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101 Ways to Power Up Your Job Search

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101 Ways to Power Up Your Job Search


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Don’t think of it as a job hunt — think of it as a career development search. There, now don’t you feel better. Muster your assets, mobilize your network, and think positively: this is an opportunity (and some happy company will be very lucky to find you)

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A job search used to be a dreary process of mailing resumes, making calls, scheduling interviews, and suffering rejection until you took the first thing that came along. Well, the employment quest has changed along with everything else. Here’s how to take advantage of being a skilled, available professional in a hot job market. J. Thomas Buck, William R. Matthews and Robert N. Leech pool their considerable experience as career development consultants to cover the entire landscape of job hunting in this detailed workbook of 101 exercises. Though written clearly and conversationally, the book is not simplistic. The authors ask thought-provoking questions as they take you through the job search process. Even if you’ve been in the business world for years, you will find this guide valuable since it harnesses the whirlwind of today’s ever-changing corporate climate. getAbstract recommends this book to anyone embarking on a job search and to human resources professionals.


Identifying the Right Job

Put aside thoughts of the old-fashioned job hunt, and position yourself for a strategic career search instead. By using 101 exercises, games, and other tools, you can embark on an employment quest that is based on carefully developed methods and designed to help you uncover your talents, needs, and choices.

Begin by asking yourself where you need career development help, before your search (or before you quit your current job). How satisfied are you with your analysis of your skills and values? Are you familiar with all the alternative jobs that may suit you? Are you comfortable with your knowledge of networking strategies and tactics? Have you analyzed the kinds of organizations that have jobs that would be appropriate for you? Have you focused your search on a specific list of potential employers? Are you comfortable with your interviewing skills? Well, then at least you have somewhere to begin.

Defining Yourself and Your Search

Your values and your feelings should be your career guide. Whether you are looking for a new job because you’ve been downsized out, you’ve quit, or you’re new to the workforce, you must first be clear...

About the Authors

The authors are all associated with Prism Performance Systems, a Detroit-area change management consulting firm whose clients include, Rubbermaid, Cadillac, Chevrolet, IBM, and many others. Thomas Buck is Prism’s president. William Matthews is a Prism senior consultant. Robert Leech works closely with Prism as a consultant and the head of his own consulting firm, R.N. Leech & Associates.

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