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Darrell W. Gurney is founder of CareerGuy.com and a 25-year career advisor. As a coach, speaker, and workshop leader, he helps people locate their passions and fulfill them whether through a job or their own business. Gurney has consulted for the world's top outplacement consulting firms, and his first book, Headhunters Revealed! Career Secrets for Choosing and Using Professional Recruiters, was reviewed in Publishers Weekly and won the Clarion Award for Best Book from the Association for Women in Communications. He has been a guest editor for the industry's professional journal, The Career Planning & Adult Development Journal. Gurney has been featured in the TheLadders.com, Wall Street Journal's CareerJournal.com, BusinessWeek Online, MSN Careers, CareerBuilder.com, and on Wall Street Journal Radio. He lives and works in Los Angeles, California.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Career Press; 1 edition (January 22, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601632029
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601632029
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #286,700 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Darrell W. Gurney is a career adviser, coach, speaker, workshop leader, and founder of CareerGuy.com. And like the best career advisers, he does not simply help his clients find their next job; he teaches them how to manage their careers for a lifetime.

In Never Apply for a Job Again!, Gurney teaches job seekers how they can become their own headhunters by tapping into the hidden job market - the 65 - 80% of job opportunities that are never posted.

He calls this the Stealth Job Search Method. In short, Gurney offers a step-by-step method to network your way into your next job.

He defines the "4M Method of Career Management:
Meet people, in a
Memorable way, so as to stay top-of-
Mind, and then
Maintain those relationships for life.

On this platform, the balance of the book details the "Ten Time-Tested Principles for Launching an Effective Stealth Campaign," which includes:

Asking for informational interviews instead of job interviews (although, Gurney never calls them "informational interviews"),
Do your research, and be sincerely interested,
Aim as high in an organization as you can for your informational interviews,
Tips on how to get past the gatekeeper,
Arrange face-to-face meetings in their place of business,
Handing your resume but not asking for a job!
Repeat, as many times as necessary.

Gurney's advice is spot-on, and is consistent with my own research and experience: If you know what kind of position you seek, learn and practice effective networking, you will eventually find an opportunity for the position you want where you might be the only applicant.
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This book did not live up to its high ratings. As a newly graduated person, I've been around the block a few times reading job-hunting books and post-grad self-help guides. This one turned out to be more of the same, and unfortunately had quite a bit of silly "magical thinking" type suggestions - e.g. 'the world wants you to have a job, and the universe will respond if you go searching'. Mostly it many tired suggestions to offer, things like, 'network with people you already know' and 'get your foot in the door, then ask for a job'.
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I work in the construction industry and work through a union. When times are good and I need another job, I count on the union to fill it. It's the way things work, I thought. Well, the recession has taken it's toll not only on my lifestyle and my finances, but my psyche! I've gone from "Glass half-empty" to far worse with each boring day!! The competition for even one job is fierce out there...

Then along comes this book. I must say that the principles are amazing! My current job I received by going through the back-door...I had just started reading Darrell's book and got it by networking and had a bit of luck. Since my job is generally part-time, I now have the confidence to start looking for a better job without standing in line! ...that's a Glass more than half-full, in fact that's a Full Glass in my book! That's freedom! I'm grateful to have found this book and for the future I now envision for myself and my family.
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So great to have someone write what I have long thought to be so true- people prefer to hire those whom they know or know of. It's really difficult to make a hire for the long haul. Authentic references are hard to come by. Networking is a win win pursuit- if I can help you, I feel better about myself and maybe you can connect me too. My favorite principle is #10- "Treat yourself like a business..."
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My experience is that there's no way to get a job in this career climate by filling out applications online. Waste of time.

What's great about this book is that Gurney gives you a pragmatic program on how to get inside companies, find opportunities, and also, crucially, to be remembered by the people you meet when new opportunities arise.

If you read this book and do what it says, you're gonna beat 90% of the job seekers out there. It's already having impact on my life.
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I got this book after I heard an interview with the author on a public radio program. I liked what he had to say. It really does make sense to network through building relationships and keeping lots of connections. You just never know what it could lead to. I appreciate how it was emphasized that you never want to approach anyone from a place of neediness but with a sense of contributing value. The way he explained how to approach new connections gave me some good ideas that I found helpful.
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I am a Certified Career Management Coach (CCMC) and we started reading and discussing this book in our Job Club. Darrell Gurney uses humor and an straightforward style of writing to provide a clear message in an easy to read book that will help ANYONE move forward in their career.

Whether you are looking to find a job, change careers or move up in your current career, Darrell's book will give you concrete steps to move forward. This method might be different than what you are used to, but I know from personal, firsthand experience, it is EFFECTIVE!

Darrell's teaching is "Spot On"; his "stealth" method is ABSOLUTELY the most effective way to not only find a job/career but to find the one that you were meant to have, the one that will bring joy into your life!
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