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The 2-Hour Job Search: Using Technology to Get the Right Job Faster [Kindle Edition]

Steve Dalton
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A job-search manual that gives career seekers a systematic, tech-savvy formula to efficiently and effectively target potential employers and secure the essential first interview.

The 2-Hour Job Search shows job-seekers how to work smarter (and faster) to secure first interviews. Through a prescriptive approach, Dalton explains how to wade through the Internet’s sea of information and create a job-search system that relies on mainstream technology such as Excel, Google, LinkedIn, and alumni databases to create a list of target employers, contact them, and then secure an interview—with only two hours of effort. Avoiding vague tips like “leverage your contacts,” Dalton tells job-hunters exactly what to do and how to do it. This empowering book focuses on the critical middle phase of the job search and helps readers bring organization to what is all too often an ineffectual and frustrating process.

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About the Author

Steve Dalton is a senior career consultant and associate director at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. He holds his own MBA from the same institution. Prior to entering the career services industry, Steve was an associate marketing manager at General Mills and a strategy consultant at A.T. Kearney.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3535 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press (March 6, 2012)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00564GP7C
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,854 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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99 of 100 people found the following review helpful
So I've seen the five star reviews, and the one star reviews, and I have to disagree with both.

The one star reviews mention you having to pay for something like a database subscription? You don't, unless there's another version of the book they're reading. If they're talking about alumni associations, it should be free. But if it's not, then just get a Facebook or LinkedIn account and look up your school to get in touch with alumni.

I do have to agree that the first section on "finding jobs" might be a bit much. It describes how to prioritize jobs that you find, which might not be important if you plan on applying to EVERY plausible job you find (which I've done from time to time). But the one-star reviews complained about the process of prioritizing jobs using Excel. I actually found that part very helpful, although I came up with my own scheme for prioritization instead of using Mr. Dalton's.
Anyways, so I don't agree with the one-star reviews on these things.

However, I don't agree that the book holds up its promise of a 2-hour job search. The author claims that the success rate for a five point email is around 40%.

Here are the actual numbers. I've been using this book for exactly one month. I've sent out about eighty emails/LinkedIn messages to people I didn't know over the last month. (Now I only send out LinkedIn messages since finding people's emails makes you feel like a stalker (I'm surprised how easy it is to find people's emails :-x), and although I've gotten a few nibbles by sending those emails, I've been able to connect better by LinkedIn).

Forty of them were EXACTLY like the one in the book, asking for an informational interview.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
By Chuck
I am a former active duty military officer with an unusual resume and educational background. After six months
of applying for jobs online with no response, I went to the local Barnes & Noble and found The Two-Hour Job Search.

I did not read reviews of the book prior to purchasing it, but it seemed to offer a different approach to searching for a job
and I was willing to try Dalton's ideas.

My experience in using the book's method can be summed up as follows: A job applicant needs an advocate at the prospective employer in order to get an interview. The 2-Hour Job Search does not promise that the techniques presented in the book will result in this advocacy, but it certainly shows the reader HOW to establish this advocacy.

After sending 5-point emails via regular email and Linkedin, I participated in 6 interviews and one resulted in a job offer.
I cannot emphasize enough that advocacy on the part of an insider in the company or hiring manager is key to getting a job interview. In two of my interview opportunities, my advocates understood my career and education background and were able to tell my story to the hiring managers in a way that no detailed resume can do. Even if your resume is perfect, it tends to get ignored because 1000 people are applying for one job.

The reader is not required to follow Dalton's method exactly as written. I used Dalton's ideas to focus my Linkedin networking and email communications. I used my alumni database with limited success. I received replies but my contacts were so much younger and had little influence in their respective companies. The exercise proved useful, however, in practicing how to email and conduct telephone conversations with people I had never met before in person.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Getting the job in my dream industry (local real estate private firms) in just five informational interviews might classify my situation as a rare occurrence. No one said it will be easy. I got hung up on etc...but did send at least 15-20 emails in total and ended up getting three in-person interviews and two telephone interviews. Of the five, I found two boosters, the first one of which became my employer. Prior to this, I have been looking for work for 1.5 years (with one-two months of concentrated job search via the normal way to no avail).

The book did say that readers would eventually come across situations that the book didn't cover. I had two instances not covered in the book that taught me a valuable lesson that I would like to share to my fellow readers:

#1-Never rush booster #2 if you feel that booster #1 might give you an offer soon; Wait for an actual offer or until you have been rejected by booster #1 before resuming correspondence with booster #2 and so on.

#2-There will be Curmurgeons (sp?) who will respond right away with, "Please call", which is normally a Booster behavior but beware if s/he suddenly acts all freaked out by your interview Qs. I explained my good intentions but the answers given to me were all either one liners or better yet---NOT helpful.

The book is best for career changers, like myself, with little to no experience in the new industry. It also works best if you're targeting smaller organization where you get to interview the owner/partner of the firm. This is not as good if you're targeting Fortune 500 companies as you can't really break through their bureaucracy with just one email. Because of this book, I was able to change industries without fear that I won't like my new colleagues.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Steve breaks down the job search in a strategic but easy to digest...
I was really scattered in my job search, and while I thought I was making some headway by doing things that felt productive, I wasn't gaining any traction. Read more
Published 7 hours ago by Sarah Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Finally a real plan instead of a lot of discussions about concepts! Ideas I can really use.
Published 1 month ago by Elizabeth S Lawson
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT book that really helped me get the job I wanted
I am a graduating college student and I saw Steve speak at my school and he gave me a copy of his book. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Nick Merrill
5.0 out of 5 stars What a fantastic resource for the modern day job hunt!
I am a career services professional. I highly recommend Steve's book/method to anyone who is in the job hunt process. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Richard Patterson
1.0 out of 5 stars Too focused on college students
if you are a colege student - great. If you are not, save your money
Published 1 month ago by jenickel
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great condition and great content.
Published 2 months ago by Zhe
5.0 out of 5 stars Cut through the "crap" - This book will help you immediately
This book does touch on basics, but really focused on what will actually work today for your job search. I highly recommend it and it's worth the time
Published 3 months ago by Kraz
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent work on the Job Search
Just finished this book. It is an excellent work: Simple, thorough, practical plan for finding a job or for those of us transitioning to a new position. Read more
Published 3 months ago by MFAnalystPro
3.0 out of 5 stars This book helps bring structure and purpose back into your job search
I purchased and read the entirety of this book after being unemployed for about 3 months and beginning to feel overwhelmed and discouraged by how much time and effort my job search... Read more
Published 4 months ago by B. Swafford
5.0 out of 5 stars Read it if you are looking for a job.
I really enjoyed this book, the old way of finding jobs, send resumes and wait is gone. Welcome to The 2 HourJob Search. Read more
Published 5 months ago by stingray
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More About the Author

Steve Dalton is a senior career consultant at Duke's Fuqua School of Business. Prior to that, Steve was an associate marketing manager at General Mills and a strategy consultant at A.T. Kearney. He holds his own MBA from Duke and a chemical engineering degree from Case Western.

Steve currently presents The 2-Hour Job Search at schools across the country, and he shares his views on the job search and its intersection with science and popular culture at and on Twitter (@Dalton_Steve).

He currently resides in Durham, North Carolina.


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