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Really Useful Job Search Tactics: A Handbook of Contemporary Job Hunting Techniques Paperback – November 21, 2006
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So, you might ask: How does one become a "Job Search Expert?!" Well, in Rick Gillis' case it came about as a result of being employee #1 for the very first job board (remember those?!) in Houston, TX (USA) back in the late '90's. Being the first had it's advantages one of which was the opportunity to meet and present this 'new Internet thing' to CEO's, SVP's, and senior management at some of the largest organizations in the world when he was planning to pitch only the recruiting staffs across the region. The curiosity factor alone brought companies out of the woodwork who were seeking an alternative to 'the classifieds.' (Um, the term 'classifieds' refers to a previously significant delivery system of information called the 'newspaper' for those of you who may not...)
Being first led to Rick's selling to (and learning from) the professional hiring trade for 10 years; hosting 2 employment-based radio shows, 1 TV show in the Houston area as well as being noted and quoted in local, national and global media. Being "an Internet guy" along the way he also learned about the "mechanics of job search" as they apply to job search methodologies--particularly resume filtering software and keywords--and as a result, Rick designed his Accomplishments-Based Resume Format to successfully navigate this software. (See sample at RickGilllis.com/job)
Rick's newest book, PROMOTE!, came about as a result of many years of counseling job seekers of all ages and rank (entry level to senior management). Over and again Rick noticed that the problem all too often was not the talent or capability of the job seeker but rather their inability to speak to their value and to be able to communicate that value to their supervisors and, by extension, to their organization.
At only 110 pages, PROMOTE! is a short, simple read. It may be one of the most important books you will ever read that will have a direct and major impact on your career. It is, after all, about your salary, your getting the promotion and, in times of downsizing, defending your position.
Rick's previous book, JOB! (CreateSpace 2012/updated and revised 2015) remains one of the finest books on the topic. Below is the Kirkus Indie review of the JOB! book. For more information visit the book here on Amazon and read the public reviews for yourself. JOB! is available in print, as a Kindle download or as an Audible audio book. You can also find "JOB!: Learn How to Find Your Next Job In 1 Day, The VIDEO" of Rick's live workshop that you can rent or download here on Amazon.
Prior to JOB! came "The Real Secret to Finding a JOB? Make Me Money or Save Me Money." This book still has value to job seekers but, as Rick himself has said, "Job seekers don't want to read a job search NOVEL when looking for their next position." The "Real Secret" book has some exceptional content specifically written for Stay-at-Home Mom's and those being targeted based on age but this book contains more information than most job seekers will ever require. Rick Gillis himself promotes the JOB! book as his best, single, all-inclusive job search book.
For more information visit: www.RickGillis.com
The KIRKUS INDIE REVIEW of "JOB!"
Employment guru Gillis (The Real Secret to Finding A Job?, 2009, etc.) presents an easy-to-read guide for the 21st-century job seeker.
At first glance, Gillis' claim to help readers find a job "in one day" feels like a late-night infomercial, but this thin volume's three-step plan for landing employment--or moving up the ladder--is surprisingly practical. An increasing number of companies use filtering software that rejects résumés before they are even read by humans, so today's job search is not about getting selected, says Gillis. Instead, it's about not getting eliminated.
While this automated rejection may seem daunting to the unemployed, the author's breezy, conversational style makes the job hunt less frightening.
There is solid, familiar advice here, such as the importance of emphasizing what, as a potential employee, a person can do for a company in terms of making or saving money. Gillis urges job searchers to begin the process by brainstorming/free writing an "Accomplishments Worksheet" to be honed and presented at an interview. However, getting the telephone call that lands the interview is the major theme of this book. Gillis' innovative (and perhaps uncomfortable) message is to stop randomly sending out traditional résumés, which he calls "obituaries," because old style résumés only deal with the past. The author suggests that job seekers should use his signature, one-page "Short-Form" résumé as a template, and an example is included in the book's appendix. An entire chapter is devoted to learning how to recognize and apply keywords, which could help an applicant's Short-Form résumé receive points from filtering software and make its way to the top of the selection process. Each section of the résumé is explained in simple detail, and as Gillis describes it: "Your Short-Form Resume is your job search 'tease' and your target is the hiring manager whose attention you want." Per Gillis, once the manager calls for more information, an updated, traditional résumé should be ready to email at a moment's notice. A well-crafted Short-Form résumé will also be eye-catching once it lands on a human's desk; e.g., numbers should be written out, as $3,200,000 looks more impressive than 3.2 MM. In addition, the author uses memorable examples of his experience in the hiring field to explain what he appreciated when scanning a résumé, such as a simple "Seeking Statement" that notes the exact job for which a person is applying, including any reference numbers. Though searching for work in today's economy is tough, Gillis' professional advice is a good beginning.
An upbeat yet realistic aid for job hunters.
Top Customer Reviews
Rick's advise was very useful - granted, it was my experience that got me the job, but I have to give Rick much of the credit for getting my resume read by the decision makers instead of being weeded out by resume scanning software. And if you don't know what that last sentence means, you REALLY need to read this book!
I love his radio show but his book is over the top with helpful tips and useful info on landing the perfect job. Thank you Rick!