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Halfway Decent ... until it got blatantly sexist
on March 4, 2013
I can sum up all of the substance of this book in one sentence. Figure out what the primary competencies are for the job you are looking for, then come up with real work examples for those competencies that show: (1) what the problem was; (2) what you did; and (3) and what the result is. Once you get that point, the rest of the book is just repetition on the same them. Half of the book is summaries of each chapter at the end of each chapter (which are almost as long as the chapters themselves), as if they were just trying to fill up space or are targeting people who don't know how to read. But I kept reading anyway, until I got to this passage, at which point I almost tossed my iPad across the room:
"If you are a woman who wants to interview for a powerful job, consider getting your makeup done, a new suit, new shoes, and your hair done by someone who knows what he or she is doing. If you need to lose some weight, start your diet and exercise program soon enough to make a difference before the interview. Get recommendations for makeup artists, manicurists, hair stylists, personal shoppers, and good places to shop from other people you know who look polished and professional. It just may be worth the investment. If you are a man, please consider making some of the same extra effort, too."
Apparently, the primary competency for women, in this author's opinion, is still their appearance. While men just need to ... take a shower or something. I find this completely reprehensible in this day and age. While it is true that you want to look polished and professional, that is something that applies equally to men and women. This passage alone made me completely reassess the author's credibility.