People seem to believe that entering a new century means that there is a new way to do just about everything, or at least there should be. That’s silly. At least as regards conducting an effective job search, the only thing different in this, the second decade of the twenty-first century, from previous centuries, is technology – you can literally find networking events at the push of a button, and apply for hundreds of jobs a week, if you already have a computer and Internet access, virtually for free!
There are two other differences, but I am afraid you will have to read my new book, The 21st Century Job Search, to find out what they are!
I have never been afraid of controversy, nor am I hesitant to admit when I am wrong. Accordingly, in the book I revisit my previous comments on such things as wearing large engagement rings to job interviews, my short-lived position as a career coach at a New York university, and coping with discrimination, topics which raised some eyebrows when I originally wrote about them on LinkedIn.
In the book you will learn:
- How to prepare for an effective job search;
- How to research prospective employers;
- How to handle your Internet presence;
- How to utilize LinkedIn to build your brand and attract employers;
- How to effectively network – especially if you are shy;
- How to prepare for surprises;
- How to correctly read job descriptions to avoid frustration;
- What really happens to, and how to write, effective cover letters;
- What really happens to, and how to write, effective resumes;
- How to properly prepare for phone, video and in-person interviews;
- What questions to ask, and how to answers questions you will be asked, in interviews;
- How to follow-up after an interview;
- About legal and illegal discrimination; and
- About negotiating, offer letters, and resigning.
I also tackle the “tough” questions of dealing with a “resume gap,” raising health issues, having been fired, and how to turn having been a stay-at-home parent or caregiver into an attraction for employers.
But I do not simply tell you what to do, when possible, I show you. There is a script, especially for those of you who are shy, for effective networking and follow up. Additionally, you will find sample letters for networking, expressing interest in a company, applying for jobs, thanking interviewers and, my personal favorite, the rejection letter.
While in the book I give particular advice to veterans, college students, “older” candidates, the long-term unemployed, stay-at-home parents, and caregivers about how to effectively cope with the different stages of a job search, the book is for any job seeker regardless of their circumstances.
The official launch date for the book is March 1. You may pre-order the book and receive significant savings through February 28. The paperback edition will only cost you $9.95 (a $10 savings), and the Kindle edition will only be $2.99 (a $6.96 savings; FREE for Kindle Unlimited subscribers.) To make your purchase, click on the links or the book cover.