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  • Series: How to Get Any Job: Career Launch & Re-Launch for
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press (June 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580085393
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580085397
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,010,965 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Career consultant DONALD ASHER is a featured speaker at more than 100 colleges and universities every year, coast to coast. A columnist for MSN Encarta and contributor to the Wall Street Journal's CareerJournal.com and CollegeJournal.com, he divides his time between Nevada and San Francisco.

More About the Author

DONALD ASHER is the author of ten books on the topics of careers and higher education. He is a contributing writer for the San Francisco Chronicle, the Wall Street Journal's CareerJournal.com and CollegeJournal.com, USAirways Magazine, MSN Encarta and MSN homepage, Dow Jones's National Business Employment Weekly and Managing Your Career magazines, and many other publications and career sites. He visits more than one hundred university campuses every year to discuss career management topics from salary negotiations to linking your major to your life goals.

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This book was very useful even for someone like in my late 20s and out of college a million years ago.
Le Magicien.
Another book I highly recommend is "They Don't Teach Corporate in College: A Twenty-Something's Guide to the Business World" by Alexandra Levit.
L. Delgado
And after reading (or at least skimming) 30-ish books, this one has proved to be the most helpful and informative by far.
EnglishMajorGirl

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

49 of 51 people found the following review helpful By L. Delgado on August 1, 2005
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I bought this book based on the title since my children have liberal arts majors. After reading it I bought copies for both my children (so I could keep my copy!) and have highly recommended it to my friends.

Mr Asher has many years experience counseling college students on career choice and career launch. "Most college students want a job when what they should really want is career development. What is career development? Career development is conducting a process of self-discovery and then matching what is discovered with the career marketplace." p 3 The book describes the process of selecting careers to research, how to research them, and then how to look for opportunities in those areaa.

What I particularly liked is that Mr Asher gives very detailed instructions on what to do, how to do it, and why to do it. For example, here is how to develop a list of companies to call, here is how to make contact and get interviews, and here is the number of interviews you need per week to get "traction" and land a job within 6 months.

While this book is specifically aimed at college grads it would be very useful for anyone looking for a new job.

I also highly recommend "The Play of Your Life: Your Program for Finding the Career of Your Dreams - And a Step-by-step Guide to Making It a Reality" by Colleen Sabatino. It is geared toward workers with experience who want to change jobs but the assessments are very useful for first-time job hunters. It has more specific advice on resumes and cover letters.

Another book I highly recommend is "They Don't Teach Corporate in College: A Twenty-Something's Guide to the Business World" by Alexandra Levit. The business world functions very differently from college and that can be a tough transition for students. Written by a 28-year-old who figured it out successfully, it's a great introduction for students entering the work world.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By EnglishMajorGirl on April 6, 2006
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I've never reviewed anything on Amazon before, but considering how great this book is, I decided it deserved it.

I'm a college junior who has been scouring the many rows of career-related books at her campus library for weeks now as part of my quest to figure out what the best career path for me would be. And after reading (or at least skimming) 30-ish books, this one has proved to be the most helpful and informative by far.

Asher's book will not only show how to better figure out what your values are so that you can choose a career to meet all of your "threshold needs," but also help you figure out how to conduct an effective job search once you've made your choice.

This book is the total package- if you're only going to buy one resource to help with your career choice/job hunt, make it this one! Trust me, it's way better than all of that "What Color is Your Parachute?" stuff.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D. Rogers on April 10, 2006
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After I stopped laughing/sobbing because this title is much too applicable than chance should allow, I started reading what has become a very great book! This book won't find a job for you, but it will give you a tremendous amount of help in finding a career. From the onset, you will be warned that this is not a book to be passively absorbed. This book challenges you to analyze your beliefs, your values, and your skills; which is then combined with dozens of other soul searching exercises aimed at getting recent graduates or soon to be grads going in the best suited direction. This amazing resource is well researched and careful not to be pushy or authoritative in in approach, it merely guides the reader through their own soul-searching process. This one of the most practical and applicable books that any college graduate, basement bound or not, can read!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bryan P. Correaberger on January 31, 2008
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I read this book after I got out of college -I have a Masters/Bachelor's degree in Environmental Science, but I did not have a job because I didn't have all the ridiculously stringent requirements set forth by most institutions I applied to. So, I needed to make money quickly and get on my feet to pay bills and keep following my passions in environmental science and biodiversity conservation.

The book is well organized, helpful, hopeful, and encouraging to the most die-hard fatalist (my mother) that at 45, she could not start a new career because she didn't think she had the skills.

It makes you look at all your personal assets, non-monetary materials and skills you have to offer, and how many people you really know that can help you get to where you want to go. The book gives clear and effective exercises for defining your passions, what you want out of life, and how to make different jobs work to fulfill your personal needs, even if it may not be in the original field you thought it would be.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Explorer on February 6, 2006
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Donald Asher is brilliant, and that's all there is to it! This book, especially, is a valuable resource for any liberal arts major and for any career changer at any age. The sheer volume of useful information is amazing, given the book's moderate size. Every pertinent topic is included, such as choosing careers that would be good fits to you, doing informational job research, strategies for finding the job you want (things EVERYONE should know, but no one tells you!), advice on resumes, cover letters, thank you letters, interviews, etc. This book literally includes everything you need to know, in just the right amount of detail, and all of it is very practical and immediately useful - you won't be disappointed!
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