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

by Orville Pierson
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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780071464048
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date: 12/16/2005
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 384,645
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.88(d)

About the Author

Orville Pierson is Senior Vice President, Corporate Director of Program Design and Service Delivery, for Lee Hecht Harrison, a 240-office career services company that is part of the $20 billion Adecco global family of employment services and placement firms. Yale educated, he has worked in career services for nearly 30 years, authoring career publications that have helped over a million people land jobs they love. For more information, visit:

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The Proven Program Used by the World's Leading Career Services Company

By Orville Pierson

The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

Copyright © 2006McGraw-Hill, Inc.
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ISBN: 978-0-07-146404-8



Orville, Jessie, Ben, and the Pierson Method

My name is Orville Pierson. People who hear my name before they meet me often imagine that I'll turn out to be smart. Or nerdy, like that Orville who wears a bow tie and horn-rimmed glasses while he sells popcorn. Some people think of Orville and Wilbur Wright, but so far, no one has expected me to be a pilot.

Actually, I'm not a popcorn man or a pilot. I'm an expert in careers and job hunting. I've spent most of my adult life coaching people on finding jobs and teaching professional career consultants how to do the same.

For the last 14 years I have been the Senior Vice President and Corporate Director of Program Design and Service Delivery for the leading global career services company. The title is so long that it barely fits on my business card, but it's a great job and I love it.

Some people see the title and think I'm a business executive, but I've never seen myself that way. I've always seen myself more as a teacher. And I guess you could say that I'm a guide. I guide people through the job search jungle to better jobs and better careers.

When I first started in this field in the 1970s, I began by working with individuals one at a time to coach and counsel them on their careers and how to find good new jobs. I worked with factory workers, business executives, and everyone in between. Most of my clients were unemployed, so it was important to them to get back to work as quickly as possible. By doing this, I learned a lot about what people need to do—and not do—to find jobs more quickly.

After I'd worked individually with hundreds of people for many years, I started teaching classes on how to find a job. I saw thousands of people in groups of 15 or 20. Again, I did this for many years.


Now I work for Lee Hecht Harrison (LHH), which has over 200 locations around the world where people come for help with their careers. We have hundreds of career consultants helping up to 100,000 people a year find new jobs. My job is to create career books, training programs, and coaching services for our unemployed clients and to teach our career consultants, who are already very good, how to be even better at what they do.

Lee Hecht Harrison works mostly with people caught in those big downsizings you read about in the newspaper. Most of the country's largest and best employers provide career services for people they lay off. The unemployed people do not pay for the services. Their former employers pay the bill. Which is a good thing, since services can cost $5,000 to $10,000 per person, and even more for red carpet programs for executives.

I wasn't always a job search expert. When I was in kindergarten, I wanted to be a cowboy or a firefighter, not a career consultant. Later, I wanted to be a doctor. I actually did become a sculptor, a New York City cab driver, a clerk in a health food store, a carpenter, a construction site manager, an attendant in a mental hospital, and a group therapy leader—among other things.

Then one day I found myself newly married to a woman I loved dearly (and still do). She was nine months pregnant with the child we had both prayed for, and I was unemployed. We had a house, but not enough money to make the next mortgage payment. That's when I found my first job as a career consultant, which was interesting because I had never done career work before.

But some of my past experience was helpful and—much to my surprise—the fact that I had worked in a lot of different jobs suddenly became a plus. For someone with no prior experience in the job, I did very well at the start. In two or three years, I was well established in my new profession.

I liked career and job search assistance work from the very beginning and haven't gotten tired of it in 30 years. I've always felt that it was more like a calling than just a job. I love seeing unemployed people getting reemployed and seeing employed people make moves that make them happier in their work. Job search assistance is my hobby as well as my job. I sometimes volunteer to teach job hunting classes. And, of course, since people know what I do, they often ask me to help them find jobs.


When I'm volunteering to help people, I usually can't spend the time with them that Lee Hecht Harrison spends with a $10,000 client. So over the years, I've boiled everything I know down to a shorter version—including only the essentials, the things that people most need to know and most need to do (and not do) to find a good job. And I made a system out of it, a method. That's what I've put in the book you are holding: the condensed version, what I tell my friends and relatives, the Pierson Method.

In this book, I'll guide you all the way through your job search. I'll teach you to use the Pierson Method to be your own career consultant. I'll tell you how it all works, so you can write or improve your own resumé and answer many of your own questions. You may still need to use a book on resumé writing or salary negotiations, and if you do, come to my Web site,, and I'll suggest some. You won't get everything you would from having your own professional career consultant. But you won't get a bill for $10,000 either.

In the following chapters, I have explained the entire Pierson Method for you: what you need to do to find a great new job, and how you will know if you are on the right track. I expect you to learn some things from reading this book. But I also expect that you already know some of it and won't be surprised by what you read. After all, like most proven methods, this one includes a lot of good old common sense.

When they see what the Pierson Method is, some people are very relieved that they finally have a system to use in job hunting. If you like a more systematic approach than most job search books provide, you'll like the Pierson Method.

On the other hand, some people feel a little overwhelmed by such a complete system. If you're one of those people, don't worry. You don't have to do everything in this book to get a great new job. Many people use only parts of the Pierson Method and still succeed very nicely. So add some pieces of the method to whatever you're already doing. Or plan on doing 51 percent of the Pierson Method. Always remember: you only need one good job offer to succeed in search.

Just one.

All of the Important Points Are in a Large Font, Like This

To save you time and effort, I put the main points in this book in a large font. If you know exactly what I'm talking about in that big headline, you can probably skip the paragraphs after it and move on to the next big headline. I also summarized the entire Pierson Method in Chapter 12, so you can easily review it if you want to.

Since I know quite a lot about finding jobs, you might think that I have always found them easily. The truth is, like many people, I don't enjoy looking for a new job. Sometimes I've moved easily from one job to the next. Other times, like when I was first married, it was a struggle to find something.

I really didn't know what to do at all then. There was no Internet. With a baby on the way, I needed a better, career-track job. Most of the better jobs in the paper asked for experience I didn't have. I asked a friend of mine for advice. He knew an executive recruiter. After staring at the telephone for an hour or so, I called the recruiter, who actually returned my phone call!

I thought I had it all solved, u

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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 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!