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The Career Coward's Guide to Interviewing: Sensible Strategies for Overcoming Job Search Fears (Career Coward's Guides) Paperback – March 1, 2007
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"Fear interviews no more! In a book full of energetic and practical advice, Piotrowski takes the worry out of interviewing." -- Carol Eikleberry, author, The Career Guide for Creative and Unconventional People
"Finally, an interview guide that deals with the 'confidence' issue...a quick read jammed with wisdom and hints." -- Rich Feller, Ph.D.; professor, Counseling and Career Development, Colorado State University; co-author, Knowledge Nomads and the Nervously Employed
"The most comprehensive job interview book I have read. I highly recommend this for all libraries and career centers." -- Ellen Tevault, Librarian, Indiana State Library
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Katy Piotrowski's great little book is a roadmap for overcoming the fears inherent in the job search, which may be one of THE most fear-inducing experiences in life (right up there with public speaking, walking down the aisle, and eating raw pig uteruses on Fear Factor!). How many people do you know who constantly whine about how much they hate their job... Who wish they were doing something else, but know it's an impossible dream... Or who are stalled in a job far below their intellectual capacity? This book is the key to their self-imposed prison cell.
But rather than dealing with fear as a pathological condition that needs to be painfully confronted, the author offers countless ideas and examples that can help anyone climb into the driver's seat to a more rewarding career. Too often, self-help books are nothing more than magazine articles that have been puffed up to 200 or more pages just to capitalize on a profit opportunity. This book is the opposite: thorough, comprehensive, and rich with insights and "how to's" on every page. Yet it is a quick read, and Piotrowski's unique mix of expertise and enthusiasm is infectious.
I got a copy of the book for my son, graduating from college in June 07, who's started voicing the "Who's gonna hire an English major?Read more ›
Thanks Katy! My last interview led to a job offer and exciting career.
First, I like the way Piotrowski suggests solid answers to tough questions. Most interview questions are pretty dumb but you have to keep a straight face and answer them anyway. (Like the time someone half your age asks, "What are your strengths?" Gimme a break. I want to say, "I survived.")
Second, Chapter 5 ("Put muscle into your interviewing") will help you create your resume as well as prepare for your interview. In fact, I would read this chapter before writing your resume (and I would ignore the author's suggestion about functional resumes -- even if you are changing careers 180 degrees, don't do it).
Third, the book gives you exercises in every chapter. So if you're between jobs and you're waiting for the phone to ring, no more excuses! Start working your way through these exercises. You'll be better prepared for your next phone call. Some of the examples seem targeted to junior or even entry level employees, but the ideas seem to work for senior executives and professionals too. Just get creative.
I think this book works on several levels. Even if you're self-employed, you may have to endure an interview before tackling a big project. If you're working with a career coach, read the book and save yourself a bundle of (and on) consultations. I'll be recommending this Coward's Guide to my clients and ezine readers.
The step by step tips really did help me overcome my fears about interviewing and the tips about following up worked! The hardest and most rewarding section was the "What, How, Proof" stories; being prepared made a world of difference mentally and emotionally. Walking into an interview feeling confident is truly priceless.
If you're interviewing, please do yourself a huge favor and read this excellent, superlative, useful, informative, approachable, and well-written book!!!
Thank you, Katy, for helping me to feel good about myself!
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Every time I purchase this book, I lend it out to a friend and I never see it back. This is one of those books that explain not only interviewing but methods of searching and... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Beleeda
Great resource for those in the job hunt! Good pointers for those who don't know how to navigate the career world.Published on August 24, 2013 by Chelsey L.
Easy to read with great advice whether you're interviewing for the first time or the 50th. The specific examples cited in the 'Career Champ Profiles' are especially helpful and... Read morePublished on September 24, 2008 by Lori Cicero
Katy's book, The Career Coward's Guide to Interviewing, played a strategic
role in helping me land the job of my dreams! Read more
I am working again and it feels great. I am doing engineering again, the thing I love best. Read more