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How to Get Any Job: Life Launch and Re-Launch for Everyone Under 30 (or How to Avoid Living in Your Parents' Basement), 2nd Edition Paperback – October 20, 2009


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press; 2 Original edition (October 20, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158008947X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580089470
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #665,322 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“a clear process for job search that will work at any age.”
—Syndicated “Working Strategies” career columnist Amy Lindgren
 
“Career guru Donald Asher has updated his job search bible...perfect for every soon-to-be college grad who hasn’t thought beyond finding paid employment in order to get out of his parents’ house.”
—BookPage

From the Publisher

* Combines the most innovative thinking on post-college career launch with step-by-step preparation for aligning life goals with job opportunities.
* Asher's books have sold more than 300,000 copies.

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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Short Young Thing on January 23, 2013
Format: Paperback
This book was mostly geared toward young undergraduate students. The content is good: it mostly discussed "exploring your interests" (AKA "finding yourself"), personality tests, volunteering, internships, and options besides traditional employment (military, grad school, etc). Theres's also a section about networking and interviewing. If you're a young student preparing to graduate from college or a young recent college grad, it might be helpful to read this book as you prepare to hit the job market, particularly the networking section.

If you're like me (under 30 and have been out of school for a while), I recommend a different book by the same author "Cracking the Hidden Job Market." Cracking The Hidden Job Market: How to Find Opportunity in Any Economy

The networking methods in both books are pretty much identical. However, "How to Get Any Job" goes into much more detail about networking to find jobs and talks less about "finding yourself."
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Barry L. Davis on March 2, 2010
Format: Paperback
Subtitled Life Launch and Re-Launch for Everyone Under 30, and sub-subtitled Or How to Avoid Living in Your Parents' Basement, this entertaining and quite comprehensive book is directed primarily to new graduates, although there is much to be gleaned for any job seeker. I have seen Mr. Asher "in person," and much of his whimsy and many of his practical examples are recounted in this book.

Starting with what he describes will be a rather intense and comprehensive approach to Life Planning, not merely career development, he provides resources and exercises to assist the reader in some Vision Engineering, then moves on to investigating how these interests can translate into the real world, closing with very specific, pragmatic advice on the steps to take to find that job. Much real-world advice is offered around researching, networking, using technology, attending job fairs, planning the search campaign, even negotiating the offer. Mr. Asher provides numerous stories of successes and failures, recounting some searches that were very unusual (One student handed out resumes with his cell number to everyone entering the building of his company of interest, noting that he would be in the parking lot waiting for a call. He got the interview, by the way).

Topics include internships, summer jobs, use of career centers, high risk occupations, considering advanced degrees, troubleshooting the job search, and much more. Asher even includes some scripts for communication as well as pointed advice on actions to take to work around the traditional job market, a market that is almost guaranteed to provide candidates who have better qualifications than you!

I consider this book a Must Read for any new graduate, and a very useful guide for anyone whose job search has stalled or is on life support.
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Author and Speaker Donald Asher's book "How To Get Any Job. Life Launch and Re-Launch for Everyone under 30" has been an AWESOME resource to my 26 year old daughter and myself as a single parent.

What caught my attention was the following text on the book's cover "or how to avoid living in your parents' basement"...
Before the worldwide recession hit around 2008, I would have giggled when I read this text. Now so many under 30's are moved back into their parents' homes and are feeling this is a permanent arrangement.

I am happy to say my daughter Nicole moved into her first apartment by herself in April of this year. Before that, she lived with me and then with roommates. Thanks to Mr. Asher's book, Nicole realized that in spite of what the media is saying in 2013 - it is possible to NOT live at home with your parents.

I would also like to invite you to visit and LIKE Mr. Asher's Fan Page on facebook. You are also welcome to leave a comment on the site if you have either read any of his books, attended his seminars or have met him. I have put the link to this page below. Please share with other students!
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Thank you,
Angela J. Shirley
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