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Today’s job market is harsh and cold-blooded. Indeed, nothing guarantees that the job you have now will be available tomorrow. Your job (and you) may be downsized or outsourced. Plus, many people must now accommodate themselves to the status of part-time workers, even those with jobs that used to be full-time, salaried positions. Competition is fierce for good – and even mediocre – jobs. How do you manage to stay employed in such a cutthroat environment? Since the early ’70s, people looking for employment or career change have turned to this bestseller by Richard Nelson Bolles. This updated classic is filled useful information. One caveat: Bolles notes that his statistical results are a "mashup of research and hunches," so take them as indicative, but perhaps not as scientific. And if not every suggestion is a gem, he still gives you plenty of options. Those who also appreciate a spiritual message amid the practicalities will find that as well, so if that isn’t your cup of tea, consider yourself warned. getAbstract recommends this guide to anyone who needs to find a good job, or who wants – or needs – to make a career change.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What the job market demands;
  • How to identify your ideal job;
  • How to plan and conduct your job search;
  • What the five best (and worst) ways are to look for a job;
  • What role your resume plays in a job search; and
  • How to handle a job interview.

About the Author

Richard Nelson Bolles is an author, speaker and former Episcopal clergyman. This bestseller has sold nine million copies since it was first published in the early’70s and has been translated into 14 different languages. He is also the author of What Color Is Your Parachute: Retirement.



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