Why This Book Is Necessary and What It Will Do for You
Searching for a new job, whether you need one or want one, can be stressful and difficult. I want to help you. This book is meant to guide you through the uncertain, oftentimes frustrating, process of looking for a new position.
Times Are Changing
The current professional landscape is not the same as it was in the 1980s, 90s, or even the early 2000s. Substantial shifts are happening within companies and the overall job market which continues to make job searching challenging.
Previously, people went out after college and looked for stable companies to work at for 30 to 40 years. Once they were “in the door,” they would then climb the “corporate ladder,” get pay raises, more responsibility, and then retire with additional steady income from their pensions.
Those days are long gone, except for a small group of people. For almost all of us, the corporate ladder is extinct and company (and employee) loyalty is not valued the way it used to be.
Of course, this does not apply to every single company out there, but it’s rampant enough where you will very likely find yourself in the larger group, if you’re not there already.
A second reason why job searching in today’s world can be taxing is that there is no shortage of advice out there; either in books or articles, from friends, co-workers, parents, and other family members. Within that advice is a lot of conflicting information as well as lingering “old school” thoughts which are not only outdated, but potentially detrimental to you and your ability to job search effectively today and beyond.
Note: There is one exception to this that we’ll cover in Chapter 6.
It was after hearing much of this advice over the last few years, while also witnessing the further shift in the job search culture and studying more about it, that I developed my own point of view that best captures how job seekers (You) can effectively use your limited time to set yourself up for the best chance of finding the right position.
Yes, the right position. You deserve a job that fulfills you, gives you opportunities to grow, and pays you a fair salary.
It's Time to Think Differently
As a career consultant, my number one request from job seekers is how can they stand out from other candidates when applying for jobs. It’s a great question and is also the premise of this entire book.
If you want to stand out, you must think and act differently from the majority of other job seekers out there. And, as you will soon see as you go through this book, I am not talking about monumental changes, but rather small, subtle shifts that mostly have to do with your own mindset. There are other changes that are more visible but these adjustments are neither dramatic nor frightening, yet will yield significant results for you.
Who This Book Is For
Generally speaking, this book is for anyone who wants a fresh perspective on the whole job search process with strategies and tactics that work. More specifically, it’s for students looking for summer internships, students getting ready to graduate, recent graduates, professionals thinking about making a job change either now or in the future, and professionals currently out of work.
Through a combination of direct advice and intriguing stories1, the information contained in these pages is meant to empower you by giving you a wider understanding of how a lot of the job search scenarios work. This, in turn, will help prevent you from getting hung up on any one sticking point and allow you to stay focused and positive until you find your next opportunity.
Note: Some chapters will include popular questions I receive when I advise people. I have put these questions in bold and italics.
The personal details and scenarios have all been adjusted for anonymity. You can rest assured, however, that all of the stories in this book are true. In fact, I’m sure you have your own stories that would fit into some of these scenarios. My hope is that you take comfort in knowing that it’s not just you who sometimes has to deal with “funny,” head-scratching moments when job searching.
Yep, just like that.
Additionally, I wanted this book to be only as long as necessary. I know how time-consuming job searching is, especially when you’re working full-time and/or have other responsibilities. Everything contained in these pages is important. I’ve cut the content down to the bare essentials so you can spend more of your time job searching effectively with the information contained within.
My goals with this book are to:
1.Help you grow and develop your confidence.
2.Help you understand many different facets of the job search dynamic from multiple perspectives.
3.Tell everything to you straight.
4.Help you watch out for the pitfalls along the way (because there are plenty).
5.Provide you with a blueprint of how to manage your time to find the right job for you.
6.Provide you with all the steps that will be needed leading up to you signing your offer letter.
Specifically, we’ll cover the following topics in this book:
1.How the job market has changed and why that matters to you now and in the future.
2.How to write an effective résumé and cover letter.
3.How to optimize your LinkedIn profile and use it to your advantage.
4.How to proactively apply for positions and get noticed by the right people.
5.How to handle third-party recruiters (“headhunters”) and what to look out for.
6.How to prepare for phone, online, and in-person interviews.
7.How to negotiate an appropriate and fair salary, and much more.
So far in my career, I have been an employee, a hiring manager, a job seeker, an MBA graduate, a career switcher, and a career coach. Career coaching is a passion of mine and there is nothing more satisfying than getting feedback from a client about how these steps gave them the confidence to not only seek, but land the job they really wanted.
I want the same results for you.
I have experienced a lot so far in my career and I stand behind everything I’m about to share with you in these pages.
Writing this book was a joy and I hope you find the same value that others have found by both changing your mindset and following these easy steps.
Let’s get started.
Find the eBook and paperback here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07WMDVT73