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About the Author

Elizabeth Lions has been a headhunter for most of her career and has held thousands of conversations with hiring managers in large, publicly traded companies nationwide. In her book, Recession Proof Yourself! , she fully illuminates what goes on in organizations seeking talent during recession. For the first time in your career, you will gain immediate understanding of the employer's thought process. Elizabeth is a highly respected author and professional speaker. She resides in Portland, Oregon where she operates her own consulting company, coaching individuals in transition.
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Product Details

  • Perfect Paperback: 117 pages
  • Publisher: Aardvark; 1st edition (June 5, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1427641560
  • ISBN-13: 978-1427641564
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,930,926 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I've had this book for about a year and am interviewing again after taking a bridge job. I've read other books on the subject of job search, but none are as useful as this book for several reasons.

First, this book does a great job of being concise, which is what the job searcher needs. When you're laid-off or trying to search for a job while balancing work, family, and life, you want shorter chapters than can be quickly gleaned for action items and job-search goals because job search is stressful and it becomes easy to get stuck mentally.

Second, this book is great for helping the job searcher clarify what they want out of work. You spend over half your life at work, so your job better be something for which you have aptitude and interest. Not only that, but the job search itself is a big self-marketing game and knowing what you want and what you're good at makes your sales pitch (of yourself) that much better and more fluid.

Third, as I said above, the job search is a game of marketing yourself. You can't just send in a resume and expect anything - you have to figure out how to get your resume in the hands of someone who cares (not HR). This means that you have to do a lot of creative sleuthing and have your sales pitch ready when you actually get someone on the phone with you. This book dispels the notion that emailed resumes, cover letters, and online job applications will get you anywhere.

Lastly, this book does a great job of teaching you how to control the flow of discussion in an interview. It does this by teaching you that you, the job searcher, are picking jobs rather than allowing the manager to pick you. You are trying to determine if a job matches your skill set and interests and should ask questions accordingly in an interview.
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Elizabeth Lions spoke at a Networking/Career Workshop I attended this week. I was fortunate enough to obtain her book and read it that evening in one sitting. The parts I found the most helpful were the interview questions to ask the interviewer and the questions to ask myself about what I value and where I fit. One little gem of a sentence that I value the most is "At any moment, you can re-examine your beliefs, in order to move forward." That was extremely thought-provoking to me. I also learned much from the chapters on how we think about negotiating/money and especially the one about taking my power back. The entire book was full of very valuable information for my frame of mind which is really a HUGE part of the job search process and I believe what I've learned will serve me very well. I will be reading this book again and again to stay in the right frame of mind (empowered!) even after I find my next position. Now I'm looking forward to reading her next book!
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Elizabeth Lions delivers practical skills and personal advice, based on her professional experience and a personal challenge she overcame.

There are certainly no guarantees in the job market, but this book is full of usable advice to help position yourself to be marketable in any economic climate.
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It's a difficult time for job seekers - the rumor is that there are 5 or more candidates for every position. Just getting a reply to a resume submission is a big deal. Employment web sites abound, offering suggestions on how to dress for success or tune up your resume. This book is different. First, it gives the reader a sense of the landscape - why you may have been laid off, the dynamics of the overall job market, and solid pointers and suggestions for taking control of your own job search and not being a "victim".

Elizabeth Lions is a career corporate recruiter and HR professional. She speaks with clarity and insite when she gives the reader suggestions on how best to respond to difficult questions. Her advice is practical and pragmatic, and offers support and encouragement to the job seeker.

I thought the book was excellent - helpful, entertaining, and easy to read and understand. Highly recommended!
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I have had the pleasure with working with Elizabeth Lions directly through her work with the IEEE-USA Career and Workforce Policy Committee and her series of articles in IEEE-USA's Today's Engineer, and wasn't surprised when I heard her book was released. In "Recession Proof Yourself", Elizabeth provides the inside scoop on the recruiting business, how it functions and how job seekers can take charge of their search. In this short read she teaches how a job seeker can better market themselves when looking for work, and provide value to their employers when employed. This book is suited not only for job seekers, employed individuals but also even employers and hiring managers. Everyone has something to gain by reading the information provided.

Elizabeth is someone who is passionately committed to assisting people finding good jobs - jobs that are both good for them and good for their careers. The book offers practical tips and inspiring anecdotes to help job seekers. If you feel adrift in your job search, I recommend reading this book.

Ed Perkins, Certified Internal Auditor, IEEE, IEEE-USA, Career and Workforce Policy Committee
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