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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Career Press (February 16, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601630506
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601630506
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #299,191 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Orville Pierson is the author of The Unwritten Rules of the Highly Effective Job Search and senior vice president and corporate director of program design and service delivery for Lee Hecht Harrison, a leading career services company with 240 offices worldwide. In career services since 1977, Pierson has trained hundreds of career consultants. Yale educated, he is in demand as a speaker for college undergraduates, business school alumni, and job hunters ranging from hourly workers to senior executives. Often quoted by journalists, his work has been featured on radio and TV. He lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.

More About the Author

Orville Pierson is a top expert in job search assistance. He is the author of three widely acclaimed job hunting books: Team Up! Find a Better Job Faster with a Job Search Work Team, Highly Effective Networking, and The Unwritten Rules of the Highly Effective Job Search, all available here on Amazon. He is also is the creator of Job Search Work Teams, one of the most successful programs in the history of job search assistance.

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.

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It is easy to read and understand.
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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.
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A must for anyone serious about landing a great job.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By JEB on April 14, 2009
Format: Paperback
As a career counselor I was delighted to read Orville's book as it's clear, easy to follow and demystifies networking. One of his points is that these need to be "comfortable" conversations--not cold calling. He also keeps the focus on networking clear: reaching insiders and hiring managers. My advice is read this book and follow these steps--you won't regret it!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Grace M. Totoro on March 10, 2009
Format: Paperback
One word describes this book, FABULOUS! This is a must read for everyone who is in job search. Whether you consider yourself "networking challenged" a "networking guru" or a "forever novice", Orville does an excellent job at creating a recession proof, systemized approach to networking which will help even you!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By SV on June 1, 2009
Format: Paperback
I really tried to finish this book. However, it ran long on points basically repeating the same thing over and over and thus my mind wandered.

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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L. Gayle Bridgeman on July 7, 2009
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I had the opportunity to meet Orville Pierson and hear him speak on the topic of networking. He takes the mystery out of networking - by showing that networking is simply "talking to people with a goal in mind!" He illustrates in his book that each persons' existing network is really much larger than we realize - we just need to think about it a little differently. This is a great book for those currently in career transition, and those who think they may be soon! A definite ADD to your library! Gayle Bridgeman, Career Consultant and Trainer, [...]
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Former Job Hunter on September 22, 2009
Format: Paperback
With all the books on the market concerning the job hunt in general, resume prep, etc. this one hits the key part of the whole job hunt-networking. I was laid off last spring and used it as my job hunting bible. I'm working now, and though (obvously) there were a lot of factors in my sucessful job hunt, this book was a huge help. There's no higher complement I could pay then that.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Steven Savage on June 3, 2010
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PROS:

* 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.

CONS:

* 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..
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Job Seeker on July 2, 2009
Format: Paperback
This is well written and informative book. It is a must read for any job seeker. It is a great reference to assist how to best make connections to find a new job.

It is easy to read and understand.

Highly Effective Networking: Meet the Right People and Get a Great Job
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