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A Foot in the Door: Networking Your Way into the Hidden Job Market Paperback – May 1, 2008
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Now, as a 15-year recruiting veteran, career coach, and careers author, I teach this backdoor method myself. For both beginners in the job market, or beginners to the idea of informational interviewing and backdoor job search (which many of my 40-50 year-old clients are), this is a great career manual. Katharine walks the uninitiated through the entire philosophy, psychology, and practical steps of non-lemming job finding--doing it differently. Since 80% of all jobs are filled BEFORE being advertised, the technique of tapping the "hidden job market" as Katharine describes is crucial to long-term career management. Plus, experts say we are moving away from the traditional "permanent job," so knowledge of formalized networking will be a REQUIRED SKILL in tomorrow's economy.
I did well in college because 4 months earlier I found a little book called "How to Make Straight A's in College by Beating the System". "A Foot In The Door" is the same type of book to read after college and before any career change...because this is about beating the job search system.
Thanks for spelling it all out Katharine!
Very few jobs are obtained through the job websites such as Monster. Recently, a job in Las Vegas for a part-time museum greeter drew over 600 applications! By law, government and publically supported organizations must advertise, but that doesn't prevent them hiring from within, which they usually do.
Where do you find jobs? Through people you know. So, the more people you meet, the more people you know and the more people you know, the more people can know you. Like the old saying says, "It's not what you know, but who you know. "
Networking sounds rather mercenary, but actually it is just friends and acquaintances. I think Katharine Hansen has written the best book yet on how to network from scratch. How do you go about breaking the ice? What do you write? How do you find people who can help you? What do you say? How do you make yourself impressive and memorable to someone you've just met? With specific examples, A Foot in the Door: Networking Your Way Into the Hidden Job Market will show you how.
Thanks to her, I now spend more time out of the house being socially productive and less time at the lonely computer spinning my wheels.
The first was for San Diego Alarm a job I loved, but only held a short while.
One the employer paid me with two checks that bounced.
Another I landed at a start up bought by Honeywell, I loved that job and worked there for six years.
My wife has used these techniques and done well.
My daughter used them as well, but never read the book. She has landed four jobs using these techniques.
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With all due respect to Richard N. Bolles, author of What Color is Your Parachute? a personal hero to both Ms. Read morePublished on August 19, 2012 by Dave Rothacker
I think this is one of the best networking books around for individuals who want to network to find jobs. I highly recommend it to my clients, especially the reluctant introverts. Read morePublished on June 1, 2011 by Terry Pile
I did not find this information useful. Any competent employee of a workforce center (state employment agency) could give you this much advice, or more, for free. Read morePublished on April 22, 2010 by Lynn Bulmahn