The Unwritten Rules of the Highly Effective Job Search / Edition 1

The Unwritten Rules of the Highly Effective Job Search / Edition 1

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by Orville Pierson

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ISBN-10: 0071464042

ISBN-13: 9780071464048

Pub. Date: 12/16/2005

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing

The Proven Program Used by 600,000 Job Hunters!

You put hours and hours of hard work into your job search and the companies you've contacted never call. It's a story all too common in the fast-paced, highly competitive world of job hunting. Nothing is more discouraging than sending one resumé after another into the job-hunting void. Eventually, you expect


The Proven Program Used by 600,000 Job Hunters!

You put hours and hours of hard work into your job search and the companies you've contacted never call. It's a story all too common in the fast-paced, highly competitive world of job hunting. Nothing is more discouraging than sending one resumé after another into the job-hunting void. Eventually, you expect silence from the other end.

The Unwritten Rules of the Highly Effective Job Search was written so this never happens to you again. These techniques, developed by author Orville Pierson, have been used successfully for ten years by Lee Hecht Harrison (LHH), the world's premier career services company. Here, Pierson provides you with the job-search techniques that up to now have been limited to the LHH consultants he trains.

Orville Pierson has helped thousands of job hunters during his career, taking note of the characteristics that have led to success as well as failure. In The Unwritten Rules of the Highly Effective Job Search, he supplies key information on how professional job search consultants structure the job search project so you can apply the same winning strategies to your own search. You'll also be privy to inside information on how decision makers operate, enabling you to get the inside track on job openings before they are announced.

This insider's guide covers every phase of the job search, leading you step by step through the process of creating a clear-cut plan-essential to every job search. Using the Pierson Method, you'll learn how to

  • Develop a Target List (the key ingredient to every job search)
  • Measure your progress
  • Create a “core message” about yourself that decision makers won't forget
  • Present yourself in the best possible light to prospective employers

Using these strategies, Orville Pierson and LHH have helped 600,000 people land great new jobs. Employ the Pierson Method in your hunt for employment and you'll soon be doing what you love in the company that's right for you.

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Table of Contents



1. Orville, Jessie, Ben, and The Pierson Method......          

2. The Job Search Project....................          

3. Why You Need Progress Measurements................          

4. How Hiring Really Happens....................          

5. Your Project Plan....................          

6. Choosing Your Next Job....................          

7. Your Target List....................          

8. Your Core Message....................          

9. How Many Fish Are in That Pond?...................          

10. The Seven Search Techniques....................          

11. Keeping Score....................          

12. The Pierson Method....................          

Additional Resources....................          


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The Unwritten Rules of the Highly Effective Job Search 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
GrandmaNY More than 1 year ago
It was a gift to son.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
the book was good.. i also came across the site www. Hound .com which has various job opportunities and has far more career then a normal job site.. it has many different categories of jobs and a good different choices.. you can check out which serve section you want to and apply for that section.. its really easy and well understood how to apply for jobs.. so try it out and check the place
Bill_S17 More than 1 year ago
This an outstanding and well organized book that when tweaked for your specific situation will help you focus on the important activities to be accomplished during a job transition situation. You do not have to agree with every single thing written to benefit from this book. The overall guidance is applicable to everyone in this situation. I highly recommend reading this book!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
As a career counselor who has been in the field for more than 14 years, I'm always looking for resouces that will help my clients. Orville Pierson's book offers concrete, helpful methods to avoid the major pitfalls of job search. In providing specific ways for job hunters to track their progress, this resource should be used by anyone who wants to run an effective and successful job search campaign.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book gave my job hunt the structure it needed. It provided a framework for clarifying what I really want and showed me the steps to get there. I can't recommend it highly enough!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm the Career Transition Practice Leader of one of the two largest firms in the business and since 1987 I have observed thousands of job hunters. The ones that use the Pierson Method are the ones that get jobs rapidly. The common sense advice in Pierson's book highlights subtle but vital components of successful job searches. For instance, in order to productively network, you have to know the names of the employers you are targeting. Also, the number of those employers has to be within a certain range--not too small or too large--or your search will veer out of control. The Pierson Method simply works.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Orville Pierson manages to break down the steps of job hunting into do-able chunks that make sense. I had a real lightbulb moment, too, as he explained how some of the ¿playing by the rules¿ steps, like sending resumes in response to classified ads, are not the most effective ways to get work. That alone helped me shift my priorities and begin to see the connections I already had in all the areas in my life in a new light. I felt like I had a personal coach at my side: ¿Good going! Yeah! You¿re doing it!¿ This book is both a really useful aid--and uplifting, besides. Most important, his experience as a job coach validates the normalcy of the anxiety that comes with job searches. So while Orville helped tone down my nervousness, I could turn to the actual task of DOING something to get a job.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As I read through the Pierson method I was so happy to see a job search method that combines an excellent description of the realities of a job search with a true understanding of the job seeker. Readers will come to know why they balk at the idea of a cold call and spend many hours surfing the internet. And they will also gain confidence in themselves, along with a system that works. Pierson knows the job search trail and he knows what it's like to look for a job. Bravo for this wonderful book. Jess Dods, MBA Career coach
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a career counselor for over 20 years, I found this book concise, practical, and enlightening. You will find that this is the book that has been missing from the top seller¿s list on how to get ready, get moving and manage your job search. With a great deal of insight and with a whole lot of common sense, along with a sound grasp of what it takes to find a job, Pierson¿s book is invaluable to job seekers. It is sound advice and helpful tips from the man who can demystify the job search for anyone. For example, he reminds us that to increase your odds in job search, a Target List is crucial. In the Pierson Method, this Target List is a key tool in job search ¿ just as important as your resume ¿ because it focuses on a group of organizations you might want to work for and hire people for the kind of work you want to do. He reminds us that the Target List also helps you see exactly who your resume is designed for before you sit down to write. And, in 10 pages he gives us the strategies for pulling together a Target List that is proven to work! Don¿t want to work the Pierson Method alone? Check out the special bonus section on how to Team Up for a Successful Search which outlines how to use a Job Search Work Team to work with others or to set up a program to work with others. Don¿t conduct your next job search without reading this book first!
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a former career advisor, I unequivicocally recommend this book because it completely corresponds with my professional experience. The number 1 way to find employment is through networking, and that is just what Mr. Pierson emphasizes in his book. This book is really neat for three important reasons. First, it is written in a very sensitive and supportive tone. This is very important for those conducting a job search because the job search process itself can be an emotionally taxing experience. Second, it provides an overview and plan for the entire process. By the way, few other books in this field provide this kind of information. Third, it provides specific numbers and benchmarks to let you know you're on the right track. One of the keys to successful job search is staying on track and working through the difficult times. This book is the only one I know of that provides a systematic way for the job seeker to do just that. I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in conducting an efficient and 'effective' job search.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am lucky enough to have had Mr. Pierson in my corner the last two times I was in job search. I swear by the Pierson Method. This book wraps the Method up, all in one easy to grasp, easy to use package. This is great news for anyone looking for work, or wanting to improve their position in the workplace. I urge everyone, without hesitation, to buy this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Orville Pierson has achieved in his book what no other job search book writer has even come close to providing -- a companion for the journey. And the companion is a knowledgeable, compassionate guide for what is one of the most important spiritual quests in life -- the search for one's work. Pierson helps the job seeker, step by step, elicit one's gifts, talents and interests, and teaches how to match them up with the needs of the job market/community. I found 'The Unwritten Rules of the Highly Effective Job Search' to be inspiring, thought-provoking and engaging to the point of being a 'great read' -- that is, you want to keep reading to find out what happens next. Most of all, this guide gets you to where you want to go!