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  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Career Strategies Media (March 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984393803
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984393800
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 5.2 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,109,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Scott Smith's unique background includes succeeding in multiple careers in the business, legal, and academic worlds, and his career advice has appeared in national media, including U.S. News & World Report. His resume includes working in advanced positions at a major Hollywood movie studio, a Washington, D.C. law firm, a Wall Street investment bank, a world-renowned university, and the United States government. Scott earned a bachelor's degree from Bowdoin College, a JD from Boston University School of Law, and an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He currently lives and works in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Scott Smith earned a bachelor's degree from Bowdoin College, a JD from Boston University School of Law, and an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He has succeeded in multiple careers in the business, legal, and academic worlds. His employers have included a major Hollywood movie studio, a Washington, D.C. law firm, a Wall Street investment bank, a world-renowned university, and the United States government. Scott's career advice has appeared in national media, including U.S. News & World Report. He currently lives and works in Boston, Massachusetts. Visit www.PerfectJobBook.com for more information.

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It was easy to read, well-organized and written.
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Smith is genuine about wanting to help you achieve the level of satisfaction and happiness that he has attained throughout his journey.
L. Pech-or
I highly recommend this book to anyone trying to find his or her perfect job.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Michael G. Benjamin on May 26, 2010
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Recent grad? Contemplating going back to school? Eyeing a career change? This book is perfect for a professional at any point in his or her career. As someone thinking of business school or law school, I've found this book extremely helpful in giving me the inside scoop (very helpful to get the perspective from an author who has done both!). I also have three sisters at different points in their careers (grad student, recent grad, and college student) who have found it extremely helpful as well. The book is organized in such a way that anyone can pick and choose what materials can help them.

Job-hunting can be very stressful but Scott Smith does a good job of introducing a systematic and organized way of approaching what could be a very overwhelming process. His light humor also makes this a fun read -- face it career books can sometimes be a snore. This book is a must-read for anyone, just wished I had it when I first graduated from college!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By R. Childs on October 27, 2010
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If you are reading this review, you have found the 'perfect job search' book! If you are looking for a book that can ACTUALLY HELP you in your search for a new job or even a new career, this is it. The book is light on fluff and cliches, and heavy on tools and issues that matter in the real world. I was pleasantly surprised by how easy it is to read. The author does a masterful job of mixing in humor, candor and real life examples in a thoughtful way. It sets a clear roadmap on how to look inward to help identify what you ACTUALLY WANT TO DO!!!! IMAGINE THAT?!?! A JOB YOU ACTUALLY LIKE!!!! This book will help you find it! I purchased multiple copies of the book that I have given to a few people I think can benefit from it. What better testament is there than that? Do yourself a favor and buy this book....you will not be disappointed!!!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Sylvester on November 12, 2010
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"Find Your Perfect Job" delivers what every jobseeker needs! Smith's easygoing, supportive, and occasionally humorous writing style makes this information-packed book a fast, enjoyable and extremely worthwhile read. The book is most impressive in that it seamlessly combines a valuable tool set for use in identifying your career interests with straightforward steps on how to reach the goal of landing a perfect job. These positive features are rarely seen in comparable books on the market.

As a recent career changer, I found Smith's method of evaluating my personal strengths and interests extremely useful in determining my next career move. His interview preparation section was also spot on as I used it effectively throughout my interviewing process from getting an initial interview to successfully receiving my desired offer.

Smith's unique personal anecdotes found throughout the text take the book to another level. He backs up his methods with plenty of interesting examples. He has been in the trenches in the corporate world and in post-graduate education and he levels with you on the reality behind the brochures. The man definitely knows of what he writes! His logical argument against law school is devastatingly effective and will make all but the most ardent believers think again before following that route. His analysis of business school is far more favorable, but it is also done in an objective, logical manner. This section is a critical read for anyone interested in pursuing post-graduate education in these areas.

Most importantly to any potential reader, Smith has been there before you in all these important career-determining situations. Through the benefit of his hard won experience, Smith gives you a user-friendly book that provides invaluable insight at a bargain price. In short, "Find Your Perfect Job" provides the tools and information necessary to make the right decisions and reach your ultimate career goals.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Clara Kim on May 14, 2010
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I was one of the countless undergraduates who talk themselves into applying to law school out of insecurity and a lack of patience. I spoke enthusiastically about the law to my friends, hoping that one day I'd feel as convinced about it as I sounded. Fortunately, I found this little volume just in time. Find Your Perfect Job gave me the ability to take a step back and identify the field that I actually care about, the career that I truly want, and all the options that are available to me. This book also gave me the practical tools I needed to land a position at a prestigious NGO that I've always admired. Thank you, Scott, for giving me the skills to seek my perfect job and career.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By L. Pech-or on June 10, 2010
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Scott Smith is a genius!!! I anxiously awaited the arrival of his book as I too wanted to find my perfect job and could not wait to get my hands on it. True to his words, he delivered on his promise to help you find your perfect job. Smith thoughtfully and carefully laid out his book into easy to read and follow chapters including a section on defining your perfect job through creating a job profile-an essential and crucial step in the job search process. This chapter is the heart of Smith's book and one of my favorite sections because I needed to answer those questions. Once you create your perfect job profile, Smith then gives you invaluable, useful tips and tools on how to land that perfect job, while also giving you sporadic personal accounts of his own experiences. The final chapters focus on the comparison between business and law schools, two paths that Smith undertook during his journey to find that perfect job. Smith gives the low down on the realities of both worlds while keeping it real and giving a candid account of his trials and tribulations. I truly appreciated his honesty and while I am not pursuing any of those paths, it was still an interesting read because it dispelled the common myths about law schools that most are not aware of, including myself-an eye opener for sure. So not only is this book informative and jam packed with immense amount of helpful tips and tools, it's also positive, inspiring and motivational. Smith is genuine about wanting to help you achieve the level of satisfaction and happiness that he has attained throughout his journey. It's also a multi-purpose book serving as a career and job search guide. I highly recommend this book and hope others found it as effective as I did.
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