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How to Get Any Job, Second Edition: Career Launch and Re-Launch for Everyone Under 30 (or How to Avoid Living in Your Parents' Basement) [Kindle Edition]

Donald Asher
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Book Description

Philosophy majors and GPA-challenged students, rejoice! According to career guru Donald Asher, what you major in or how well you do in college are not indicators of future career success. In HOW TO GET ANY JOB WITH ANY MAJOR, Asher debunks the myth that only brainy students with specialized majors find high-paying, visible careers after college. The truth is that plenty of average folks with general, liberal arts majors have gone on to find lucrative and fulfilling careers—and anyone can do it by following Asher'¬?s advice. If you'¬?re just graduating, you'¬?ll learn to promote the skills you already have, recognize how employers hire and what skills they value most, and get influential people to help you. Or, if you'¬?re already in the work world, you'¬?ll learn to use internships, credential programs, post-baccalaureates, and grad school to jump-start a stalled career. Offering innovative ideas to help launch the perfect career, HOW TO GET ANY JOB WITH ANY MAJOR is the new job-hunter'¬?s handbook to success.

Editorial Reviews


“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.”

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* 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.

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  • File Size: 1348 KB
  • Print Length: 242 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B009I6PVTW
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press; 2 Original edition (September 21, 2011)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #518,715 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Advice for the new grad - and others March 2, 2010
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Not for everyone under 30 January 23, 2013
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Full of Useful Information! August 21, 2014
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This is an excellent book with much wisdom, knowledge and advice about how to find just the right job for you. The book details a plan to help you discover your interests and talents. Implementing this plan will take time and thought on the part of the student/young person but will save you from many mistakes and from landing in a dead end job that doesn’t fit you.

Part 1 will teach you to examine your employment interests and develop a plan for your life.
Part 2 takes this further in helping you explore your interests in “the real world.”
Part 3 will teach you how to get a job.

Throughout the book there are case studies that flesh out the issues being taught. These are very helpful. Any student who is uncertain about his/her career direction should study this book and follow every suggestion in order to discover the type of career that will best suit you. Do the homework first and you will be able to find what you want and will be ready to do well in job interviews.

In the last chapter on the Job Interview Asher explains much about the hidden job market – how many jobs are filled from within or from a friend of a friend. And many jobs are filled with a persistent job searcher who doesn’t take no for answer.

To whet your appetite a bit here are some interesting thoughts from the book:
Prior generations needed to find 9 jobs between college and retirement. Asher believes the current generation will need to find 20-30 jobs! Pg4
40-60% of CEOs are liberal arts majors. pg 7
Don’t compound a poor choice of major with a poor career choice. Pg 8
You will be fired through no fault of your own. Pg 14

A little failure is part of every successful life. Walt Disney’s first cartoon production company went bankrupt.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Answer To Moving Out Of Your Parents Home! August 26, 2013
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!

Thank you,
Angela J. Shirley
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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 and, 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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