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Tom Dezell has twenty-five years of experience in the field of career development. He earned his BS in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University. Tom is a Certified Professional Résumé Writer and Adjunct Faculty member at the Community College of Baltimore County. He lives in Bel Air, Maryland and has two great sons.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (October 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440166110
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440166112
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,656,912 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Networking for the Novice, Nervous or Naïve Job Seeker hits all of the critical points about networking for job acquisition in a straightforward manner and gives real-life examples of success. Tom has a strong background in helping people get back to work and is a knowledgeable source of information, based on his many years in workforce development. His breadth of experience extends from people leaving incarceration to executive level professionals. However, he accurately points out that at any level of job search, networking is a must! The most important points he makes are: why you should not fear networking, how to overcome that fear and how crucial networking is to a successful job search. He also emphasizes what all workforce development staff and career counselors already know: you can't do it on your own! Being the stoic "Rugged Individualist Job Seeker" will not get you very far in your job search.
One of the main themes throughout the book is to be patient. Don't stop reaching out to someone because you don't see instant results. Most people these days are extremely busy balancing life and work and may not be able to get back with you right away. Do not take this personally or assume they do not want to help. Expect it to take more than one attempt. At the very least, make multiple attempts to contact someone or offer help before giving up. Remember that "improving your network is a marathon not a sprint."
In addition, Tom shares specific tips on networking tactics. While reading the book, there were six points that resonated with me the most. They were:
1) Many people have experienced layoff and dismissal. Believe that people who have experienced job loss will be empathetic to your networking efforts because they have been there before.
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Mary Greenwood author of How to Interview Like A Pro: Forty-Three Rules for Getting Your Next Job

Networking for the Novice, Nervous or Naive Job Seeker is an excellent "must have book" for a jobseeker. What makes it unique is that Tom Dezell provides true life anecdotes to illustrates his points. As an author of a recent book on interviewing, I really appreciated his tips and found myself nodding in agreement throughout the book. For example, he quotes Penelope Trunk, who said, "Hiring Managers do not hire the most qualified; they hire the individual they most want to work with." Tom recommends adding your military service, like the Marines, because that may be a plus for the hiring manager. Your interest in film or dogs, (I have a picture of my Boston Terrier Annabelle on my cover) may help the hiring manager decide he/she wants to work with you.

Another thing I loved about the book are the chance encounters that got people jobs: The engineer whose neighbor was an HR Director for an Engineering company; the Little League Dad who sat next to another Little League Dad, who ended up giving the first Dad some leads to another job. You just never know where your next lead is going to come from and so you should tell everyone your situation. It is nothing to be ashamed about,especially in this economy.

Tom Dezell gives a lot of pragmatic, practical and down-to earth tips about networking. I give it my highest recommendation.
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Tom Dezell brings networking advice to life with real stories of how his clients (and he) successfully used specific thoughts, tips, and behaviors to demonstrate their value and qualifications, establish and nurture genuine relationships, and create opportunities matching their job search and career management goals. It is well-written, clear, and provides step-by-step suggestions demonstrated beautifully within each story. This book is a must-have for any library or resource center serving those interested in understanding networking and effectively (and with greater ease) adding networking best practices to their career management toolbox.

Shahrzad Arasteh
Career Consulting Services
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