From Publishers Weekly
Ryan (60 Seconds & You're Hired!
) offers authoritative advice for the over-40 job hunter, and in the process supplies tips that would be useful for anyone (or everyone, these days) looking for work. Addressing those entering the job market after a hiatus—those recently laid off from a long-term position or who have been staying home with children— she cautions, Times have changed, and you must, too. With suggestions gleaned from a survey of 600 hiring managers across the country, Ryan emphasizes the computer and Internet proficiencies universally demanded, shares tools for job searching online, advises job candidates to get a makeover to look more professional, and—in the book's most useful sections—shows how to fine-tune a résumé (she advises that each résumé and cover letter be tailored to the particular job and that the job title be explicitly listed in a career objective line). Her suggestions are candid, sensible, and refreshingly specific. With actual examples of résumés and cover letters, a résumé quiz and a companion Web site with salary tools and other online resources, this book is essential reading for job seekers. (Jan.)
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Statistics don’t lie. Despite recessionary gloom and doom, jobs do exist—and baby boomers, thanks to their work ethic, sheer numbers, and a host of other factors, are more than capable of landing new positions. Boston-based career counselor and author (60 Seconds and You’re Hired! 1994) Ryan insists that the 40-, 50-, and 60-year-old has more than a fighting chance to compete in the marketplace—proven by a number of actual case histories. Her hunting techniques, though not all that differentiated, are presented logically and with enthusiasm and are accompanied by plenty of examples. Make sure you craft a 60-second sell (that is, your credentials)—and nail it for presentations. Update your appearance in the right ways. Skirt salary requirements by doing basic research. Look for hidden jobs through networks and social media, not cold calling and mass mailings. Information on interviewing and salary negotiations is somewhat condensed, though she does refer readers to her Web site. Positive reinforcement and a foundation for the jobs ahead of us. --Barbara Jacobs