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30 Ideas: The Ideas of Successful Job Search Paperback – December 15, 2010
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About the Author
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A veteran consumer marketing executive, Tim started his career with Nestle USA and has since worked in product management on premium brands including Nestle Quik, Tree Top Apple Juice, Mauna Loa Macadamias and Meguiar's Car Wax. He was most recently Vice President of Marketing for a private equity owned food company in Southern California.
Tim's Strategy began in September 2008 as a way to give back to the community that supported Tim during his own 2007 job search. Tim writes and creates from the perspective of a hiring manager and a former job seeker focusing on the strategy and psychology of successful job search. As well as on the larger topic of career and its impact on life. He lives with his wife and three kids in Mission Viejo, California.
Tim's Strategy - Ideas for Job Search, Career and Life has blossomed into a fast-growing blog, website, and LinkedIn group. Tim's blog has been featured on Salon.com as well as online versions of the Chicago Sun Times, San Diego Union Tribune, Reuters News Service and the Orange County Register. In a very crowded field, Tim's Strategy is steadily moving up on the list of top career-related blogs.
Tim is also now a featured blogger for U.S. News and World Report.
Top Customer Reviews
The book is an easy read and I have read it several times, because each time I reread, I add another small trick to my networking style. It is difficult to make too many changes at one time. It is important that your presentations about yourself, including the 30 second elevator speech, stay memorable and do not become stale.
The most impactful portion of the book for me was how to pick productive networking. I had attended many different networking groups to try and meet new people in my job search. By using his ideas, I was able to select which groups to attend and which group to stop attending or at least attend far less often. This helped prevent the burn-out feeling that one gets when they attend too many networking events in a short period of time.
First, it is concise. At just over 100 pages, it laser focuses on the key things you have to do if you want a successful job search. You can read it quickly, and put the content to work for you immediately.
Second, I like the organization into three sections: Job Search Strategy, The Psychology of the Job Search, and Smart Networking. There are also two wonderful bonus chapters about how to kick off a successful interview, and 8 ways to scare away employers. The second section about the psychology of the job search is, to me, the most important part of the book, especially in today's economy when the average job search can take 36 months. Tim lays out a variety of ways to help you get over irrational fears, handle the worst days of the job search, avoid the stigma of being unemployed, and re-frame limiting perceptions about being out of work. The key theme in all of these chapters is: Have a clear strategy, and gain a clear and confident perspective on your situation. Once you do, the job search progresses and one's mindset is calm and focused.
In the first section of the book, Job Search Strategy, Tim provides some great pointers. One chapter is worth the price of the book, because it shows job seekers how to NOT waste time sending out resumes that will never be read. Many job seekers believe that simply being in action all the time will pay off, but it doesn't. There are smart strategies and there are strategies that waste your time.Read more ›
As a career coach, I can tell you that I was jumping up and down and screaming with joy to read the author's strong opinion about having an objective for your job search - not the kind that is some boring line at the top of your resume, but a real knowing about what exactly you are looking for. Tim will show you that if you don't know what you're looking for, you won't even recognize the perfect person to help you when he or she is standing right in front of you.
What sets this book apart are it's practical tips that don't sound like a textbook on job search and the same old thing your father drills in your head every time he asks you if you've gotten a job. The ideas are simple and easy to implement THE day you read them. What's amazing is that it's not how most people approach the task. Mix this with the author's right-on-target perspective on the value of networking and how to truly do it effectively (and his key point about not waiting until you find yourself without a job to start doing it) and his warm and been-there-done-that suggestions on how to keep your head and heart feeling good during the stress of a job search.
So if you or someone you know finds yourself without a job and is getting a little burned out looking on electronic job boards day in and day out, go get this book for a breath of fresh air.
One of my favorites from Tim's ideas is: Stop paying attention to irrational fears. We all have them. Recognize your pattern and take action to break the cycle, fix what's broken, and if not, take a breath, get ready to re-load. A strategy is much more than a `to do' list. Tim drives home the distinction: Strategies are designed to maximize and build your resources. Inherent is the need to analyze your strategy, balance taking action with taking stock, then take time to adjust/recalibrate based on taking a hard look at yourself, your tools and how you use them. Again, multiple ideas in the book provide uncomplicated, yet critical steps.
I'll end with an idea from the beginning of Tim's book - the analogy of job seeker to that of marathoner.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book, clocking in at a hefty 116 pages, is a quick, and absorbing, read.
The aim of the book is to give the reader advice on "creating a Job Search Strategy,... Read more
This book is a kick in the pants that is needed by every job seeker. When you think you've tried everything in your search for employment, when you're hitting it out of the park... Read morePublished on April 16, 2011 by epetet
I connected with Tim via his group on LinkedIn. He has always been thoughtful, caring and willing to help people through their job search. Read morePublished on March 20, 2011 by Barbara Taylor
30 Ideas offers both practical advice and important reminders.
For example, we know it's difficult to maintain a positive mindset while job hunting. Read more
I've read a number of Job Search books and so I was wondering whether or not Tim Tyrell-Smith would have anything new to share about the process. Read morePublished on February 22, 2011 by MelC
Everyone talks about networking - Tim gives you a systematic way to approach it as a job seeker.
Everyone talks about helping others - Tim gives you a tactical... Read more
30 Ideas is such an excellent book that it's hard to describe.
In this book, Tim Tyrell-Smith provides short, sweet, to-the-point, grounded, and friendly advice. Read more
A 22-year veteran marketing executive, former job seeker, and current leading, respected voice in career-related social media with his acclaimed TimsStrategy. Read morePublished on January 17, 2011 by Meg Guiseppi