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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press (March 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781607741701
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607741701
  • ASIN: 1607741709
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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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 www.2hourjobsearch.com and on Twitter (@Dalton_Steve).

He currently resides in Durham, North Carolina.

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Highly recommend Steve's book!
Margaret Roberts
This book is your method for a successful job search operation and a rapid recovery from being unemployed.
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Fast to read and easy to follow!
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70 of 71 people found the following review helpful By Duy D. Dao on May 18, 2012
Format: Paperback
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David Stout on July 17, 2012
Format: Paperback
The process detailed in this book is simple, intuitive, and easy. I can tell that the advice is field tested, because I did what was suggested, word for word, and have gotten great results. I am in contact with employees at my dream employers, but also with employees at companies most likely to hire me. Needless the say that before I read and applied the book the number of contacts I created was zero. Now I have a healthy little network.

The 5 Point Email is almost magical: I have gotten more, and more enthusiastic, responses than I could have imagined, especially when contacting alumni.

The only "difficult" part of the process is tracking my contacts; fortunately through a spreadsheet and Outlook (as clearly explained in the book) the only thing stopping me from contacting many great potential contacts is keeping track of them. (I am comfortable with tracking five Boosters at a time, moving strong Boosters into a "Follow Up" Outlook event after each successful informational interview.)

Before this book I did not know how to use my LinkedIn contacts. Today, two weeks after beginning to implement the book, I am very sorry for the people who do not implement this book and LinkedIn.

In my opinion, Mr. Dalton's book is the new standard.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Peter W. Erikson on June 6, 2012
Format: Paperback
I'm mainly writing in response to the mean-spirited person who tried to sabotage the rating of this book with an incoherent one-star review. What were they expecting, a free job in the book jacket? First, the book is, what, $10 or $11? Even if I only get one or two nuggets, it's more than worth the price. I couldn't really tell exactly what the writer was so upset with because of the rambling style of writing, but I totally disagree with the premise.

I've only read the first 34 pages, but it's already made me sit down and analyze my career and where I want to go. I never would have thought about accessing my college's alumni directory -- that could be potentially more valuable than LinkedIn. And there are libraries or other places where you can use some of the databases listed for free. And, no, the book is not just directed at MBAs; the letter writer disproves his point by listing the relevant paragraph.

Mainly, the book makes you want to sit down and start sorting out your career, especially if it's in a shambles, like mine is. So it's valuable in that sense. I will say that the "Two-Hour" title does not apply -- nor should it. You have to put some time into this, so "two-day" or even "two-week" would have been appropriate. But that's a relatively small point. The author piqued my interest and made me think, so that's the big thing. If you're looking at the reviews, disregard the one-star piece ...

Peter Erikson
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Thompson on May 17, 2013
Format: Paperback
I recently purchased this book and I can't say enough good things about it or the author. Each step in the process is broken down into bite-sized chunks, allowing you to do the steps as you read (something I suggest). An earlier reviewer complained about having to read 200 plus pages; this is a job search! This is your career! And it's, by far, better than the alternative: sending hundreds of resumes out by e-mail and getting no response.

Dalton makes it clear that technology must be used to your advantage and shows you how to circumvent online postings by getting people in your desired company to know YOU and not your resume (if they see it at all with all the job seekers applying for postings).

Update: Two months into the process of making contacts with alumni and building "advocates," I have made two great contacts in two great companies. One advocate that I have has introduced me to a young, future CEO the company is grooming. She thought it would be a great idea if we spoke since we're both in our twenties. This contact is still sending me internal jobs, before they're even posted online. Another contact, albeit retiring, was completely sold on me and what I offer. As a lawyer and head of this company's HR department, she took it upon herself to edit my resume and send it out to her HR contacts at various companies in the city. Once she returns from vacation, we will go over the next steps together. She concludes her e-mails to me with "Let's get you a job!"

While I haven't gotten a job offer, I feel this career opportunity is just around the corner. The 2 Hour Job Search has restored my faith in humanity since I realized that people do want to help which you would never know if you did the traditional job search of sending out resumes and hearing nothing back.

Thanks Steve!
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