Friday, July 16, 2010

Book Review: Seven-step job search by Michael Farr

Seven-Step Job Search: Cut Your Job Search Time in Half (Help in a Hurry)In my library, books with perfect phrases, write a cover letter in an hour, and step-by-step resumes in the title are popular books, since the patrons have usually picked them up because they are pressed for time. Their interview is tomorrow or the deadline to submit the resume is at 4pm today, so they gravitate to the books that promise them a speedy solution. Seven-step job search may not promise a speedy solution, but it does provide a plan for getting a job search organized and on track.
Seven-step job search explains how
  • to identify skills which you will need to display on your resume and while in an interview
  • determine a job objective which you can use in your online job search
  • employ effective job search methods: if networking works, work it
  • resume writing which is basic and includes some sample resumes
  • interviewing and salary negotiating skills
  • following up
Getting organized for a job search is the hardest part, since some people don’t always recognize that it is a logical process. For example, they write a resume before conducting an inventory of their skills, so they are not quite sure what to put in their job descriptions or on their cover letter. You aren’t locked into an order—and you may have no choice about the order of the process if you get an interview before your resume is ready—but a basic book like this can help you get organized and may even reveal some of the weaknesses in your job search, such as your interview skills are superb but you always choke the minute money is mentioned.
Seven-step job search is a good overview of the job search process and how to put it in order. It is skimpy on how to use online resources to look for work, but there are other books and resources that can fill in this gap. Some of the steps may have to be filled in with other resources, such as occupation specific resume samples when writing a resume, but this book explains the process for a person who is not finding work and needs to fix their strategy or for a person who is gearing up for a job search and who wants to conduct one efficiently.

Seven-Step Job Search: Cut Your Job Search Time in Half (Help in a Hurry)

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