Get The Job You Want, Even When No One's Hiring: Take Charge of Your Career, Find a Job You Love, and Earn What You Deserve

Get The Job You Want, Even When No One's Hiring: Take Charge of Your Career, Find a Job You Love, and Earn What You Deserve

by Ford R. Myers, Myers


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ISBN-13: 9780470457412
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 06/15/2009
Edition description: Original
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 1,186,230
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Ford R. Myers has worked at America's largest career consulting companies and is President of Career Potential, LLC, a career consulting and executive coaching firm. He is frequently featured on TV, radio, and in print as a career expert. For more information, visit

Table of Contents


About Your Job Search Survival Toolkit.

PART I The Psychology of Job Hunting in a DownMarket.

1. Yes, The Job Market Is Bad—Really Bad.

2. It.s Okay to Feel Frustrated, Depressed, Afraid, Helpless, orDisoriented.

3. This Has Happened Before, and It Will Happen Again.

4. Why Your Chances Are Better Than You Think.

5. The Number-One Secret to Job Search Success.

6. Tough Times Highlight the Difference Between Your Job andYour Career.

7. Most Job-Hunting Advice Doesn.t Apply in a World TurnedUpside Down.

8. You Can.t Stop the Storm, So Learn to Work in the Rain.

9. How You Can Get A Better Job Faster When Times Are Tough.

10. When No One.s Hiring, Focus and Clarity Are More ImportantThan Ever.

11. Your Attitude and Assumptions Will Dictate Your CareerFate.

12. Seven Truths of Career Success, for Both Good Times andBad.

13. How Employers React When There Are More Workers ThanJobs.

14. Twenty Habits of Highly Effective Job Seekers in a DownMarket.

15. Hidden Sources of Career Support, Information, andAdvice.

PART II From Desperation to Career Strategies for ToughTimes.

16. What Do You Really Want to be Doing When the Economy TurnsAround?

17. The Pay My Bills Strategy.

18. Why You Can.t Afford Not to Have a Strategic Plan.

19. In a Bad Job Market, You Must Work Backwards to Reach YourGoals.

20. Career Success Is an Inside Job.

21. The Start at the Beginning Strategy.

22. The Dream Job Strategy.

23. The Ideal Workday Strategy.

24. The Stepping Stone Strategy.

25. From Exploration to Execution.

26. Excellent Tools to Help You Get a Job When No One.sHiring.

27. Narrowing Your Choices Is Easier Than You Think.

28. The Employer Wish List Strategy.

29. You Must Be Crystal Clear on Your Perfect Job Before It CanBecome a Reality.

PART III Leveraging Your Core Job Seeker Materials.

30. The Best Tools Get the Best Jobs, Especially in a DownMarket.

31. Surprise: Your Resume Is Your Least Important Tool.

32. Survival of the Fittest Is the Law of the Job SearchJungle.

33. Accomplishment Stories Are Your Most Powerful SellingTools.

34. Verbal Presentations: What to Say and How to Say It.

35. Your Professional Biography Will Be Your Most FrequentlyUsed Tool.

36. Developing a Target Company List Builds Your Momentum andFocus.

37. Deploy an Army of People Who Can Help You: Build YourContact List.

38. Professional References Help You Prove the RealDeal.

39. Letters of Recommendation Demonstrate Your Bottom-LineValue.

PART IV Job Search Tactics to Use When No One'sHiring.

40. Networking is Not Part of Your Job Search—NetworkingIs Your Job Search.

41. Great Networkers Are Not Great Talkers; GreatListeners.

42. Never ‘‘Wing it’’ When You.reNetworking—Use an Agenda.

43. Meeting with Hiring Managers Is Your Number-One SpeedAdvantage.

44. Masters of Networking Use a Networking Script.

45. When No One.s Hiring, the Best Way to Get a Job Is Not toLook For a Job.

46. Tracking Your Networking Is as Important as the NetworkingItself.

47. The Networking Mini-Newsletter Helps You Stand Out When NoOne.s Hiring.

48. The Number-One Way to Get Hired When No One.s Hiring.

49. Create Your Online Career Identity—Blogs, Personal WebSite, and Social Media.

50. Beyond Making the Most of the Web When No One.sHiring.

51. An Outstanding Resume Is Not Difficult to Create—ifYou Know the Code.

52. You Can Package a Strong Resume in Many Formats.

53. How to Use a Resume Addendum.

54. The Most Obvious Ways to Find a Job Are Usually the BiggestWastes of Time.

55. Write Your Own Book on Career Success.

56. Every Company Is Hiring All the Time, Even in a DownEconomy.

57. A Strong Cover Letter Is Designed to Get You anInterview.

58. Cover Letters That Open Doors for Any Situation.

59. Recruiters Are Not in Business to Help You.

60. Interviewing: Psychology, Strategies, Tactics, andPractice.

61. Interviewing Survival Guide for When No One.s Hiring.

62. Seal the Deal with Testimonials.

63. Negotiation: The Rules of the Game Work in Any Economy.

64. Don.t Be Afraid to Negotiate in A Down Market—BeAfraid Not to.

65. Twenty-One Rules of the Negotiating Game (No Matter How Badthe Job Market Is).

66. The Simplest Formula for Negotiating Success.

67. Salary Negotiation Made Simple: What to Say and How to SayIt.

68. Everything Is Negotiable—Yes, Everything.

69. The Number-One Most Important Salary Negotiating Fact.

70. Comparing, Accepting, and Rejecting Offers.

71. Congratulations! You Got the Job (Even When No One WasHiring).

PART V Bulletproof Your Career, Once and for All.

72. Landing Your Job Is Not the End—It.s theBeginning.

73. Celebrate Your New Job.

74. How to Avoid Winding Up on the Street Again.

75. Perpetual Career Management Is Your Insurance Policy.

76. Learn from the Past, Build Toward the Future.

77. The First 90 Days Make All the Difference.

78. Relationships Keep You Moving Up in a Down Economy.

79. Establish a Reputation for Producing Tangible Results.

80. Communicate, Communicate, Communicate—Then Deliver theGoods.

81. Review and Fine-Tune Your Job Description with YourManager.

82. Maintain a Healthy Balance Between Your Work and PrivateLife.

83. Never Feel Helpless Again—No Matter How Bad the JobMarket Gets.

Career Resources.

Thirty-Seven Strategies, Tips, Ideas, and Reminders for When NoOne.s Hiring.

Weekly Productivity Tracking Charts.

List of Great Web Sites to Assist in Your Job Search.

Senior Executive Opportunities, $100,000 Plus.

General Career Opportunities.

General Career Support.

List of Web Sites with Useful Career Articles.

Forty-Two More Smart Questions to Ask at the Interview.

Words to Work By . . . .

About the Author.

How to Reach Us.


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www_DavidNewman_com More than 1 year ago
"Get the Job You Want, Even When No One's Hiring" is definitely NOT another Same-O Lame-O "Career 101" rehash. The strategies and tactics and stepwise plans in this book should come with a HIGH VOLTAGE warning label! Fact is, this book will make a lot of high-priced career consultants and coaches ANGRY specifically because Ford R. Myers really does "spill the beans" on what it takes to get hired in today's terrible job market. And the ugly truth is that ALL the rules change when no one's hiring. How is this book different? In short, every page is packed with contrarian information which - up til now - was reserved for the executive elite. Just a tiny sampling... * Resume? Nice to have - but put it away if you want to get hired. * Recruiters? That's the last place to turn for help. * Which interview questions to prepare for - and which to prepare NEVER to answer! * Negotiate tough - in this economy? Yes, you'd better! Unlike so many books - and book series - that have been rehashing and paraphrasing the same old hackneyed advice in both good times and bad, "Get the Job You Want, Even When No One's Hiring" lays out EXACTLY what you need to do, say, think, and prepare at every single step of the job search process - no matter how long you may have been looking, no matter what your salary, and no matter if you're after your first job - or your 20th! If you're a working professional of any stripe who wants to raise your game - and by that, I mean take charge of your career, find the work you love, and earn what you deserve - you MUST buy this book now. Ford Myers has redefined excellence in the career management book category. Get ready to dog-ear the pages, highlight major sections, take copious notes in the margins and get into massive action using this step by step portable mentor, advisor, and coach as your guide.
Scott_L More than 1 year ago
I have found this book to be extremely useful for me in my job search. There are many fresh, creative approaches here which I haven't seen in other books, and which seem on-target for the current job environment. For example, the section, "Job Search Tactics to Use When No One's Hiring" describes how to create an "online career identity", produce networking mini-newsletters, and other ideas to help one stand out from the crowd. The examples of resumes, accomplishment stories, networking scripts, and weekly progress sheets were particularly helpful to me. Overall I found it to be comprehensive, well-organized and easy to find what I was looking for. But maybe the most important aspect for me was the optimistic tone, that if I do the right kinds of activities, then I AM going to find the job I'm looking for. I'd recommend this book to any serious job seeker.
jeffheller More than 1 year ago
This is a terrific book to read amidst all the gloom and doom because Myers make a few really good points: that companies are always hiring, no matter what the newspapers say, and that if you take the time to get your head straight and look at all you've accomplished to date, you can make these companies want you. He gives a lot of practical tips: establish your image as a solutions provider, not just another job seeker with his hand out. He describes all the resources you have that you might not think about, like friends, family and colleagues who value your work. He hammers the point home that you need to get out and meet people,face to face, not spending hours at the computer. And he tells you what questions you'll be asked at job interviews, and more important, how to respond to them. A lot of so-called self-help books take a rather impractical, Polyanna-ish look at the world. Myers really shows you where your power lies and how to use it to your advantage. He takes the cliche of personal empowerment and makes it real. I highly recommend his new book.
slc4pways More than 1 year ago
I am a Career Coach and use Get the Job You Want as a guide for my clients in job search or career transition. Ford Myers has done an outstanding job with this book by making it practical, easy to use, and filled with career search wisdom. If you are looking for a book to guide you through your career search process, this is the one to pick up. Susan Chritton, Career Coach and author of Personal Branding for Dummies
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mr. Ford Myers encourages job seekers to take on a new mindset regarding job hunting: That they can still land a job even when it appears that no one is hiring, and the resume, you may be surprised to learn, should be the least used document in a job search. Strategies and tips for the job seeker are explained in an optimistic and engaging style on how to actually get on the road to landing a job that is fulfilling and rewarding. Starting with a job search plan, the book unfolds packed with information such as hidden sources of employment, twenty activities job seekers should always be doing, interview preparation, and how to handle those tricky questions, as well as a thorough approach to networking (Myers breaks down the process so that even the shyest among us can do it!). In addition, there are charts, questionnaires and examples of documents that can be used in a job search besides the standard resume and cover letter. I have raved about this book to friends and others, and it is definitely a fantastic, practical go-to source for job seekers. It's like having a career coach right there with you.
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Claire_RW More than 1 year ago
Mr. Myer's book is a "must have" for the professional who is searching for a new position or looking to improve networking skills. I recommend this book highly for its thoughtful and structured approach to the search process. The exercises are very useful and the recommended "tool kit" wonderful for personal branding.
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I believe this book can help people learn new career hunting techniques to look for the right job in todays market. I also think the writer is helpful to his clients but is way to expensive for the average person to hire for coaching, so I recommend you go through all the exercises in the book first. The book will get you far.
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