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  • Paperback: 186 pages
  • Publisher: Trafford Publishing (November 21, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1425105742
  • ISBN-13: 978-1425105747
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,136,088 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Rick Gillis, founder of The Really Useful Job Company, is a talk radio host, public speaker and author. After several years as a live-sound engineer based out of El Paso, Texas followed by nearly 10-years in commercial real estate, Rick relocated to Houston in 1995 seeking a change of career. In a very short time, he became employee number one of a brand new internet start-up called HoustonEmployment.com, the first Houston-based local employment website. As a direct result of Rick's sales efforts, HE.com quickly became the go-to site for a host of the most recognized corporations located in Houston such as Compaq Computer (now HP), Continental Airlines, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Treatment Center, Shell Oil Company, Rice University and even major league baseball's Houston Astros. In early 1998, Rick was asked to speak to a job seeker's networking group on how to utilize the internet in the job search. During that first presentation, Rick began studying job seeking. Watching, listening and learning from job seekers, as well as the human resource and staffing company professionals he was meeting on a daily basis, Rick developed a version of what soon came to be known as "Guerilla Job Search Tactics" - a presentation of the fundamentals of the job search that most academics and professionals don't even acknowledge. The compelling central theme of this message is simple: "Show me, as an employer, how you are going to make me money or save me money-and I will assure you of finding the job you want." This basic premise applies to all aspects of the job search from the preparation of your Superior Resume and "30-second elevator pitch" to the interviews that result. Even more importantly, it has been proven to apply to all levels of job seeking - from entry level to the boardroom. It is this simple statement, coupled with his energetic and entertaining style, that has launched Rick's professional speaki

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SP on February 7, 2007
Format: Paperback
I was fortunate enough to hear Rick Gillis speak live about his job search techniques several times. His advise applies to all ages, but as an over-fifty job seeker, I can confirm from personal experience that Rick's totally correct when he says that being older makes your job search much harder. I followed Rick's suggestions on reorganizing my resume, emphasizing accomplishments, and including keywords. After I revamped my resume, I got noticeably more responses from employers, and ultimately landed exactly the job I wanted.

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!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By takeabreak on February 24, 2007
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I had the pleasure of seeing Rick Gillis speak at a conference in the Houston area about a year and a half ago. I was blown away by how clear and "obvious" his message was, yet no one seemed to be putting into action the ideas he was suggesting. In a recent internet search I found his website which lead me to this book. I ordered it and read it cover to cover within a couple of weeks. Again, I am blown away by how clear and "obvious" his message is, and yet NO ONE SEEMS TO BE PUTTING INTO ACTION THE IDEAS HE'S SUGGESTING! There is absolutely no doubt that this information will give you the advantage in the job search and interviewing process.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Douglas A. Thorpe on February 16, 2009
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Rick Gillis' book has become a key component in the teaching we do at Jobs Ministry Southwest (JMS). JMS is a faith based community organization that provides help and encouragement to job seekers of all ages. In today's highly selective market, a candidate needs all of the tools and tricks they can to properly promote and sell their brand and value proposition to a prospective employer. Rick's tips and his dynamic "Pre-Resume" go a long way to communicate that message.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steven T. Carr on January 9, 2007
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Rick Gillis's book is a must read for anyone looking for a new job or career change.

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!
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I used the tactics in his book and I got my foot in the door and got a job. In fact, I got a GREAT job! Buy the book, follow his tactics, get a job.
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More About the Author

Rick Gillis has been involved in the business of employment since 1997 when he was instrumental in introducing the first local employment website to the greater Houston market.

Over the past several years, Rick has aggressively studied the practice of job seeking from the perspective of both the employer and employee. It is based on these observations that he has written his latest book,
"The Real Secret to Finding a Job? Make Me Money or Save Me Money!"
(Trafford Publishing/July 2009)

Rick has been involved in or has intimate knowledge of many aspects of the employment business to include resume creation--specifically, his Pre-Resume(tm) concept, employment advertising, recruiting, pre-employment assessments, networking and social networking sites, age-discrimination issues, the human resources function, best practices as they apply to management, diversity, legal issues, staffing companies, web based applicant-tracking systems and, of course, Internet employment protocols.

For more information visit: www.RickGillis.com



The KIRKUS 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.

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