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Highly Effective Networking: Meet the Right People and Get a Good Job Paperback – February 16, 2009
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ASSISTED OVER A MILLION JOB HUNTERS
He served for 19 years as Corporate Director of Program Design at the headquarters of Lee Hecht Harrison (LHH), a 300-office global career services program. He led the team that created job hunting programs used to assist over a million job hunters in finding good new jobs.
CREATED CURRICULUM, BOOKS AND WEBSITES
TRAINED HUNDREDS OF CAREER COACHES
In that role, Mr. Pierson created the overall LHH job search curriculum and was the primary or sole author of dozens of privately-published LHH books, manuals and websites, including Executive Directions: Creating Options in Life and Work, Managing Your Search Project, a guide used by up to 100,000 job hunters a year and content for the industry's most comprehensive password-protected job hunting website, Career Resource Network. He also designed training materials for LHH's staff and trained hundreds of career coaches.
TALKS FOR UNIVERSITIES, BUSINESSES, AND CAREER PROFESSIONALS
Mr. Pierson has been in the career services field since 1977 as a program designer as well as a trainer and career coach to hundreds of private clients. He has spoken at universities and business schools, as well as for groups of executives, HR professionals, and college career professionals. He has appeared on radio and TV, and has been featured in many articles, ranging from the NACE Journal to Forbes.com to general audience publications. His education includes a BA from Yale University and training in career-related psychological instruments.
For complete information on Mr. Pierson's experience and expertise, please see his Linked In profile and recommendations, or his website, highlyeffectivejobsearch.com.
Top Customer Reviews
There are a few interesting concepts in the book, I really was under the impression that you have to be an extroverted salesperson to really network, which is debunked in the book. It sounds like you should treat networking for a job similarly to day to day interactions with people when you are seeking the answer to a question or help with something. Sounds rather low key actually. I don't know how true it is, or if it's something that's common sense, but it was a confidence builder since I'm one of those types that is rather introverted and hates to network. However, I haven't tested out this concept yet.
I think what really got me was at the end of every chapter is his "journal" which attempt to portray real life examples of what he's discussing in the chapter. They are so painfully trite that I was cringing. The sample conversations for networking are also pretty bad.
He also does a fair amount of promoing his first book, which I found off-putting.
This book could have been helpful if it wasn't so drawn out, had better real life examples, and didn't hype his first book so much.
If you're curious about reading or skimming over the book I recommend you borrow it from a friend, or the local public library. I'm so put off by the author's writing that I couldn't pay for it.
* A sober, straightforward system for networking for a new job.
* Builds on Pierson's past work effectively.
* A refreshing, low-key change to the "supernetworking" books.
* Repeats some previous material.
* The system presented is very intense, and may take effort to adapt to a lower-key job search.
SUMMARY: A book on career networking with the network you have, and how to do it in an organized manner. A good purchase if you want to improve your network use or use Pierson's techniques.
Orville Pierson's "The Unwritten Secrets of the Highly Effective Job Search" is one of the books I recommend to every job seeker, professional, and careerists. Though his prose is at times dull, his intelligent, rational, and systematic approach is simply fantastic. Pierson took a lot of common sense job search tips and made a system out of it.
So when I heard he had another book out, focusing on networking in the job search, I had to read it - and of course review it.
If there was a flaw in the last book, it was the dull prose. I'm pleased to report Pierson has changed his style, keeping his sober and non-sensational style, while making it more accessible and less dull. It also makes the book read remarkably fast, as it's well-paced.
Pierson's focus is deliberately not on supernetworking or becoming a master of networking - he leaves that to others. His goal instead is to spell out how people can use the network they have to create a highly effective job search. Even if you don't think you have much of a network, Pierson's book helps you figure out what you can do with your current network, and helps you see how much networking power you really have..Read more ›
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Everyone knows that Networking is an important part of a job search, but this book does a good job of explaining the process, the every day tasks, and tips to accelerate the... Read morePublished 18 months ago by VerdereC
I was unemployed and took some classes in job search strategies. This book was recommended by the presenter and since I have been very uncomfortable at the idea of networking I... Read morePublished on December 24, 2013 by H. MacKenzie
The author's credentials and extensive experience at outplacement firm, Lee Hecht Harrison, provide the basis for this excellent guide thru the Networking Processes. Read morePublished on April 9, 2013 by Silicon Valley Denizen
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The true test of any Job Search advice is whether or not it works. For this book, the answer is an emphatic, 'yes'. Read morePublished on January 13, 2012 by Silent Scribe
This is an excellent book that is well written. The book gets to the point and goes into great detail as how to network and make it comfortable for everyone. Read morePublished on August 17, 2010 by Joe Houston Texas
Creative, practical, and motivating... this is a terrific resource for anyone who is in job search. Orville has taken his vast experience in job search and specifically networking... Read morePublished on May 14, 2010 by Mariah McTavish