Academic journal article Career Planning and Adult Development Journal

How to Get A Job and Keep It: Career and Life Skills You Need to Succeed

Academic journal article Career Planning and Adult Development Journal

How to Get A Job and Keep It: Career and Life Skills You Need to Succeed

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How To Get A Job And Keep It: Career and Life Skills You Need to Succeed, by Susan Morem. 2002. Chicago, IL: Ferguson Publishing Company. 262 pages, Soft-Cover, $9.95

Intended Audience: All

Major Headings from Table of Contents:

Everything You Need to Know About Getting a Job; You've Landed a Job, Now What?

How is the book most useful for its intended audience?

If you want a complete overview of the good habits and etiquette of getting a job and keeping it, then you will want to absorb this book's wide scope.

The top things you learned from reading this book:

A job worth getting is worth keeping. Preparing to get a job is only the first step in good career habits. Appearance matters. Good habits matter to successful people, mainly yourself (if you want to be successful).

As a career professional, it's a compliment to suggest that the book, How to Get a Job and Keep It, resembles an Emily Post guide to career and life skills. Many books written to an audience of job seekers leave out crucial pieces of the hiring game or hiring puzzle. This author, Susan Morem, allows the reader to look at habits related to job search. She draws your attention in by focusing on topics such as drawing your reader in with a strong resume, developing your best interview game and executing an effective job search.

But this book doesn't stop after helping you open the interview door. That's an important key to unlock the value of this book. The first section provides a crash course and tests to ensure you understand the value of interview do's and don'ts, how to properly market yourself and put yourself on paper. To keep the reader moving Susan Morem splices in recent surveys and findings from a number of sources to reinforce what works and what doesn't work. Surprising results are presented, along with step-by-step debunking of job search, resume and interview myths.

Perhaps executives who feel they have mastered the art of interviewing and hiring may not be the book's first audience. But this book points out many common-sense basics that are anything but common sense. Even though the book seems to cater to the young job seeker, it has applicable value well beyond just that audience.

Some important topics that the author points out include proactive versus reactive strategies for interviews, and communication and team-focused readiness plans that equip you to take on the new challenges of a new job. …

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