"By drawing parallels to challenging and hilarious dating situations, Shawn has demystified the process of taking that next career step." -- Keith Ferrazzi, Author, Never Eat Alone: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time (www.NeverEatAlone.com)
"Courting Your Career will appeal to thousands of young people who need a friendly guide to the career process." -- Sheila J. Curran, Fannie Mitchell Executive Director, Duke University Career Center
"Introduces us to an easily understood and mastered analogy that exposes the essential, subtle interpersonal elements of the career search." -- Al Cotrone, Director, Career Development and Student Affairs; Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan
"A thoughtful and intelligent look at how job hunting correlates with the pursuit of personal relationships." -- Howard Figler, Ph.D., author, The Complete Job-Search Handbook
"Whether looking for specific advice or a snapshot of proven strategies for finding the right job, I highly recommend it." -- Tom Osmond, Global Head of Corporate Training and Development, Goldman Sachs International
About the Author
Shawn Graham has extensive career counseling experience having worked with thousands of undergraduate and graduate students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Westminster College, and most recently as Director of MBA Career Services at the University of Pittsburgh.
Shawn is a frequent commentator in online and print publications including a popular blog at FastCompany.com and articles for CollegeJournal.com and The Charlotte Observer. Graham has been cited in such outlets as The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and msnbc.com.
Shawn received his M.Ed. from Westminster College and his B.A. with honors from the University of Pittsburgh. To learn more about Shawn or his book, visit http://www.courtingyourcareer.com.
Shawn Graham partners with small businesses to create, implement, and manage performance-driven marketing strategies. His knowledge base includes media relations, business development, customer engagement, web marketing, and strategic planning.
Shawn is the author of Courting Your Career and a blogger for FastCompany.com. He has been cited in such outlets as the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and AdAge.com.
Prior to launching his own business, Shawn worked at the University of North Carolina and the University of Pittsburgh, most recently serving as Assistant Dean and Director.
After reading this book, I have to thank Shawn Graham for his practical and novel approach to finding the perfect career. I have found that building great relationships is a major key to creating fulfillment and success. Mr. Graham builds upon this idea by relating the job search/career preparation process to the world of "courtship."
I believe current students, recent graduates, and those already many years into their careers will benefit from reading this book. The networking section (ice breakers, introduction seduction) alone is worth the price of the book.
If you or someone you know could use help finding a soul-mate (read "career-mate" in this case), do them a favor and send them this book.
Courting Your Career addresses the job search in a way that is fresh and fun with a topic that most young men and women can relate to. The information is easy to read and fits so many stages of the job search campaign that this is a book that will be able to be referenced again and again throughout the reader's life.
Shawn Graham knows his territory: his 'regular job' is with a Career Management Center in North Carolina. Having had extensive experience counseling college students on the successful ways to career life after college has resulted in this very entertaining and useful guide COURTING YOUR CAREER: Match Yourself with the Perfect Job.
Graham uses the helpful analogy of thinking about career options, making decisions by elimination procedures as to what job market is most compatible with the candidate, and then goes about the steps in approaching the desired career by using the same kind of information and etiquette and presentation that maximizes effects in successful dating and partnering! It may sound simplistic when condensed in a review, but Graham is a shrewd and perceptive guide, giving solid examples of how to manage every step of the job search (and research!), the interview, and the final negotiations that result in making the right choices for the perfect job. And if this 'personal dating' analogy seems a bit like 'Job Hunting for Dummies', then this smart book is probably meant for you. Graham carefully draws attention to the many steps and pitfalls, sound advice and encouragement, and even check lists for accomplishing goals. It is a tightly written, very useful manual that may be aimed at the young graduate, but it is also a fine tool for people of any age who have decided to re-enter the job force or make a career change. Don't be put off by the Magritte-like cover: this is a learned, accessible manual! Grady Harp, November 07
Really great book! Makes some excellent points, and does a good and somewhat funny job of connecting the job search to one's dating life - makes sense, and is really helpful. really helps to rationalize the job search and relate it to something easy that people do in everyday life.
As an MBA student, I've had to quickly figure out how to find and land that perfect gig. Courting Your Career helped me get up to speed on how to best position myself to prospective companies while also covering everything I needed to know about interviewing. The dating metaphor helped drive the advice home and made a tedious process a lot more fun. I would definitely recommend this book.
I thought this book was great. The anecdotes are funny, relevant, and artfully used to drive home helpful career-related insights. I'm an MBA student and found the book to be a great supplement to my personal career search. Any 20-something seeking "the" job will love this book.
I began reading Shawn Graham's book, "Courting Your Career" on a flight from Harrisburg to Chicago. Even though I'm not looking to change my career, it was good company.
It might surprise you that I'm saying a book subtitled, "Match Yourself with the Perfect Job," was good company. However, Shawn's innovative use of courtship as a metaphor and framework for finding your perfect career resulted in an entertaining and enlightening read. Chapter titles include; Playing the Field, The Meet Market, and Dinner and a Movie.
In addition, Shawn seasons his book with wit and humor that draws readers along and lightens the mood. While reading about the importance of networking, you'll come across this gem. You should be networking everywhere except, "police stations and prisons."
"Courting Your Career" may be funny but it's not frivolous. The night before my flight, I returned a call from a college student who asked if he should follow-up a job interview with a phone call. I told the student that I appreciate a follow up call after I interview potential instructors and suggested he do the same. The next day, somewhere over Ohio, Shawn confirmed that 82% of executives think you should follow up within two weeks.
Furthermore, I loved the sample scripts. For example, you'll learn how to keep the door open at the end of a short conversation that didn't go as well as you hoped. Finally, Shawn adds value by identifying a wealth of career-search-resources found outside his book. Locating external resources completes this tool chest for career hunters.
I'm recommending "Courting Your Career" to at least two groups of readers, those searching for careers and those helping others find their "Perfect job."