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Getting Interviews book summary
To get a job, first you need an interview. Here’s how to wangle your way into more meetings and make the most of them.


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Kate Wendleton, an authority on job searches and career development, discusses techniques for getting interviews once you focus on your target job market. After a brief overview of the job-hunting process, she explains how to obtain interviews by networking effectively and building relationships. She discusses how to do mailings, answer ads, use interviews productively, work with search firms, develop phone skills and create a well-organized campaign. The book suffers from some repetition among chapters and some overlap with Wendleton’s Building a Great Resume, especially in the beginning of both books. Great Resume offers more information about assessing your career path than the present volume, a solid, basic book apparently geared to the relatively inexperienced job hunter seeking a novice to mid-level position. recommends the book’s well-organized strategic overview to most job seekers, with the caveat that high level executives and managers may already know much of the material.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to decide what job you want and select your job search targets
  • How to come to know the right people and get interviews in your target areas
  • How to manage your job campaign and conduct a good search


Keys to a Successful Job Hunt
On average, it takes eight follow-up calls to get an interview, so start dialing. When you start on your job hunt, network by contacting anyone you can, at any level, to get information. To get a job, you eventually have to reach someone one or two levels ...
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About the Author

Kate Wendleton is a nationally syndicated columnist who writes about career development. Wendleton, who holds her MBA, has been a career coach since 1978 when she founded a club to help job hunters, career changers and consultants. She founded Workforce America, a not-for-profit organization serving Harlem’s adult job hunters, and is the former CFO of two small companies.

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