Academic journal article Career Planning and Adult Development Journal

Job Searching for a New Job

Academic journal article Career Planning and Adult Development Journal

Job Searching for a New Job

Article excerpt

The following reviews are intended for the job seeker who may be recently laid off, in search of a career change, or the new college graduate who is interested in landing their first real job. The interested reader will find new ways of job- hunting, strategies and what to expect for starting a new job, how to bounce back after a lay off, and how to redefine work on your own terms.

101 Best Ways to Land a Job in Troubled Times, (2010) by Jay A. Block. Reviewer: Linsey Levine.

Effective Immediately: How to Fit In, Stand Out, and Move Up at Your First Real Job (2010), by Emily Bennington and Skip Lineberg. Reviewer: Janie Shipman.

Find the Bathrooms First! (1999), by Roy J. Blitzer and Jacquie Reynolds-Rush. Reviewer: Nancy Segal.

Finding your very best next work life... strategies for successful career change, by Martha E. Mangelsdorf. Reviewer: Gibson Sheid.

Getting Back to Work - Everything You Need to Bounce Back and Get a Job After a Layoff (200S) by Linda K. Rolie. Reviewer: Kathy Bitschenauer

Job-Hunting Online (5th Edition, 2008), by Mark Emery Bolles and Richard Nelson Bolles. Reviewer: Shirley E. Rowe.

Pink Slip Power! Recover and Succeed If s Up to YQiI! (2004) by Wade J. Wnuk. Reviewer: Laurie Marmel.

The End of Work as You Know It: 8 Strategies to Redefine Work on Your Own Terms (2009), by Milo Sindell and Thuy Sindell. Reviewer: Daniel L. Yazak.

The Job-Hunter's Survival Guide (2009) by Richard N. Bolles. Reviewer: Louise Garver.

The 2012 What Color is Your Parachute? (2012) by Richard N. Bolles. Reviewer: Steven E. Beasley

101 Best Ways to Land a Job in Troubled Times, (2010) by Jay A. Block. McGraw Hill, 208 pages, Paper. 14.95.

Book's Purpose or Theme

Simple, innovative, strategic, and proven job search campaign methodology that worL· in highly competitive and dynamically changing workplace environments for all career transition individuals.

Brief Summary of Content

This excellent book provides an inspirational and strategic approach to successful career management, especially during difficult times when old employment methods are not working. New and unprecedented times demand new and unprecedented methods for everyone that are personal, authentic, realistic, measurable, and smart. Jay Block, a long-time thought leader in the career field, presents an easy Five Step Process to guide and motivate people through an unusually difficult transition time:

1 . Learn How to Ride the Emotional Roller-Coaster (during adversity)

2. Define Your Goal (Know where you want to get to)

3. Use Value-based resumes and marketing tools (average doesn't work, need to differentiate)

4. Create a Meticulous Action Plan (MAP) (employment GPS) make sure the map takes you where you need to go)

5. Take Action (consistent, persistent action creates steps that make things happen the way you want)

Jay gives his own story first, and then simplifies the process for most people in career transition, starting with the most fundamental and basic advice to change one's life by changing one's thoughts for "You are what you think." It's not new advice, but not often provided as the first step in a successful job search process - as it should be. When people lose their jobs, most feel a loss of control, which leads to anxiety, fear, and desperation. By learning how to reframe the situation - from crisis to opportunity, and beliefs - from "can't do to can do,"- it's easier for people to feel empowered and take back control of many facets of their lives. The tools provided are right on target! For managing fear and emotions, Jay presents his 10 Principles for Success. With these techniques, clients can learn where and how to devote or spend their energies most effectively, and make the daily choices that lead to continued positive outcomes.

Here are Jay's Ten Principles for Success

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