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  • Paperback: 190 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 14, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449976727
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449976729
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #366,443 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Mary Eileen Williams, M.A., NCCC has twenty years of combined experience as a job search specialist, career and life transition counselor, outplacement consultant, university instructor, speaker, and author. As a Nationally Board Certified Career Counselor with a Master's Degree in Career Development, she specializes in working with midlife jobseekers in transition—showing them the latest techniques for landing a job in the 21st Century. Mary Eileen makes frequent appearances as a guest expert on both TV and radio and has been interviewed for Market Watch, Money Magazine, Kiplinger and several other national and international publications. She writes a job search column for the Huffington Post at Huff/Post 50. Mary Eileen is also the host/founder of the popular boomer blog and radio show, Feisty Side of Fifty.

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I also love her no-nonsense, practical advice to the "cool saging set."
Wordmonger
That's why I was so excited to find Mary Eileen Williams' new book, Land the Job You Love, 10 Surefire Strategies for Jobseekers Over 50.
Peggy Kennedy
I would recommend it to any mid-level professional who has been out of the workforce for a while.
Ingrid

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Wordmonger on January 27, 2010
Format: Paperback
I'm a fan and regular reader of Eileen Williams' blog, The Feisty Side of Fifty. One of her qualities I appreciate most is her can-do, highly motivational and contagious spirit. I also love her no-nonsense, practical advice to the "cool saging set."

Eileen does not disappoint with plenty of the same enthusiasm and down-to-earth wisdom in her first book that capitalizes on her long career in helping others find not just jobs, but the jobs of their dreams. I wish I had this guidebook when I was in my twenties and was first starting my career. Her résumé advice alone would have guided me to truly think through and realize what I really wanted to do and showcase my best qualities and desired work to prospective employers. I love Eileen's suggested "strong words" and phrases, and even though I already knew to use action verbs, some of the specific ones she advocates across six categories of job activities are brilliant--true magnets to would-be employers. The résumé worksheet rocks, helping you think through and craft the words that will get your foot in the front door, even down to the minutia of most accepted formats--form and content.

The Personal Branding Intro was my favorite section, with some of the best explanation I've read of the importance and trickiness of tooting your own horn and uniqueness in a way that makes you stand out. "A standout" is what I'd call this book, one that starts by showing more experienced job seeker the niches where their accumulated expertise is appreciated and tells them not to waste their time or energy elsewhere. For its reasonable cost, this book might be the best tool you'll ever buy--even when you're out of work. It won't be for long.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Wayne W. Felton on January 18, 2010
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"Landing the Job You Love" impressed me as an easy-to-use guide for those of us who are victims of the "Great Recession" and haven't been in the job market for a decade or more. After getting over the shock of losing my job, I specifically looked for a resource that could help me understand the current methodology for finding the right job and I'm delighted that I came across this book. Ms. Williams (who must be a very nice person) has written a straightforward but humorous instruction manual that respects the sensitivities of those who've recently lost a job, but unflinchingly prods us to take an honest inventory of our interests and talents and then get to work to find that perfect new career.

In particular, this book gave me new ideas about resume writing and how to plan my job search. This is a must read for us Baby Boomers who find ourselves competing against candidates who are our children's age. Thanks, Ms. Williams, for bringing us older job seekers into the 21st century.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lynn Lundstrom on February 12, 2010
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If you (like me) haven't applied for a job in many years and are not sure how to begin, this book is a GREAT help. Job-hunting is different now. Who knew about branding or scannable resumes?

The author breaks the process down into practical, approachable components. She convinced me I could do it and motivated me to get going.

Her examples are extremely helpful. When I finished reading and started my resume, I was confident I could integrate her suggestions into an up-to-date and competitive resume and job search.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Judith Marshall on February 16, 2010
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As an HR professional myself, I can appreciate the time, effort, and expertise that went into this comprehensive how-to guide. There's everything here from a list of action verbs to use in a resume to sample thank you letters. Although the book is geared toward baby boomers, anyone doing a job search could use this vital information.

Judith Marshall
President
Human Resources Consulting Services
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Peggy Kennedy on February 1, 2010
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I'm not in the market for a job - yet. But these days, I realize that my job situation could change in an instant. I'm sure that many others my age feel the same way. That's why I was so excited to find Mary Eileen Williams' new book, Land the Job You Love, 10 Surefire Strategies for Jobseekers Over 50.

Land the Job You Love will provide you with an invaluable step-by-step approach to help overcome psychological roadblocks; create a network of people that can help you find a job; develop a dynamic resume; prepare for any type of interview; negotiate for the salary and benefits you desire and more.

Ms Williams, who has worked with thousands of job seekers as a career counselor, is no-nonsense, funny and warm. Other readers will no doubt feel as I did - that the author had welcomed me in to her comfortable office and provided me with every single tool I would need to secure the job of my dreams.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Silva on April 11, 2010
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As a mid 50's Human Resources Professional, I have been on both sides of the career fence. I know how demoralizing and worrisome it was to look for a job after almost 20 years and not know how to market myself. I also know that professionally I look for the three skill catagories mentioned by Ms. Williams - knowledge-based skills, positive personal traits and those all-important transferable skills that define "cultural fit".
Ms. Williams' book covers everything, and more, that I learned from a well-respected outplacement firm. She is spot-on with her comments about the need for networking (yes, most of us hate it), how to write a no-nonsense, attention-grabbing resume (yes, 30 seconds is the reader attention span), and how to prepare for the interview (uniquely valuable were orienting the interview around the goals of the interviewer and what to bring to the interview). From her comments regarding action verbs in the resume to the speech softeners as a way to state your strengths through others' eyes, Ms. Williams knows it all. The first section on the importance of keeping your spirits high and focus clear is invaluable as we grind through the unexpectedly slow and thankless process of the job hunt. The pages formatted for the reader to actually practice the author's suggestions turn a lot of good ideas into successful marketing pieces for the job search. This book's combination of broad conceptual "ah ha's" and fanatical attention to detail make it a "must read" for the over 50's job seeker and a "should read" for those of younger age. Well done!

Patricia Silva
Vice President, Human Resources
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More About the Author

Mary Eileen Williams, M.A., NCCC, has twenty years of combined experience as a job search specialist, outplacement consultant, career and life transition counselor, university instructor, and author. As a Nationally Board Certified Career Counselor with a Master's Degree in Career Development, she specializes in working with midlife jobseekers in transition--teaching them the latest techniques for landing a job in the 21st Century.

Over her career, Mary Eileen has worked with thousands of mature applicants and knows the most effective methods to overcoming the special challenges they face. By following her surefire strategies, you'll turn your age into an advantage and find yourself landing your next job in record time.

Mary Eileen makes frequent appearances as a guest expert on both radio and TV and writes a job search column for the Huffington Post at Huff/Post 50. She is also the host/founder of the popular blog and radio show "Feisty Side of Fifty," feistysideoffifty.com.

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