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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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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press (March 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607741709
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607741701
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,849 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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