and teacher whose career column appears in over 100 Gannett newspapers and their Web sites. She has been a guest on over 1,000 TV and radio programs including Oprah, Dr. Phil, CNN, and NBC Nightly News.
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Table of Contents

Preface vii

Acknowledgments ix

Part 1 It's A Whole New Ball Game

Chapter 1 Hiring Is Different Now 3

What Employers Say about Hiring Someone Over 40 5

The Pluses 6

Getting Laid Off When You are Over 40 9

Resilience is the New Key to Your Success

Consider Your

1913 Know Your Strengths 1913

2013 Volunteer Exp

2113 Ident

2213 Changing Careers 2

"Brand You" is Built o

2513 The

2612 Chapter 3 Ove

2913 Counter


4811 Part 2 The Hidden Job Market12 Ch

Finding Unadvertis

5313 The Process 5513 Prospecting Letters, Cold-Ca

5612 C


Get He

5913 Searching


6113 Review the Company's Website 62

Use the People Method 6213 Professional

6313 Study Trends in You

6413 Summary 65

Chapter 6 Referral N

6713 Success Rates 681

Finding Contacts 6813 In

6913 M

7213 Guid

7312 C

Finding Job Openings Using We

7513 Use Niche

7613 Don

7613 Swe

7713 St

7713 General Rules for Responding Online 7813 Specific Tips When

8013 Where Not to Go

Summary: Good Websites to Us

8212 Chapter 8

8313 LinkedIn 8313 Coll

8513 Chapte

What You Need to Kn

8713 Internal H

8713 Executive Recruiters 8811

Resumes a

Chapter 10 Your Tar

9313 Sell Your Assets 9413 Must-Use Res


Acceptable Resume Format

9612 Chapter 11 Guidelines


Formatting and Layou

10013 Writing Secrets to Use 1

Chapter 12 Resume Samples 1091

Resume: Senior Executive-Laid Off 11013 Resume: Fortune 500 Man

11513 Resume: Senior Execut

11913 Resume: Direct

12413 Resu

13113 Resume: Professional-Seeking Internal

13513 Extra Help is Available

Chapter 13Eye-Catching Cover Letters 139

Applying When You're Overqualified 14

Employers' Advice on Writing a Cover Letter 14313

Addressing the Request for Sala

14712 Chapter 14 Cover Letter

14913 Open Your L

15013 Electronic Sub

15212 Chapter 15 Cover Letter Samples 154

Part 4 Interviewing and Salary Negotiations12 Cha

Wow 'Em With a Successful Presentation 1

Show and Tell 17013 Pa

17113 Looking as Successful as Possib

17313 Tips for Men 17413 Tips for Women 17713 Im

18112 Chapter 17 Acing The Job Inte

18213 The 5-Point Agenda 18413


Situational Questi

18613 Dealing with Tough, Tricky Questions 18713

Illegal Probing 18813 Practice Questions

18913 Research the Compa

19413 Preinterview Tip

19513 First Hurdle: Screen

19513 Engage the Interviewer

Don't Babble 19

Take Notes-the Employe

19913 Closing

19913 Aft

19913 Summary 20012

Salary Negotiations

Who Earns Wha

20213 Get the Job Offer First 20313


Know What You Want 2051




Negotiating an Exit Severance Pa


21113 Summary 21113 The Final

21211 Part 5 Living a Better Future12 Chapter

Set S.M.A.R.T. Goals 21513 Robin's S.M.A.R.T. Goal-Set

21713 Roadb

21813 Time M


Listening to Your Dreams 22012 Cha

You're Hired! 22213 Do it Now! 2241

They Did it and So Can You 22513 Summa

22912 Career Resources to Help You 231

Career Counseling and Job Sear

23113 Available Book

23213 Robin Ryan

23213 Free Down

23313 Free Newsletter 234

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  • Posted February 21, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    Good suggestions, tips for the "experienced" job seeker

    No one wishes to need a book on job seeking for over 40 workers, but this is as good as it gets.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2010

    over 40

    this book is for general reader only. It does not require intensive research and is not innovative.It is very interesting and provide general information on what one needs to do when over 40, although the writing is pretty general.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 4, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Robin Ryan Scores, Big-Time!

    No matter how confident (or depressed!) you are about your job search -- buy this book NOW and read it right away, is my recommendation. Your confidence level will double, and your enthusiasm for starting the new year's search with a big advantage will skyrocket.

    At least -- that's how this book has worked for me.

    Finally, finally -- a professionally written book that recognizes the difference between a first-time job seeker...and a seasoned professional!

    Thank-you, Robin Ryan! You can expect to hear from me soon!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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