Job Hunting Tips for Hot and Not-So-Hot Backgrounds: 150 Smart Tips That Can Change Your Life

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Job Hunting Tips for Hot and Not-So-Hot Backgrounds: 150 Smart Tips That Can Change Your Life, by Ron and Caryl Krannich. 2005. Manassas Park, VA: Impact Publications 234 pages, Softcover, $17.95

Intended Audience: A, E, G, H

Major Headings from Table of Contents:

Job Search and Success Tips; Self-Assessment Tips; Goal and Objective Setting Tips; Research and Information Tips; Job Application Tips; Resume Writing; Distribution and Follow-Up Tips; Cover and Job-Search Letter Tips; Networking and Informational Interviewing Tips; Interviewing Tips; Follow-Up and Follow-Through Tips; and Salary Negotiation and Job Offer Tips.

How is the book most useful for its intended audience?

Offers a comprehensive catalog of tried-and-true techniques for the entire job-search process, from planning the search to accepting an offer. Expands on traditional advice with Internet resources and relevant statistics and activities.

The top things you learned from reading this book:

After 27 years in the field I have readjust about everything but here are some things I really liked: Excellent use of graphs, charts, and selfassessment exercises; lots of Internet resources; Superior examples of things to do, actions to avoid, and myth-busting facts; Tip #9: Treat your job search as a people process rather than a paper and e-mail exercise; Tip #28: 20 key principles to job-search success; Tip #123: Communicate positive behaviors during the first five minutes of the interview.

The Doctors Krannich have organized the 150 tips into a seven-step program: 1) identify motivated skills and abilities, 2) specify a job/career objective, 3) research individuals, organizations, communities, and jobs, 4) produce resumes and job-search letters, 5) conduct informational/ networking interviews, 6) manage job interviews, and 7) negotiate salary and terms of employment. In addition to being chock-full of useful information, this book is very directed and focused with practical tips that all have specific objectives.

The first section includes solid motivational advice, recognizing that attitude and effort are as important as knowledge, if not more so. A Job Search Contract and Weekly Job Performance and Planning Report are designed to keep the job seeker committed, accountable, and on track. The authors recognize that most job seekers (they predict more than 80%) need help and offer suggestions of ways to avoid being a "lone ranger," including job fairs, conferences, professional associations, agencies (private and non-profit), recruiters, and career and resume-writing certifying organizations.

The authors impress upon the job seeker the importance of taking sufficient time to organize and plan the job search, making a firm and genuine commitment of time and effort, taking a proactive approach, and using time wisely. The importance of maintaining a positive attitude is repeated throughout the chapter, whether conducting a self-assessment, dealing with disappointments, recognizing problem areas, or handling rejection.

Ads and Internet postings are acknowledged as a minor source of actual employment and the authors recommend spending the greatest part of the job search concentrating on accessing the hidden job market. They note that the Internet is best if used for research, e-mail, and direct job applications.

Some of the excellent advice includes applying for only jobs that fit, staying focused, turning weaknesses into strengths, being honest with yourself and employers, avoiding jobs that you really don't want, positioning yourself as a problem solver, and maintaining the same good values and work ethic one brings to the workplace. …