Secrets of Executive Search: Professional Strategies for Managing Your Personal Job Search

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Professional Strategies,World-Class Advice, and Inside Tips on Finding Your Ideal Job

"The Secrets of Executive Search provides real-world and proven techniques in an easy-to-read reference format. It s a must-read for anyone who will be managing human resources and/or managing their own career into the new millennium." Arthur E. Hobbs, former vice president, Human Resources, Raytheon Systems Co.

"This book will definitely help job candidates at all levels. Not only does it contain career advice that is helpful ...

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Overview

Professional Strategies,World-Class Advice, and Inside Tips on Finding Your Ideal Job

"The Secrets of Executive Search provides real-world and proven techniques in an easy-to-read reference format. It s a must-read for anyone who will be managing human resources and/or managing their own career into the new millennium." Arthur E. Hobbs, former vice president, Human Resources, Raytheon Systems Co.

"This book will definitely help job candidates at all levels. Not only does it contain career advice that is helpful in conducting your job search, but also for enhancing performance on the job." Libby Sartain, Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Chief People Yahoo at Yahoo! Inc.

"A very current career reference guide complete with job search tips on how to maximize the power of the Internet. It s easy to read, easy to understand, and it s filled with practical, effective techniques and advice. Once I began reading Secrets, I couldn t put it down." C. Douglas Mintmier, Vice President, Human Resources, Mary Kay Inc.

"I ve interviewed countless applicants who could have made the final cut if they had read this book. It makes all the right points clearly and concisely, and provides insights that will guide people on both sides of the hiring equation." W. L. Pendergrass, Vice President, Organization Resources Counselors, Inc.

"The Secrets of Executive Search . . . is right on the money. In this day and age, professionals and executives need a personal development reference manual to help them manage their careers. And this is the one they should have!" James F. Nieves, Vice President, Human Resources, Children s Medical Center of Dallas

"This is a down-to-earth reference guide that includes information many other career management books overlook. It combines the best advice from all worlds, from introspection to the practical side of how best to position yourself to get the job you really want." Richard T. Huntley, Executive Director, Williams Communications Solutions

"Secrets is an extremely savvy snapshot of pragmatic advice for executives considering a career move. It brings into sharp focus the level of detail and preparation that are required for an executive to successfully reengineer his or her career." Douglas P. Thomas, Senior Manager, KPMG LLP

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What People Are Saying

W.L. Pendergrass
W.L. Roy Pendergrass, former V.P., Corp. Human Resources, Texas Instruments, Inc:

I've interviewed countless applicants who could have made the final cut if they had read this book.

C. Douglas Douglas Mintmier
C. Douglas Mintmier, V. P. Human Resources Mary Kay, Inc.<</b>:

A very current career reference guide complete with job search tips on how to maximize the power of the Internet.

James F. Nieves
James F. Nieves, Vice President Human Resources, WebLink Wireless, Inc.:

The Secrets of Executive Search is right on the money.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471244158
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/9/2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 175
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

ROBERT M. MELANCON is the Managing Principal of Melancon Company, a Dallas-based retained executive search and consulting firm with roots dating back to 1973. He is also a speaker and lecturer with thirty-seven years of experience in the field and is widely considered an authority on the subject of executive selection.

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Table of Contents

About the Author.

Acknowledgments.

Introduction: Re-Engineering Your Career.

1. Introspection.

"If You Don't Know Where You're Going, You Might End Up Somewhere Else".

2. The Reverse Search.

Moving Ahead by Going in Reverse.

3. The Resume

The Absolutely Sure fire, Can't Miss Resume.

4. The Cover Letter.

Exposing Yourself!

5. References.

Coaching the Coach!

6. Preparing for the Interview.

Featuring-You!

7. Dressing for the Interview.

A Stitch in Time.

8. The Interview.

It's Showtime!

9. Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner Interviews.

A Time For Grace, Not Grease!

10. Follow-Up Letters.

Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory?

11. Preemployment Testing.

Tool or Crutch?

12. Salary Questions.

The Moment of Truth.

13. The Offer.

Negotiating for Pennies.

14. Offer Letters.

Don't Leave Home Without One.

15. Counteroffers.

Professional Suicide?

16. Ensuring Your Success.

Pick the Low-Hanging Fruit.

Epilogue: Personal Marketing 101.

Appendix A: Industry Overview.

Appendix B: The Secrets.

Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2002

    A Real Eye Opener!

    Concise, practical, and enlightening. Melancon reveals the challenges of executive job search from the hiring manager's perspective, and provides powerful tips to make the job process work for you. Learn to differentiate yourself from the sea of other job applicants and have your dream job find you. The Secrets of Executive Search is well organized, and to the point. The end-of-chapter checklists are extremely helpful. Don't head out to your next interview without reading this book first!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2002

    Infirmative and Inspiring

    I was able to work through ¿Secrets¿ right away and found it very helpful. The writing style is clear, and somehow, inspiring. While I'm sure Melancon did not intend it as a "rah rah" book, after reading ¿Secrets¿ I felt both well informed and energized. Congratulations on a very good job!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2002

    'A must read for a career change'

    'Melancon's book is powerful, witty and very educational'. A must read for all levels of serious job seekers. From the serious seasoned professionals to the up and comming new job seekers this book is packed with sound advice and helpful tips from the man who has done it all for almost 40 years. I highly recommend this book. It definitely helped me in my own job search. Thanks Rob. Sincerely, Richard J. Melancon

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2002

    Secrets of Executive Search: Professional Strategies for Managing Your Personal Job Search

    The beauty of ¿Secrets¿ is its ability to provide specifics, not generalities, regarding the job search process. It accomplishes a number of goals, including demystifying the increasingly important on-line search, which has been a huge missing link in books exploring similar topics. ¿Secrets¿ even explained why I landed one of the best jobs of my career (Secret #10). It was indeed by accident at time, but now, after reading The Secrets of Executive Search, I can rely on strategies, not accidents. Thanks!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2002

    Secrets of Executive Search: Professional Strategies for Managing Your Personal Job Search

    The Secrets of Executive Search is a great resource for anyone that wants to sharpen their career skills. My wife has been a professional recruiter for 9 years and agreed with the sound advice given in this book. One of the greatest strengths of the book is that there are no wasted words. It is a quick read, but packed with useful information. The 'You Asked For, I Have' cover letter was my favorite tip. With 80% of baby boomers expected to work at least part-time in retirement, and as Melancon points out, the average person changes jobs every 5 years, sharpening job search skills is a must.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2002

    A Skill Improvement Approach To Advancing Your Career

    I was fortunate to come accross this book a few days before a very important interview. I truly believe that this book significantly increased my performance during that interview. 'Secrets' very quickly gave me a context and methodology for answering tough interview questions and helped me organize a strategy prior to the meetings. The result was nothing less than spectacular. I felt that regardless of the outcome of the interviews, I had performed at the peek of my potential. The interviews lasted over eight hours. During that time I was able maintain a very high level of energy and keep myself focused on strategy. The coaching in this book allowed me to stay completely calm and confident. I have since gone back and read the book again to improve my approach with recruiters and companies I wish to target. I highly recommend this book to any professional who wants to become more polished in their approach and interaction with all the people involved in searching for new career opportunities.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2001

    Read this first

    Secrets covers the resume and basics of job search in readable form. The information is must have and any successful search must include his guidelines. There are many books on the market for job seekers, but this is the one that treats the reader as intelligent and gives all she needs to know for her executive job search. As a recruiter writing a book on Guerilla Job Search Techniques, I recommend this book frequently.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2001

    Sound and Insightful!

    After reading The Secrets of Executive Search I can confidently say that Melancon¿s suggestions are extremely sound and insightful. It¿s a great ¿umbrella¿ description of the entire process. 'Secrets' helped me plan and anticipate all the steps along the way before I made too many errors.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2001

    Thanks for this much needed book!

    Over the years I have worked in Executive Search, Executive Outplacement and corporate staffing. All have their unique ways of dealing with similar topics. Mr. Melancon's The Secrets of Executive Search captures the essence of these fields in such an effortless way that he makes the complex seem easy, without oversimplifying the topics. In a concise and easy to follow stream of logic he explains the career dance from many perspectives, while giving the reader many useful tips with plenty of memory devices to aid in recalling the key points. This should be required reading for all corporate executives and anyone aspiring to become a corporate executive.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2000

    Secrets of Executive Search: Professional Strategies for Managing Your Personal Job Search

    From resume reviews to job-search seminars, there is no lack of career advise within most MBA programs. Melancon puts all this advise and more into a short, pithy book that is written as much for his readers' enjoyment as it is for their education. It is an excellent book for those proactive individuals who want to develop their career in the new economy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2000

    Secrets of Executive Search: Professional Strategies for Managing Your Personal Job Search

    Melancon offers an extremely savvy snapshot of pragmatic advice for executives considering a career move. It brings into sharp focus the level of detail and preparation that are required for an executive to successfully re-engineer his or her career. I know countless professionals, managers, and executives who could greatly benefit from this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2000

    Secrets of Executive Search: Professional Strategies for Managing Your Personal Job Search

    The Secrets of Executive Search is a down-to-earth reference guide that includes information many other career management books overlook. It combines the best advice from all worlds, from introspection to the practical side of how best to position yourself to get the job you really want.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2000

    Secrets of Executive Search: Professional Strategies for Managing Your Personal Job Search

    The Secrets of Executive Search is a wealth of information. As a Human Resources professional for 30 years, at the officier level for the past ten years-I have had the opportunity to recommend many books such as 'Rites of Passage' etc. Now I'm recommending 'Secrets of Executive Search' because Melancon is right on target. This book is a good read for anyone - but a must read for anyone conducting a job search.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2000

    Secrets of Executive Search: Professional Strategies for Managing Your Personal Job Search

    Entertaining, well organized and a wealth of content-a refreshing combination in this line of reading! All too often one must endure the hum drum to extract the relevant information. Melancon, however, has proven his expertise and avoided wasting time by giving the 'straight from the hip' version of the job search from the 'other side.' A must have for those in the market for changing jobs. Readers emerge from this book feeling as if they have just attended a secret meeting and are coming away with privileged knowledge.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2000

    Secrets of Executive Search: Professional Strategies for Managing Your Personal Job Search

    Having been on both ends of the spectrum - recruiter and 'recruitee', I found this book to be informative and fun to read. 'Secrets' is a must have for people at all levels who are in the job market. It is also a great read for HR professionals who help staff their organizations. Although talent is scarce, candidates must take the job search seriously. The practical tips and tools in this book should give potential employees the edge they need to separate themselves from the pack.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2000

    Secrets of Executive Search: Professional Strategies for Managing Your Personal Job Search

    As we enter the 21st Century, workplace dynamics have dramatically changed. The old paradigm has been replaced and now individuals must accept responsibility for managing their own careers. Melancon provides proven, real-world techniques for successful job search and career management in an easy to read reference format. This book is a 'must read' for anyone who will be managing human resources and/or their own career into the new millennium.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2000

    Secrets of Executive Search: Professional Strategies for Managing Your Personal Job Search

    I ordered 'Secrets' even though I already own a great many books of this type. Mr. Melancon has done a super job of taking a great deal of information, simplifying it, and giving live examples that help to make each point. One of my favorite aspects of the book is that it is so user-friendly. Following each chapter is an outline of points to remember, followed by space for taking notes. If you are looking for a job, particularly at the executive level, this is the book you will continually refer to.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2000

    Secrets of Executive Search: Professional Strategies for Managing Your Personal Job Search

    As professional military officer for thirty-three plus years, I didn't look for jobs ¿ they were assigned. So, when I retired and began looking for work in the private sector, I was behind the power curve with regard to the job search process. 'The Secrets of Executive Search' took away that deficiency. Concise, readable, and straight forward; I never hesitate to recommend it to military friends starting their own searches for second careers. Melancon speaks directly to you not at you ... professional to professional. A great reference book for every executive's library.

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